Dijon may not be as important now as it was in its heyday, but it's still a large city. Which means there are plenty of options when it comes to accommodation. The best places to stay in Dijon range from charming boutique hotels, to self catering apartments or B&Bs to gîtes, to five star hotels and even a campsite.
During the 14th and 15th Centuries Dijon was one of Europe's greatest cities. The Dukes of Burgundy ruled, using their wealth to contribute fine medieval buildings in their beautiful capital. It's also in the heart of Burgundy's wine growing region. And its local produce markets on Friday and Saturday are well known to foodies.
And of course there's the mustard.
As well as being the home of a specific type of mustard (the one which uses white wine instead of vinegar), Dijon's long commitment to mustard making and consumption means it's now considered the world's mustard capital. (Dijon has been known for its mustards since the 13th Century, and at one gala given by the Dukes of Burgundy in 1336 guests consumed 70 gallons of mustard creme in a single sitting).
As well as tasting the mustards on market day you should also have a look around the market hall itself - when you look up it may not surprise you to hear it was designed by Gustave Eiffel (yes, that Eiffel). If you're here early you can see what the various chefs are picking up.
The streets around Les Halles are some of Dijon's most colourful, great for clothes, shoes, patisserie and of course mustard. And this is one of the best places to stay in Dijon if you enjoy a market-y bustle.
Dijon is also where cassis comes from, so make sure to enjoy a Kir which you're here.
The centre of Dijon is easily explored on foot, but there are a few sights a little further along the main street, the Rue de la Liberte. The historical buildings you should make sure you see include:
Dijon also has some interesting museums, including a museum of sacred art, an archaeology museum and the Museum of Burgundy Life, in the 17th Convent of the Cistercians.
Some of the best places to stay in Dijon are to the north of the Duke's Palace, around the city's finest mansions and Hotels Particuliers. Even if you're not staying in this charming area it's still worth strolling around.
Make a point of seeing the 17th Century Maison des Cariatides, with its wonderful complicated stone facade and the 13th Century Hotel Aubriot.
If you want to be in the heart of things some of the best places to stay in Dijon can be found in the vicinity of the main train station.
Dijon (1 Rue de Longvic)
A 17th century coach house with typical Burgandian architecture, in the centre of Dijon. Stone walls, wooden beams, courtyards and gardens, with beautifully renovated rooms offering rustic charm, with modern features. A warm and welcoming spot, with plenty of character.
Dijon (18 Rue Sainte-Anne)
Boasts three historical mansions and a Gothic courtyard in the historical centre of Dijon. Cool art on the walls, period furniture combined with contemporary finishes, the rooms are chic and offer wonderful views of the city. La Closerie offers gourmet cuisine and an excellent wine collection.
Extremely smart townhouse B&B with an excellent spa. Contemporary comfort blended with classical furniture and style for sophisticated effect. The suites are enormous. A hotel for grown ups.
An elegant hotel in an 18th century house. Rooms are romantic and traditional, with antique furniture, drapes and exposed beams. Lovely terrace, charming bar, and spa treatments. The wine cellar hosts wine tasting. Romantic, opulent and quiet.