Everyone knows about Guillotière, and if you don't, it’s in the 7ème in Lyon, next to a metro stop, kinda intimidating if you’ve never been. Why? Well it’s like a sub-culture in Lyon. A lot of immigrants from Algeria, North Africa and different parts of Asia have congregated into the area and it’s like a melting pot of these cultures. When I say it’s intimidating, I mean it’s just as if you’ve walked out of France into a new place.
The hidden treasure in this place are the Asian/Arabic grocery stores. You might think: what is there in an Asian store that isn’t in a normal store? Or you may even think: I am afraid to go into one, what if they find me weird? Or even, Huh? Asian store?
These places are filled with things that are way cheaper, variety of products and things that are fun to test in the kitchen. Here’s some examples:
|Thai Yellow Curry, 1.60 in market|
- Rice, by the kilo, is only €2.20. It’s higher quality, better taste.
- Yellow curry paste (picture) to be used in Thai Yellow Curry (recipe)
- Coconut milk to be used in Thai Yellow Curry
- Canned baby corns
- Giant Shrimp Chips for €1
- Buttload of seasonings that are super cheap
- Wonton Wrappers
- Curry Powder (it’s like.. awesome)
- Frozen dim sum
- Noodles in Pouches that are spicy and great when you’re sick
- Lots of flavorings
My multitude of spices
There’s more, but in order to truly enjoy it you gotta step into one. They speak French, just say ‘bonjour’ waltz in, grab a basket and enjoy.
Other places to check out while in that neighborhood is: Bahdourian and Bombay Indian Bazaar.