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Top Choice Museum in Dijon

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Housed in the monumental Palais des Ducs, these sprawling galleries (works of art in themselves) constitute one of France's most outstanding museums. The star attraction, reopened in September 2013 after extensive r…
Top Choice Church in Vézelay

Basilique Ste-Madeleine

Founded in the AD 880s on a former Roman and Carolingian site, Vézelay's stunning hilltop basilica was rebuilt between the 11th and 13th centuries. On the famous 12th-century tympanum, visible from the narthex (encl…
Top Choice Church in Cluny

Église Abbatiale

Cluny's vast abbey church, built between 1088 and 1130, once extended all the way from the map table in front of the Palais Jean de Bourbon to the trees near the octagonal Clocher de l'Eau Bénite (Tower of the Holy …
Top Choice Abbey in Abbaye de Fontenay

Abbaye de Fontenay

Founded in 1118 and restored to its medieval glory a century ago, Fontenay Abbey offers a fascinating glimpse of the austere, serene surroundings in which Cistercian monks lived lives of contemplation and manual lab…
Top Choice Cathedral in Autun

Cathédrale St-Lazare

Originally Romanesque, this cathedral was built in the 12th century to house the sacred relics of St Lazarus. Over the main doorway, the famous Romanesque tympanum shows the Last Judgment surrounded by zodiac signs,…
Top Choice Burgundian in Cluny

La Table d'Héloïse

South of town, this family-run restaurant with a charmingly cosy, newly remodelled interior is a terrific place to sample firmly traditional Burgundian specialities, from the dexterously prepared fricassée d'escargo…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Auxerre

La Pause Gourmande

This sweet, unpretentious eatery near the cathedral features an ever-changing monthly menu built around fresh local produce and delectable desserts. Many of the gorgeously presented dishes come adorned with edible f…
Top Choice Modern French in Chablis

Au Fil du Zinc

At Chablis' newest culinary hot spot, exquisite menus with nods to Japanese cuisine are served in a long open dining area perched over the Serein River, and on the adjoining terrace in summer. A nine-page list of Ch…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Dijon

La Maison des Cariatides

Basking in the glow of its newly acquired (2016) Michelin star, this renovated 17th-century mansion with exposed beams, stone walls and stellar period decor makes a delightful spot to savour top-of-the-line French a…
Top Choice Modern French in Côte de Nuits

Le Millésime

This renowned venture is located in an exquisitely renovated maison de village. The chef combines fresh local ingredients and exotic flavours in his excellent creations. Dark wood floors, well-spaced tables and a wa…