La Cave à Bulles


93 Ratings
La Cave à BullesLa Cave à Bulles

Type: Store

45 Rue Quincampoix
Paris, 75004

+ 33 1 40 29 03 69 | map

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Added by thierrynantes on 05-02-2009

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Photo of ColoradoVOL
5/5  rDev +7.1%


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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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Photo of patmoore
5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 mrselvig
5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 bostonbeans
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of outdoor7or24
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...

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Photo of kffoster40
5/5  rDev +7.1%
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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5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Claytonis
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of weirdo513
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
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!

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Photo of Yetiman420
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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Photo of surfcaster
5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 FoxiBoxi
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.

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Photo of voyteck
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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Photo of mattmarka1
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Beer21
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dpizzillo
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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Photo of WindoraEric
5/5  rDev +7.1%

I sent Simon, the owner, an email, letting him know that I would be visiting on my last night in France, asking for directions. He responded within hours with all the info I asked for, as well as recommendations for bars near the hotel I was staying at. Wow.

So I and my family--wife and 2 boys under the age 6--stopped by prior to dinner on July 17th. As Simon wrapped up with another customer, I perused the walls lined with only a few beers I had heard of. How was I going to be able to limit my purchases to 3 or 4 small bottles?!

Simon finished with his customer and promptly turned his attention to me. Seeing my children, he brought them something to drink, and let them open the jars of hops and grains on the table while we chatted. I brought a can of Surly Furious from my home state for him, reading that he appreciated IPAs, but it became clear that his love of beers extends far beyond IPAs! He gave me a full rundown of the French beer scene and walked through the many different styles new to France--it's been a challenge he explained getting the French to move off of not only wine, but watered-down lagers, a challenge not dissimilair to the US craft beer scene in recent memory. As such, many of the "typical" new French beers, besides styles commonly found in France and Belgium, are flavored with products found locally: honey, chestnuts, grapes, etc. So that's where I turned my attention, picking out a strong dark beer with spices, a honey beer, a muscat beer and a French IPA. He threw in a bottle of blonde for me in return for the Surly.

Simon's hospitality and attention to detail was greatly appreciated. The prices were very reasonable, considering what single bottles go for in the US. They were generally priced according to size of the bottle, with exceptions for rarities and single batches. He sent us on our way with a recommendation for a wonderful restaurant.

If you're in Paris, Caves a Bulles is not to be missed!

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Photo of maximep
5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Acephale
5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Arminius757
5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 samiller
5/5  rDev +7.1%

I'm sure glad I saw this store's card on the wall at the Cantillon brewery/museuem or I would have missed it on my visit to Paris (thankfully now it's been added to BA). If you're interested in finding out about under-the-radar French craft beer, this is THE place to go. So many beers I hadn't heard of - it was like I was I was just getting in to craft beer all over again! Simon the friendly owner is very helpful & knowledgable & speaks English quite well. He's very proud of the French craft beer scene and, as someone mentioned already, will be considered one of it's visionaries in 15-20 years.

Some of the beers I bought were a little thin in the mouth - which I'm thinking might be more to the French taste as so many blonde beers seem to be popular there - but it was a great experience to try so many new beers brewed by small brewers. My favorite beer I tried was the Saison Saint Medard - a perfect saison in my opinion. Tell Simon what you like & he'll steer you towards something good.

This place was the perfect antidote to the Belgium withdrawals I was having!

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
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