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 by BeerResearcher:
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

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!

Mar 29, 2014
More User Reviews:
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jophish17 from Georgia

4.77/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Jul 30, 2019
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DoctorZombies from Florida

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.

Aug 26, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 18, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Feb 21, 2018
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jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Aug 05, 2017
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

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

May 10, 2017
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Shanex from France

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.

May 08, 2017
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

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.

Apr 20, 2017
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mrselvig from California

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.

Mar 31, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Sep 03, 2016
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patmoore from Massachusetts

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!

Jun 26, 2016
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Sheppard from Virginia

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.

Jun 16, 2016
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kffoster40 from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 12, 2016
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whitenads from Michigan

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!

May 23, 2016
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cadaugherty from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

May 12, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Apr 17, 2016
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Tami_Brooks from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Mar 01, 2016
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Claytonis from California

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

Feb 10, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Dec 06, 2015
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TaborTime from Oregon

4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Oct 13, 2015
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HopBelT from Belgium

4.51/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Oct 11, 2015
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laketang from Arizona

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 !

Oct 10, 2015
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petermethot from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Sep 09, 2015
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SimcoeKid from California

4.37/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Sep 09, 2015
La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
Place rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 98 ratings