10 Best Wine Bars in Paris
Original article posted on May 23, 2014 by Candice. Article updated for accuracy in 2019.
When most people think of France, images of wine, cheese and baguettes probably come to mind. And for good reason! French cuisine is world famous, and is even named as a “world intangible heritage” by UNESCO!
Wine is a French specialty, and an essential part of French cuisine and dining. Lucky for any of you coming to Paris, some of the best wine bars in the city are among the best in the world! You should definitely plan on visiting one (or a few) when you come to Paris.
You’ll find a lot of good wine bars in the City of Lights, but if you are looking to have excellent food with your glass of wine, you may have to dig a little deeper. Keep reading for the 10 best wine bars in Paris!
1. Les Fines Gueules
Located in a handsome 18th century stone house, this mini wine bar/bistro sources its menu from the best producers in Paris, including the star butcher Hugo Desnoyer. It offers delicious meals and a good selection of natural and organic wines.
Les Fines Gueules has worked hard to find the best suppliers and producers in France, and this attention to detail really shows. Don’t miss their famous steak tartare!
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 12pm-2:30pm, 7pm-10:30pm. Saturday-Sunday 12pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm
Address: 43 Rue Croix des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris
Metro station: Sentier
2. Frenchie Bar à Vins
Annexed to his bistro Frenchie, chef Gregory Marchand’s wine bar offers the opportunity to taste his food without having to book a table at his restaurant. The wine list of sommelier Laura Vidal is one of the most interesting in Paris at the moment!
The servers are super helpful, and the majority of them speak English, so don’t be afraid to ask them for advice! The ambiance of the wine bar is really convivial, so don’t be surprised if you make friends with your neighbors before the night is through!
Opening hours: Open everyday 6:30pm-11pm
Address: 6 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris
Metro station: Sentier
3. Le Siffleur des Ballons
If you consider yourself an organic and natural wine connaisseur, Le Siffleur des Ballons is the place for you. They specialize specifically in “biodynamic” natural wines, particularly coming from lesser known regions in France like the Roussillon.
Even though their wines are pretty particular, it doesn’t mean there’s any less of a selection here. You’ll have the choice between over 400 different wines, so you’re sure to find something to whet your palette! They also offer tapas to munch on, but don’t worry about going hungry. Their “small” plates aren’t so small after all!
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm, Saturday 10:30am-11:30pm, Closed Sunday & Monday
Address: 34 Rue de Cîteaux, 75012 Paris
Metro station: Faidherbe – Chaligny
4. Au Bon Coin
This friendly place, one of the best wine bars in Paris. Au Bon Coin offers a lot of well-chosen local wines at all price levels, and for all tastes: light, robust, round, fruity, dry, sweet.
There isn’t an option for dinner on the weekends, but during the week you can enjoy specialties from South West France cooked by a local Chef and at an affordable price.
Opening hours: monday-saturday 8am-12am, Sunday 10am-10pm
Address: 49 Rue des Cloys, 75018 Paris
Metro station: jules joffrin
5. Les Papilles
This bistrot à vins has become a Latin Quarter institution. Internationals and academics are usually drawn to this great wine bar in Paris! You can either arrive at noon for a glass of wine and a bite, or reserve a table to have dinner and taste the delicious plates that Chef Ulric Claude offers.
While you’re at it, take some time to explore the Latin Quarter at night. This is one of my favorite areas in Paris, and you’re likely to feel like you’ve stepped into a Woody Allen movie! Shout out to all of my Midnight in Paris lovers.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-2pm, 7pm-10pm
Address: 30 Rue Gay-Lussac, 75005 Paris
Metro station: Luxembourg (RER)
6. Le Petit Verdot
It’s hard to say whether Le Petit Verdot should be considered a wine bar or a restaurant, as their options for both are amazing! Opened by Japanese sommelier Hidé Ishizuka, Le Petit Verdot boasts delicious food, made using fresh produce, and equally tasty wine.
If you’re struggling to choose which wine will pair best with your meal, the servers are there to help you with their grade A advice. They specialize in Burgundy wines, so be prepared to taste their best options.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 12pm-2pm, 7:30pm-9:30pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday
Address: 75 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris
Metro station: Vaneau / Saint-Placide
7. La Cave à Michel
La Cave à Michel is a typically Parisian wine bar. Located in the bustling Belleville neighborhood, the vibes are friendly and lively, and you’re sure to find a wine that you’ll love!
Your wallets will thank you if you choose to visit La Cave à Michel, where you can easily find well priced wine and food. Speaking of food, you’re sure to be impressed by their offerings. Food and wine go together like…well, food and wine!
Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday 6pm-12am, closed Monday & Tuesday
Address: 36 Rue Sainte-Marthe, 75010 Paris
Metro station: belleville / Colonel Fabien
8. Le Willi’s Wine Bar
Le Willi’s Wine Bar is known not only for their excellent wine selection, they also have a collection of some beautiful wine-themed posters! Each year, the wine bar commissions local artists to create the posters, and the winners are displayed in the bar.
Willi’s is one of the oldest wine bars in Paris! Ironically, it was originally founded by an Englishman in the 1980s. The posters are cool, the ambiance is warm, and there is a large selection of wines to choose from. Don’t miss their famous Spanish charcuterie board option!
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 12pm-12am. Closed Sunday
Address: 13 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris
Metro station: Pyramids
9. Martin Boire et Manger
The wine-bar-meets-restaurant Martin Boire et Manger is serving up natural wines and yummy small plates. All of their options are made using the freshest market produce in Paris, and so their menu changes weekly!
I have recently become obsessed with eating fresh and natural produce, so Martin answers all of my wine and food needs. If you’re on the same page as I am, you’re guaranteed to enjoy this spot in the 11th arrondissement.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 4pm-2am, Closed Sunday & Monday
Address: 24 Boulevard du Temple, 75011 Paris
Metro station: Oberkampf
Simone is a wine bar in the 13th arrondissement that has up to 120 different wines to choose from! They also have a great selection of natural and organic wines. Simone also boasts yummy cheese and charcuterie plates, and even organic oysters! That’s really rare in Paris, so if oysters are your thing, run, don’t walk to Simone.
While the wine bar doesn’t offer large plates, they do have a bistro just next door if you start to feel really hungry. Here, you’ll find dishes made with market fresh produce that changes with the season.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-2pm, 7pm-10pm, Saturday 7pm-10pm, Closed Sunday & Monday
Address: 33 Boulevard Arago, 75013 Paris
Metro station: Les Gobelins
I hope you’re ready to taste some delicious French wine and cuisine when you’re in Paris! Save this list for the next time you’re in the city, and you’ll have plenty of options of where to head for dinner. Or lunch, no judgement here!
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