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14 Things to See and Do in Dijon, France

Ishaan Govardhan Jul 22, 2019
Untouched by the ravages of time, the magnificent town of Dijon is a testament to the charm that is unique to the affluence of medieval French nobility. There is much to marvel at, in this historic capital of Burgundy.

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Begin your tour of Dijon's history at the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, on the Place de la Liberation. It was the home of the great Duchy of Burgundy.

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Besides the beautiful porticoes of this palace, there are other works of art housed within it - at the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon.
After a tour of the museum, it's time for an alfresco brunch. Eat croissants at the outdoor cafes that line the sun-kissed streets of Dijon.
If you don't feel like touring the city on foot, you can just hop on a guided segway tour of each Dijon landmark.
Your next stop should be the gorgeous Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon. Its imposing Gothic facade is made even more stunning by the gargoyles.
If you look hard, you'll find this owl carving on a corner of the Notre-Dame Church. As legend has it, you should press it with your left hand for good luck!

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For a change of pace, stop to smell the flowers at Jardin botanique de l'Arquebuse, home to 4000 plant species. Or, check out Dijon's annual Florissimo Flower Show.
Get acquainted with Dijon, by wandering its alleys and courtyards. Surrounded by old, charming buildings on all sides, you'll want to keep strolling.
Strolling around Dijon, you may find yourself in the lovely Park Darcy. There's a famous bear statue and a fountain here, both worth a look.
Sooner or later, your guided tour of the city will take you to this elegant triumph of Gothic architecture - the almost 700 years old Dijon Cathedral.
There are many museums and art galleries in Dijon for you to visit. Get your fill of the local culture, historic roots and heritage.

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A Dijon visit would be incomplete without a shopping spree at the plentiful Les Halles Market. Don't forget to stock up on jars of iconic Dijon Mustard.
Also, there's a smorgasbord of different cheeses, lip-smacking charcuterie, and delicious baked goods to try at every counter!
Gourmets visiting Dijon will find themselves in foodie heaven, with authentic French cuisine on their plates. As for regional specialties - you can't go wrong with a plate of Chicken Dijon or Coq au Vin.
Before you leave, embark on a wine-tasting tour around the vineyards and wineries in and near Dijon. A staple of the area is Burgundy’s crémant wine.