New establishments are opening every day. If you are looking for a relaxing vibe while sipping a French red, white or a rosé, it's not hard to find everywhere you look. The 9th arrondissement is no exception.
This historic district is home to the most hotels and therefore tourists. Amid the 19th century architecture, museums, Opéra de Paris, and luxury shopping is a rising culture of hip restaurants and bistros. As a result, the area south of the Pigalle metro station has even earned the trendy nickname "SoPi". You're sure to discover a watering hole to kick back and enjoy your Sauvignon or Beaujolais there. After the 9th arrondissement, you may wish to explore the shops and bars in the 16th arrondissement as well.
To really indulge like a native, be sure to choose a spot or caves-à-manger that also serves charcuterie, cheese plates, and crusty bread. Also, don't worry if you are not a connoisseur of fermented grapes. You’ll be able to sample a variety of vintages in an authentic atmosphere with the recommendation of a sommelier at most places. From a curated selection, you can pick a natural, organic, regional or local bottle or simply partake by the glass.
During your Paris travel, you will surely find yourself spending a bit of time on Rue des Martyrs. Named after a legendary headless bishop, it is a good location to start your cocktail tasting journey. It is considered by some to be the most beautiful street in the City of Lights. Between Pigalle and Saint-Georges metro stations, you will find the perfect restaurant, bistro, or cafe to patronize. While some can be pricey, you can find other budget-friendly choices too. You can also work with a professional guide, who will have local insight into the cost for wine tasting.
Your tasting experience can be as simple as stumbling upon a small establishment with a carefully curated display to select from, to an buy wine in Paris. Excellent idea! You will find many shops in the 9th arrondissement that you can purchase your newly discovered favorite beverage of choice. Most carry a variety from the different regions: Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Brittany, Champagne, Corsica, Loire, Normandy, to name a few. You can choose from Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, and Syrah. More than likely, you will want to buy several!
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