Connoisseurs travel from around the globe to experience the wine lovers' paradise that is Paris. Although few experiences beat spending time in the vineyards, Paname offers a broad selection of the finest wines in France and around the globe. Amateur and professional sommeliers alike can indulge in tasting classes that feature some of the finest wines in the world, and famous regions like Champagne and Loire are just a train ride away.
You can also enjoy the fruit of the vine in much simpler - and less expensive - ways. Buy a bottle from a local shop, or enjoy a glass with the locals at a bar à vin. Though you can find excellent ones all over Paname, the 16th Arrondissement houses some of the best.
Taking a trip to the ultra-chic 16th Arrondissement is a perfect escape from the hordes of tourists without wandering too far from the heart of Paris. This district grew out of the village of Passy, where Benjamin Franklin lived as the US ambassador during the late 1700s, and today, you can see the vestiges of this charming village in the 16th's relaxed vibe and wide, shady boulevards. It also houses many wonderful museums, including Paris's Free Modern Art Museum and, of course, the Musee du Vin.
The 16th Arrondissement also features a wide array of trendy cafes, eateries, and lounges. Meat lovers can visit artisan butchers Hugo Desnoyer, and non-meat-eaters can delight in a number of hip vegan restaurants. You can also indulge in two open-air markets, the Marché couvert Passy and the Marché couvert Saint-Didier. Finally, you should cap off a day of exploring by enjoying the Hotel Raphael's exclusive rooftop view of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.
The 16th Arrondissement is also the ideal spot to try a few local bars à vin. Though you can find great ones throughout the city, the 16th uniquely pairs a classy, upscale feel with a relaxed attitude. Here are some of the best that this district has to offer:
This pleasant eatery on Avenue de Versailles offers traditional French cuisine and a lovely selection of wines, making the restaurant perfect for a nice lunch or a relaxed night of drinking.
This Italian eatery offers one of the best by-the-glass happy hours in the 16th Arrondissement. It's also quite vegetarian friendly, and you can take in a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower from the patio.
This brasserie on rue du Docteur-Blanche offers upscale eats in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a hearty meal or a glass of cabernet sauvignon with the locals here.
For delicious wines, cheeses, and charcuterie, stop into Brut on rue Lauriston. The owner personally selects all of the hand-crafted wines served in his establishment.
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