One of the most beautiful cities in eastern France, Dijon is the capital of the Bourgogne Franche Comte district. The beautiful location is filled with historic architecture and amazing attractions which reflects the areas rich past and culture. The buildings you walk past will really stand out with its particular Burgundian polychrome roofs, terracotta tiles, and an array of geometric patterns scattered all over the place. There are so many things to see, do, and eat, and we’ve compiled a list of all the best places in Dijon for you below. Don’t miss popular ones such as the Palace of the Dukes, the Church of Notre Dame of Dijon, and the Well of Moses.
1.Palais des Ducs
Palais des Ducs, or the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy, is one of Dijon’s most well-preserved examples of historical architecture. Parts of the palace that visitors can see today even date back to the 14th century, though a majority of it is from its renovations in the 17th and 18th century. The palace was used as a residence for the dukes of Burgundy, then a seat of the Burgundy governor, a drawing school and museum, and Dijon’s town hall among other things. The palace now houses the Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Town Hall, giving visitors the perfect opportunity to explore many aspects of Burgundy’s history in one place.
Address: 1 Place de la Libération, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-74-52-09
2.Tour Philippe le Bon
Tour Philippe le Bon, also known as Tower Terrace, is a tower designed by architect Jean Poncelet for the Duke of Burgundy Philip the Good. Construction took place in the 15th century, and visitors today will still be able to see several aspects of classical and renaissance architecture within the tower. You’ll learn all about the history of the tower and will surely pick up on interesting facts such as the tower being built over what was once an ancient tower called Brancion from the 12th century, and the ancient tower of a Gallo-Roman castrum prior. The tower gargoyles are one of the most photographed aspects of Tour Philippe le Bon, as are the unique panoramic views of Dijon from the summit.
Address: Place des Ducs de Bourgogne, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-892-70-05-58
3.Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon
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The Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon is a 13th century masterpiece that can be found right in the heart of the well-preserved old city. The Gothic architecture of the Roman Catholic church stands out from its nearby neighbor, the Palais des Ducs, and is such a wonder to explore. In addition to the beauty of the outer facade, you will also get to experience the beauty of the church’s interior. Spend time wandering the Latin cross floor plan of the church and take in the outstanding design and decor. An interesting fact that many people do not know is that the 51 gargoyles on the western facade are dummy replicas compares to the original, functional gargoyles on the lateral walls.
Address: 2 Place Notre Dame, 21000 Dijon, France
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Le Consortium has had several homes over the years but was originally started as a contemporary art center by certain members of The Corner Mirror association. Having joined hands with several other entities over the years, Le Consortium’s collection grew dramatically and now includes over 300 artworks from hundreds of local and international artists. No two visits will be the same, as the museum is constantly rotating their permanent exhibition spaces while also housing several visiting and temporary exhibitions there. The museum is also involved in several patron programs and public commissions which lets you see their artwork in places far from home such as South Korea and Qatar.
Address: 37 Rue de Longvic, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-68-45-55
5.Les Halles Market
One of the best places to really immerse yourself in Dijon’s unique culture is at Les Halles Market. You’ll be able to meet the people who live and work there, try out the local cuisine, and just take in all the sights and sounds. The market can be found in the middle of the old town and is filled with lively stalls, making it a hub of local life. Don’t miss out on some of the best produce from around France, a tantalizing selection of cheeses, as well as several prepared dishes like coq au vin or boeuf bourguignon which you can reheat and serve.
Address: Halles Centrales de Dijon, Chez Salaisons de Campagne, 21000 Dijon, France
6.Parcours de la Chouette
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Parcours de la Couette is self-led tour of sorts that gives visitors the chance to take in all of the sites of Dijon’s historical center. The markings of an owl can be found on walls and sidewalks leading people to over 35 different attractions; these will take you through the town’s history and really let you see Dijon’s beauty and charm. Some of the sites on the circuit are the Zola quarter, the Jean-Jacques Rousseau quarter, the Charterhouse of Champmol, and the Well of Moses. It’s sure to be one of the most memorable parts of your trip, as you’ll see a side of Dijon that can’t be seen elsewhere.
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Musee Magnin started off as the private collection of brother and sister Maurice and Jeanne Magnin. They bequeathed 2,000 pieces of art to the state in 1938, along with the 17th century Hotel Lantin in which the collection is housed now. Visitors are invited to tour the Magnin family home, spend time perusing the works of art in the museum, and to just take in all the charm of historic Dijon which is visible in the hotel’s decor and architecture. Some of the paintings you’ll see in the collection are important 17th century works by artists such as Jean Baptiste de Champaigne, Laurent de La Hyre, and Eustache Le Sueur.
Address: Hotel Lantin, 4 Rue des Bons Enfants, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-67-11-10
8.Archaeological Museum of Dijon
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Now housed in the former Saint Benigne abbey, the Archaeological Museum of Dijon started long ago in the late 18th century as the creative initiative of scholars and other important members of society. The museum serves many purposes including conducting archaeological digs, preserving historical findings, and publishing and sharing discoveries with students, professionals, and the public. Presently, visitors will be able to see several pieces that showcase the area’s history dating back to the Middle Ages. Popular collections include The Deposit of Blanot, The Sanctuary of the Sources De La Seine, and the Daily Life in the Gallo-Roman Era.
Address: 5 Rue Dr Maret, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-48-83-70
9.Cathedral Saint Benigne
The Cathedral of St. Benignus of Dijon is a Roman Catholic Church that is located in the heart of Dijon. As its name states, the church is dedicated to Saint Benignus, a martyr and patron saint. The gorgeous Gothic cathedral building was constructed between 1280 and 1325 and is now listed as a national monument. The cathedral is sure to be one of the most beautiful attractions that you come across in Dijon - you’ll be able to explore the heritage, organs, carillon, organs, crypt, and choirs of the parish. They have several events scheduled for the entire family throughout the year as well - these include Night of the Cathedrals, organ concerts, mass, and memorials.
Address: Pl. Saint Bénigne, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-30-39-33
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10.Well of Moses
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The Dutch artist Claus Sluter was one of the most important sculptors of his age, and one of his most revered works is the Well of Moses in Dijon. The monumental sculpture was his masterpiece and was created in his workshop for the Cartusian monastery of Chartreuse de Champmol between 1395 and 1403. The original structure comprised for elements: a well that was filled with water channeled from the nearby river Ouche, a cross which rose from the center, a terrace, and a pier adorned with prophets and angels such as Zachariah, Isaiah, Moses, David, and Daniel. After surviving the French Revolution and years of weather damage, only the base with the sculptures remain in the Hospital de la Chartreuse for people to see.
Located in: Centre Hospitalier La Chartreuse
Address: Centre Hospitalier Spécialisé La Chartreuse 1, boulevard du Chanoine Kir, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-42-48-48
11.Parc de la Colombiere
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Colombiere Park was originally a private outdoor space that Louis II of Bourbon-Conde created at the edge of the River Ouche in 1672. The park is designed and planted according to the guidelines of a “French Garden” and comprises sixteen alleys and a central roundabout. You’ll be able to see an array of flora and fauna at the 33-hectare park, including over 6,000 trees in over ten different species such as maples, chestnuts, oaks, and ash trees. Since 1925, the park has been designated a historical monument and is one of the most popular natural attractions in Dijon.
Address: Cours du Général de Gaulle, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-800-21-30-00
12.Mulot et Petitjean
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Mulot & Petitjean is one of the oldest gingerbread and confectionary factories and shops in Dijon. As a matter of fact, it is one of the few companies in all of France to last over two centuries. The company has a long history that dates back to 1796, but the Gothic Revival-style building it’s housed in goes back even further to the late 14th century. Over the years the building as well as the gingerbread business have passed through many hands and family members, but its prospering reputation for having innovative and delicious gourmet concoctions have remained the same. You’ll be able to tour the factory, take in the historic experience at their in-house museum, and feast on delicious treats at the store.
Address: 6 Boulevard de l'Ouest, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-03-80-53-17-10
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The Grand Theatre in Dijon is one of the most visually stunning examples of architecture in all of France. Formerly the location of a gambling den, it took nearly 18 years altogether to transform it into a theatre and open it to the public in 1828. The architecture is the work of renowned architect Jacques Cellerier and engineer Simon Vallot; they were inspired by classical antiquity and rejected the modernism of the Industrial Revolution which is evident in their work. As you wander the theater, take in the decor of the vestibule mostly done by Charles Moench, with its bas-reliefs of the city of Dijon, the mayor of Dijon at the time of the inauguration, and more. Other features also include majestic Murano crystal chandeliers and trompe-l'oeil decoration by Charles-Antoine Cambon.
Address: Place du Théâtre, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-48-82-82
14.Port du Canal
Port du Canal in Dijon is an ancient harbor river hub that is now used as both a functioning marina as well as a popular riverside attraction. The harbor and marina were originally constructed in 1832 by the order of King Louis XV of France in order to link the Saone and Yonne rivers. The marina has a large pool which is often filled with swans and tour ride boats, a garden, and several historic sculptures and monuments. After a day of picnics and boat tours, stop by at one of the nearby cafes and restaurants for a cool drink and a hot meal.
Address: Port du Canal, Dijon, Bourgogne, France
Kir Lake is an artificial body of water that is traversed by the Ouche River and was built in 1964. It was built by the then mayor, Felix Kir, who the lake is also named after. Just a stone’s throw away from the central hub of Dijon, you’ll feel like you’re in a whole other world; the surroundings are instilled with a peacefulness created by the breathtaking view of the water and trees that occupy it. You can spend your time strolling along the banks, swimming during designated seasons, taking in the flora and fauna, going for a bike ride on the trails, or even camping there overnight.
Address: Kir Lake, Dijon France
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Musee Rude is one of Dijon’s most sought-out attractions by art and history aficionados. House in a part of the former Eglise Saint-Etienne of Dijon, the 11th century architecture of the building itself is one of the key aspects you should take in during your visit. The museum is dedicated to renowned French sculptor, Francois Rude, who is best known for the Le Marseillaise on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The museum displays life-size plaster casts and several other works which were once exhibited in the Louvre and other museums all around France. Other works you’ll see include a bust of Francois Rude by his pupil, sculptor Paul Cabet, mathematician Gaspard Monge, and a piece of Joan of Arc hearing voices.
Address: 8 Rue Vaillant, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-74-52-09
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17.Museum of Burgundian Life
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Housed in an old Bernadine monastery, the Perrin de Puycousin Museum of Burgundian Life houses an array of pieces dedicated to rural ethnography. The collection accurately represents how daily life in Dijon was from the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century. The museum, which was inaugurated in 1982, spans the three levels of the monastery and include pieces such as costumes, household items, and much more; you’ll also see the reconstruction of ten businesses which were common during that period. Other aspects of the museum include an audiovisual room and a reading room.
Address: 17 Rue Sainte-Anne, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-48-80-90
18.Auberge du Clos du Roy
Family owned and operated, the Auberge du Clos du Roy is one of the finest restaurants in Dijon where you can feast on traditional cuisine from the region. You’ll find Mr. Simon in the kitchen, playing his role as head chef as creatively as he wants, while Mrs. Simon and their daughter Marie can be seen meeting and conversing with guests in the dining room. The menu changes seasonally to reflect the products and ingredients which are freshly available at the time. The warm and inviting environment, along with the delicious meals on the menu, will make you feel as if you’re dining with family.
Address: 2 Place Anne Laprévoté, 21300 Chenôve, France, Phone: +33-380-27-17-39
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19.La Dame d’Aquitaine
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Though the food is some of the finest you’ll eat during your trip to Dijon, what really draws people to Le Dame d’Aquitaine is its amazing setting. The restaurant is housed in an authentic 13th century crypt, giving the dining room a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. The owners want to ensure that their dining establishment showcases the regions finest, whether it be in the decor or in the mouthwatering cuisine. Popular suggestions from the menu are the poached frog legs, the pigeon and peas, and the stuffed rabbit. Be sure to keep room for their delicious desserts like the Le Chocolat en Declinaison, Le Sorbet, and the Le Paris Brest.
Address: 23 Place Bossuet, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-30-45-65
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20.Restaurant Stephane Derbord
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Restaurant Stephane Derbord is a restaurant dedicated to perfectly paired fresh flavors. The menu has a little bit of everything, and patrons will be able to feast on popular favorites or be a little more adventurous. Some of the most popular choices include the duck foie gras which comes with brioche and chutney, the French lobster pressed with saffron, langoustine tails in a yellow wine reduction, rabbit roasted in a white coconut dijon mustard, and the farm calf with candied turnips and sweetbreads. Be sure to also get a plate of their fine cheeses for the table - you won’t regret it!
Address: 10 Place du Président Wilson, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-67-74-64
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21.Le Pre aux Clercs
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Le Pre aux Clercs is a restaurant in Dijon which is sure to take you back in time, enabling you to discover delicious French foods from centuries before. In addition to the good food, you’ll find the restaurant to have the perfect atmosphere for you; you can choose to dine within the bustling and lively bistro or have a more secluded meal with a loved one or friends in one of the private lounges. The signature dishes are full of flavor - be sure to try patron favorites like the zucchini gazpacho, the ham and parsley, the braised beef chuck, or the roasted prawns tossed in lobster butter.
Address: 13 Place de la Libération, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-38-05-05
22.Le Piano Qui Fume
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Le Piano Qui Fume opened in the historic heart of Dijon in 2003 and has been a crowd favorite ever since. It attracts local and visiting tourists repeatedly, and rightly so as the food and environment are out of this world. The warm setting will make you feel right at home, while the menu is full of choices that will please even the most particular patron. The chef and kitchen team use quality ingredients, changing the entrees often to make the most of seasonally available produce and ingredients. Start with an order of crispy snails or pickled lobster and move on to a delicious entree of fresh fish, lobster and potatoes, or the roasted duck filet with peaches. Be sure to keep room for delicious desserts like their chocolate calf cake, the homemade sorbet, or the pan-friend Mirabelle plums with black sesame ice cream.
Address: 36 Rue Berbisey, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-970-35-84-63
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23.La Maison des Cariatides
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For a more elegant dinner date in Dijon, plan to have a meal at La Maison des Cariatides. Patrons review it highly in terms of delicious food, amazing service, and a comfortable and warm atmosphere from the lovely old building the restaurant is housed in. You’ll be able to feast on French cuisine that is out of this world; everything from the spectacular flavors to the immaculate plating all add to the extraordinary dining experience you’re sure to have. Popular choices from the menu include the pork with potatoes and truffles, foie gras and great halibut, and the fish served with rice and vegetables.
Address: 28 Rue Chaudronnerie, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-45-59-25
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Restaurant So offers an array of international cuisine with focused hints of French, Japanese, and European culinary concoctions. The renowned dining establishment has been around for years and is often recognized not only for its delicious and innovative food, but also its wonderful ambiance and amazing service. They have a luxurious three-course lunch available on weekdays, where you will be able to choose from several options of starters, mains, and desserts. Popular choices include the cold watercress veloute, the fresh fish with a super light and creamy piment d’espelette sauce, and the yogurt mousse topped with poached peaches. The chef is always thinking up something new to reflect the seasonally fresh and available ingredients, so each visit to Restaurant So is sure to be different from the last.
Address: 15 Rue Amiral Roussin, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-30-03-85
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25.Le Jardins de la Cloche
Housed in the Grand Hotel La Cloche, Le Jardins is a marvelous restaurant and bar that has a contemporary and relaxed setting. It’s a great place to have a romantic dinner with your significant other, under the magnificent glass roof and windows facing the hotel’s lush garden. The menu is meticulously concocted by Master Restaurateur, Chef Aurelien Mauny, who aims to create a gastronomic meal using fresh seasonal ingredients which really bring out the flavors of the dish. Their Sunday Brunch is a popular event and items from their menu that shouldn’t be missed include the dish of the day and the crispy pork ribs with their special house barbecue sauce.
Address: 14 Place Darcy, 21000 Dijon, France, Phone: +33-380-30-12-32
25 Best Romantic Things to Do in Dijon, France
- Palais des Ducs, Photo: aterrom/stock.adobe.com
- Tour Philippe le Bon, Photo: MangAllyPop@ER/stock.adobe.com
- Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon, Photo: Pierre-Jean DURIEU/stock.adobe.com
- Le Consortium, Photo: Le Consortium
- Les Halles Market, Photo: lindacaldwell/stock.adobe.com
- Parcours de la Chouette, Photo: Pierre-Jean DURIEU/stock.adobe.com
- Musee Magnin, Photo: Musée Magnin
- Archaeological Museum of Dijon, Photo: Archaeological Museum of Dijon
- Cathedral Saint Benigne, Photo: PackShot/stock.adobe.com
- Well of Moses, Photo: Jorge Alves/stock.adobe.com
- Parc de la Colombiere, Photo: Fabien Olart/stock.adobe.com
- Mulot et Petitjean, Photo: Mulot et Petitjean
- Grand Theatre, Photo: Gecko Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Port du Canal, Photo: Stefan/stock.adobe.com
- Kir Lake, Photo: blickwinkel2511/stock.adobe.com
- Musee Rude, Photo: Musée Rude
- Museum of Burgundian Life, Photo: Museum of Burgundian Life
- Auberge du Clos du Roy, Photo: hdesert/stock.adobe.com
- La Dame d’Aquitaine, Photo: La Dame d’Aquitaine
- Restaurant Stephane Derbord, Photo: Restaurant Stéphane Derbord
- Le Pre aux Clercs, Photo: Le Pré aux Clercs
- Le Piano Qui Fume, Photo: Le Piano Qui Fume
- La Maison des Cariatides, Photo: La Maison des Cariatides
- Restaurant So, Photo: Restaurant So
- Le Jardins de la Cloche, Photo: fotofabrika/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Boris Stroujko/stock.adobe.com