Ô Chateau, how intoxicatingly charming
Early 2017, the first edition of the French Best Wine List National Contest has been supervised by 2010 World Champion Sommelier Gérard Basset. It declared Ô Chateau the “best wine bar in Paris” against 10,000 other lists expertly analysed. Offering daily tastings, oenological activities and the Rendez-vous des Hédonistes, Ô Chateau easily achieves recognition amongst local producers for their effort. With more than 50 wines by the glass amongst a thousand by the bottle, the bar endeavours to allow easier access to high-end selection of wines. Your visit may be the opportunity to plan a private event in one of the three tasting rooms at your disposal, and therefore share your love of good wines in good company.
68, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
+33 (0)1 44 73 97 80
Detour through Yves Camdeborde's Les Avant-Comptoirs
On the Carrefour de l'Odéon, famous chef Yves Camdeborde reveals talent and ingenuity in the kitchen of his Avant-Comptoirs de la Terre et de la Mer (“land and sea trading posts”). As one of the leaders of the bistronomie movement, the Bearnese virtuoso arouses your senses with bold and explosive mixes of Spanish or seafood hors d'oeuvres. Tightly clinging on to the zinc counter, you'll order a few tapas to enjoy accompanied by your friends, before toasting glasses in sheer simplicity. As for that dose of liquid pleasure, you can blindly trust the house and its exceptional cellar: more than 200 references await you impatiently!
3, carrefour de l'Odéon
+33 (0)1 42 38 47 55
For those in the know, at the Frenchie wine bar
In a setting of large and bright brick walls, exposed beams and studded counter leather, the charm of this French address lies both in its name and cuisine. Where the former Cour des Miracles stood on the Rue Neuve-Saint-Sauveur (now Rue du Nil), Grégory Marchand offers a generous cuisine shaped by his travels to New York, London and Hong Kong. Between a genuine bar and impertinent cuisine, the Frenchie is always full. Meticulous and surprising associations of ingredients are paired with carefully selected wines. To all wine lovers: for those in the know, the chef invites you to explore a list counting many international and barely commercialised wines, available by the glass, for more spontaneous and accessible pleasures.
5-6, rue du Nil
+33 (0)1 40 39 96 19
Welcomed simplicity at Le Siffleur de Ballons
In the clarity of the Siffleur de Ballons, bartenders delicately compose plates of cheese and cold cuts assortments, which you'll drool over, sitting high on a counter stool. Covered in wood, the room houses a large library where dozens of great bottles plainly pile up, in a move to reflect the mastered simplicity of the dishes you're about to consume. On the Right Bank of Seine, the purity of the decoration and the body of the wines gather gracefully in this bar displaying multiple references. Planning for a date with a loved one? Then pick a bright and mesmerising red. Or rather going out with a group of friends? Then choose a smooth, supple and fruity white.
Le Siffleur de Ballons
34, rue de Cîteaux
+33 (0)1 58 51 14 04
La Cave de Belleville, at the top of the ladder
Only a few steps away from the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, wine bottles find perfect alignment in rows and columns in La Cave de Belleville's wooden crates. Under the suspended dry sausages and hams, you'll try some of the delicious homemade canned sardines, mussels and scallops. Meet your fellow merrymakers and order the wine that will marry the Roquefort ovine flavours or the sheep's tome to perfection. Designed by interior architects Charlotte Vinet and Laure Wormser, the address gives out a love of French soil that will rub off on you: be it salted meat plates or a nice red wine, leave and take away what you wish!
La cave de Belleville
51, rue de Belleville
+33 (0)1 40 34 12 95