Hunting the best cheese and wine in Paris

Hunting the best cheese and wine in ParisAn English friend of mine once said to me “aaah Paris, I open my mouth before I arrive and I don’t close it until after I’ve left”! After visiting France’s capital, I realised that I had done precisely the same as my friend. With the best of the country’s produceand cuisines on display, it’s kind of impossible not to!

When I think of French food, cheese is one of the first things that comes to mind, followed very closely by bread (in particular, baguettes!). I love, love, love cheese (fromage), which is probably why I love Paris, as you’re never far from fromage in this town. And, when you’re in Paris, what’s the best way to eat your cheese? With the best French wine of course!

If you agree, then you simply have to get yourself along to a traditional Parisian wine bar or “bar à vins” for a “ballon de rouge” or a “petit blanc”. While modern Parisian wine bars generally have an extensive food menu, I think it’s best to keep things simple and just stick with the classic wine and cheese combination. This way you can truly savour and rejoice in the art of cheese and wine-making.
After all, it is the time-honoured French way to serve cheese (and charcuterie) with wine, so when in Paris….!

So where do you start? The best way to navigate your way around Paris is by arrondissement (neighbourhood). Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements, with “1” being in city’s centre and then spiralling outwards in a clockwise direction. So without further ado, here are some premier Parisian wine bars (thanks to www.parisbymouth.com) by arrondissement. I’ve also included cheese shops (thanks again www.parisbymouth.com), in case you’re overcome by the urge to buy a block or two to take back to your hotel room!

Arrond. Wine Cheese

1 – Juveniles
– Lavinia
– Le Garde Robe
– Le Rubis
– Willi’s Wine Bar
– Verjus Bar à Vins
– Salon du Fromage Hisada

2 – Coinstot Vino
– Frenchie Bar à Vins
– Legrand Filles et Fils
– La Fermette

3 – Barav’ – Jouannault

4 – – La Ferme Saint-Aubin
Laurent Dubois
– Pascal Beillevaire

5 – Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
Le Porte-Pot
– Androuet
Laurent Dubois

6 – Fish – La Boissonnerie
L’AvantComptoir
La Crémerie
– Fromagerie Sanders

7 – Bellota-Bellota – Androuet
Barthélémy
Marie-Anne Cantin
Quatrehomme

8 – – Fromagerie de Violaine

9 – Autour d’un Verre
Le Vin au Vert
– La Ferme Saint-Hubert

10 – Le VerreVolé
– Julhès
– Pascal Beillevaire

11 – Melac
– Au Passage
Au Deux Amis
Au Nouveau Nez
La Buvette
Le Dauphin
L’Entrée des Artistes
Retro’bottega
Septime Cave

12 – Le Baron Bouge – FromagerieLefèbvre
Hardouin-Langlet
Pascal Beillevaire

14 – Pascal Beillevaire
15 – Androuet
Laurent Dubois
Pascal Beillevaire

16 – Androuet
Pascal Beillevaire

17 – Le Garde Robe – Alléosse

Androuet
Pascal Beillevaire
18 – La Cave des Abbesses
– Chez Virginie
FromagerieLepic
Par Ici Les Fromages

19 – Le Chapeau Melon
O Divin
Quedubon
– FromagerieSecrétan

20 – Au Nouveau Nez
– Pascal Beillevaire

Paris really is the city of love and I do love this magnificent metropolis. I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love too, if you haven’t already. For me, the best way to enjoy Paris is like a Parisian. Central to Parisian life is the humble wine bar, where you can savour the best French wine and cheese the country has to offer. To help you navigate your way to France and Paris, get in touch with.Travel Associates

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