Dijon is one of France’s most enchanting cities. The Burgundy capital’s elegant buildings pull visitors into a medieval past, while its surrounding vineyards draw revellers out for the finest of wines. There’s also the fantastic cuisine, praised and celebrated by all who visit this spirited city.
Dijon is packed with stunning examples of historical architecture, many of which can be found in the UNESCO-listed city centre. The Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon is an absolute must-see. Considered a masterpiece of 13th-century Gothic architecture, it’s adorned with 51 gargoyles that stand guard over their breathtaking fortress. There’s also the Dijon Cathedral, where visitors can spot the city’s iconic rooftop feature – colourful tiles arranged in eye-catching geometric patterns.
Dijon’s cuisine ranks as one of France’s finest and is celebrated each November at the two-week International Gastronomy Fair. If you’re visiting during the autumn you’ll be able to sample the best of Burgundy’s foods, from the iconic Dijon mustard to the region’s famed gingerbread.
Burgundy is a world-famous wine growing region, and notable vineyards such as Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin are only 20 minutes from Dijon. Back in the city centre, a variety of wine bars including L’Assommoir Tome II and Dr Wine offer the perfect chance to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.