Friends of mine who are leaving for Southern France in several weeks asked me to share my photos of LES HALLES DE LYON PAUL BOCUSE, the vast and very famous food market in Lyon. I thought you might enjoy seeing them as well. Lyon is France’s second city by size and is said to surpass Paris in terms of lifestyle. Situated at the confluence of the Saone and Rhone rivers, the city is more than 2000 years old and is so important to French history that it is listed on UNESCO’S World Heritage Sites. A must-see when you visit is Les Halls de Lyon Paul Bocuse, a covered market that offers some of the most beautiful food products in the world, from delicious meats to nuts and truffles, from fish to frog’s legs. We didn’t find them, but I understand that foie gras macarons are occasionally available and I like to believe I would have tried one if I had the chance. This market is a feast for the senses and if you visit be sure to allow enough time to take it all in…several hours at least. It is fun and so interesting to be able to purchase small quantities of some of France’s most famous foods…you can make your own picnic lunch to enjoy in one of the lovely surrounding parks. Paul Bocuse, a French chef based in Lyon, is famous for the high quality of his restaurants and his innovative approaches to cuisine. He is one of the most prominent chefs associated with novelle cuisine which is less opulent and caloric than the traditional classic French cuisine, and stresses the importance of fresh ingredients of the highest quality.
The best time to go to Les Halles is early morning, Thursday to Saturday. If possible, avoid July/August when many vendors are on vacation.
I hope you enjoyed your walk through this amazing food market and will have the chance to visit someday soon.
Weren’t those glaceed fruits something else!
This post is linked to FOODIE FRIDAY at Rattlebridge Farm