A Taste Bud's Delight

France, Lyon Guide (A): A Taste Bud's Delight

The city of Lyon is famous for its contribution to the culinary arts. Here food lovers can find hundreds of specialty shops throughout the city that offer some of the world's finest award-winning products to delight one's epicurean palate. Let your taste buds follow this guide on a voyage into the heart of chocolate, cheese and spices.
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Guide Name: A Taste Bud's Delight
Guide Location: France » Lyon
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Rolancy Pâtisserie   Chokola   Fromagerie Didier Galland   Bouillet   Marché de la Croix-Rousse   Marché quai Saint Antoine   Sève   Voisin   Bahadourian   Fromagerie Maréchal   Bernachon  
Author: Alex Quici
Author Bio: Alex Quici is a freelance writer whose career has taken him to work on three continents - North America, Asia, and now Europe where he lives with his family. When he's not writing, Alex is taking photos of Lyon, rock climbing, or learning to play the violin.
Author Website: http://www.alexquici.com
Rolancy Pâtisserie

1) Rolancy Pâtisserie

Your "Taste Bud Delight" tour begins here at 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...

2) 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 a 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,...
Fromagerie Didier Galland

3) Fromagerie Didier Galland

France is well known the world over for its great variety — and number — of cheeses. To some this comes as a gastronomic blessing. For others it's a source of dismay, as when former French president Charles de Gaulle made the declaration: "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.


4) 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...
Marché de la Croix-Rousse

5) 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...
Marché quai Saint Antoine

6) Marché quai Saint Antoine

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 though this market, aside from the fabulous food and friendly, animated atmosphere, are the views: scenic bridges and the charming...

7) 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,...

8) 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 the 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,...

9) Bahadourian

A taste-bud 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...
Fromagerie Maréchal

10) Fromagerie Maréchal

The cheese shop known as the Fromagerie Maréchal and run by Etienne Boissy, Meiller Ouvrier de France since 2004, is located in the heart of what's often referred to as "the stomach of Lyon" — Les Halles de Lyon.

Les Halles de Lyon, named after Lyon's famous chef Paul Bocuse, is a modern glass structure that brings together 59 of the city's finest and most recognized names in the gastronomic arts. In the Halles you'll find oyster bars, produce stands,...

11) Bernachon

The last stop on our "Taste Bud" tour of Lyon is 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,...

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