Our stay of a week in Lyon could have been extended as we found plenty to do in this large regional city. In one week we felt we had just found our feet and would have liked at least another week to buy the springtime produce to cook for ourselves and still allow enough time to eat our heads off at its extensive selected restaurants. High on our list was Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse – the covered indoor food market. It was named in honour of Paul Bocuse who has done so much to raise the profile of gastronomy in Lyon and of course he is so well-known outside of France. It was not as busy as we expected it to be, but we were informed that many of the fifty to sixty or so traders sell directly to restaurants.
The hours are advertised as opening early but nothing appeared to be happening until after 11am.
We had a meal here but it was quickly ordered and consumed as we had an appointment to find some wine in Beaujolais country. Generally you can have a good meal (mâchon as it is called in the region) in the bouchons (typical restaurants of Lyon), that are dotted around the food stands. We heard from locals that the food is quite expensive to buy here so maybe it is the many bouchons that keep Les Halles de Bocuse doors open.