Vineyards, glazed tiles & ice cream in Beaune (FR)

Beaune is in the middle of the Burgundy wine-making region, where many Grand Cru wines are produced, mainly from Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes. We set our mind on spending holidays in Burgundy after reading reviews highlighting its beautiful countryside with green hills, its medieval villages and its 1000 km of signposted cycling trails.

I really enjoyed visiting Beaune & the surrounding area! It is a pretty city enclosed within 2 km of ramparts that were built between the 12th and 15th centuries.

My personal highlights involved:

Beaune’s charming architecture & coloured rooftops

It was lovely walking all over the city to see its nice buildings: elaborate Renaissance facades stand alongside Romanesque churches and timber-framed houses from the Middle Ages. During summer, it’s worth going for a little walk after sunset, to enjoy the light show projected on some of Beaune’s buildings.

Centre of Beaune
Centre of Beaune

In Beaune and its surrounding area you can spot some beautiful colourful roofs made of glazed flat tiles in nice patterns. I loved them!

The colourful roof with glazed tiles of Les Hospices de Beaune
The colourful roof with glazed tiles of Les Hospices de Beaune
Light show projected on Beaune building
Light show projected on Beaune buildings

Cycling along “La Voie des Vignes” (vineyard route)

There are some well signposted cycling paths leading to the North, South and West of Beaune. I thoroughly enjoyed riding along “La Voie des Vignes” from Beaune to Nolay, via Meursault: a narrow path and minor roads run along the slopes of the extensive vineyards and through picturesque villages. From Santenay there are also some nice trips to the Canal du Centre, on the green way along the towpath.

95% of the people we encountered around Beaune were very friendly, helpful and hospitable: it was really nice being greeted by a smile and a “bonjour” by most people we came across during our bike trips. This may seem random but it made a real difference!

Cycling along the "Voie des Vignes", towards Meursault
Cycling along the “Voie des Vignes”, towards Meursault
Château du clos de Vougeot
Château du clos de Vougeot
Timbered house in Nolay
Timbered house in Nolay
Riding along the Canal to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
Riding along the Canal to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune

Colourful flowers everywhere

I love how many cities, towns and villages in France take part in the “Ville Fleurie” competition, which encourages them to implement policies to improve the quality of life and to enhance their attractiveness via green spaces. It was lovely seeing so many flowery buildings around Beaune!

Meursault Townhall
Meursault Townhall, along la Voie des Grands Crus / La Voie des Vignes

What about the ice cream?!

Regular readers of my blog know that I like to find nice ice cream in the places I visit! I was hoping to find some wine sorbet or at least some pomace-based sorbet/ice cream! If you go to Beaune, you might want to try one of the following places:

1. Passion Millot – Pâtissier, Chocolatier & Glacier –

I only spotted this shop on our last day in Beaune: we unfortunately ended up having to gobble it rather quickly. The lady who served us explained that they make the ice cream themselves, from seasonal ingredients. The ice cream was very good! It was my first time to see basil ice cream that was not combined with another fruit. It was pleasantly intense!

The ice cream flavours on offer at Passion Millot
The ice cream flavours on offer at Passion Millot
Verbena tea, anis, apricot and basil ice cream
First cone: a scoop of verbena tea ice cream and another of anis ice cream. Second cone (which I only sampled!): scoops of apricot and basil ice cream

2. Le Jardin des Remparts, 1* restaurant – 10 Rue de l’Hôtel Dieu, F-21200 Beaune

We were recommended to have lunch in this 1* restaurant: I had to brave my way through my starter of snails, before getting food that I was more comfortable with! 😉

Dessert was a highlight! & the little scoop of gingerbread ice cream was REALLY good!

Dessert at Le Jardin Des Remparts with gingerbread ice cream
Dessert at Le Jardin Des Remparts: “Crémeux de Cassis, petit sablé et glace au pain d’épice”
Additional mini desserts
Additional mini desserts

Website: www.le-jardin-des-remparts.com

3. o’ glaces beaunoises

The ice cream and sorbet they sell is made by Glaces des Alpes which describes itself as an “artisanal ice cream producer”. Glaces des Alpes mentions some interesting flavours on their website which I would have LOVED to try: for e.g. green asparagus-wasabi, gruyère-double cream, poppy, mustard ice cream made with Dijon mustard, or tomato-basil sorbet…!! 🙂 I’m pretty sure I read about an ice cream flavour with grape pomace on their website, but none of these flavours were on offer at o’glaces beaunoises!

The ice cream on offer at o' glaces Beaunoises
The ice cream on offer at o’ glaces Beaunoises ice cream shop in Beaune
The ice cream flavours made by Glaces des Alpes, sold by o' glaces Beaunoises
The ice cream flavours made by Glaces des Alpes, sold by o’ glaces Beaunoises
Ice cream from o' glaces Beaunoises: possibly melon ice cream and vine peach
Ice cream from o’ glaces Beaunoises: coconut ice cream and vine peach

Useful links:

www.beaune-tourism.com
www.burgundy-by-bike.com
www.bourgogne-wines.com

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Iwanttobeacook says:

    Nice pictures ❤ 😉

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