Written by Erin Harding,
3rd March 2022

The American news channel, CNN, has placed the city of Dijon, the capital of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, on its list of ‘the best destinations to visit in 2022‘. But why did it make the list and is it a good place to buy a property?

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 Why did it make the list?

Dijon largely made the top 22 list due to its foody credentials. Aside from the beautiful timber houses, gothic architecture and excellent museums, it is one of France’s gastronomic capitals and is a must for anyone who loves food.

Les Halles food market has a wealth of the region’s best ingredients, the city is surrounded by vineyards to sample some of Burgundy’s best wine and, of course, this is the best place to sample to famous Dijon mustard. In May 20022, the city is embracing its gastronomic reputation and opening the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie et du Vin in Dijon – a huge complex for French food and wine.

The city also has UNESCO World Heritage Status due to its winemaking. You can also try regional dishes like Burgundy snails, gingerbread and the local apéritif, kir.



What is Dijon like for expats and should you buy a property there?

Dijon has experienced a pandemic-related boost due to its affordable property prices. Prices per square meter are € 2,530 and as it’s just a 2-hour train journey from the capital, many Parisians have fled the City of Light for nearby Dijon.

You’re also not far from Geneva or the Alps here and can easily access the beautiful surrounding countryside! Just an hour’s drive west of the city, you’ll find Morvan Regional National Park. If you want the best of city living with the countryside on your doorstep, Dijon is a brilliant choice.

The town is full of pretty half-timbered properties flanking the winding streets. If you’re thinking of working or starting a business, Dijon is an excellent choice. This city is one of the 8th best places for entrepreneurs in France.

It’s not very touristy in Dijon during the winter months, meaning that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to embed yourself into French life. However, it can get busier during the summer. It’s easy to get around on plentiful buses, trams and city bikes, and the city centre is fully pedestrianised. As well as this, it is considered safe with a low crime rate.

You’re sure to find established expat communities here to make you feel at home and to introduce you to the Dijon way of life. All in all, it’s a great choice for your property abroad!

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