The French love their baguettes. Some of the finest sandwiches in the world can be found right here in France. Close to our ApartHotel at Lagrange and situated on a petrol station forecourt, we found the most wonderful baguette shop.
Granted, the smell of petrol and diesel fumes isn’t exactly what you would associate with a decent place to grab lunch, but stay with me on this one. The shop caught our eye instantly with the selection of freshly baked cakes, sandwiches and quiches – not to mention the convenient location and queue out of the door.
Drinks are also available here with many choosing to take out coffee. Although this may have been something to do with the drinks fridge being quite warm. Warm drinks aside, you can’t fail to be impressed by the multitude of options when it comes to lunch. Directly behind the counter you can also spot a baker shovelling loaves to and from the ovens.
We decided to make this place a regular stop. Why? Because of the sheer quality of the products. First up, a Ham and Cheese Baguette. A classic in the pecking order of French lunchtime staples. When it’s done as good as this, in a crusty baguette with quality ingredients, it’s a couple of euro’s well spent.
The sweet stuff is equally brilliant. Lyon is famous for the Tarte au Praline Rose (Pink Praline Tart). A sweet, sticky filled pastry shell with the filling comprising of melted down pink pralines. It’s chewy, sweet and delicious. Diabetes in a slice? Possibly! However, it’s highly addictive!
Pastry seems to be a strong point of this place. Undoubtedly the choux pastry on the chocolate eclairs is as good as any patisserie that you’re likely to come across. That is put in the shade somewhat by the sheer skill visible on the Quiche Lorraine.
I’ve never seen the filling to pastry ratio in a quiche done so well. Back home, a supermarket quiche is a bland and boring affair. In Lyon, and in particular at this place, this is light years away from all of that.
Chunky cubes of bacon enshrouded by an egg filling topped with caramelised, grated cheese is my idea of heaven. The buttery, crisp and almost impossibly thin pastry crust is out of this world. I had to include this on every order throughout our trips to the shop.
As the location dictates, this is a popular spot for people to pull up in their car, grab some fuel and also their breakfast or lunch. Many would opt for a smart cafe or a patisserie to sample some of the best food in the city. Sometimes however, it’s not always the places that you expect.
In a city famous for its gastronomic contribution to the country, there are a huge variety of amazing spots to find the best food. Baguettes Sandwiches & Tradition would be right up there on my list of places to visit.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday 0700-1930
Nearest Metro: Sans Souci