Paris is probably the place you think of when you imagine yourself sipping on a glass of wine on a terrace — and we agree! While you’ll probably be able to find a decent wine anywhere you go, sometimes atmosphere is what matters most. You want to enjoy your wine somewhere that suits your style — whether it be somewhere cosy, somewhere lively, or somewhere historic! No matter what your prefer, we have a huge list of recommendations that you definitely need to check out!
Baron Rouge is definitely the most iconic wine bar in Paris! Located just off the cute Place d’Aligre and its lovely food market, le Baron Rouge brings in an eclectic crowd, ranging from young students and tourists, to older people from the surrounding neighbourhood. The chalkboard above the bar displays the huge list of wine that comes from all over France, and starts at just €1,50 a glass! Foodies will love the cheese platter, the cured meat plate, or fresh oysters, which all pair well with the wine. You can even bring your own empty bottle to fill up with house wines that they keep in huge barrels in the bar. This true Parisian gem is one you definitely have to check out!
Open Mondays from 5pm to 10pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 10pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 10pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm, 1 Rue Théophile Roussel, 75012 Paris, +33 1 43 43 14 32
This wine bar was originally created to satisfy the overflow from the Frenchie restaurant across the street, but has now become hugely popular in its own right. Small plates that are easy to share are a delight to the hipster crowd, and the selection of wines that are offered are refined and sophisticated. Dimly lit and designed with old stonewalls and dark wood, Frenchie Wine Bar is the perfect place for a chic Paris evening!
Open Mondays to Fridays from 7pm to 11pm, 5- 6 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, +33 1 40 39 96 19
This new place opened up in 2015 on the up-and-coming rue de Belleville. La cave de Belleville is a bit of everything: a wonderful deli store boasting a yummy selection of products (cheese, meats, refined tinned seafood) from all over France that are sourced from small producers; a liquor store selling a beautiful selection of products from small producers; and a restaurant and wine bar at the back that uses the food and wine from the store! With friendly owners and a themed evening, you’ll have a lovely experience at one of the trendiest places in the neighbourhood!
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 11pm, Sundays from 11.30am to 6.30pm and Mondays from 5pm to 11pm, 51 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris, +33 1 40 34 12 95
Chez Georges is located right in the heart of one of the liveliest areas of Paris: Saint-Germain, an area full of crêpe restaurants, Irish bars, and pizzerias! You’ll be so distracted you might even walk past this unassuming French bistro. What most people don’t know, is that Chez Georges offers its customers a wild night — and it’ll probably be one of their wildest nights in the city! With an amazing vaulted stone cave, it’s no wonder that there was a time when Saint-Germain was the heart of Paris nightlife.
Open every day from 3pm (12pm on Saturdays and 7pm on Sundays) to 2am, 11 Rue des Canettes, 75006 Paris, +33 1 43 26 79 15
Located in a teeny tiny, dark space, in the narrow streets that were formerly packed with restaurants that were open 24/7 and catered to the working class. Le Garde-Robe has kept the spirit of the times alive, with large collective tables, generous portions of fresh cheese and cured meats, and, of course, an amazing wine list!
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 12am, 41 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001 Paris, +33 1 49 26 90 60
Yes, Prague is not a place particularly known for its wine, but when we say Prague we’re referring to the name of the street, not the Czech capital! This neighbourhood fave is warm and inviting, and has a wine store that allows customers to drink straight on the spot for a supplement of €3. The place even offers little platters of cured meats, pâtés, and cheeses to savour on the large, rustic tables. Santé!
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 11pm, 8 Rue de Prague, 75012 Paris, +33 1 72 68 07 36
Au bon coin is probably the best example of a neighbourhood bistro that only locals in the know hit up. They serve up delicious hearty specialties from the southwest of France, and have a huge wine menu that boasts of little regional French producers that suit all budgets and tastes. Located at the back of Montmartre in the village-like area of the 18th District, not too far from the Jules Joffrin metro station, Au bon coin offers a nice terrace in the summer — a great place to enjoy a glass of wine in the sun.
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 8am to 10pm, 49 Rue des Cloys, 75018 Paris, +33 1 46 06 91 36
The exterior itself is worth checking out because of the colourful tiles that decorate what was once a fish shop (hence the name). The new owners simply changed the signage from ‘poissonnerie’ (French for: Fish shop), to ‘boissonnerie’ (meaning: ‘drinkery’), by adding a little tile arch under the ‘P’ to make it a ‘B’. Inside this tiny, but cosy space, the old-stone walls and dark wood featured throughout create a warm environment. The menu features delicious specialities from the sea, and the perfect wines to pair with them!
Open every day from 12.30 to 2.30pm and 7pm to 10.45pm, 69 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, +33 1 43 54 34 69
Decorated Art-Nouveau style, with old, pastel frescos, large mirrors, and dark wood features throughout, Vivant is an excellent restaurant that serves Japanese specialties in a French setting. Just next door, Vivant Cave offers a new menu every day that is created by the house chef. You’ll never be short on selection as they have an impressive list of bottles behind the bar!
Open Mondays to Fridays from 6pm to 1am, 43 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris, +33 1 42 46 43 55
Les Papilles is certainly one of the cutest and warmest French bistros around! Located just beside the majestic Luxembourg garden, in the Saint-Germain neighbourhood of Paris, this place offers heart-warming homemade French dishes. There is a twist though — this isn’t typical French cuisine. They’ve mixed tradition with gastronomic influences and have made it rustic. The prices are reasonable (€35 for the three-course menu that changes daily) and the wine list is super impressive. Les Papilles is a fantastic little place with dark wood features that is definitely worth your time!
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 12pm to 2pm and 7pm to 11pm, 30 Rue Gay-Lussac, 75005 Paris, +33 1 43 25 20 79
Picture this: a wine restaurant that boasts the simplest of decorations, like colourful canteen tables and chairs, and a wall of wine bottles to display a huge selection of impressive wines. Throw in a tiny kitchen that serves up delicious dishes like a pork cheek stew with boletus or a mackerel ceviche. It’s unassuming, modest, and it just works! Reservations are a must — this place is insanely popular!
Open every day from 12.30pm to 2pm and 7.30pm to 10pm, 67 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris, +33 1 48 03 17 34