Among the town's quirky galleries is this fantastic leather shop full of chic belts and supple handbags. The proprietors, Yazmhil and Brice Corman, do custom work and make everything on-site.
An interesting spot is Diane Calvert’s illuminated painting studio where she grinds her own pigments from semi-precious stones and uses parchment and quill pens.
Food-and-wine lovers should head for Maison Paillot, which combines a charcuterie/deli with a well-stocked wine cellar.
At its store on Vézelay's main street, this family-run winery sells organic white wines from the tiny Bourgogne-Vézelay appellation. Owner Maria and her daughter Julie can also organise vineyard tours in the region.