La Cave à Bulles

La Cave à BullesLa Cave à Bulles
La Cave à BullesLa Cave à Bulles
Store

45 Rue Quincampoix
Paris, 75004
France

+ 33 1 40 29 03 69 | map
caveabulles-paris.fr

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.68
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
98
pDev:
7.48%
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 98
Photo of DoctorZombies
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Outstanding service! “William” was working, spoke great English, shared a beer with me and showed me around the shop and was very enthusiastic about beer! Lots of French and international beers, and a good line up of Cantillon and 3F. An easy 10 Minute walk from the Metro - I can’t wait to go back.

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Photo of jlindros
4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Small-ish shop in the middle of Paris. not too far from Notre Dame and plenty of tourist areas so easy to get to. Lots of bars in the area too. The store itself had lots of fun stuff to pick from , tons of local and unique bottles, that I passed on so I could load up on Cantillon. They get shipments of Cantillon from time to time. The owner was really cool and helpful, as well as knowledgable. Once he saw me loading up on Cantillon we talked for a while.

They were also supposed to be closed, and typically also closed on Mondays in the summer. I even emailed them and they responded to say they were usually closed Mondays. so I was really surprised when I passed by and they happened to be open.

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Photo of Shanex
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Hands down the best beer store in Paris and located close to most touristic highlights so you should find this close to your hotel, they like to trade French for American beers.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a Thursday morning less than an hour after the place had opened. There were already other customers in the shop. As this was my last day in Paris and my suitcase was already full and probably overweight, I was only looking for special beers of which I did not see any and thus did not buy beer during my visit. Will definitely stop in the next time I am in Paris for any extended period of time as this is the place to buy and avoid drinking Kronenberg all the time. A good beer store in Europe but just average when compared to the stores I can visit in the US.

V – Bright, clean, open, well laid out. All prices are marked.

Ser – As the one clerk was already busy when I entered I did not interact with anyone in the store. But everyone was friendly

Sel – Plenty of French, Belgian, English and even some US beers to choose from. No sours that I could see during my visit.

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Photo of mrselvig
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of the highlights of any trip to Paris. Fantastic selection, lots of French craft beers you will not find in the US, and excellent service. They happily trade if you bring them good beers, and will lovingly pack beer for a suitcase ride home if you ask.

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Photo of patmoore
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Simon and Chris are some of the most hospitable guys in craft beer ive ever met. with an awesome selection in a lively part of town, La Cave A Bulles is a must stop to pick up some bottles and chat up with some local guys who know their beer. Truly ambassadors of craft beer in Paris. They are also open to trades, so feel free to drop them a message!

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

Simon is the best, plain and simple. Don't just walk in there expecting to find whatever. Talk to the people who work there and they'll guide you. I know that they have a reputation for having certain things, but with the way things are, you don't know anymore. Simon and Chris are great.

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Photo of kffoster40
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A great spot with an amazing selection. The gentleman working helped me pick out some of his favorite French beers, and also some others from around Europe I had never heard of. They had a great selection, including Cantillon and a lot of other Belgians. He was even nice enough to wrap up the bottles in bubble wrap when I told him I was traveling back to the US. I would definitely recommend this spot.

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Photo of whitenads
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Exceptional staff that has a lot of knowledge about the up and coming craft beer scene in France. They are very nice to foreign travelers and also have plenty of lambics!

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

there is enough said about this place that I don't need to repeat. top notch store where my wife and I were met by Chris, who went out of his way to help me. I had prepared a list of French beers I wanted to try, and he had most of those, I picked 5 beers up (all I could carry around) great choices of French beers, as well as other countries. a must stop while in paris. they love trades too !

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Photo of MarkFy
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Awesome owners who are very passionate about beer. Small shop but vast selection of great beers that you certainly can't find in the U.S. Very helpful in selecting new beers to try, especially some very tasty French beers. It's a running joke that most people walk in asking for Cantillon, which they have a nice selection of.

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Photo of surfcaster
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Can't say enough good things about this place.

Owner greeted me in English--saw me coming. Incredible experience. Couple of folks came in after me, went straight for the vintage Cantillion in the cooler and new Cantillion on the shelf. I simply asked to put me on some French stuff and the guy couldn't stop. Walked out with incredible selection of French takes on pales, IPA, farmhouses, low ABV saisons. Too bad for me I had to carry back to my flat or I would have gotten more.

Tip--closes mid afternoon for a couple hours until 4pm. Check website for hours. 15min walk from St. Michel. ASK FOR THE LOCAL STUFF.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.36/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Basically the best experience I've had in a bottle shop. Selection is small but fabulous. I explained that I was into beer as a brewer and having spent time travelling for beer around the US, UK, and Belgium, but was not very familiar with French beer...could they please give me some recommendations? I spent the next half hour speaking with two employees about all the various French beers and breweries. They were extremely knowledgeable about beer and were very happy to help. I had recently been to Brussels, but they also had an excellent selection of Belgian beers including the big lambic names.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.97/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A neat little shop in the heart of Paris. The selection is great and the service is even better. This is definitely the place to go for beer in Paris.

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Photo of Arminius757
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Found myself in Paris for the week. Wanted to try some of France's best crafts. Found the right place. Huge selection, super friendly and knowledgeable staff. Spoke English, even German, without a problem. Even found a six pack of Westvletern 12! Awesome place. Must see.

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Photo of smbslt
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Was there in November. Owner was helpful - loved talking about beer with everyone who came in. Asked him to run the gamut and walked out ten different beers (2 based on a trade) - not all great but representative of the craft beer movement there - mission accomplished.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.43/5  rDev -5.3%

This place rocks! Stopped in while in Paris because their website said they had LP Framboise and Fou Fone in stock. That--as with most places’ websites--was out if date. But not unexpected this late in the Cantillon season and I’m sure they have that stuff regularly. Nevertheless walked in and store clerk (assume the owner) spoke English off the bat. Asked if they had Cantillon: "of course". Loads of Gueuze, Kriek, Rose, and Iris, as well as vintage bottles of Iris and Grand Cru (2005 through 2008 I think). Snagged 3 Iris, a 2008 (05 label) Grand Cru, a couple Quetsche Tilquins, a 2008 Thomas Hardy’s, Giardin Framboise, and 3 barrel aged Mikkeller 250 mls (Cognac George and Brunch Weasel and Calvados George). Those latter ones were way on the pricey side, and overall not cheap but an awesome selection. Even had Pipeworks, AleSmith stuff. A bit from BrewDog, De Molen, and a French selection of course. Owner was having fun talking beers and told me to bring along things to trade if I ever come back. Great great service. To my dismay, I did not grab a French beer and he noticed, gave me a hard time, and handed me a free 750 ml he said was his favorite. On the house. A must stop if in Paris.

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Photo of edhizdeid
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

The best bottle shop in Paris. I found Simon and Brandon very friendly and helpful and more than willing to go out of their way to track something I was looking for. They have a nice selection of French microbrews and a good selection of Belgian beers (yes, including those.). They also have beers from other places but the choice seem random, not that it mattered one bit to me.
If you buy anything that you plan on taking on a plane, they will wrap it up very well in bubble wrap.
They have frequent tastings and encourage you to come whenever you can.
Finally, I came in with some American brews to share and, to my surprise, they insisted on trading them for some French beers of my liking.
If in Paris looking for beer, this is your shop!

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Photo of hnandez
3.18/5  rDev -32.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

My wife was in Paris so I asked her to stop by here because I heard that you can pick up Cantillon here.

The gentleman was very rude to her because she doesn't know about beer. She explained it like he was Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.

She was able to pick me up a couple of bottles after being treated like an idiot.

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

Probably the best known beer shoppe in the city and for good reason. The atmosphere is lovely. It's got the small European bottle shoppe feeling that you grow to expect on the Continent. Tucked away in an alley close to a major mall and shopping district, La Cave à Bulles feels quite homey and intimate.

The service perpetuates this feeling. Very nice and friendly. Happy to help if you want it or talk shop. Had some pretty cool events for Paris Beer Week #1 like a blind taste-test of Belgian Quads. The staff genuinely enjoys what they do (as they should! This is craft beer we're talking about).

Selection is very good for a European store. Lots of Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon. Great selection of French micro brews, too. I think most people will agree France is a little ways behind other big beer countries, but I'm proud to say they're well on their way. I look forward to seeing what's going on here in five years. Maybe then people will flock to La Cave à Bulles for something French instead of something Belgian?

Value is appropriate. Some stuff is a little pricey, but you can't fault them for the supply and demand of alcohol in France that causes this.

All in all, a great shoppe that's worth visiting if you're in the area and want to stock up on some Cantillon and local brews.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.31/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Visited La Cave on a recent trip to Paris. Probably the best known beer shop in town. Thanks to Brandon and Tommy for recommending this place to me.

Pretty nice little place inside. It's got a big tasting table in the middle and the table, and whole shop for that matter, is appropriately messy. For some reason a beer store can't be too tidy. It's just not right. Small and quite, making it a rather cozy place.

If we think of quality in terms of rarity, then there's some rather fun stuff here. If you're into obscure craft, then this place has lots of small, French breweries that you will never have heard of. There will be small batch stuff too that barely even makes it to the French market at all. No space is wasted on regular French grocery store brands.

Unfortunately service was a little disappointing. The guy was passionate and interested in giving recommendations, so that was very nice. This type of service is expected at small beer shops in this part of the world, however. Where this guy completely screwed it up was that he took product out of my hands.

I was very happy to see some Mamouche, which I had completely missed in Holland this year. There were three bottles on the shelf, so I was going to happily buy two. I don't like buying the last bottle of something unless it's something I've never had before, but there would still be one more on the shelf. As soon as he saw me pick up one, he jumped up, ran over and pulled the other two off the shelf. He said he wanted to keep them for his friend but that I could buy the "last one" in my hands. I explained myself and put it back. That seemed to offend him. He then went on to tell me that he had two more boxes of Mamouche in the back that he was holding for his friends too. He shrugged it off... "They are my friends... What can I do?..." This was a complete ass move. If you forget to pull something off for your friends, suck it up. They will understand. Pulling product out of customers' hands is just poor practice.

Selection is great if you're interested in the French scene. The walls are packed with small French breweries that most people will never have heard of. Ask for some recommendations and give some stuff a try. There is also a good selection of Belgian lambic at the back. Other imports are scarce, but there's the odd Dutch, Danish and American brew sitting at the front of the store. These are probably just some random things the distributor brought in, or random stuff he's traded tourists for, as there doesn't really seem to be any rhyme or reason to anything there. Still, interesting to sift through.

Prices are fine. Most things are reasonably priced and follow a format structure, though there are some brews, mostly the more interesting ones, that are priced differently. I was prepared to spend a lot of money there before the Mamouche incident, and if I had spent the money I brought, I could have walked out with piles of stuff. Prices are fair for the most part.

Anyways, this is a great little store in the middle of Paris; worth going to if you're there and/or are a big fan of the French scene. It would be nice, however, if the proprietor thought ahead about how he wants to sell his product.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

It was an overcast drizzly morning on our last day in Paris. My wife, Kathy and niece, Jennifer and I decided it would be a good time for gift shopping and to visit a museum or two. I figured, might as well attempt to find a beer seller on BA near to where we planned to venture out. And lo and behold! La Cave a Bulles is right next to The Center Pompidou! Plus, it's achieved a 100 rating!
We trudge off into the drizzle towards La Cave.
45 rue Quincampoix is easy to miss. It rests on a small alley-like street, amongst similarly-styled, well-worn store fronts. Some beer bottle-type signage might help the casual beer buyer. Folks like us (on a mission from Ninkasi or Ceres (choose your own Beer God) will find this Beer Mecca come hell or high water!

Upon stepping inside,I'm a bit dumbstruck because; 1. All the shelves and rows of different, foreign beers to choose from are, well, FOREIGN 2. I don't speak French very well. 3. I'm somewhat dyslexic 4. So many beers, so few arms to carry them. What's a soul to do?

We are met by Brandon, an Expat living in Germany but visiting and assisting for the day.
Once Kathy and Jennifer are assured I won't need to rely upon my own version of the French language, they depart for the Centre Pomidou. I am in my own little museum at the moment.

There are 3 separate sections, broken into regions dedicated exclusively to French beer. These are all craft beers! (Artisanale Biere!) Off to the right, they've got quite the collection of Belgian beers. To the left, a nice assortment of beers from the US, Italy and elsewhere.

The beers are simply priced. As of Mar. 25, 2014, € 3,85 for most of the bottles, all different styles with just a few exceptions. Brandon helped me choose ten French beers and bubble-wrapped each bottle and boxed them, complete with carrying handle!

The owner Simon Thillou welcomes beer trades with all of his visitors. Before you go carrying beer gifts from afar, you might want to contact him directly to see what he's interested in trying.

This place should be on all travel guides to Paris! It's that good!

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A must visit when your in Paris if your into your bottled beers, they have around 250+ beers with a great selection from Paris and France itself, plus a good Belgium selection as well as Norwegian, Swiss, Dutch, Danish, Italian...
The staff are very helpfull and informative, and will wrap your selections for flying.
Needless to say I'll be returning to this fantastic shop!

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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.

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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.

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La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
Place rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 98 ratings