La Cave à Bulles
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +7.1%
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
4.48/5 rDev -4.1%
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
5/5 rDev +7.1%
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
4.86/5 rDev +4.1%
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 | More by lalaloveyou
4.94/5 rDev +5.8%
This is a MUST stop for anyone visiting Paris! Simon is wonderfully knowledgeable about beers and everything he has in the store. We had a good chat about beer, travelling, places to visit, and (of course) more about beer. He is a great guy and knows his stuff!
The shop itself is located near Notre Dame in central Paris - easy to find and a quick walk to several Metro stops if you are not staying in the area. Beautiful store-front window with a good feel. Check the hours before you go though as I noticed the shop is closed during the afternoon for a bit.
The selection is excellent and, as mentioned previously, Simon will surely take the time to chat with you about new releases, what you like, and everything in between. I was impressed by the quality of beers at such an affordable price.
I will definitely stop here again and bring Simon some treats from my cellar next time I am in Paris.
01-16-2012 13:54:29 | More by spdyfire83
4.58/5 rDev -1.9%
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 | More by dstc
4.44/5 rDev -4.9%
Nice, homey-feeling beer shop in the heart of Paris (right by Pompidou).
The service here is awesome. Friendly, multilingual staff. The owner has tried most American beers and will trade with you if you have something he hasn't tried.
You won't find a better selection of French beer in Paris.
Considering that the standard rate for a 33cl bottle at this place is 3.10 Euros, it's a bit pricey. Exchange rate aside, only exceptional beers in the US are $3.10 per 11.2oz. Nonetheless, it's worth it for the selection.
Any beer drinker visiting Paris should stop by this place (and sample their amazing selection of sours!!).
09-22-2011 17:52:34 | More by TRICKYD1CK
3.86/5 rDev -17.3%
Nice little shop right around the corner from Centre Pompidou. Most extensive French beer selection I've seen, though they didn't have many French beers that I like. I know Paris is expensive, but I thought the beers were as well, nothing cheaper than 3.30 for a 33cl bottle. Very sparse international selection. I think there was one US beer. Cantillions were nearly 20. I would go back, but only for the French beer and it saddens me that French beer is more expensive than Belgian beer in Belgium. But that's just how it is.
08-01-2011 00:45:11 | More by sfprint
5/5 rDev +7.1%
I was in Paris on holiday with my now husband, and we were fresh into craft beers. I found this place on BA, and made the walk from our hotel near St. Severin.
Staffed by a single young man, we were worried about the language barrier. He was kind to forgive us our French fumblings and switch to English. He gave us really interesting recommendations that we eagerly took. We purchased around 6 bottles of beer we had never heard of, most of them French. We opened one each time we got to a new city, and were overwhelmingly pleased with what he suggested.
Being used to the hop bombs of American ales, and the sweet and sour Belgians that I love so much, it was nice to have such simple, refined beer on travel. I highly recommend this place, especially since it has such a small town feel to it in the heart of Paris, and is just around the corner from the Modern Art Museum, Centre Pompidou.
07-26-2011 16:56:58 | More by FoxiBoxi
5/5 rDev +7.1%
Also I don’t know what to say about this shop that was not mentioned by other reviewers before. But because a review needs at least 500 characters (useless rule IMO), I will try to make a story around it. I visited Paris several times for work during the last year. Every time when I had time, I went to this shop to buy some local French craft brews. Although average beer quality is debatable, the shop offers a wide selection of these beers. Also, every time I come there, there are other surprising beers available. The shop owner Simon is the nicest guy you will find in a Paris shop. He is very friendly and helpful. He can talk for hours about beer, and will recommend you brews based on what you like. He packs all the beers in bubble plastic and boxes so you can easily take them with you. Also, he is very much willing to trade beers, so if you visit this place, bring some locals with you! Highly recommended!! No place in France will offers you so many local craft brews!
07-26-2011 11:26:59 | More by rvdoorn
La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
100 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.