Dijon, the ideal spot for a city break

With the short-lived British summer drawing to a close it’s time to think about an autumn short break. Easily accessible by train, Dijon in Burgundy offers that well-deserved city break.

With the short-lived British summer drawing to a close it’s time to think about an autumn short break. Easily accessible by train, Dijon in Burgundy offers that well-deserved city break.Dijon is of course well known for its mustard, but Burgundy’s beautiful capital has so much more to offer. In recent years, the town has benefited from a facelift with new architectural developments mixing with the historical heritage. This modern city offers a happy mix of culture, gastronomy and sightseeing with just that French “je ne sais quoi”.� Alain Doire - Bourgogne TourismeExplore Dijon’s alleyways at your own pace and, discover the secrets from the past of the Dukes of Burgundy, the antique dealers, the covered market, up-market boutiques and trendy high street names. If you are an art lover, Dijon boasts a great new contemporary art centre, The Consortium. The Museums in Dijon are free and open everyday, all year round.Whatever you are looking for, Dijon is ideal for discovering on foot, by bike or even by Segway:

on foot: follow the Owl’s trail, designed to give you a taste of Dijon’s charm and show you the history of the city. 22 points of interest can be covered in about 1 hour, by just following the little brass owl sign on the pavement. The owl is the local’s good-luck charm – make a wish and see for yourself!by bike: use one of the self-service “V�lodi” bikes to cycle around town, along the canal, through the Darcy Gardens, or simply take in the market atmosphere. There are several marked cycling itineraries in the centre of town.by Segway: It’s original, cool and lots of fun! Either with a guided tour, on your own or with friends, riding a Segway through the streets of Dijon feels like nothing you’ve ever tried. Easy to operate lean forward, it will go forward & lean backwards, it will go backwards!� Alain Doire - Bourgogne TourismeAt the end of a busy day, sip a Kir “aperitif” in one of the many wine bars & watch the world go by. For an evening meal you can rest assured that you will be well served by Dijon’s gastronomic chefs. Dijon has 3 Michelin starred chefs. Try out St�phane Derbord’s restaurant, Place Wilson, with a refined cuisine at affordable prices. The Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge, rue Michelet, is home to Chef William Frachot who creates marvellous dishes in a completely renovated restaurant. Not forgetting the Pr� aux Clercs, place de la Lib�ration, opposite the Dukes of Burgundy palace, the perfect place to discover Jean-Pierre and Alexis Billoux s menu, inspired by regional products.For the latest gastro trends, head to DZ’envies, rue Odebert, where chef David Zuddas will surprise you with its creations.To complete a fabulous city-break, Dijon is packed full of accommodation options. You can stay in a 4-star hotel or an intimate boutique hotel, but why not discover a brand new concept, the “Apartments a part”. In the heart of the antiques district, which in fact has the most listed buildings in France par square foot, this 18th century private hotel offers two apartments with a 4* hotel service, giving you the freedom of choice between a holiday rental, a bed and breakfast or a hotel with all modern facilities.St�phanie Vacherot will welcome you and look after you throughout your stay. As a Dijon native, she knows Dijon like the back of her hand and is always keen to share her inside knowledge. Other luxury flats in the heart of Dijon are the prestigious apartments Luxury Flat in Dijon, where tradition meets modernity. You will find original and personalised accommodation in a newly renovated mansion, right in the centre of the conservation area.Dijon really is the ideal destination for a city-break and will be delighted to welcome you this autumn. For more information go to www.visitdijon.com� Alain Doire - Bourgogne Tourisme