If you’re a lover of French markets then Dijon in Burgundy needs to go on your bucket list, here’s why…
Gastronomic Dijon Market
Four days a week the famous covered market of Dijon lures foodies and gourmets to its hallowed halls. If you think you might have seen somewhere like it before, you might well have as this place has a touch of the Eiffel Tower to it. That’s because this ironwork framed building was designed by one Gustave Eiffel, born in Dijon and designer of this listed covered market.
Les Halles of Dijon hum every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday as lucky punters get to try and buy the very best foods of France and further afield. On Thursday the market is inside only, the other days the stalls spread out into the surrounding streets.
There are several cheese stalls, artisan bakers and cake makers. Stalls heave with every kind of meat, vegetables and pies. If you love food then you will adore this beautiful market and you will, as I did, wander round in wonder, asking for a taste of this and that and filling your bucket up gleefully.
Burgundy is famous for its mustard, snails, cassis and general love of great food. They’re also quite inventive and this is the only market I’ve ever been to (and I have been to a lot) where snail cake was on offer! I kid you not. Yes, I did try the Gateau Moëlleux, and let’s just say it’s an acquired taste which definitely would have taken longer to master than I had.
There is a terrific café in the middle of the market but if it’s packed, you’ll find numerous cafés and restaurants close by in which to while away several hours eating delicious food and drinking awesome local wine.
Dijon Market Opening Times: Mornings, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
Want more captivating cuisine… head to Dijon for the annual International and Gastronomic Fair, a major event in France (generally held in November).
More on Dijon
Discovering Delightful Dijon – there’s much more than mustard to this lovely city…
The fabulous (but slightly creepy!) Museum of Burgundian Life in Dijon