Parisian Living

Best Natural Wine Bars in Paris

by Rachel Naismith

Natural wines have grown in popularity across the globe, and France is no exception. There’s no set definition of what a natural wine is, but broadly speaking, they are wines made without pesticides, herbicides, and sulfites – and they’re taking the French capital by storm. Paris is a hotbed of new, independently run, gorgeously chic, waterholes serving these wines. Here are some of my favorite tried and tested pioneers of the natural wine movement in the city. 

Left: two diners share a plate of meatballs in tomato sauce at Aux Deux Amis natural wine bar. Right: chairs, tables, and a motorcycle sit in front of Aux Deux Amis' shop front
Above: Aux Deux Amis @agathewhatyouneed/@topparisshops. Top: Septime La Cave @thewinestache/@parisismykitchen

Aux Deux Amis

Located in the trendy district of Oberkampf, Aux Deux Amis is one of the most popular natural wine bars. Its clientele are achingly cool and so is the décor, with its mirrored walls, soft yellow lights, and Talking Heads thrumming in the background. Yet Aux Deux Amis doesn’t try too hard. The wine menu is simple, but expertly selected. Loire Gamay rubs shoulders with Jean Folliard’s Morgon. If you’re lucky enough, you might also quaff a glass from the much-lusted-after Auvergne winemaker, Patrick Bouju. Small plates of tapas – highlights including fresh sardines served on fragrant olive oil, and an oozing homemade potato tortilla – make the perfect accompaniment to your tipple.

Left: A red and blue Willi's Wine Bar poster with a giraffe and wine glass  is displayed in the entrance hall to Willi's Wine Bar. Right: sunlight shines through the bar's large windows onto  the French-style tables and chairs
Willi’s Wine Bar @williswinebarparis/ @fattiretours

Willi’s Wine Bar

Founded in 1980 by – gasp – an Englishman, Will’s Wine Bar has established itself as something of an institution in Paris’s first arrondissement. The bar happily toes the line between Parisian sophistication and British eccentricity, with bright posters lining the walls, abstract drawings on the ceiling, and a beautifully carved wooden bar at which to relax. Willi himself will pour your drink and offer experienced views on the merits of low-intervention winemaking methods – possibly with some life advice thrown in for good measure. Pair your beverage with some nibbles prepared by François Yon, head chef at Willi’s for three decades, and soak up the relaxed atmosphere.

Left: Three women, a child, and a man look at the menu hanging outside the front of La Cave Du Septime. Right: three black stools are next to a large grey bar inside La Cave Du Septime
Septime La Cave @septimeparis

Septime La Cave

Sister to Bertrand Grebaut’s acclaimed restaurant, Septime, ‘La Cave’ (as it’s known to the cognoscenti) is a tiny bar specialising in biodynamic and natural wines from Europe. Minimalism rules: you won’t find any opulent tablecloths or indecipherable menus here. But what La Cave lacks in size and grandeur, it certainly makes up for in taste and quality. There are ten stunning wines by the glass to choose from – all rotated on a daily basis – and you’ll be hard pressed to find better bar snacks in the city. Celeriac and quince sticks? Buttery cured Wagyu beef slices? Oui, avec plaisir!

Addresses

Aux Deux Amis – 45 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris

Willi’s Wine Bar – 13 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris

Septime La Cave – 3 Rue Basfroi, 75011 Paris

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Rachel Naismith

Originally from London, Rachel is a food writer and content creator currently living in Paris. She is deeply passionate about all things food and drink. Her favourite pastimes include discussing anything to do with butter, experimenting with raku ceramics, and watching her Italian partner make her pasta View Rachel Naismith's Website

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