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Burgundy shopping

Shopping in Burgundy can be a delicious endeavor: With about 4,000 wineries and a dozen distilleries, wine and liqueur are Burgundy's specialties. But the region also produces fabulous chocolate, mustard, gingerbread, honey, cheeses (particularly Époisses and chèvre), and the famous aniseed candies of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain.

Once you've had your fill of edible souvenirs, seek out the region's many artists and artisans. Burgundy is home to a talented population of potters and ceramists who create both traditional housewares (as do Florence Gonin and Wulf Rohland of Poterie de Bruant) and original artwork (Catherine Vanier). The region also is home to one of the world's great glassmaking teams, Annette Meech and Christopher Williams of Glasshouse de Sivignon.

If the region's many historical sites inspire you to redecorate, you'll find plenty of French country antiques, vintage books, and objets d'art. Many villages, and most towns and cities, host lively outdoor markets at least once a week, plus occasional flea markets, where you can buy everything from clothing and kitchen items to grandfather clocks, local foods, wine, and artwork.

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Anis de l'Abbaye de Flavigny, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

At the Abbaye de Flavigny, candy-maker Catherine Troubat and her staff of specialists carry on the centuries-old tradition of making aniseed bonbons. As the...more

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Catherine Vanier Ceramics, Bissy-sur-Fley

Based in the village of Bissy-sur-Fley, in the scenic Côte Chalonnaise wine country of southern Burgundy, Catherine Vanier is a distinguished ceramist who...more

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Insiders with a sweet tooth know to seek out Bernard Dufoux, considered one of France's top ten chocolatiers, in far-flung La Clayette in southwest Burgundy....more

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Cuisery, "Village of Books"

In the 1990s, this medieval village 10 miles east of Tournus in southern Burgundy was semi-abandoned and filled with empty storefronts. To revitalize their...more

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Gingerbread (pain d'épice) is a specialty of Dijon, and connoisseurs agree that family-run Mulot & Petitjean, founded in 1796, bakes some of the...more

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Glasshouse de Sivignon, Sivignon

Since 1999, English glass artists Annette Meech and Christopher Williams have been working out of a farmstead in Sivignon, an isolated hillside village about...more

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L'Athenaeum de la Vigne et du Vin, Beaune

This vast, multilevel bookstore near the Hospices de Beaune stocks thousands of volumes on wine, Burgundian food, history, entertaining, and more. You'll also...more

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Moutarderie Fallot, Beaune

In operation since 1840, the family-operated Fallot factory is the only mustard mill that still uses Burgundian mustard seed (most producers source their seeds...more

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Poterie de Bruant, Détain et Bruant

Potters Florence Gonin and Wulf Rohland—she Parisian, he German—are bona fide artists who appreciate the beauty of kitchenware and enjoy knowing...more

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Wine Shopping in Beaune

Caves des Cordeliers, located beneath a 13th-century convent, is extravagantly touristy, but it's worth a visit for the slightly kitsch but entertaining...more

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