Les Halles
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Les Halles de Lyon
Upon arriving in Lyon, if you don't already think of yourself as a food enthusiast, you will definitely be one by the time you have to leave. Lyon is the “gastronomic capitol of France,” and visiting the city provides an excellent education in French cuisine. When in Lyon, a visit to Les Halles is essential. Les Halles is an indoor market, a huge gathering of food vendors offering a breathtaking range of superb prepared and packaged food, further confirmation that the French are, quite simply, the most awesome food civilization ever to set a table on planet Earth. At Les Halles, there are many stations offering cheese, amazing charcuterie and other regional items, including a range of marvelous-looking whole chickens such as we never see in the US, and ready-made items like quenelles, a paste of creamed fish (usually pike) served in Nantua (crayfish) sauce at many of the city's legendary bouchons. We marveled at the candied fruit (including whole pineapples, pictured) and other examples of Gallic culinary genius. If you’re looking to bring home something special from your trip to Lyon, there are many canned items at the market to consider, including hyper-expensive Petrossian caviar as well as reasonably priced canned pickles, mushrooms, and lots of chocolate, suitable for packing in carry-on luggage.
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