Buying food

What people eat varies from one country to another. What time do the French eat ? How many times a day ? Where can you go shopping for food ?

Buying food
The French way of life
In general, the French have three meals a day : breakfast when they wake up, lunch around 12 noon or 1 pm and dinner around 7 or 8 pm in the evening.

Breakfast is usually a hot drink (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) and slices of bread with butter and jam. From time to time, especially on Sundays, people buy pastries like croissants.

The midday meal (déjeuner) and the evening meal (diner) usually comprise a starter (raw vegetables or soup), a cooked dish (meat or fish, vegetables or cereal), cheese and a dessert (fruit, cake or ice-cream).

A whole variety of culinary specialities are available in Lyon, also known as the world capital of gastronomy. You can taste typical dishes (based on sausage delicatessen), with regional wines from the Beaujolais or the Côtes du Rhône in traditional restaurants known as “bouchons”
You can also taste specialities from just about any country and there are restaurants for all budgets.

Hypermarkets and supermarkets have a vast choice of products and are generally open from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 8 pm or sometimes later. They will also be open several Sundays each year. The main drawback is that these big supermarkets are usually just outside the city. However, you can order by internet and have your shopping delivered within 48 to 72 hours. Websites : Télémark, Houra, Ooshop,...

In the city there are small and medium sized food shops. These are often slightly more expensive. There are also lots of local shops for delicatessen, bread, cakes and groceries…
The cheapest of all are the discount shops, sometimes to be found in cities (Leader Price, Lidl, ED,…)

You can also take time to buy fresh produce (cheese, ham, vegetables, fruit…) from one of the many street markets in Lyon.This is not necessarily more expensive and you will be sure of fresh produce.
Find them on this map

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