Dijon is a quiet French city in Burgundy with just over 150,000 residents. It is a city with a rich tradition and culture that is well ingrained in those who live there. Tradition and heritage are taken seriously in Dijon and that is why it is one of the most intriguing travel destinations in France. You won’t find the same hustle and bustle of Paris or Marseille, and outside influences are less apparent.
One of Dijon’s impacts on the world came in cuisine as it was an epicenter for mustard making in the 13th century. The condiment commonly found on hotdogs and hamburgers can be purchased from artisan shops around Dijon. Yet, those local sellers are just some of the producers selling exceptional artisan fares such as cheese and wine.
Dijon has been well-preserved over the years and it offers a wonderful opportunity for tourists to see a traditional French town.
Local Favorite: Boeuf BourguignonYou will find Dijon in France's Burgundy region, an area well-known for its food and wine. Yes, Dijon is a foodie's dream, and travelers descend on the town to eat at restaurants and cafes thanks to the region's cuisine. Boeuf bourguignon is one of the town's most famous dishes. It is a stew made with beef braised in Burgundy red wine. Red wine from the Burgundy region is the chief ingredient in many dishes found around Dijon. Boeuf bourguignon has been eaten since the Middle Ages and was a typical fare of the peasant class. Like many foods from around the world that were eaten by workers of old, today Boeuf bourguignon is popular with people from all walks of life. The melt in your mouth beef is combined with onions, carrots, garlic, and herbs. Boeuf bourguignon is often served with boiled potatoes or noodles to compliment the meat.
Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy
Museum of Fine Arts Dijon
Cathédrale Saint-Bénigne de Dijon
Top Tourist Attractions
The Palais des Ducs et des États de Bourgogne
The Palais des Ducs et des États de Bourgogne is a true must-see on a trip to Dijon. The building is located in the UNESCO-listed historic center of the city and showcases Neoclassical architecture. A trip to the palace offers you the chance to explore the Musée des Beaux-Arts.
The museum displays more than 13,000 pieces of art and artifacts from Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and more. The tour de Philippe Le Bon (or Philip the Good Tower) is attached to the palace and is accessible via tour providing breath-taking views of Dijon.
You will find the Eglise Notre-Dame a short walk from the palace and both can easily be seen on the same day. The cathedral exhibits a fine Burgundian Gothic exterior. The church is the most magnificent in the city and it is a destination for tourists who descend on Dijon.
Cité de l’Automobile
If you are interested in day-tripping around Dijon, then you cannot miss the Cité de l’Automobile. Located just over two hours from Dijon in Mulhouse, the car museum has been open since 1978 and houses the private collection of cars from Hans and Fritz Schlumpf.
The brothers were car addicts and collected them whenever possible. Today, the museum showcases 500 cars from 98 manufacturers, making it the largest displayed collection in the world. Its Bugatti collection is considered the most comprehensive available to see.
Food and Wine
Dijon, and the entire Burgundy region as a whole, is well-known for its food and wine. The city is a foodie paradise with chefs creating meals from locally sourced products. The dishes are authentic to the region at many of the sit-down restaurants. You shouldn’t miss the chance to sit down and dine at a true French restaurant when in town.
The wines produced in the Burgundy region are exported all over the world. While those bottles are sold for significant sums, you can score bottles of out of this world red wine in Dijon for very little. There are plenty of wine tours to join at vineyards around the region.