St-Émilion's sloping streets and squares are lined with about 50 wine shops – one for every eight of the old city's residents – including the highly recommended Maison du Vin de St-Émilion. Note that wine shopping here is very much about quality, with price tags easily notching up two or three zeros.

Ursuline nuns brought the recipe for macarons (moist almond biscuits) to St-Émilion in the 17th century. Those by Nadia Fermingier are the most famous, but every second shop around town sells them.