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“Sunday for your picnic”

Ranked #69 of 210 things to do in Lyon
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“Sunday for your picnic”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Excellent market that has everything you need for a Sunday picnic. Pick up your bread, cheese, salami, salad and fruit for dessert or even a roast chicken and potatoes if you prefer (which seems very popular). Then head off on a bus to the Tete d'or park for lunch with the rest of the locals. Parfait.

Visited June 2013
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“Worth a Visit, Even if You Aren't Going to Buy Anything”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

This is a great French open-air market, selling nothing but food...meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, etc. It seems to go for blocks, and there are multiple stands of every sort. It is very crowded on the weekends, but is still an adventure. If you haven't been to one of these, it is well worth a visit. if you are interested in some serious shopping for basic food, brace yourself for crowds of people, figure out the stands with the longest lines, and go there. Or go on a weekday.

Visited January 2013
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“Great to visit on the weekend”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

It is a great place to go on the weekend, probably get some cheese and bread to do a picnic in the park. It is very easy to talk to the vendors, they are willing for you to try their product and if you like it you can buy it. A lot of variety and very fresh products in most cases.

Visited August 2012
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“Depends when you go”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

Decided to skip Les Halles of Lyon as we have been to similar food markets in Paris, and instead opted for the local food markets that are available pretty much every day if the week. This one is supposed to be the biggest, followed by La Croix Rousse up on top of a hill.

The plus(es):

Fabulous location next to the river, with ample parking if you get there early in the morning, and wide pedestrian walkways.
Fair prices - not outstanding value, but it's all there in one place to buy.
You can have a conversation with the sellers about their produce (if it's theirs), and are free to taste

The not so great:

A lot of the produce is not local. Much of the fruit (and some of the veg) is from Spain.

There is very little in terms of specialties - just a bit of cheese and charcuterie, and one proud producer of great local apricots. Compared to weekly markets, like the one we went to in Revel, or the weekend market in Rue Daguerre in Paris, this one is just for day to day produce.

The minuses:

Don't go to the market just after Bastille Day. We totally forgot, travelled on the 16th, when half of Lyon has gone away, and barely a third of the 110+ stallholders were there even at 10am, when it starts at 6am and ends at 1pm.

Don't go to the market Monday to Thursday. One of the shop owners told us it only really gets going Friday to Sunday, when everyone is there. This applies to Croix Rousse as well, which is perhaps less accessible up on the hill, but has fantastic views of the city at one end.

Perhaps on those days all the local producers come to town. I'd like to think so, and make the effort on another day at the right time. There are also other markets that specialise in organic produce.

Check out the official Lyon markets website:

Visited July 2012
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