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“The Saturday Market in Beaune”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Beaune

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Charleston, South Carolina
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63 reviews
111 helpful votes
“The Saturday Market in Beaune”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2010

Few events in France can rival the local Saturday market, and Beaune is no exception! The Saturday market is the social event of the week, as much as a place to meet and greet friends as it is to buy the freshest meats and produce. If you want an opportunity to really experience French life and escape from being just a tourist, this is the place to come. Come early to watch the vendors set up. This is a perfect time to take pictures as the crowds have not yet arrived. By 10:00 the streets will be full of people and activity, crowds of friends talking and laughing and catching up on the week's activities.

The market has existed in some form in Beaune since the early 13th century. The covered market called Les Halles is open during the week, but it is much too small for the Saturday market, which overflows into the pedestrian streets surrounding the famous Hospice de Beaune. From the freshest vegetables and fruits, to local and regional cheeses like Epoisses and Florentin, to organic meat, eggs and chicken, there is nothing you won't find at the Saturday market in Beaune. There are breads and pastries that will make your heart weak, and jams and honey for every taste. Be sure that you bring your market basket or bag, as it will be perfect to collect supplies for a picnic lunch, another one of my favorite activities in France. If you are lucky enough to be in Beaune in late November, the annual wine auction is held in this very location on the 3rd Sunday of November.

The Saturday market in Beaune is definitely an event that should be at the top of your list of things to do in Burgundy. It's free and all your money can go towards buying the supplies for a perfect picnic lunch!

17 Thank maggielacoste
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35 reviews
18 helpful votes
“An unexpected gem in Burgundy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2009

Beaune has always been the commercial capital of the Burgundy wine district and is surrounded by beautiful countryside, wineries, wonderful old chateaux. Lots of history, but we chose to stop there based only on its location half-way between Aix and Paris. So glad we did!
The old part of the city is walled and highly photogenic - a perfect size to explore on foot. The most famous tourist attraction within the city walls is the Hotel-Dieu Hospices de Beaune. Stepping into the courtyard of the Hospices just took my breath away. (I won't say more as I don't want to spoil it for others, but there were no steps or hills involved!)
Beaune also has good museums, galleries, shopping, vintners' caves and opportunities to learn more about wine. Local food specialities - especially the boeuf bourgignon - must not be missed!
I thoroughly recommend visiting the area, and Beaune in particular, allowing much more time than we did (2 days). It's top of our "Next Time" list!

4 Thank Lastri
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2 reviews
8 helpful votes
“Great Bike riding/wine tasting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2008

Originally stayed in Dijon, but then took a 15min train ride south into Beaune with my hostel roomy. I read that Beaune is a great town to do bike riding and do a wine tour at the same time. So we arrived and found the bike rental store was just around the corner from the train stop. The guy we rented from was absolutely friendly and gave us great directions and advice for doing our own wine tour around Beaune. They provided us with a map,helmet and a great bike. We headed out and discovered how beautiful the scenery was. Everything was 'postcard' perfect... We visited about 4 chateauxs. About 10min apart. Only warning is that going to the last will be a little difficult. After wine tasting the first 3, its gets a little harder to steer the bikes, actually a funny experience... Another advice is wear LOTS of sunscreen, the sun was strong early in the afternoon while biking down the long long long open roads...

Overall Biking and doing your own wine tasting was a wonderful experience!!! Great exercise, great wine, spectacular scenery! Definitely recommend it!

8 Thank chiquitita5
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New York, New York
1 review
6 helpful votes
“Wonderful WIne Country”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2007

Beaune in the Burgandy country side was a pleasant surprise. When we made our plans for our trip, everyone told us how great Provence was, and no one mentioned anything about Burgandy.

The best thing about Burgandy is the wine country and all the little villages scattered about. I definitely recommend renting bikes and biking from town to town. There are numerous bike paths around the vineyards so you can ride for miles without having to encounter a car. It's not that hilly so a levels can bike around. Make sure you ask your guide for some vineyards to visit, where you can taste wine and make purchases. All the vineyards will be happy to messenger your wine back to your hotel room so you don't have to bike with full bottles of wine. I recommend using Detours in France for bike rentals. Florent is very accommodating, a great guy.

6 Thank johnstires
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2 reviews
7 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beaune”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2004

Beaune is one of the most beautiful, quaint cities in the world.Each corner of the city looks like it could be on a painting depiciting the beauty of Burgundy.To visit there once is to make one want to come back again.The food is inexpensive and delicious.We took a private tour of several vineyards that produced red wines.Our English speaking quide was knowledgeable and fun.We hired her at the visitor's information center and was teamed up with another couple from Canada.We tasted 2 different wines and visited the estate owner's house.It was quite a treat to participate in the barrel tasting.We are glad that we did not rent a car and try finding the vineyards ourselves.There are so many and we enjoyed listening to our guide as she expertly navigated around her town.

5 Thank kbschulman
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