3 Les Papilles An oldie but a goodie, this might be one of the first real Parisian wine bars I ever went to years ago. I love how one can simply take a bottle off the shelf because this latin quarter spot doubles as a wine store by day. You can choose a nice bottle by a non-interventionist winemaker that marry’s nicely with whatever they are serving that night, bottles are imminently affordable because they charge the same price as a wine store would plus a 7 euro corkage fee. No 60% markup here. This is a one-set-menu kind of resto based on what the chef discovered that day in the market. This idea is something many Parisian restaurants have taken to doing over the past decade. Considering it allows the chef to waste less and focus more on creating just several perfect dishes, I’m a huge fan of the concept. Ask for guidance on choosing the wine if you are a newbie. 28 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
4 Coup D’Oeil A newer and more casual place then Les Papilles feel free to stop in here, grab a stool, order a glass and a snack. Situated in the always-fun 11th arrondissement, there are a few seats outside and in summer you can enjoy a nice sunset while drinking some very approachable natural wines. The owner and passionate natural wine connoisseur David Rougier charms as do the French shareable tapas on offer. Or sit down to a proper meal, at lunch a 3-course menu will run you just 18 euros. The offerings are simple, fresh and done with panache. When I was there last fall, every bite and sip we had was perfection. 5 Frenchie Bar à Vins This extremely well-known wine bar is the little sister to Frenchie across the street in the 2nd arr. that wears its Michelin Star proudly. Both the wine bar and the resto are very difficult to get into, the word got out years ago and the lines still keep forming. So, yes its hard to get in, and you’ll have to sit on a stool but the food is as superb as the wine. If you can put up with the hassle, its worth it. Make sure to order lots of appetizers and share them. Take advantage of the reasonable per glass price and try a number of different wines. Pro Tip: Begin standing in line at least 1/2 hour before they open and chances are you’ll get in. Of course its easier earlier in the week rather than a Friday night. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 29
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