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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 Mediterranean in Auxerre

La Pause Gourmande

This sweet, unpretentious lunchtime 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 wit…
Top Choice Modern French in Chablis

Au Fil du Zinc

At Chablis' top table, exquisite menus with nods to Japanese cuisine are served in a long open dining area perched over the River Serein, and on the adjoining terrace in summer. A nine-page list of Chablis wines com…
Top Choice Modern French in Noyers-sur-Serein

Restaurant La Vieille Tour

Adjacent to the clock tower at the entrance to the historic centre, young chefs Laurens and Hélène serve a delicious, unpretentious and ever-changing menu featuring creative takes on Burgundian staples. Vegetarian o…
Abbey in Chablis

Abbaye de Pontigny

Founded in 1114, Abbaye de Pontigny rises from the lush mustard fields 15km north of Chablis. The spectacular abbatiale (abbey church) is one of the last surviving examples of Cistercian architecture in Burgundy. Th…
Abbey in Auxerre

Abbaye St-Germain

This ancient abbey with its dramatic flying buttresses began as a basilica above the tomb of St Germain, the 5th-century bishop who made Auxerre an important Christian centre. By medieval times it was attracting pil…
Spring in Tonnerre

Fosse Dionne

Some 200L of water per second gushes from Fosse Dionne, a natural spring near the centre of Tonnerre that was sacred to the Celts and whose vivid blue-green tint hints at its great depth. Legend has it that a serpen…
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…
Burgundian in Vézelay

À la Fortune du Pot

Well placed in the square at the foot of Vézelay's main street, this French-Colombian-run restaurant with English iPad menus is at its best in sunny weather, when tables spill out onto the terrace. Build your own tw…
Bistro in Chablis

Les Trois Bourgeons

This recently launched spin-off of Au Fil du Zinc, Chablis' top table, offers the classic bistronomique experience – gastronomic dining with bistro atmosphere and prices. Run by a trio of Japanese chefs who honed th…