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Eat in Lyon: the best markets and bouchons for eating in the city

Eat in Lyon

Eat in Lyon is in some ways a reason for living. A holiday in these parts cannot be considered complete without having stopped in one of the markets, or without having had lunch (or dinner) in a bouchon.
It is still the capital of French gastronomy!!!



Les Halles De Lyon Paul Bocuse is one of the most important markets in the city, located on Course Lafayette.
A market with 55 merchants offering gastronomic excellence, according to the thought of the great multi-starred French Chef. More info from here.

Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

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The Marché alimentaire Saint-Antoine Célestins is one of the city’s landmarks, as well as one of the oldest. It takes place along the banks of the Saône River from Tuesday to Sunday, from 07:30 to 13:00.
Particularly suggestive because of its position, it is mainly frequented by citizens and even by the great chefs who come to get supplies right in these parts.
Do not miss the Ardèche cured meats and cheeses. You will also find lots of fruit, fish and flower stalls. On weekends it is particularly crowded, which is why it is best to arrive early in the morning.

Halles De la Martinière is a market that combines quality and sustainability. Inside the large pavilion there are several exhibitors where you can stop for lunch or dinner. Prices are not exactly cheap.
Inside, at Madaman’s, you can enjoy excellent crêpes, as well as vegan and organic dishes.
Oysters, salmon and fish at La Criée des Monts d Or.
Open Monday to Saturday, 09:30 to 19:30.

From Tuesday to Sunday, from 06:30 to 13:00, Boulevard de Croix Rousse hosts the farmer’s market. Excellent value for money.


Bouchon to eat in Lyon

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The real “highlight” of Lyon. There is no holiday that you can take without having set foot in one of its traditional bouchons.
These places are a real institution in the city. The tables set close together with the red and white checkered tablecloths. The copper pots hung on the wall. The menu, written on the black board, usually in the local dialect. The wooden furniture… all in an informal setting.
These are the lyonnaise bouchons. Most are located in the area of the Croix-Rousse, Presque-Ile and the old town.
The culinary proposals are a perfect combination of tradition, excellence and simplicity.
They are undoubtedly the best places to eat in Lyon. The places where “poor cuisine” meets the elegance of dishes.
Excellent cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere at Bouchon Rouge, in the Vieux-Lyon area, not far from the Cathedral.
On the opposite side of the Saône river, between Place Bellecour and Place des Terraux, Bouchon Palais Grillet is another great solution.


Salade lyonnaise is a single dish served in bouchons as well as in restaurants. They are nothing more than salads with croutons, bacon and eggs. Accompany everything with some Cervelle de canut, a soft cheese with a hard rind, flavored.

Tripe, on the other hand, is one of the main ingredients of traditional dishes. Especially in the bouchons. Try the tablier de sapeur; in this case, the meat is marinated in white wine and subsequently breaded and fried.
The sausages, on the other hand, are prepared in different ways, and with decidedly appreciable results. Cervelas de Lyon are among the most typical products of gastronomy. These are short and wide sausages stuffed with selected pork, offered in truffle and pistachio variants.

The fish Quenelle is the pride of Lyon. We have news of this delicious mixture as early as the nineteenth sexolo. The fish (pike) is combined with a “panade” made with eggs, milk, flour (or semolina) and butter. They can be accompanied with rice, with a drizzle of oil or with various condiments.

Beautiful in appearance and extraordinarily delicious in flavor. This is the tarte praline, a really great tart, a must eat in Lyon.

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