Dijon in eastern France began as a bustling hub of trade during the Roman times. These days, visitors flock to this picturesque town because of its pleasant atmosphere: a mix of village-like charm and cosmopolitan sophistication. Throw in the winding streets, splendid food and well-preserved architectural treasures, and you’ve got yourself an ideal European destination.
A tour of the best sites in Dijon will undoubtedly include the Notre Dame, a masterpiece of 13th-century Gothic architecture fronted by rows of gargoyles. It will also take you through the Place François Rude, a central square lined with bustling cafes, restaurants and charming timber-framed houses.
Conveniently, tourist attractions in Dijon are all signposted with brass plaques featuring a little owl, the emblem of the town and a bringer of good luck, according to local tradition. You can purchase a guide to the Owl’s Trail from the tourist office, or embark on the trail on your own.
As the capital of Burgundy, Dijon enjoys a fantastic wine and culinary scene. For a taste of what the city has to offer, don’t forget to take a trip to Les Halles, the popular Dijon covered market (which was designed by Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame.) Here you’ll find Dijonnais specialties like boeuf bourguignon, coq au vin, and, of course, an array of mustard.