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La Cave à Bulles

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

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 8.78%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

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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ColoradoVOL

Colorado

5/5  rDev +7.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

THIS IS THE PLACE TO FIND FRENCH CRAFT BEER.

I visited this establishment while on a visit to Paris with my wife and in-laws. Before leaving the States, I contacted the owner Simon and proposed a trade. I brought along a Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Great Divide Yeti Oak Aged Stout, Avery Hog Heaven and a home brewed chocolate porter.

Simon met us at the door with a smile and was very excited by our "big" American beers. He was a gracious host, not only suggesting and thoroughly explaining his favorite French craft beer, but also taking time to detail the nuances of the industry in his country.

As we were leaving a brewer from Brasserie Thiriez (brewery) drove up with a delivery and we had the opportunity to make his acquaintance. One of the selections Simon recommended happened to be his Etoile du Nord - looking forward to giving it a try.

I'd highly recommend swinging by Simon's shop and taking home a few souvenirs.

05-04-2009 03:05:17 | More by ColoradoVOL
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Wow. This place is great. If you are coming to Paris, it's imperative that you visit here. I mean, absolutely necessary. A wide selection of French beers tops anything you will find anywhere else in Paris. There certainly isn't every single craft beer made in France here, but there is such a large variety, that you'll find plenty to drink. And on top of that there is a huge amount of Cantillon brews to choose from. More than you would normally find in NYC even. But I am here for French beer. My first visit I grabbed four bottles from Brasserie des Garrigues and Saint Colombe. They were all tasty and I drank them at night. On my next visit I must have grabbed 30-some beers. As far as service goes: Simon is the man. Quite ready to tell you about any beer or brewery you should ask about (and in English no less!), he brings a wealth of knowledge about anything you'll want to know about. Not only that, he's completely honest and forthcoming about whatever topic comes up.

I think Simon is several years ahead of the beer curve here. If Paris is any indicator, France is where the U.S. was about 15-20 years ago and people like Simon should be supported at all costs. If you are visiting, I'm not sure what more you could ask for with so many French beers being available here. And if you're French, you definitely need to show love to your beer industry and shop here routinely. And if all of that isn't good enough, there are plenty of big hitting Belgians to go for as well (Cantillon, trappists, Brasserie la Senne, etc.) Stellar. And I am happy to make this my first perfectly rated beer establishment.

Quite close to Centre Pompidou.

P.S. Simon loves hoppy beers. So if you feel so inclined to bring him something, I am quite sure he would be appreciative.

05-13-2009 23:31:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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outdoor7or24

Georgia

5/5  rDev +7.1%
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...

04-21-2012 21:05:17 | More by outdoor7or24
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TxUltraRunner

Texas

5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-02-2014 20:06:37 | More by TxUltraRunner
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weirdo513

California

5/5  rDev +7.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

08-13-2010 22:58:24 | More by weirdo513
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

5/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

07-26-2011 11:26:59 | More by rvdoorn
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Yetiman420

Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I could walk into La Cave a Bulles blindfolded, pick five beers, and be extremely pleased that I wound up with five artisinal French beers that I knew nothing about.

This is a testimony to the selective and excellent job Simon does running this store. On my first stop, I went in asking for his benchmark Biere de Garde to which he replied he was presently out but was planning a trip to the small brewer to pick up another case. He personally set me up with other beers based on my interests. I don't know a whole lot about French beers and was floored by all the premium quality stuff on his shelves. Some Belgians "hidden" around the corner by the cashier. All else was artisinal French.

If you're traveling to Paris and plan on visiting, bring Simon a couple of local beers. He's such an awesome guy.

09-16-2009 01:09:05 | More by Yetiman420
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FoxiBoxi

Florida

5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

07-26-2011 16:56:58 | More by FoxiBoxi
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voyteck

Poland

5/5  rDev +7.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

11-14-2010 22:21:38 | More by voyteck
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-19-2014 04:29:32 | More by mattmarka1
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La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
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