Although the population of the village is only about 400 (including two monastic communities), there are several bars and restaurants in the village. Out of season many of them shut or have limited opening hours. We particularly recommend the following:
Lunch / snacks – the bar near the well, half way down the hill.
Good food in a cheerful atmosphere: Cafe de la Terrasse in the square by the basilica; The Creperie in rue St Pierre, around the corner from the house; La Dent Creuse at the bottom of the village with a terrace overlooking the valley Le Relais du Morvan and La Fortune du Pot (to the left at the bottom of the village and across the road ).
Gourmet dining: Le Bourgainville and the Cheval Blanc. Booking recommended.
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There are many wine producing villages nearby including Chablis, St Bris, Chitry, Irancy and Coulanges. Many wine producers welcome visitors and are happy for you to sample the wine before you buy. Vezelay itself has its own appellation and there are a number of local growers and caves. These include:
Domaine La Croix Montjoie is a family-run domaine in Tharoiseau, the next village up the hill on the right hand side after St Père. Sophie and Matthieu Woillez make three varieties of white wine: L’Impatience, L’Elegance, and La Voluputueuse, and a crémant is also available. Tours are available daily 10.00-17.00 May to October, including the opportunity to taste and buy the wine. November to April by appointment: tel. 0386 32 40 94.
Domaine Elise Villiers at Precy le Moult, can be visited by appointmenr. The proprietor is very welcoming. She produces red wine from the slopes on the south side of Vezelay and red and white from vineyards at Tharoiseau,
Cave Henry de Vezelay is just beyond St Père: turn left towards Nanchèvre as you leave the village. It sells local wine and honey, and offers the chance to taste before you buy. We recommend the Melon for a good local (dry) white.