10 Places for Food Delights in Lyon

10 Places for Food Delights in Lyon

The city of Lyon is famous for its contribution to the culinary arts. Here food lovers will find hundreds of specialty shops throughout the city offering some of the world's finest and award-winning products fit to delight any epicurean palate. Let your taste buds lead you on this voyage into the stronghold of French chocolate, cheese and spices, such as Lyon.
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1. Rolancy Alain

Rolancy Alain
To delight your taste buds, check out the Rolancy chocolate and pastry shop. One step through the door and your eyes will be the first to tell you why Mr. Rolancy has earned the prestigious award know as best artisan, or "Meilleur Ouvrier de France". Like fine works of art, every item showcased in this boutique is a testament to the artist's imagination and his masterful use of the most exceptional — and sometimes exotic — ingredients. Choose from a rainbow display of macaroons in a variety of flavors - apple, banana and cinnamon, chocolate, pistachio and many more. Tempt your taste buds with a rich selection of tarts - chocolate, praline, raspberry, strawberry, kiwi, apricot, blackberry and other seasonal fruit. You'll also find delicate and appetizing pastries, ice cream, fruit sweets, homemade jams, buttery croissants, and an assortment of handcrafted chocolates. The only regret you may have when leaving is that it's nearly impossible to taste everything in just one visit; even more reason to come back another day.
Where to find it:
Address:
16 Grande Rue de la Croix-Rousse
69004 Lyon
Phone: 04 78 28 70 53

2. Chokola

Chokola
Chokola is Sebastian Bouillet's new boutique dedicated 100 percent to the pure pleasure and enjoyment of chocolate. One step through the door and you know that the master is hard at work — and play. Everything about Chokola is fun. From the chocolate fountain and rich aromas to the loft-style decor accentuated with brick and industrial metal, it's easy to think you've just stepped into a modern-day Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like the workshop's interior design, the products are playful too. The lipstick, for example, comes in 12 delicious chocolate-based flavors. There's also a bookcase covering an entire wall that contains more than 40 different types of chocolate bars from around the world. Chokola is fun and inviting, and most importantly, a chocolate experience your taste buds will remember for a long time to come.
Where to find it:
Address:
3 Rue d'Austerlitz
69004 Lyon
Phone: 4 78 28 90 89

3. Fromagerie Didier Galland

Fromagerie Didier Galland
France is well known the world over for its great — and largest — variety of cheeses. To some this comes as a gastronomic blessing. For others it's a source of dismay, as the former French president Charles de Gaulle once declared: "How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?" Since opening his boutique in 1984, Didier Galland has become the reference for cheese in the historic Croix-Rousse district of Lyon. Here you'll find an extraordinary choice of cheeses in various textures and tastes: soft, firm, creamy, sharp, spicy and delicate. Whether you love the taste of goat, cow or sheep cheese, there's enough variety in this boutique to impress even the most demanding palate. You can also order a cheese platter for your dinner parties and other special occasions. As for the exact number of different cheeses that exist in France, nobody really knows for sure. Some say you can taste a different cheese every day of the year. You might not find every single one of them at Didier Galland, but the quality and choice of what you do find here will not disappoint.
Where to find it:
Address:
8, rue d'Austerlitz
69004 Lyon
Phone: 04 78 39 98 84

4. Henri Bouillet

Henri Bouillet
You're about to visit the original pastry shop opened by the Bouillet family in 1977. Whereas Chokola, run by the son Sebastian, specializes in chocolate, this boutique focuses on pastries, each one a work of art. The window displays alone are known to stop passers by in mid-stride; and it's the promise of a taste sensation that draws them inside. Beyond their exquisite decorations, the tarts and pastries all share one thing in common: an explosion of flavor with each bite. And there's a remarkable selection to choose from: praline, litchi, vanilla, hazelnut, green tea, apricot, pear, caramel, lemon, mango and pineapple to name just a few. The macaroons offered by Bouillet vary with season, so, depending on the time of year, you might find such different flavors as caramel banana, honey pecan, chestnut, chocolate and mandarin.
Where to find it:
Address:
15 Place de la Croix-Rousse
69004 Lyon
Phone: 4 78 28 90 89

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:30 am - 07:30 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 08:00 am - 01:00 pm

5. Marché de la Croix-Rousse

Marché de la Croix-Rousse
The marché de la Croix-Rousse is one of Lyon's premier open-air markets. On weekends the market spans nearly the entire length of the Boulevard de la Croix-Rousse, with local and regional producers selling their seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also find specialty products like honey, locally made cheeses, wine, mushrooms, spices, and more. There's an expanded market on Tuesdays with clothes and household items for sale. And on Saturdays there's a small section of the market, just in front of the Croix-Rousse Square, reserved for organic produce.
Where to find it:
Address:
Place de la Croix-Rousse
69004 Lyon

6. Marché Saint-Antoine Célestins

Marché Saint-Antoine Célestins
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The marché quai Saint Antoine is another of Lyon's well-known open-air markets, this one extending for several city blocks along the picturesque Saône River. Here you'll find fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, fish, breads and pastries, dried fruits, olives, spices and other regional specialties. One of the big attractions of walking through this market, aside from the fabulous food and friendly, animated atmosphere, are the views: scenic bridges and the charming building façades across the river that slope gently up to the Fourvière basilica at the top of the hill.
Where to find it:
Address:
Quai Saint-Antoine
69002 Lyon

Hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 06:00 am - 01:00 pm
Friday, Saturday: 06:00 am - 01:30 pm
Sunday: 06:00 am - 02:00 pm

7. Sève

Sève
As you're strolling through the market along the riverside, don't forget to cross the street for a visit to Sève, home to another master chocolate maker and pastry chef. If you're coming in from the sun, your eyes may need a moment to adjust to the elegantly dark interior: a smart, modern touch that highlights the gems gleaming from under the glass counter tops. From delicate, sweet crisps and mouthwatering panettone to rich chocolates, tarts and home-made fruit jellies, you're sure to find something to satisfy that inner sweet tooth. Or pick and choose from an entire counter filled with macaroons in flavors, such as peach, apricot, caramel and rose petal, each stamped with the Sève insignia.
Where to find it:
Address:
29 Quai Saint-Antoine
69002 Lyon
Phone: 4 78 37 67 81

Hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 09:30 am - 07:30 pm
Sunday: 09:00 am - 01:30 pm

8. Voisin

Voisin
100 years ago Léon Voisin opened a specialty boutique to sell tropical products coming from the French colonies in Africa and Asia. Along with their coffees and teas, today Voisin is also known for their collection of over 60 fine chocolates in a mouth-watering array of flavors. They also produce sugared almond candies, known as dragées, in a rainbow of colors that are traditionally offered to guests at weddings and other important ceremonies. You can also find candied fruits, holiday chocolates and the most traditional of Lyonnais sweets, the emerald Coussion de Lyon, made of chocolate and marzipan. The shape of the coussin was inspired by a historic event that took place during the plague epidemic of 1643. At that time the city council members walked to Fourvière carrying, among other things, a silk cushion, coussin in French, as a prayer to the Virgin to protect the city. The city was spared and today, thanks to Voisin, we have the "cushion" of Lyon in remembrance of this event. This particular Voisin boutique sits on the northern side of the largest pedestrian square in Europe, Place Bellecour.
Where to find it:
Address:
11 Place Bellecour
69002 Lyon
Phone: 4 78 37 79 41

9. Bahadourian

Bahadourian
A gourmet visit to Lyon would not be complete without a stop at Bahadourian, Lyon's foremost supplier of "savors from around the world". Since it first opened in 1929, the family-run Bahadourian has continued to expand their offer, searching out only the finest traditional and exotic products from the five continents. Walking through Bahadourian is a voyage to a distant place; the best way to experience it fully is to take your time. Here you'll find hundreds of novel products on the shelves: spices, breads, sweets, wines, honeys, coffees, teas, salts, peppers, herbs, condiments, chutneys, oils, dried fruits, assorted cookware, and much, much more. Bahadourian is an oriental bazaar at its finest, packed with treasures just waiting to be discovered.
Where to find it:
Address:
20 Rue Villeroy
69003 Lyon
Phone: 4 78 60 32 10

Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 07:30 am - 07:30 pm

10. Bernachon

Bernachon
The ultimate stop on your gourmet tour of Lyon could be the artisanal chocolate house called Bernachon. Maurice Bernachon, its founder, is known for having said that chocolate is not just another sweet; it's true gourmet food. And the specialty items produced by this still family-run business are proof of his lifelong passion for this delicacy. At Bernachon you can choose from a wide assortment of chocolate bars, individual pieces and gift boxes. But even at this level of mastery, certain stand above the rest: like the palet d'or, a sumptuously rich mix of cream and dark chocolate decorated with gold leaf. At Bernachon you also have The Tea Salon where you can sit for a relaxing lunch after a long walk through Lyon. If you arrive later in the afternoon, you might want to sit for a few quiet moments and savor an exotic tea, a specialty dessert...or one of Bernachon's famously rich hot chocolates with a touch of vanilla and fresh cream.
Where to find it:
Address:
42 Cours Franklin Roosevelt
69006 Lyon
Phone: 4 78 24 37 98

Hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 08:30 am - 07:00 pm
Sunday: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm
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