La Cave à Bulles

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La Cave à BullesLa Cave à Bulles
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62 Ratings
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: n/a
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45 Rue Quincampoix
Paris, 75004
France
phone: + 33 1 40 29 03 69

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(Place added by: thierrynantes on 05-02-2009)
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Photo of mattmarka1
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of myspoonistoobig
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I just happened upon this place by chance since the AirBNB we were staying at was right down the street. We were literally on our way back to the apartment to look up a beer shop to go to.

The first thing that struck me was the selection of American beers. Well-curated, well displayed and the prices seemed quite fair. Next thing that struck me was the impressive Belgian selection, including Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen in quantities that would make any American drool (like the other American in the shop at the time, who was buying as much as he could carry). Since I had just come from Belgium, I was all set on sours. When in France, drink French beer, I would think.

They have an extensive selection of French beers with a smattering of craft Italian as well. Well-laid out, with plenty of glassware as well. Prices throughout the store are set for 330ml bottles, 500ml bottles and 750ml bottles, with limited release bottles priced individually. I picked out a handful of beers and brought them to the counter. The gentleman working asked if I knew what I was picking out which for the most part I did. We talked about my selections and then he made a few suggestions to fill the holes so I could get a true snapshot of French craft beer. Then he asked if I'd be flying with the beers (I would) and if I would like them wrapped in bubble wrap (I did) free of charge!

Really a top notch beer shop with a passionate proprietor and incredible service. A must-go stop for any beer enthusiast in Paris.

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of videofrog
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I stopped by Cave a Bulles after arranging a trade with Brandon, an American currently employed there.

Atmosphere fits right in with the area of Paris. It's a nice, small shop with wood floors. A really cool tasting was put together while I was there, where people sat down at a table in the middle of the shop and sampled French Craft Beer. Although the tasting was conducted in French and seemed to be locals only, it appeared to be going quite well.

Service is outstanding. Simon and Brandon are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. My metro stop actually closed while I was buys there shopping. After discovering this, I returned to the shop, and not only did they let me borrow the phone to contact my tour group, Brandon helped me figure out the best way to use the Metro to get where I was going.

Selection is as good is it can be considering the size of the shop. Tons of French Craft that I had no idea about and was glad to pick up a sampling. They still had a few Westy XII bricks left, so I grabbed one. Someone had recently pillaged their Cantillon inventory, so they usually have more than what I saw.

I highly recommend stopping here while in Paris. Great people and great beer.

Photo of ystazi
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Good selection of French and other European beers. Limited selection but very good quality US beers. Very knowledgeable owner and very helpful. He is happy to talk to you about beers and offers great recommendation. Will definitely go back there again!!

Photo of ItinOcean
4.31/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Hunted this down on a visit to friends and was happy I did; they're a great resource for beers from all over Europe with, of course, a French focus. The staff was generally friendly and helpful and the selection is excellent, especially considering the size of the shop. If you're looking for an overview of European craft brews, this is a good place to start.

Yeah, the bottles were expensive, and the per-size pricing is funny, but I'm noticing mine is the second lowest rating, and I did like it. Just think 4+ is in the damned good category.

Photo of Rohkey
4.82/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Can't say too much more about this place that hasn't already been said. It's only a few hundred yards away from the Metro on Rue de Rivoli, and basically smack dab in the center of the city. The shop is in kindof an alley way type deal and would be easy to miss if it weren't for the beer logos on top. It's pretty small, and not much room for people, but the owner and assistant (Brandon) speak English and are super knowledgeable and friendly.

It was interesting that all of the French beer had the same price (3.5 EU for 33cl, I believe it was), unless it was a seasonal/older vintage, and the focus was definitely on French beer. They had a lot of French beer of Belgian styles, and had a good selection of Belgian beer too including gift boxes of Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliet, and even Westvleteren bricks (for around 75 EU, although I abstained from purchasing one). Additionally, they understand a lot of customers are here on travel and will be taking beer back on the plane, so they have bubble wrap and other boxes that make it easier to transport the stuff, and also offer to wrap things for you. I really liked how extensive their selection of individual 11.2/12 oz. bottles were.

Unfortunately I came in at a time where there were quite a few other customers demanding the employees' attention, so I only talked for a couple minutes and bowed out of the shop - but they definitely seem like good people to talk to, and that you could talk with them forever. One observation is that the staff seemed to advocate buying French beer and wanted to inform people coming on what French beer was all about, as most Americans don't hear much about French brewed beer. Prices were about what you would expect to pay for individual bottles of craft brew, maybe slightly on the expensive side but not bad at all considering it's Paris. As a sidenote, if you come here as an American and ask for rare Cantillon brews, you might be mocked by Simon :p

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

It's been one year since I've reviewed a place on BA, but I finally hit one noteworthy enough to get me started again. I've tried unsuccessfully to get here many times over the years, my own fault as they do post their open hours. It was well worth the wait though, this is just a wonderful store.

The location is ideal for visitors to the city, just north of the Chatelet Metro stop. Chances are that you'll be strolling Rue de Rivoli at some point in your visit anyway. The shop is small (but what real estate isn't small in Paris, palaces and cathedrals notwithstanding?). Most of the beers are placed on shelves, and understandably the heaviest selection is French beers. So many of them! I didn't know most (all?) of the names. Luckily the owner (Simon) speaks very good English, and he is a true lover of beer. Even better, he has an American BA working in the store (Brandon) who also knows his stuff. They walked me through the choices and I trusted them based on their detailed descriptions of what they liked and disliked in different beers.

There are also 2 small coolers. One is stocked with their vintage/"expensive" beers, and the other cooler is stocked with a variety of large and small bottles for people who want a beer that has been chilled to some extent for take away.

Beyond the French beers there's a good selection of Belgian beers, and also some Nordic and USA selections. I even saw Hopping Frog from OH, so surprised to see this. I didn't travel 9 hours by plane to drink OH beer though!

Overall I can't recommend this store highly enough. I will be back any time I'm in Paris.

Photo of Etan
4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here while on vacation in Paris. The store is a medium-sized room with shelving all around, a small cooler beneath the register and a larger one behind it, and a wooden table in the middle. The owner, Simon, was at the table talking to customers and employees, and was quite friendly when we walked in. His English was very good, and he was interested in where we were from. His employee on hand, Brandon, is an expat who is quite knowledgeable about American beer (he was wearing a DC Brau t-shirt and Simon had on a Half Acre t-shirt!). They were very friendly, and recommended their favorite French craft beers. Brandon was even so kind as to offer some harder-to-find bottles from his personal stash, and asked if we were bringing any of the beer back to the US. When I said that we were bringing 2 of the bottles back, he wrapped the beers in bubble wrap for us. I stopped in a second time the day before I left because we were in the area, and there was a rep from a French brewery hosting a small tasting and discussion, which was nice. It seems like the shop is very close to the French craft community.

Overall, although the place is somewhat small, the selection is pretty good and interesting, with a focus on French beer, but with a good amount of beer from Belgium and surrounding countries, and even a couple American breweries. The service was outstanding, and you won't really find the selection anywhere else in Paris. And it's right around the corner from the Pompidou, so it's in a very central location with lots of things to do. Go here if you're in the neighborhood.

Photo of eriklewis
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of maximep
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Torontoblue
4.48/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of outdoor7or24
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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...

Photo of lalaloveyou
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of spdyfire83
4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of dstc
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of TRICKYD1CK
4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
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!!).

Photo of sfprint
3.86/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of FoxiBoxi
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Photo of DrinknFish
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Acephale
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of mirnsd
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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.

Photo of voyteck
5/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
100 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.