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Les Halles, Dijon

Gustave Eiffel's 19th century covered market in Dijon

Food lovers know Dijon for its mustard, that sharp and tangy condiment that’s a basis for great vinaigrette.  It’s also home to crème de cassis, a delicious, sweet liqueur made of black currants.  Add a few spoonfuls to champagne and you’ve got Kir Royale, a luxurious cocktail famously quaffed by Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story.

If this is whetting your appetite, and you have a passion for architecture, you’ll be happy to know that the city is also home to one of France’s most beautiful covered markets, Les Halles.  The fantastic iron and glass building was designed by Gustave Eiffel, a native son of Dijon.  He completed construction in 1875, 15 years before his spectacular tower in Paris.

The market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7am to 1pm and sits in the historic center of Dijon, walking distance to many shops and historic sites.  It’s easily accessible by tram from the main train station, the Gare de Dijon-Ville.  Arrive early for the best selection, and by mid-day you can relax with a picnic lunch, or a leisurely meal at one of the many nearby cafés.

 

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