The capital of France’s Burgundy region, Dijon is famous for its eponymous mustard. But the sharp-yet-creamy condiment is just one of many gastronomic delights that can be found in this charming city. Here’s what you need to know about dining and drinking in Dijon.
Must-Try Dishes and Varietals
Dijon mustard is the city’s most well-known food export, and you’ll find various varieties for sale in boutiques around the city. In Dijon, as in the rest of Burgundy, dishes such as coq au vin (a wine-infused chicken stew), boeuf bourguignon (a rich, red-wine-based stew), oeufs en meurette (poached eggs in red-wine sauce), and escargots à la Bourgogne (snails in parsley-garlic butter) are popular. You’ll also see lots of flavorful cuts of Charolais beef, which come from the cattle that roam Burgundy’s fertile fields, as well as cheese platters composed of local products such as Epoisses and Abbaye de la Pierre qui Vire. For a sweet snack, pick up some pain d'épices (gingerbread) or nonnettes (a small cake made of gingerbread, honey, and orange).
Dijon is surrounded by some of France’s premier vineyards and most renowned wine producers, with pinot noirs from Côte de Nuits and chardonnays from Côte de Beaune featuring heavily. Don’t leave the region without trying crème de cassis, a blackberry liqueur native to Dijon. It’s commonly poured into Champagne to make a Kir Royale, an effervescent cocktail.
- Take part in wine tastings and learn about local viticulture during wine tours around the Côte d’Or.
- Descend into atmospheric cellars for wine-and-cheese pairings.
- Explore Dijon’s Les Halles food market and sample local specialties on a food tour.