Pedestrian-friendly Dijon will charm you with its lively streets, world-class galleries and a flourishing culinary scene. The regional capital is a gateway to Burgundy, one of the most iconic winemaking regions in the world. Sightsee in the city or venture into the hillsides to visit some of the most famous vineyards in France.
Things to do in Dijon
Strolling around the pedestrianised streets of the Old City is one of the best ways to enjoy Dijon. The UNESCO-protected neighbourhood is filled with beautiful medieval and Renaissance buildings, many reimagined as atmospheric cafes and boutiques. The spectacular Les Halles covered market dates back to the 19th century and is filled with stalls selling fresh produce, artisan cheese, chocolate and meats.
As the capital of Burgundy, Dijon is home to a string of outstanding museums and galleries. The Musée des Beaux-Arts occupies a lavish medieval palace and showcases a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and antiquities.
Guided vineyard tours are a fantastic way to discover the famous Burgundy winemaking region. You can visit postcard-perfect Côte d'Or vineyards and learn about Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the iconic grapes grown in the region. The best tours stop in Beaune, a centuries-old walled town criss-crossed with cobbled streets.
Dijon is proud of its culinary heritage, which is centred around farm-fresh food and fine wine. Splurge on a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant or enjoy authentic French cuisine at a budget-friendly bistro. Of course, no meal is complete without a side of tangy Dijon mustard. Finish your night with a glass of sweet crème de cassis blackcurrant liqueur. Local bakeries will tempt you with “pain d'épices” gingerbread and “gougeres” cheese pastries.
Getting around Dijon
Dijon is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Trams are a fast and affordable way to get around the city, or you can ride local buses. Bikes are a fun and eco-friendly way to get from A to B. Dijon-Bourgogne Airport is a 15-minute drive from the city centre.