The paradise of gourmands: Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

The beautiful city of Lyon is famous for many things: known as a World Heritage Site for its history, its charming architecture and, above all, its cuisine, known across the world as a benchmark thanks to one of the most prestigious chefs in the world, the famous Paul Bocuse. Renfe brings you closer to the Lyon's most gastronomic side on its AVE (high-speed) France trains, AVE (high-speed) International travelling between Spain and France.

A market with a history

Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse is only 5 minutes away from the central station of Part Dieu, a real treat for food lovers. This market dates back to 1859, when a roofed market was built for vegetable and fruit farmers and livestock farmers could sell their products more easily. This place was used by the city's inhabitants as a place for bartering and trading for centuries. However, over the years, the market started to become less relevant for several reasons, such as the lack of space for sellers and the poor hygiene for the time.  

The birth of Les Halles

At this point, the old food market was demolished and the new market was built, which was inaugurated in January 1971. It was created as a traditional market, but it was not until 2006 that it acquired its current role, thanks to the French top chef, Paul Bocuse.

A genius in the kitchen

Paul Bocuse is one of the "fathers" of Nouvelle Cuisine and a benchmark in France. In 1961, he received the award for best chef in France and received his first Michelin star. In the next few years, his cuisine reached levels never seen before and he received not only 3 Michelin stars for his restaurant but every award possible, becoming one of the chefs with the most awards in history.

The market today

Paul Bocuse's influence was so big that the authorities asked Bocuse if the market could bear his name during the last restoration project in 2006, to which he agreed happily. Currently, if you are visiting Les Halles, you will probably find him looking for the best products for his restaurant or simply walking around the shops looking for new things to add to this dishes.

The current market has 3 floors and a surface area of over 13,500 m2. The ground floor is the busiest, with more than 50 shops and establishments, such as gourmet shops, restaurants and bars where you can taste top-quality products. There is also a space for gastronomic congresses, courses and wine or haute cuisine tasting events that are open to the general public. One of the main characteristics of the market stores is that the owners usually stand on the top section and know perfectly the products they offer.   

Visiting hours 

Les Halles is open Tuesday to Saturday from 7:00 to 22:30 and on Sundays and bank holidays from 7:00 to 13:00​.​ 

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