If there is one visit worth doing in France for the foodie addicts then it must be visiting Les Halles De Lyon and experiencing their famous indoor food market.
But the question is can you visit Les Halles De Lyon French indoor food market on a budget?
Well we did, and this is our story….
I have always wanted to visit Les Halles De Lyon indoor food market. There was just something about it. I wanted to soak up the atmosphere, sample lots of my favourite French food and best of all get my sugar fix!
We’re also on a 12-week camping summer holiday, so I cant blow all our holiday monies on one indoor food market, but I want to have fun and enjoy the food too.
Therefore, before we went (as I was planning it the night before), I decided to stick to a budget of a maximum of 5€ for every item of food I sampled. Nothing would go over this amount and I was determined to stick to it!
Les Halles De Lyon
That moment you get up out of bed in a morning all excited, just because you are off out on a day trip and you have been excited about this day trip for ages, then your world comes crashing down on you thanks to a thunderstorm.
Well that was us this morning.
The rain wouldn’t stop, there was thunder and there was lightening, and we were wanting to have our own tour around Lyon.
Like any other food addicts, we didn’t let it stop us.
We got up, we got ready and we headed out. It was an hours drive from the campsite we were staying at to Lyon City Centre. It gave me chance to check the weather in the car, and with the weather expected to improve, we accepted that we would be walking to the Les Halle De Lyon in the rain.
We parked the car at the secure car park near Lyon’s train station and then did the 40-minute walk from there to the market. I was particularly proud of my 3-year-old daughter as she walked there in the rain without complaining.
Though we did sneak in a cupcake stop on the way. Here is wet Sofia inspecting the cupcakes:
Les Halles De Lyon – The Plan
I was expecting it to be so busy, that one of us would have to wait outside with Jorge in his pushchair. But it was not the case and I would say it was quiet rather than busy. For lunch time on a Saturday in July I find this odd. But it does work in our favour as it means we will do very little queuing.
Next thing I know, we have all split up and are running off in different directions ready for our French food binge.
Here is the lowdown of what we bought and ate during our 3 hours inside of the Les Halles De Lyon indoor market:
The Beef Pies = 5€ Each
Dominic found these delicious pies. From first glance to a Brit you would think they were pork pies because from the outside that is exactly what they looked like. However, bite into them and they are beef mince patties loaded with French herbs with your traditional pork pie pastry on the outside.
They were so good, that BEFORE we left we got a second one to share.
Sliced Ham = 3,10€
They had some delicious looking sliced ham on the deli counter. I got 4 slices and plan to use them in some delicious ham sandwiches for dinner tonight.
Pate = 2,10€
French pate is AMAZING. If you didn’t catch that then let me say it again French pate is AMAZING. I just love it and with the delicious crust on the outside you will struggle to share your pate. I got one slice and we all had a big bite.
5 Sausages = 2,57€
It’s wonderful to say that I got 5 delicious sausages for just over 2,50€. Not even the slightest hint of grizzle and you will want to eat these repeatedly. And because sausages don’t weigh much its amazing how cheap they work out at.
2 Desserts = 5,10€
This worked out at 2,55€ each and we got a caramel tart and a mini chocolate gateau. Both of them I could eat over and over again. I am just thinking how long before I am recreating these at home!
12 Mini Desserts = 15,60€
This works out at just 1,30€ per mini dessert and they were so, so good. In fact, they were all gone in about 3 minutes between the 5 of us. They did also have a pack of 25 miniature desserts, but that just seemed too greedy!
This worked out at a total of 38,47€ for our taste sensation inside the Les Halle De Lyon. Or you could say 7,69€ per person. We spent very little compared to how much some people probably spend in there.
There are restaurants for you to eat at, but I wouldn’t want to be taking a pair of under 4’s into there, where people are having their wine and cheese experiences.
Other foods inside Les Halles De Lyon
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There were a few other things that I spotted but decided I had spent enough so didn’t bother with:
Cheese – There are lots of cheese stalls inside the Les Halles De Lyon and OMG it looks so good. But I have had so much cheese already since arriving in France that I decided not to.
Wine – Even though I love French wine, I live in Portugal which is also famed for its amazing wine. I really don’t need to spend on French wine too. But if you have never tried French wine then do give it a go!
Cookies – I saw a few but they really didn’t look that good and many of them had a very high price tag.
Remember Prices are always per kilo
It is European law to show a price per kilo and many people forget just how big a kilo is. If you work with pounds rather than kilos then this is 2.204 pounds and that’s a LOT. Imagine you would normally buy a quarter of a pound of cheese, then this converts to just short of an eighth of a kilo.
Plus, if you are buying just 1 slice of ham or one slice of pate this is such a low weight, that its unlikely that it will be over a euro or two. It is only when you are buying heavy items like potatoes, that the cost can come up.
To Visit Les Halles De Lyon
The easiest way to get to Les Halles De Lyon is on foot from the train station. We used secure car parking near the train station at a place called “Q-Park Lyon Gare Perrache Station Parking”. Then from the car park we walked to the indoor market. It took us about 40 minutes and we used Google Maps to guide us there.
But remember we did walk with small children so others might do it in 30 minutes.
For the car parking we paid 11,25€ for between 11am and 5pm. This meant we could take our time or visit other places within Lyon in the same day. Many of the metred car parks charge a lot of money per hour, so do look at an all-day service.
At Les Halles De Lyon there are more than 50 different businesses selling the best gourmet food that France has to offer. It is open from 7am until 7pm and the restaurants stay open until 10.30pm. We visited between 12 noon and 3pm and it was nice and quiet
I also recommend that after you leave that you take a stroll down by the river. It is truly beautiful and a perfect place to work off your French food.