Paris Wine Bars of the 9th Arrondissement
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.
Drink like You Live there
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.
9th Arrondissement Establishments
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.
- Buvette Gastrothèque: this is an up-and-coming, hipster hangout. Spirit here is to bring a bit of the USA in France, proposing an array of little plates perfectly paired with a great natural selection. A bit pricey, local customers would say.
- Le Vin au Vert: bar à vin and bistro, situated on Rue de Dunkerque, this establishment only serves organic beverages and food, in an intimate relaxed atmosphere. One can either buy a bottle, have a glass or two, or even dine while enjoying this ethical selection.
- Les Sardinac: situated right in front of the mythical Folies Bergère, this bar is a quintessence of the bistro culture, with about 20 wines served by the glass and an impressive selection coming directly from the vineyards. The cuisine is modern and inventive, including only fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Your tasting experience can be as simple as stumbling upon a small establishment with a carefully curated display to select from, to an organized wine tasting event. Whichever way you decide to go about your adventure, before you retire for the evening, you may wish to 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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