Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, gem of Lyon! This is a MUST DO for all foodies and fellow #caloriesdontcare members. Thinking about this place gives me goose bumps, such fond memories. It’s all the sexiest French food found under one roof. Fresh everything, traditional French goodies, artisan style food etc… 

The whole of ground floor was like a magic food wonderland with a few restaurant. There’s an upper floor as well, but I just didn’t dare visit beyond the ground floor. Full of very serious vendors and restaurants. So much excitement!

Chapon de Bresse… champagne of chicken? Well, legally, only white chicken from Bresse can qualify this title. Yes, the name is protected by law. They also enjoy double the price of average chickens due to its high status and symbol of quality.

We arrived at around 9h30, and we’re definitely not the earliest… People were already all over the place doing queues and pin pointing  to the vendors what they want.

les-halles-de-lyon-paul-bocuse-ultimate-food-market-indoor-9655Shall we do some foodie talk? I had a sheepish moment when trying to order some oysters, “Cancale, numéro 2, s’il vous plait.” It was insufficient 🙁 Apparently, the correct way to order was to state:

  • Coast (and sometimes species as well)
  • Class
  • Size number

Small talk about the taste was expected, that required a special set of vocabularies.  Or maybe the vendor was just toying with me. But then again, French never jokes about food, right?


Oyster terms like the below was a common sight:

Bien en Chair – crisp, mild taste + firm texture
Bien Équilibrées – balanced + smooth texture **I tend to associate this type with the “sweeter” sort of taste
Bien en Eau – salty + liquid (not like water liquid,  more gel like) texture

The irony of this is that I’m not fluent in French at all, but I know rubbish vocabs like this wahaha



Top notch oysters are classified as Spéciale Pousse en Claire. It means that these oysters enjoy 1 sqm between 5 oysters (that’s the maximum flatmates allowed) AND fatten for 3-4 months (this is in addition to 2-3 years of “growing up”). 5 oysters in 1 sqm. That’s a lot of real estate. The seriousness in nature is also reflected in their price wahahaha


Basics classifications:

Fine de Claire (fatten for one month)

Spéciale de Claire (fatten for at least 2 months)

Spéciale de Claire as mentioned before

Each class has specifications on “fattening” period and amount of space per oyster.



Size 0 is like an Easter bunny (beyond 150g each), size 1 is XL, size 2 is L … size 5 is the smallest. Basically, there’s a 20-30g sort of difference between each class.



For sausages… everything has a name over here. Each name is attached to a preparation method, meat source and mix combination. Apparently, this was supposed to be general knowledge. I am ashamed to say that I had no idea. My hubby happily showed off his sausage knowledge.les-halles-de-lyon-paul-bocuse-ultimate-food-market-indoor-9670.JPG

Who can stay slim living near this market? Look at all these insane food?!?!?!? [breath]les-halles-de-lyon-paul-bocuse-ultimate-food-market-indoor-9674.JPGles-halles-de-lyon-paul-bocuse-ultimate-food-market-indoor-9700les-halles-de-lyon-paul-bocuse-ultimate-food-market-indoor-9692

Recommendation from me?

For the safety of your retirement fund, leave all cards at the hotel and use cash only.

Leave your dieting partner behind to show mercy.


Where was I?

Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

102 Cours Lafayette, 69003 Lyon

Closed every Monday

Restaurants open till later than the food market. For opening hours, please visit their official site. (French only when I last checked 12/2/2018)



Interested in Paul Bocuse? Read about my experience cooking at Institute Paul Bocuse


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Salut, I am Joyce. 40 something living in Paris. Appreciate little things and share giggles. Prudent, no nonsense reviews. #ExploreLaughRepeat


  1. This looks amazing. I love in a Southern Part of France where they tend to correct you about food ordering as well, I partially sure they’re just trying to mess with you haha.

    • Wahahaha I was hoping that they’re messing around too, else it was just way too sophisticated for me. Thank you for dropping by xox

  2. I’d be lost in there. I love oysters but I don’t know the coast, class, and size number! 😮 I think I like ones from Prince Edward Island based on what I’ve eaten before, but I’m not sure. 😛
    We have a market here called St. Lawrence Market – we are deathly afraid of the seafood vendors so we just stick to meats and vegetables. One day we will muster up the courage to buy seafood!

    • LOL Why are you scared of the seafood vendors? Are they very aggressive in sales tactics? wahahaha ~Fresh food market are great~~ I’ll tab this as destination after that lipstick lab visit hahahahah

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