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Mulot et Petitjean, Dijon
A pâtisserie famous for it's decor
13 Place Bossuet, Dijon.
Visit this pâtisserie as much for its beautiful décor as for its products. The shop has been in existence since 1796 selling le pain d'épice dijonnais, a speciality of the town since the 1700s. This spiced cake is still made to the original recipe with additions of honey, lemon, ginger, chocolate etc. in all shapes and sizes for Easter, Christmas, Valentine's day. Boxes of Tranches d'Orange and Mignonnettes Fruitées make ideal gifts.
Pain d'épice was introduced from Flanders in the time of the Dukes of Burgundy and with Dijon being on the spice route, it quickly became an institution. The shop itself is like stepping back in time with decorative carved wood painted in aquamarine and marble. A visual and culinary delight.
You can also visit the factory which has been extended to include a museum and visitor centre, but be prepared for the hunger pangs to strike from the delicious aroma. It is open all year from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00-12.30 and 14.00-18.30, entry 8 euros for adults and 6 euros, age 12-18 years. Groups welcome 0033 (0)3 80 30 07 10, address: 6 Boulevard de l'Ouest in Dijon.
32 Rue de la Liberté, Dijon
Apart from standard Dijon mustard, Maille offers many enticing varieties from tarragon to fennel. Take your own pot and get it directly from the pump, and try their vinegars, and oils. Antoine Maille opened his first mustard shop in 1747 and this one is timeless.
La boutique de l'escargot, chenove near dijon
41 Ave Roland Carraz, 21300 Dijon
Oozing with garlic and parsley butter, snails are one of Burgundy's most famous regional dishes. This shop near Dijon specializes in prepared snails, accessories such as
Au Negus, Nevers
Confectioners with a touch of the East
96, Rue François-Mitterrand
In 1901 the Emperor of Abyssinia who was known as Negus, came on an official visit to France. Monsieur Grelier, the then owner of a confectionery business was in the habit of creating a new delicacy at the end of each year and naming it after an important or momentous event. That year, the chocolate sweet was named after Negus, as its colour ‘recalled the illustrious visitor’s complexion.’
Lyron who now owns the business has been making this soft chocolate caramel with a glacé-sugar coating ever since. The shop is full of eastern promise, with antique tiled floors and hand painted panels giving it a touch of the Arabian Nights.
Boutique Vedrenne, Beaune
Vedrenne, a leading manufacturer of Crème de Cassis and other fruit liqueurs and marcs based in Nuits St. Georges, has a very attractive shop in Rue Carnot in Beaune. You will be tempted by the bilberry, peach from the vine and grenadine, not to mention the very old Marc de Bourgogne liqueur. There is a shop also at Nuits St. Georges and a third shop in Dijon.
Au Parrain Genereux, Dijon
21 Rue du Bourg
Fabrice Gillotte is recognised as one of the best chocolate makers in France. Some chocolates have a light, soufflé texture, then there are the nougats, florentines, crystallised fruits and pastries. All the products are beautifully presented and irresistible.
La Meuliere, Chalon-sur-Saone
Organic, wholegrain, hand-made loaves.
25, Rue Général Leclerc
If you like bread with substance, Achim and Carinne Bongerts’ bakery, La Meulière is well worth going out of your way for. Using organic wholegrain cereals, the hand-made loaves are farmhouse fresh. Some include nuts, others, dried fruits. Their jams, biscuits and especially the light and airy cheese wafers for apéritifs are highly recommended too.
Alain Hess, Beaune
7 Place Carnot
Alain Hess has recently relocated his famous cheese shop to centre stage in Beaune on Place Carnot. This fromagerie is something special – the cheeses are stored in his cave and sold in their prime. Stocking over 60 different types, all the region’s cheeses from Cîteaux to Epoisses are for the taking. Alongside, gourmet treats are on display to tempt the eye, the stomach and the wallet such as rice flavoured with lavender, specialist teas, truffles and fruit liqueurs.
4 Place de la République
Specializing in locally produced farm cheeses, this little shop in the centre of Saulieu is a joy. Made from goat, sheep and cow milk, the small producers such as l’Abbaye de la Pierre qui Vire and Chèverie de la Pierre Longue are amongst the numerous choices on display, plus the Burgundian favourites such as Epoisses to Vacherins and Chaources.
1 Place Monge
You could easily miss this little gem of a shop, but don’t. The gâteaux and gougéres are the best, and having specialized in chocolate since 1925, you know you are in for a treat. Try the ‘mustard’ truffle, a one-off, and relax in the café with a temptation.
Maker of fine nut oils
Exporting as far afield as the States and Japan, the Leblanc family produce the finest quality gourmet oils from walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, grape seed and more. This is the fourth generation of the family working seven days a week from this village right in the southern tip of Burgundy; quality artisans to be sure.