Bar des Halles is stall number 16-17 and is another of the four cafe/bars in Victor Hugo Market in the centre of Toulouse. It’s the length of a tall man lying down away from the fabulous fish section in this fabulous covered market which is open Tuesdays to Sundays, mornings only. Unlike Chez Catherine, which is further up the same aisle, Bar des Halles is a boozers lean to. It’s not yet 9am, but the bar is serving up pression (draught beer), muscat and red wine along with a plat de jour, which today happens to be grilled chicken, to an array of men, many of whom work on the market or nearby.
As you can see from the video above, there’s plenty to look at and nibble at nearby. Chez Noel is my current fishmonger of choice for oysters. A dozen fins de claire cost around €7. More on those, and ont he fish market as a whole, another day. There is also a croque monsieur seller who dabbles in pizza and lasagne to-go. And on the floor is the ubiquitous red cross of Toulouse.
It’s morning, I’ve got the local freesheet and I’m here for the coffee. They be €1.10 a go, a beer’s €2 as are the aperitifs. In this case it’s Cafe Geriko, which I’ve never tried before. It comes in the usual powerful French one shot cup. Incidentally googling around tells me there’s an Irish rock band that also go by the name of Geriko. What came first? the coffee or the band?
Here’s the google map to Victor Hugo market in Toulouse.