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Maison Rousseau

Maison Rousseau
102 Cours Lafayette, 69003 Lyon, France 
+33 4 78 62 37 65

As I previously mentioned in my post about dining at Paul Bocuse, there's a large marketplace or "les halles" located in the Part-Dieu neighborhood of Lyon that is quite simply a food lover's paradise. The marketplace is named in honor of the legendary Paul Bocuse, and under one roof you will find an array of different vendors selling some of the highest quality products and ingredients on the planet - and I don't think that that's an exaggeration. The marketplace is home to artisanal cheese makers, butchers, bread makers, pastry shops, wine shops, seafood stalls, restaurants - you name it.

We visited the marketplace in the late afternoon on the same day we were visiting Paul Bocuse's L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges. It was a bit of a shame since we didn't really take advantage of our time at the market. We didn't try much of anything since we knew we were in for a huge, multi-course meal later that night and didn't want to ruin our appetites. We couldn't go without having anything, however, so we stopped at Maison Rousseau for some oysters.

Maison Rousseau is a seafood purveyor where you can buy all kinds of fresh seafood to take home. There's also a shop keeper at the counter who will kindly shuck oysters or other crustaceans for you, which is what we opted for.

After sharing a dozen oysters, we also stopped by the shop of La Mere Richard to grab some cheese before heading back to the hotel. Lyon is most famous for its Saint-Marcellin cheese, which is a soft textured cow's milk cheese, and this is the one we bought. Funny enough, later that night we found out that cheese from La Mere Richard is served at L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges.

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