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La Cave à Bulles
$$ - reasonable
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45 Rue Quincampoix
phone: + 33 (0)1 40 29 03 69
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Reviews by dstc:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Most have said it all but I'll reiterate. The owner, Simon, is awesome. Speaks perfect English which is great because I'm too dumb and lazy to learn French, my bad, I know. The store is located on a small pedestrian only street and the apartment I rented for the week was on the same street, only a block away. What an awesome coincidence!
Like I said, Simon was great. Has a passion for beer and was happy to show me around and teach me about French brews. I contacted him before traveling to Paris and asked if he wanted any FL brews like Cigar City. Surprisingly he already had some but wanted more so I brought him three 750ml bottles. He was quite excited saying he would have a Cigar City tasting night soon. He traded me three bottles (750ml) of French beer which I let him choose and I purchased a half dozen other bottles he recommended. He packaged everything up in a box and made a handle for it for me to carry back to the apartment. Nicely done.
Awesome selection, great owner, great location and worth going to if in Paris.
01-03-2012 15:39:40 |
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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Hunted this down on a visit to friends and was happy I did; they're a great resource for beers from all over Europe with, of course, a French focus. The staff was generally friendly and helpful and the selection is excellent, especially considering the size of the shop. If you're looking for an overview of European craft brews, this is a good place to start.
Yeah, the bottles were expensive, and the per-size pricing is funny, but I'm noticing mine is the second lowest rating, and I did like it. Just think 4+ is in the damned good category.
05-28-2013 13:12:05 |
More by ItinOcean
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Can't say too much more about this place that hasn't already been said. It's only a few hundred yards away from the Metro on Rue de Rivoli, and basically smack dab in the center of the city. The shop is in kindof an alley way type deal and would be easy to miss if it weren't for the beer logos on top. It's pretty small, and not much room for people, but the owner and assistant (Brandon) speak English and are super knowledgeable and friendly.
It was interesting that all of the French beer had the same price (3.5 EU for 33cl, I believe it was), unless it was a seasonal/older vintage, and the focus was definitely on French beer. They had a lot of French beer of Belgian styles, and had a good selection of Belgian beer too including gift boxes of Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliet, and even Westvleteren bricks (for around 75 EU, although I abstained from purchasing one). Additionally, they understand a lot of customers are here on travel and will be taking beer back on the plane, so they have bubble wrap and other boxes that make it easier to transport the stuff, and also offer to wrap things for you. I really liked how extensive their selection of individual 11.2/12 oz. bottles were.
Unfortunately I came in at a time where there were quite a few other customers demanding the employees' attention, so I only talked for a couple minutes and bowed out of the shop - but they definitely seem like good people to talk to, and that you could talk with them forever. One observation is that the staff seemed to advocate buying French beer and wanted to inform people coming on what French beer was all about, as most Americans don't hear much about French brewed beer. Prices were about what you would expect to pay for individual bottles of craft brew, maybe slightly on the expensive side but not bad at all considering it's Paris. As a sidenote, if you come here as an American and ask for rare Cantillon brews, you might be mocked by Simon :p
04-03-2013 20:07:41 |
More by Rohkey
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
It's been one year since I've reviewed a place on BA, but I finally hit one noteworthy enough to get me started again. I've tried unsuccessfully to get here many times over the years, my own fault as they do post their open hours. It was well worth the wait though, this is just a wonderful store.
The location is ideal for visitors to the city, just north of the Chatelet Metro stop. Chances are that you'll be strolling Rue de Rivoli at some point in your visit anyway. The shop is small (but what real estate isn't small in Paris, palaces and cathedrals notwithstanding?). Most of the beers are placed on shelves, and understandably the heaviest selection is French beers. So many of them! I didn't know most (all?) of the names. Luckily the owner (Simon) speaks very good English, and he is a true lover of beer. Even better, he has an American BA working in the store (Brandon) who also knows his stuff. They walked me through the choices and I trusted them based on their detailed descriptions of what they liked and disliked in different beers.
There are also 2 small coolers. One is stocked with their vintage/"expensive" beers, and the other cooler is stocked with a variety of large and small bottles for people who want a beer that has been chilled to some extent for take away.
Beyond the French beers there's a good selection of Belgian beers, and also some Nordic and USA selections. I even saw Hopping Frog from OH, so surprised to see this. I didn't travel 9 hours by plane to drink OH beer though!
Overall I can't recommend this store highly enough. I will be back any time I'm in Paris.
03-13-2013 19:40:20 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped in here while on vacation in Paris. The store is a medium-sized room with shelving all around, a small cooler beneath the register and a larger one behind it, and a wooden table in the middle. The owner, Simon, was at the table talking to customers and employees, and was quite friendly when we walked in. His English was very good, and he was interested in where we were from. His employee on hand, Brandon, is an expat who is quite knowledgeable about American beer (he was wearing a DC Brau t-shirt and Simon had on a Half Acre t-shirt!). They were very friendly, and recommended their favorite French craft beers. Brandon was even so kind as to offer some harder-to-find bottles from his personal stash, and asked if we were bringing any of the beer back to the US. When I said that we were bringing 2 of the bottles back, he wrapped the beers in bubble wrap for us. I stopped in a second time the day before I left because we were in the area, and there was a rep from a French brewery hosting a small tasting and discussion, which was nice. It seems like the shop is very close to the French craft community.
Overall, although the place is somewhat small, the selection is pretty good and interesting, with a focus on French beer, but with a good amount of beer from Belgium and surrounding countries, and even a couple American breweries. The service was outstanding, and you won't really find the selection anywhere else in Paris. And it's right around the corner from the Pompidou, so it's in a very central location with lots of things to do. Go here if you're in the neighborhood.
09-25-2012 20:37:32 |
More by Etan
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Oh my what luck I was staying on the same street as this shop. Oh my 7 visits over 10 days allowed me to get a thorough sampling of French craft beer. A must visit if you are going to be in Paris and find the grocery store selections lacking. Simon will guide you and is very helpful to the English only crowd. They have opened a bar called La Fine Mousse, which I believe mean bear foam. Nice place about 14 taps.
http://www.lafinemousse.fr is the website
All in all if your in Paris take the time to try some French craft beer. It is tempting to only look for Belgians, but the French are brewing too. Give them a try.
09-02-2012 20:29:01 |
More by eriklewis
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
excellent place, Simon is extremely nice and knowledgable.
if you come here be ready to talk and have a great time!
Simon shed some excellent knowledge on Cantillon and otherwise as well as made an perfect recommendation tailor made to my taste!
a world class shop, as good as any you'll visit. the layout is extremely user friendly, simons english is excellent, they have all Cantillons except the rares such as Blaebier, and although they could have more American brews, who wants 'em (American tourist speaking) when you can just have it at home for cheaper? Great selection of Mikkeller, and ESPECIALLY great selection of French beers. Worth a trip here on ANY day.
08-23-2012 20:51:48 |
More by maximep
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited May 18th and took along 2 bottles from Alley Kat (Farmhouse-Style Saison & Black Dragon Single Hopped DIPA) for Simon, and he seemed pleased to receive 2 brand new beers from Canada.
Real nice looking store, laid out well, good selection of beers on the shelves, mostly French which was good to see, and a fair few from Italy. Had a good long natter with Simon about all things beer, especially the way things are moving forward in France.
Super friendly especially when someone comes in the store and needs help with selection. Wish I had more room in my case but had to content myself with purchasing just 4 bottles.
Highly recommend to visit when in Paris. You won't come away disappointed.
05-31-2012 18:21:27 |
More by Torontoblue
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Must stop while in Paris, I went in September of 2011 and visited 2x. Simon and his staff (one guy from PA) were awesome. My first stop I carried 5 US beers and Simon took his time picking out a selection of beers to trade with me. Very cool!
Second time I went back was to load up for the flight back and was able to get 6 beers back no problem.
Wow, it was awesome, I have been saving some of the beers rationing them, just had a "Cuvee D' Oscar" last night - MUST HAVE!
Tips: Take Simon some of the special craft beers, he has had most regular American Micro's; I know he is looking for some Cigar City Brews.
Oh, My backpack was helpful in carrying the brews.
He is usually busy, so allow some time when visiting him.
Beers are in Euro's, so as other reviewers noted they will be more than you might expect to pay, but how many times are you getting to try these???? Get 'em!
If you want to bring some brews back for me, let me know...
04-21-2012 21:05:17 |
More by outdoor7or24
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a great place to get beers from French and Belgian breweries! Simon is awesome, he takes the time to find out what you like and gives really great recommendations for local beers. His English is perfect, so don't hesitate to visit if your French is not good. He is also willing to do trades with you if you bring something interesting. Prices are comparable with US pricing, it was between $10-20 (USD) for a 750ml. It's on the cutest little street by Centre Pompidou, and totally worth going to. Overall, a great experience!
04-14-2012 03:30:41 |
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La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France