If you walk along the streets of Paris, you’ll be sure to find an eclectic array of wine bars. From the unassumingly cozy to more sleek and sophisticated interiors, it can be hard to pick where to stop off.
In recent years, we’ve seen an emergence of bars specializing in natural wines, yet many still charm with their focus on regional French wines. After a long day in the (home) office or exploring Paris and all its sights and sounds, the call of a delicious French wine beckons. Given the complexity of finding the right address, we’ve handpicked a few of our favorite Parisian gems.
Ideal for the solo sip or meeting up with friends, nestle in at the wooden bar, or pull up a stool against the atmospheric stone walls. Freddy’s has a carefully curated selection of French wines, and a daily menu with tasty small plates such as kebabs, grilled fish, or sweet potato beignets. Beautiful presentation is at the heart of this local haunt, from its wines to its interior.
Nautically inspired, this windowed oyster bar has been kicking around the Marais since 2013. Oysters steal the show here, although small plates are delicious sidekicks. If cocktails are more your thing, their menu is inspired and worth perusing. It gets busy and it’s tight, so reservations a must.
With bottle-adorned walls and a fine wooden bar, this tiny counter located in a cave is underhyped. You’ll find an interesting mix of natural wines available, by the glass or bottle. The menu has a classic selection of cheese and charcuterie, while the homemade mayonnaise and eggs are a staple favorite.
This unassuming bar boasts a well-guided selection of natural wines and an intimate setting (four small tables and a thin bar). The bar staff are eager to offer their opinions on what glass to try, while the small plates (anything from lentil soup to burrata) are excellent. A lovely setting for lunch or a pre- (or post-) dinner visit.
This tapas bar is esteemed among wine connoisseurs, and it’s easy to see why. A friendly, relaxed, and no-fuss atmosphere is coupled with good prices and great wines. Come for the wine (ask the waiters for recommendations), but do allow yourself to be tempted by the pizzas and desserts. You won’t regret it.
This Odéon wine bar and restaurant is authentic, inventive, and creative, pulling in lovers and wine lovers alike. It counts a sumptuous setting, fantastic tapas, exquisite wines, and a super-invested team among its assets. The atmosphere is so welcoming you won’t want to leave.
If wine is your thing and you’re interested in learning more about the vast French offering, then Context Conversations is worth exploring. See if they’re running their History of French Wine seminar or peruse the rest of their seminar collection. If you find your self in Paris, London, Rome, Barcelona or one of the many other of the 60 cities where Context Travel tours take place, check them out.
Freddy’s – 54 Rue de Seine, 75006
Le Mary Celeste – 1 Rue Commines, 75003
La Cave du Paul Bert – 16 Rue Paul Bert, 75011
La Buvette – 67 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011
Coinstot Vino – 22-30 Galerie Montmartre, 75002
Avant Comptoir de la Terre – 3 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006
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