Organize your gourmet food tour of France with our list of the 7 best things to do in Beaune, France

The best things to do in Beaune, France

Standing proudly on an ancient Roman castrum, Beaune is a breathtaking town in Burgundy. With a rich cultural and historical heritage, Beaune is considered the “Capital of Burgundy Wines,” making it the perfect location for a gourmet food tour in France. Beaune is full of fantastic things to do, from the emblematic Hôtel-Dieu, the famous Notre-Dame Collegiate Church and the ramparts. The number of things to visit seems endless - buildings and art brimming with history, stunning architecture, timeworn streets, gardens and monuments. La Ruchotte® has rounded up a list of the 7 best things to do in Beaune, France to help you organize the perfect gourmet food tour of France.

7 beautiful towns to visit near Beaune, France

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Chevigny-en-Valière is a charming village located on the edge of Saône-et-Loire, only 7 miles east of Beaune. The Dheune River runs through this beautiful village, which has countless interesting places visit: the 18th century Church of Saint-Didier, the incredible and original Château des Tourelles dating from the end of the 19th century, as well as the remnants of the late Château de Vogüe, built in the 18th century.


The beautiful village of Chorey-les-Beaune, just 1.8 miles north of Beaune, is also full of history! There is the Saint-Luc Church from the 12th century, as well as a 17th century castle and a vineyard dating from the 7th century.


The small village of Combertault, just east of Beaune, has a certain charm. Its equally charming church is located on the ancient 11th century Saint-Hyppolite abbey and the choir is from the Romanesque period.


Sainte-Marie-la-Blanche just 5 miles east of Beaune, has two ponds – the Garenne and the Grand Creux – that are perfect for fishing and taking strolls. The village church houses a superb 16th century Pensive Christ.


Known for its unique church that has a tiled bell tower, Ruffey-les-Beaune borders on the Borne state forest, just outside Beaune along the road to Seurre. A haven of peace, the village has two rivers that are great for Trout fishing, the Rhoin and the Lauve.


With its superb red brick castle dating from the 11th century, and its large annual plant market, Meursanges is also one of the most beautiful villages near Beaune, located only 10 minutes to the southeast.


This beautiful village near Beaune is full of things to do, including its botanical trails, Arboretum and the marked trails that lead to its Historic center.

The "Aire d’attraction de Beaune": Countless things to do in this selection of 64 villages

64 French municipalities in Côte d’Or and Saône-et-Loire

Since October 2020, 64 towns and villages around Beaune were united under the name "Aire d’attraction de Beaune." This zoning initiative allows Insee (National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies) to collect data about the influence the city of Beaune has on the surrounding municipalities. This area includes 57 villages and towns in Côte d’Or department and 7 that are located in the Saône-et-Loire department.

Our list of & things to do in Beaune, France are all part of the Aire d’attraction

The city of Beaune is located in the department Côte-d’Or, in the region called Burgundy-Franche-Comté, it is best known for its famous historic monuments and its wines which are exported throughout the world. Beaune would not be what it is if it weren’t for the towns and villages surrounding it, which offer an impressive amount of cultural and historical heritage. In addition to the aforementioned 7 most beautiful villages near Beaune, 53 municipalities make up the Aire d’attraction:

Chivres, Corberon, Corcelles-les-Arts, Corgengoux, Corgoloin, Cormot-Vauchignon, Corpeau, Cussy-la-Colonne, Ébaty, Échevronne, Jallanges, Val-Mont, Labergement-lès-Seurre, Lanthes, Levernois, Lusigny-sur-Ouche, Magny-lès-Villers, Marigny-lès-Reullée, Mavilly-Mandelot, Meloisey, Merceuil, Meursault, Montagny-lès-Beaune, Montceau-et-Écharnant, Monthelie, Nantoux, Pernand-Vergelesses, Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, La Rochepot, Saint-Aubin, Saint-Romain, Santosse, Saussey, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Ladoix-Serrigny, Tailly, Villy-le-Moutier, Volnay, Aloxe-Corton, Auxey-Duresses, Bagnot, Baubigny, Bessey-en-Chaume, Bligny-lès-Beaune, Bligny-sur-Ouche, Bouilland, Bouze-lès-Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet, Demigny, Écuelles, Mont-lès-Seurre, Palleau, Saint-Gervais-en-Vallière, Saint-Loup-Géanges and Saint-Martin-en-Gâtinois.

Bligny-sur-Ouche: A key stop on your gourmet food tour of France

A beautiful village near Beaune, France with countless things to do

Bligny-sur-Ouche, a small village in the Arnay-le-Duc township

Bligny-sur-Ouche is a charming village located in the Arnay-le-Duc township, in the heart of the upper Ouche Valley, 12 miles northwest of Beaune. The Ouche River, the Ruisseau des Fontenottes and the Ruisseau du Préron run through the village. The architecture is simply stunning, the streets and alleys are lined with incredible buildings, such as the 13th century Saint-Germain-d’Auxerre Church that has a pyramid shaped bell tower built in the 15th century that has been classified as an Historic Monument. The town also has a Museum of Wooden Tools and Farming Life and an ancient wash house that is typical of the Beaune region. Other things to do in this town near Beaune include: 12 old mills along the Ouche River, a state-owned forest and the Oucherotte Cliff, which has been classified as a high-value ecological zone or ZNIEFF (Natural Zone of Interest for Ecology, Flora and Fauna).

The Ouche Valley steam train

If the weather is nice during your gourmet food tour of France, one of the best things to do in Beaune is a 4-mile ride on the Ouche Valley steam train! This train was built in 1978 and takes tourists on a round trip between Bligny and Pont-d’Ouche!

The best restaurant in the area

Ferme de La Ruchotte: highly-recommended by France’s greatest Michelin Star Chefs

Helm of the famous alternative Chef Frédéric Ménager, the Ferme de La Ruchotte is an essential stop if you are taking a gourmet food tour in Burgundy, France. This is one of the best restaurants in Côte d’Or and has been lauded by some of France’s most famous Michelin Star Chefs and the press.

The most beautiful Burgundian gourmet experience during your food tour of France

Frédéric Ménager is a chef with the soul of a farmer that is renowned for his signature French country style cooking with an Haute Cuisine touch. His organic farm-to-table restaurant features a menu that changes daily according to what is harvested from Fred’s sustainable garden that morning.

An imperative gourmet refueling after a day exploring the things to do in Beaune, France!

Fred Ménager deepened his culinary knowledge as sous-chef for Alain Chapel (three Michelin-starred chef) and roaster for Pierre Gagniaire (three Michelin-starred chef). He has been running his own farmhouse inn and restaurant in Bligny-sur-Ouche for more than twenty years. He is constantly pushing the boundaries of sustainable farming and eating with his rustic yet sophisticated dishes.

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A must for a gourmet food tour of France, the Ferme de La Ruchotte® welcomes you for lunch, from Wednesday to Sunday. To reserve your table, you can use the reservation form or call +33 3 80 20 04 79. Follow us on social media to stay in-the-know about La Ruchotte’s® upcoming events!

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