Meals

Different countries have different eating habits. How many meals are eaten in France and at what time? Where and how can you purchase food?



Meals
How the French eat
In general, the French eat three meals a day: breakfast in the morning, lunch around noon or one p.m. and dinner at seven or eight p.m. 

Breakfast most often includes a warm drink (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) and bread with butter or jam. Sometimes, there will be croissants and pains au chocolat (especially on Sunday). 

The meals at noon (lunch) and in the evening (dinner) often include a starter (raw vegetables, soup), a warm main dish (meat or fish, vegetables or cereals), cheese and dessert (fruit, pastry, ice cream, etc.).
The usual drinks for lunch and dinner are water and sometimes wine or beer. Except for fast food outlets, restaurants do not serve meals between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Lyon is known for its great culinary diversity and proudly assumes its title of "world gastronomy capital"! You can sample typical Lyon cuisine (traditional dishes based on cured meats), along with regional wines (Beaujolais, Côte du Rhône), in traditional restaurants called "bouchons". 

It is also possible to taste the culinary specialties of many other countries.
There's a restaurant for every budget! 
www.lyonresto.com  
www.petitpaume.com  

Shopping
Hypermarkets and supermarkets offer a vast choice of items and are generally open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (sometimes later and on a few Sundays during the year). The greatest drawback to these stores is the fact that they are often located on the outskirts of the city. You can also order using the Internet, with home delivery in 48 to 72 hours.

Smaller stores are located in the city center. They are frequently a bit more expensive. There are also many small neighborhood businesses, such as pork butchers, bakeries, delicatessens and grocery stores.
Sometimes located in the city, the least expensive supermarkets are the discounters (Leader Price, Lidl, etc.). 
See also our articles on the Resto U  and Eating at home 

You can also take a moment to purchase fresh produce in the morning, in particular on weekends, at the numerous Lyon markets. This is where you will find local products (cheese, cold cuts, vegetables, fruit, etc.). 
It won't cost you more and has the advantage of freshness!
 

Guide to markets


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