Combining an exceptional historic heritage with a natural liking for good food, this second largest city of France and the capital of Rhone-Alpes region, Lyon has been the ultimate gastronomic city popular around the world owing to Chef Paul Bocuse. You can succumb here to the charm of the city’s atmosphere, where everything is gourmandise, sometimes for the eyes and at other times for the taste buds. It boasts of over 2000 restaurants, including the famed ‘bouchons’ aka typical local eateries to Michelin star establishments. From traditional Lyonnaises (19th century cooks for the bourgeoisie) to creative young chefs, Lyon is home to culinary experimentation with new tastes and concepts to be savoured. A must visit certainly is the ‘Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse’ which since its creation in 1859 have been an emblematic centre for Lyon gastronomy. As time went by the covered market turned into an existent market hall. This in turn fell into disorder to the point where in 1971 the new Halles De Lyon was built at its present location in the Part – Dieu neighbourhood. In December 2006, the ‘Halles’ went through yet another major turning point in their existence and after a complete face lift is now called ‘ Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse’, in tribute to the great Lyon chef who frequently does his shopping here. Fifty six merchants and artisans share the market; amongst the renowned ‘Mere Richard’ (cheeses), sibila cooked meats etc. You can find all sorts of regional products here, all of exceptional quality, together with a number of restaurants and sea food joints. It’s sheer amazement and inspiring to stroll around Lyon to admire its heritage and also to explore its many boutiques. All in all an ideal city for discovering all the charms and the French way of life!