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Dec 15, 2012 02:13 PM

Les Halles de Lyon vs Nouvelles Halles de Lyon

Sorry, this is a rather basic question, but I'm confused because there seem to be 2 websites for the main Lyon Market on Garibaldi - or http://www.nouvelleshallesdelyon.lyon... - and I'm visiting for the first time in 2 weeks and trying to plan my lunch on Saturday. Is there enough prepared food at the market that I can have lunch there? Lots of restaurants I wanted to try are closed. Thanks!

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  1. One website
    indicates restos/oyster places are open Saturdays 9-22h30. I usually eat at an oyster place; but I've never been on a Saturday.
    I would think there's also lots of food with which to put together a "picnic." I shop and schelp stuff back to Paris.

    1. Les Halles de Lyon on the cours Lafayette/ rue Garibaldi are "nouvelles"... moved to its current site about 30 or 40 years ago from place Cordeliers on the other side of the Rhône. The confusion comes from two different websites, both competing for advertising from the vendors and restaurants. And yes, lots of plats cuisinés in Les Halles. But there is a 3- or 4-hour mid-day hiatus from about 12:30pm when almost all stands are closed. I imagine with your wedding at 11am, the vin d'honneur and 35- to 40-minute travel time by bus or métro (or 15 to 20 minutes by taxi) from Caluire-et-Cuire, you will be back in Lyon centre by 2 to 2:30.

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      1. re: Parnassien

        Thanks to you both - that's very helpful. The "nouvelles" website (http://www.nouvelleshallesdelyon.lyon... is confusing me further because it says:

        Côté Boileau – de novembre à décembre :
        Aménagement d’un espace paysager.

        but perhaps this is outdated info relating to the 2006 renovations.

        Think I'll try and reserve Palégrié for Sat lunch and go to the markets before dinner at Magali et Martin on Fri when I arrive at 5pm-with all the wedding festivities, I might not have time on Sat, and it sounds like many stalls are closed on Sundays. Thanks!

      2. Les Halles (Paul Bocuse) de Lyon is THE permanent, covered market in Lyon. but I'm not sure I'd call it the "main market." Both the outdoor markets on the Quai St. Antoine and in the Croix-Rousse are larger, and are frequented daily by the local chefs.

        My impression of Les Halles after my visit last month is that it is more geared to tourists and regular local shoppers looking for specialty items.

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        1. re: ChefJune

          The poster needed a market on Saturday afternoon which makes Les Halles the only option.

          Yes, the neighbourhood markets are much better and far more flavourful in all ways. But Croix-Rousse and St-Antoine Celestins, for instance, are only open in the mornings (Tues to Sun)