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Léon de Lyon is a chic place to grab a gourmet lunch or romantic dinner either outside on their sunny patio or inside in their red-themed dining area. The decor inside is Parisian-influenced with elegant red leather chairs and large banquettes with white linens adorning the tables and artwork covering the walls. The exterior is ivy-covered and small tables line the outside wall attracting passersby as they smell the gourmet cheese plates and delicious wine. Walk in for a shot of classic Lyonnaise dishes like the Gougeres au Saint-Marcellin, Quenelles de brochet and Perdu et Doree au Miel, that never fail to be an absolute delight for the taste-buds.
At Quai des Oliviers, you can choose from an extensive range of olive oils, right from the local production from the countryside to the most highly ranked, exceptional gourmet oils from Tuscany, Andalucia, Provence, Crete, or Sicily. To complement the tastes of the Mediterranean, delicious pastas, assorted pickles and jams, unique vinegar, exotic wines, delectable spices, and specialties of Provence such as dried tomatoes, pestos, and tapenades, are also available. You can also buy their cookbooks or gift one of their goodies to your loved ones. Check website for more details.
Since the 16th Century, Lyon has been the city of silk. The Atelier de Soierie demonstrates and allows one to appreciate how squares of silk are colored in typical Lyonnaise fashion. Visitors can actually see a demonstration of how products are made. On display here are Duffy Palmes, Cornets, Fragments Persans and Herade. There is a shop where you can buy cravats, shawls, silk squares, scarfs and more.
Malleval is not like other wine merchants since it sells the finest wines from Lyon and all across France. Don't hesitate to ask the sommeliers' advice. They'll help find just the right vintage for you. Wine lovers and collectors will be enchanted to find the most prestigious and rare bottles of Grands Crûs like Romanée-Conti, Gevrey Chambertin, Pommard, Aloxe Corton, Montrachet, Château Pétrus or Château Latour. You can also try the organic wines. As to liqueurs, they have an amazing selection of Armagnacs and Cognacs. To complete your perfect meal, they offer various delicacies to go with the wine.
Giraudet is one of the oldest houses preparing Quenelles, the Lyon specialties. Quenelles, the result of Joseph Moyne's original recipe in 1880 are Giraudet's claim to fame, since they use a 123 years old formula even today. Choose form more than 20 varieties: plain, pike, rock shrimps or poultry and morels Quenelles. To complete the meal, choose from a great selection of salsas like Black Pepper, Pimiento or Rock Shrimps salsa. They also have soups changing along with the seasons. Among subtle flavors, try the coriander and sardines or the carrot, orange and spices soup. Each dish is home made and produced with natural ingredients. Check website for more details.
Le Jardin des Pentes isn't where you want to go for a fancy dinner experience, but if you don't mind the crowded, tiny room and feel at ease amongst loud groups of young people, this is the place for you! With every choice of pizza, the place and its relaxed feel definitely speaks to the Croix-Rousse student crowd. But this is no greasy dive, the pizzas are prepared right in front of you with fresh ingredients, and they are delicious! Le Jardin des Pentes owner and only employee is a funny and bold character, which gives even more personality to the place!
Bernachon is the gold standard among chocolate artisans in Lyon and indeed all of France. The cocoa beans are selected from among the best varieties in the world and processed in Lyon laboratories with the special care of the best chocolate chefs. They are roasted, grounded and finally blended with the finest dairy products (Isigny cream and Échiré butter) to produce the best chocolate candies. The Palet d'or (fresh cream and dark chocolate) and the Chocolate Truffle are their first specialties. On offer are one thousand one flavors including the Hazelnut Aveline, the Almond Princess, the Pistachio Round or the Mocha Round. Take a seat in the tearoom for a hot drink and enjoy pastries that are as delicious as the chocolate sweets. Orders can be placed by fax and emails too but not on phone.
Les Halles de Lyon - Paul Bocuse is the site of spacious covered market consisting of more than 50 shops which dates back to the 19th Century. Constructed at its current location during the 1960s, the market is mainly known for its vast selections of local food products. You can find numerous cheeses, a great selection of wines, regional charcuterie as well as the basics like seafood, meat, fruits, vegetables and bread. Sample some fresh oysters and other delicacies while doing your shopping. A number of excellent restaurants and bars can also be found at this venue.
At Fromagerie Fauret, you'll find a large selection of great creamy cheeses from Lyons and France farms. The cheeses are aged in the back of the boutique so you can be assured that it will be perfectly aged to your taste, whatever your preference. The creamiest are the Saint-Marcellin or the Reblochon and the strongest the Pont l'Évêque, the Livarot and the Époisses. Ask for some wine advice to further savor the cheeses flavor.
Le Gourmet de Sèze is known for putting a contemporary and modern twist on traditional French cuisine. Chef Bernard Mariller is a local favorite and has quite a devoted following. The specialty here is definitely shellfish St. Jacques with broccoli in truffle juice but the menu is full of seasonal dishes that aim to please. The dining area is rather small but warm and inviting with a classic and sophisticated vibe.