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Dijon, a medieval pearl of Brittany by Mario

Gourmet Burgundy

‘Eat more!’ is my European mother’s mantra. So travelling to Burgundy to discover the best of its culinary delights seemed a natural fit for me. Burgundy has given birth to some of France’s greatest delicacies. Coupled with whispering canals and beckoning bike paths, this region is known as one of the most enticing food and wine trails in the world.

Dijon
Dijon

BURGUNDY’S CHAMPS ELYSÉES

The ‘Grands Crus’ tourist route, The Côte de Nuits, is known as Burgundy’s Champs Elysées. In 2015, this famous 20 kilometre stretch of vineyards was awarded world heritage status by UNESCO, officially protecting the vine that have graced these hills since the Middle Ages when the Cistercian monks planted them. I chose to enjoy my first drop at the start of this route, in Burgundy’s captivating capital, Dijon.

The streets of the town are a mix of old and new; beautifully restored historic facades that embrace contemporary design inside. As I wander past the half timbered houses down Dijon’s main street, Rue de la Liberte, I look up at the famous glazed roof tiles; each building dazzles with a symphony of colours against the sun’s rays. The sounds of church bells interweave with the smell of freshly baked baguettes that float from the covered market, Dijon les Halles, a gourmet’s cornucopia. Seafood that still moves, cheeses that weep, fruit that embrace their colours so vividly that they seem almost unreal, decadently flow from table to table. I fear it’s possible to gain weight just from the smell.

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