Burgundy region is famous for its rich and lovely gastronomy: not for nothing is this the land of boeuf bourguignon. You’ll see the distinctive, cream-colored Charolais cows in fields across the whole region. Burgundy is also famous for its distinctive cheeses as you know. One of the finest is Epoisses, a soft cow’s cheese with a flavor of nuts, lime and old churches. There are fine restaurants across the region, but a perennial favorite is the Relais Bernard Loiseau (only one hour away from Beaune or Dijon), a Michelin three–starred restaurant established by one of France’s great celebrity chefs and guess what… pet friendly as well. What else can one wish for?
Places to stay
If you are looking for traditional accommodations, I would recommend Le Cep Hotel, Le Cèdre or at Jardin de Lois. If you’d like to live like a local, be sure to check out our Pied-à-terre. It is a light-filled two bedroom apartment located near the market as well as some of the locals favorite restaurants. It has a small, but well-equipped kitchen for those who would like to prepare a meal at home. It is an adorable home-away-from-home for the inspired Francophile.
I’ve chosen Le Cep Boutique Hotel for the second time. Still in shape and still impressive.
Amenities include an acclaimed restaurant and a refined bar, as well as a spa with a sauna and a ham-mam. The sauna is situated literally outside in the garden. Amazing! There’s a pair of 16th-century courtyards and a garden, along with 7 meeting rooms. It is literally the perfect location for a trip to the land of the wines and the vintage aura blends out perfectly with the historical town and the vineyards across the region.
A typical Saturday Market day in Beaune
French countryside is a piece of art. Wondering around one of the local markets early morning on a Saturday was one of my best moments this Summer.
I must admit that was not easy to adapt to their day to day activities, giving the fact that French people are serving dinner quite early in Burgundy region, around 9-10 o’clock majorities of the restaurants are closed (not to mention one of them that closes it’s doors at 7.00 PM). Not the same as Greece isn’t? Nevertheless was absolutely amazing, tasteful and valuable. It might sound out of the fashion for some people, however you can easily educate yourself about the art of the finest food. Beef, numerous flavors of cheeses, wine shops or organic fruit and veggies makes it quite impossible not to fall in love with the moment.
Local market days in Beaune are on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Beaune market is really something special and is one of the most beautiful outside markets in France.
If you are around you should head to the market first thing in the morning before the crowds get too large. Enjoy!