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Burgundian in Avallon

Auberge du Pot d'Etain

For a special treat, stop in at this unexpected gastronomic gem in the modest village of L'Isle-sur-Serein, 15km north of Avallon. The classically Burgundian menu revolves around fresh local meats, fish and vegetabl…
Church in Avallon

Collégiale St-Lazare

Eight centuries ago, masses of pilgrims flocked here thanks to a piece of the skull of St Lazarus, believed to provide protection from leprosy. The early-12th-century church once had three portals, but one was crush…
Burgundian in Avallon

Le Vaudésir

Freshness and value for money are the hallmarks of this sophisticated bistro, 800m from the centre on the road to Lyon. Dishes range from the quintessentially Burgundian (escargots in parsley-cream sauce) to origina…
Burgundian in Avallon

Hôtel Les Capucins Restaurant

Attached to the hotel of the same name, this restaurant serves up Burgundian classics such as escargots and beef with Dijon mustard or Époisses cheese sauce, in a dining room decorated in cheery shades of red and fu…
Teahouse in Avallon

Dame Jeanne

Folks come from the countryside for sweet and savoury breakfasts, delicious lunches or special pastry treats accompanied by tea, hot chocolate, coffee and wine. Sit in the back garden or the cheerful 17th-century sa…
Tower in Avallon

Tour de l'Horloge

This solid, 15th-century clock tower spans the old city's main thoroughfare.
Museum in Avallon

Musée de l'Avallonnais

Founded in 1862, this wonderful small museum displays a series of expressionist watercolours by Georges Rouault (1871–1958) and an excellent art-deco silver collection by renowned designer and jeweller Jean Després …