Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Beaune

Hôtel-Dieu des Hospices de Beaune

Built in 1443, this magnificent Gothic hospital (until 1971) is famously topped by stunning turrets and pitched rooftops covered in multicoloured tiles. Interior highlights include the barrel-vaulted Grande Salle (l…
Top Choice French in Beaune

Caves Madeleine

Focusing on fresh-from-the-farm meat and vegetables produced within a 100km radius of Beaune, this cosy little restaurant changes its menu daily. Reserve ahead for a private table, or enjoy a more convivial experien…
Wine in Beaune

Vente aux Enchères des Vins des Hospices de Beaune

On the third weekend in November, the Vente aux Enchères des Vins des Hospices de Beaune is the grandest of the Côte d'Or's many wine festivals. As part of this three-day extravaganza, the Hospices de Beaune holds a…
Food in Beaune

Alain Hess Fromager

This treasure trove of gourmet regional foodstuffs, including cheeses, mustards and wines, will tempt the devil in you. Don't miss the Délice de Pommard, the house's signature cheese. Also look for Burgundy's famous…
Books in Beaune

Athenaeum de la Vigne et du Vin

This fabulous bookshop stocks thousands of titles, including many in English, covering everything from wine tasting to oenology (the art and science of winemaking) to gastronomy to wine literature and essays. There'…
Music in Beaune

Festival International Opéra Baroque & Romantique

Held over four weekends in July, this is one of the most prestigious baroque opera festivals in Europe. Performances (Friday to Sunday) are held at the Basilique Collégiale Notre Dame and the Hôtel-Dieu des Hospices…
Museum in Beaune

Maison des Climats

Opened in 2017 to celebrate the two-year anniversary of UNESCO's recognition of Burgundy's vineyards as a World Heritage Site, this free interpretive centre adjacent to the tourist office is a must-see for anyone in…
Factory in Beaune

Moutarderie Fallot

In business since 1840, Burgundy's last family-run stone-ground-mustard company offers guided tours through its mustard museum, focusing on mustard's history, folklore and traditional production techniques, with kid…
Tapas in Beaune

La Maison du Colombier

For a supremely cosy evening out, head for this 'gastro-bar' in candlelit 16th-century surrounds. Grab a seat beside the brick-walled open kitchen, on the sidewalk out front, or amid the labyrinth of stone-vaulted i…
Burgundian in Beaune

Le Bacchus

The welcome is warm and the food exceptional at this small restaurant just outside Beaune's centre. Multilingual co-owner Anna works the tables while her partner Olivier whips up market-fresh menus that blend classi…