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La Cave à Bulles

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La Cave à BullesLa Cave à Bulles
BA SCORE
100
world-class

53 Reviews
Reviews: 53
Visits: 74
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: n/a
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45 Rue Quincampoix
Paris, 75004
France
phone: + 33 1 40 29 03 69

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Reviews: 53 | Visits: 74
Photo of eriklewis
4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Oh my what luck I was staying on the same street as this shop. Oh my 7 visits over 10 days allowed me to get a thorough sampling of French craft beer. A must visit if you are going to be in Paris and find the grocery store selections lacking. Simon will guide you and is very helpful to the English only crowd. They have opened a bar called La Fine Mousse, which I believe mean bear foam. Nice place about 14 taps.

http://www.lafinemousse.fr is the website

All in all if your in Paris take the time to try some French craft beer. It is tempting to only look for Belgians, but the French are brewing too. Give them a try. (622 characters)

Photo of maximep
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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. (673 characters)

Photo of Torontoblue
4.48/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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. (706 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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... (940 characters)

Photo of lalaloveyou
4.86/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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! (533 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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. (902 characters)

Photo of dstc
4.58/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of TRICKYD1CK
4.44/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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!!). (627 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.86/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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. (527 characters)

Photo of FoxiBoxi
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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. (897 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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! (985 characters)

Photo of DrinknFish
4.74/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was recently in Paris for wedding and while there I made sure to stop here to grab some French beers to share with my friends back home.
This store is right near the Centre Pompidou, my favorite art museum in Paris, and can easily be added to a trip there. The store itself is a nice cozy store, not set up like a typical american beer store with aisles of beer, but more like a french wine shop, with bottles around the sides and crates of beer in the center. The owner was very nice and helpful. My only regret is that I did not bring him some tasty beverages from home.
I really recommend this store for anyone going to Paris who wants to pick up some french beer besides 1664. (684 characters)

Photo of Acephale
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

With the lack of French beers here in the USA I was truly excited to visit this store. I new I could trust the reviews here on Beeradvocate.

When I walked in my eyes lit up and I was so excited to finally be there. It was a great atmosphere with a large amount of beer lovers and beer talk in the air. Simon was very kind and his suggestions where very good. You can tell he takes pride in his store and of course beer. Since I was only in Paris for a limited time and I wanted to bring my empty bottles for my collection I was limited to how many I could buy but I was very pleased in the end. Its such a shame that French beer is not so popular in the USA.

I look forward to a return visit. (696 characters)

Photo of mirnsd
4.86/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The best beer store in Paris. Tucked away in a little street this place is a gem. Whilst there are other good beer stores in Paris they don't specialise as much in French craft beer that Simon does.

Simon speaks French, English and I heard him speaking to some Italian customers too. So dont be too embarrassed if the high school French is a tad rusty.

Great selection of beers from all over France and very competitively priced. Also a good, ever changing, selection of hard to find beer from all over the world.

A definate must for any beer lover visiting Paris (566 characters)

Photo of Fflemming
4.7/5  rDev -0.4%

i was in Paris in the week between xmas and new year and had the opportunity to know this very charmy store. I went if the expectative to find a big stor with a big mix of beers but when i arrive the stor I saw that they sell specialy French beer.
All styles of French beer for the whole country.
I was a little upset becouse I thouth I would find more European Beers and not just French Beeer.

The owner is a very nice guy with a great knowledge of French beers.

It's a little hard to find the place. There is no name in front of the store and it's in a very small street. (577 characters)

Photo of voyteck
5/5  rDev +5.9%

My visit in La Cave a Bulles was one of the most important points of my short holidays in Paris last weekend. Before the visit, a had thought only about beers, but the purchase turned into an interesting conversation about beers with the owner and great expert, Simon. Firstly, I was looking for Biere de Garde. He told me a lot about this style and recommended me Cuvee des Jonquilles. I must say him Thank You, because the beer was wonderful and, as I have read in internet, this beer is rare and unique. He was very polite and sold me his own Cantillon Iris. I also bought Deus, Brut Des Flanders; Caltillon Rose de Gambrinus , and my girlfriend bought Framboise Boon.
I regret one thing - I had no Polish beers with me. Next time, as soon as possible, I will take some Polish regional beers, baltic porters, honey beers, and - I hope - grodzisz beer, to exchange with Simon. If you are going to La Cave a Bulles, you should take some rare beers to exchange with him.
Prices were resonable and the shop has the best atmosphere among beer shops I know. Visit in La Cave a Bulles is as important for beerlover as visit in La Tour Eiffel or Louvre. (1,149 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%

Honestly I don't know what else to say about Simon's shop that hasn't already been said.
He is an amazing guy and incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about beer.
He has provided me with a fun place to hang out and learn to speak french as well as talk about beer.
If you are coming to Paris this is a must to find and learn about the French beer scene.
Also, don't forget to bring Simon some beers from your area to trade with him.
The more rare, unique, local and smaller the better.
He had already had 3 of the 4 beers I brought for him! (545 characters)

Photo of weirdo513
5/5  rDev +5.9%

I recently spent a week in Paris and had the wonderful opportunity to visit this shop.

Simon is an amazing asset to any beergeeks who are visiting Paris. His shop, tucked away on a side street near the Centre Pompidou, is beyond fantastic. There is an impressive array of French beer that Simon will be happy to show to you while he enthusiastically explains their flavors and styles.

When you've selected your beers he will also (for no charge) wrap each bottle in bubble wrap for you. I ended up picking up 11 bottles to take home (had to get a new suitcase).

If you do head to Paris, be sure to bring Simon something to try himself, he will happily trade you something for it. (683 characters)

Photo of dpizzillo
5/5  rDev +5.9%

I was in Paris for work and saw that this store had great reviews, so I decided to check it out. The shopkeeper (perhaps owner), Simon, was extremely helpful and spoke fluent English. He spent quite a bit of time with me helping me with my selection (I ended up buying 20 beers). He individually wrapped the 13 beers that I planned to take back to the US and put them in a box with a nice handle. No bottles were broken upon my return, so he did a great packaging job. This store is definitely worth visiting if you are a beer enthusiast in Paris. (547 characters)

Photo of ronhocker
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

Stopped in on a recent business trip to Paris. Picked some beers to enjoy while working at night in the hotel room -- and then realized I need to pack a bottle opener!

The owner has around 100 beers, nearly all from small french producers. Prices range from 2-7euro each depending on what you get. I found some very neat stuff I've never seen before. French IPAs, BrewDog from Scotland, a swiss beer, etc.

The owner/shop keeper is very helpful. I was ready just to buy based on my interpretation of the french labels but he explained each beer to me and it's flavors to make sure it was what I wanted. Best service of any beer store I've ever been to. (653 characters)

Photo of cbak999
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%

Stopped in here while visiting family in Paris. Immediately, Simon greeted us at the door, and I introduced myself as someone who enjoys good beer. He and I talked for a while - maybe 20 minutes about beer and he pointed out to me La Triple Brune I.P.A. from La Brasserie de Fleurac, based on my appreciation of IPAs. He was right on. I had been drinking many other styles while on our trip, but this beer hit the spot (which I plan to review the next time I pop one open.) Anyway, a great selection of over 250 bottles. Simon is very knowledgeable and a pure joy to talk with. Definitely a must stop while visiting Paris. (622 characters)

Photo of ericfb18
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%

Stopped in during a business trip after finding La Cave on BA. Previous reviews of the excellence of this place are spot on...and nothing that even remotely resembles this place can be found anywhere else in Paris.

The minute I walked in I was greeted by the owner, the infamous Simon. He was very willing to fill me in on the French beer scene and was very accommodating to my traveling by hooking me up with boxes and bubble wrap. Simon is the true definition of a "beer advocate". Let's hope the French craft beer scene catches on like it is in the U.S. I had to apologize for not bringing something with me from the States. If I had realized this place existed before arriving to Paris, I definitely would have.

Selection was amazing...just filled with probably 200-300 French craft beers, and a small Belgian section. I know absolutely nothing about French beers, but Simon was quick to fill me with the appropriate knowledge. He picked out about 12-14 beers. The ones I've had as of now have been excellent...and were just as Simon described them.

Prices were extremely reasonable...for the most part, prices are based on the bottle size, with harder to find beers a bit more pricey. The 12-14 beers I bought only came to about EUR 40.

A must visit place for all BA's that find themselves in Paris. Highly recommended...wish I had more time to spend in the shop. (1,374 characters)

Photo of kwdavis
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

Stopped in to La Cave a Bulles with my wife as we were walking around the Halles area of Paris, I had read several of the reviews on Beer Advocate, but they do not do service to the "Cave" or its proprietor. The selection was good and the prices were good. However, the service was first rate. We spoke with Simon for about an hour discussing French and Belgian beers. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and loves to talk beer. By far the best customer service in Paris, I walked out with four beers and the knowledge that I will be back again. (540 characters)

Photo of dcp5703
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%

This place was awesome. I went here on the end of my trip to Belgium and was in Paris for a couple of days. My friend and I stopped in after doing some touristy things and Simon couldn't be more helpful. We already had plenty of Belgium beer and were looking for some good French beers. Simon worked with us on just about every style and so far the beers we have tried have been spot on. You can get a wealth of information on French and Belgium beers and he will work with you to find what you want (also speaks very good English which is a plus). We also got several tips on some local places to go that were great. I would definitely recommend going here if you can. Bring him a good American Craft brew (although he has a nice selection already there). (756 characters)

Photo of ahalloin
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%

Let me make this abundantly clear! If you are in Paris for any reason, and have 30 minutes to spare, even if the wife doesn't like beer stores and gets antsy when you spend time in them, stop in La Cave a Bulles!

Let me throw something else out there as well. If you know you are traveling through Paris and can stop in at this place, bring a good American beer for Simon (not Sierra Nevada regulars, as he gets those). He will make it worth your while by trading you an outstandingly generous French beer, or anything else your heart would desire. He will also chat with you (and teach you stuff) about the beer industry in France and Belgium. I brought along a Great Divide Fresh Hop for Simon, because I friggin love that beer and he traded me a French Saison from Brasserie Bailleux.

That being said, the store is located down a sort of half street with little vehicle traffic about a block from the Pompidou and a few blocks from the Louvre and various subway stops. It is also easily walkable from Notre Dame de Paris. The shop is rather small but packs a lot of beer and a very good selection, especially of non-US-exported French beer. Simon may be busy talking with other customers when you arrive, but he will quickly be attentive if you are patient. He will pick out beers for you based on personal taste. I found this helpful, as I had almost no idea what I was looking at half the time!!
He also carries a good helping of typical Belgians: all Trappist save one, Cantillon, St. Bernardus, Fonteinen, Boon, etc.. And for the ex-Pats living in Paris, he has Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Porter, and Stout (at least, while I was there).

I didn't get to pick Simon's brain about where to drink beers in Paris, but I'm sure he would be a resource for that as well.

Definitely worth the stop. (1,801 characters)

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La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
100 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.