Rather than lug your purchases around with you on your speedy business trip, why not pick them up at Gare du Nord right before Eurostar check-in? As you exit the Metro in the 'Magenta' part of the station, there's a small stall run by a chap from Provence, who dispenses great wine, cheese, pate and meats to those London-bound. Great for picking up some goodies before heading up to the Eurostar terminal.
Gare du Nord, Paris. SNCF says: France des Provinces Niveau -1 (Level -1) sous la verrière Transilien, face au couloir RER E
Lavinia wine bar on Boulevard de la Madeleine is a must for anyone who fancies themselves as a wine buff. You can browse three storeys of wine from around the world (but mostly French, of course) including an incredible selection of champagne magnums and a temperature-controlled fine wine cellar. But the best part is the top floor wine bar where you can choose from a decent selection of wines by the glass or pick any bottle of wine from the store and drink at shop price! And with bottles ranging from under 10 euro to 22,000 there’s something for all budgets.
Juilen Aujeau and his wife Claire Barbier run the best wine shop I've ever visited in my life. They don't really have a 'passion' for wine, it is more like a joy which they feel compelled to share!
My wife and I spent over two hours there during our honeymoon (and my wife is only mildly interested in wine). Julien even gave us a bottle as a wedding present! Incredible people.
You can find "Julien Caviste" at 50 rue Charlot.
A great little restaurant hidden in the back of the wine shop here - walk through the wine shop and up a couple of steps, open the curtain and there are about seven tables.
You can eat good food and drink the wine from the wine shop - very smoky but snug and secretive.
Rue Vieille du Temple - a classic Marais stomping ground. Kick off with a flinty sancerre in the bar/bookshop/coffeshop La Belle Hortense, before perusing both kitsch and cutting-edge in the boutique shops dotted about.
Congratulate your good fortune with a coupe of Veuve Clicquot from Les Etages, a scruffy, scarlet salon for the tragically hip, before lining the stomach with some classic bistro dishes in Les Philosophes. Take your coffee on a terrasse seat and watch the people parade, parade, parade, all night long.
Then, how about a midnight embrace in nearby Place des Vosges? Pourquoi pas.
Though climate change may alter the situation quite soon, this is the only vineyard to be found in the city and, by all accounts, the wine it produces isn’t that great.
Once a year, however, it’s sold for charity and therefore you can’t get hold of a cheap bottle just for the experience. Going to see the vineyard however will take you into the hinterland of Montmartre which is much more interesting than the touristy bits. On the opposite corner to the vineyard is the Lapin Agile tavern, a well known artists’ haunt.
Rue des Saules
Metro: Lamarck Caulaincourt
When in Paris there is absolutely no excuse not to get a little lightheaded on a glass or two of wine before lunch. To which end, drop in at Le Baron Rouge around 11am, order some bread and pate and tuck into a little red. Or white. Or both.
Le Baron Rouge is a new-ish but old-fashioned bar, with upturned barrels dotted about the place for you to stand around, and a fine selection of wines. One of life's pleasures - wandering off afterwards for a stroll and a long lunch.
It's also open in the evening, and can become quite busy.
1 rue Th. Rhoussel; Tel: 01 43 43 14 32; Metro: Bastille
I found this fantastic little shop several years ago and always make sure I return. The staff are incredibly accommodating; and the shop offers estate wines to suit any budget. They also offer tastings on Saturdays and are more than happy to pass on their knowledge of great wine.
6, rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006 Metro: Odeon, Saint Germaine des Pres Tel: 0143291162
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