Musée du Vin The Tavern of Balzac . Isn’t it ironic that the museum of wine is on the “rue des Eaux” (street of waters)?! It is difficult to imagine that former vines were growing on the hill of Chaillot but the cellars of the 15th century located in this museum are a proof. Like in Ali Baba’s cave, this museum contains more than 200 objects about vine, wine, and history. Documentaries on Grand Marnier liqueur, ancient tools for wine making, wax statues, planters, presses…the only familiar object seems to be the corkscrew!! Halfway, a frequent visitor hidden in the staircase will surprise you. He is none other than the illustrious writer Honoré de Balzac. Did you know? At the end of his life he lived seven years as a hermit two steps away from these cellars. This is a must-see museum for any wine lover or history lover during a visit to Paris! Entrance includes the tasting of 1 to 4 wines, with explanations by wine stewards as a museum bonus!
5 Square Charles Dickens, 75016 – Metro Passy
Tel: 01 45 25 63 26
Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine How can we not feel concerned by the major changes in the architecture and urban landscape? We live it every day! Renovated in 2007, The “Cité de l’Architecture” has succeeded to become both an intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful museum. A few steps past the entry of the Cathedral of Chartres, you can admire the painted dome of the Cathedral of Cahors and get into an apartment at “Cité Radieuse” built by the French architect Le Corbusier…and more! Do not miss the gallery of plaster moldings to scale of French medieval monuments, originally an unbelievable project that turned into a reality thanks to the famous architect Viollet-le-Duc, in the nineteenth century.
At the end of your visit, rest and extent your journey by sipping a cup of “Marriage Frères” tea on the terrace overlooking THE monument of Paris, the Eiffel Tower!
Closed on Tuesdays.
1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 – Metro Trocadéro
Tel: +33 (0)1 58 51 52 00
Musée Guimet Taking the name of its founder Émile Guimet, who was a frequent traveler, this museum specialized in Asian arts collections features an exceptional 60,000 complete works of art tracing back from 17 Asian countries. A very large panel that ranges from Afghanistan to Japan. Some sculptures are so large and impressive that they will make you feel like being abroad, for sure!
At the end of the visit, take a cultural break and eat at “Salon des porcelaines” where you will savour the delicacies of the East! And for those who want to go above and beyond: the museum proposes interesting workshops to learn Chinese calligraphy or to taste Chinese tea (and yes, this has to be learned, like wine!).
Closed on Tuesdays
6 Place d’Iéna, 75116 – Metro Iena
Tel: +33 (0)1 56 52 53 00
Palais de Tokyo Contemporary Art . Located in one of the buildings built for the Universal Exhibition of 1937, the Palais de Tokyo is now a place dedicated to contemporary art. Until midnight, in the trendy restaurant and art shop, you’ll meet artists and students who come to seek their favorite art magazine (often not found elsewhere). It is also one of the few places in Paris where you can get your portrait in a vintage photo booth!
Closed on Tuesdays
13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 – Metro stations Iéna and Alma Marceau
Tel: +33 (0)1 49 52 02 04
Bar à champagne de l’hôtel Sezz – By Veuve Clicquot This boutique hotel honors exclusively the great Champagne, the “Veuve Clicquot.” From 11 pm to midnight, the bar is devoted to its LVMH champagne and….to all the women. With touches of black, grey and red, alcoves shaped in the form of rose petals, the setting decoration by Christophe Pillet is as pretty as a jewelry case.
6 avenue Frémiet, 75016 – Metro Passy
Tel: +33 (0)1 56 75 26 26
Baunat You must show credentials to open the door of this particular hotel located in a private house in the 16th arrondissement. You will feel like a princess when walking through the door! High quality diamonds are selected and created by designers and craftsman of Anvers and presented to you by experts who will take time to explain every detail. All forms, classic or custom, are available and here you will find an excellent price to quality ratio. And of course they have lovely engagement rings! You are advised to devote a morning for this exclusive training over a class of champagne! The showroom in Paris is only for tax-free purchases and by appointment.
15 Rue Dosne, 75116 – Metro Victor Hugo
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 53 38 41
Salle Pleyel Music…is chic !An exceptional concert hall and memorable music shows… in a setting that is equally exceptional! This site has been restored recently and today it has regained a quality of listening that we had been missing. It is always a pleasure to attend a Pleyel concert to enjoy a symphony or a rock star. These are iconic moments that you would not want to regret not attending!
And for the pleasure of your eyes and taste buds, be sure to pay a visit to Café Salle Pleyel which is tastefully decorated by the Japanese artist, Aki Kuroda!
252 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 – Metro Ternes
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 56 13 13
ArtCurial There is no trip to Paris without attending an unforgettable auction. Do you prefer contemporary art? Works of art? Vintage objects? Prints? And of course, great vintage wine found at your local wine merchant? Discover the excitement of the auction, the power of the hammer, and the joy of getting a good deal! An experience that you must enjoy at least once in your Parisian life. Refer to the auction calendar and walk away with your own personalized souvenirs and a bottle of fine one from the capital of luxury. Check out the free exhibitions and sales.
7 Rond-point des Champs Elysées-Marcel Dassault ,75008 – Metro Franklin Roosevelt
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 99 20 20
Studio Harcourt Become a star in black and white. Since 1934, Harcourt has photographed the biggest stars in this famous luxury photography studio. We all have seen the black and white photos of this studio and specifically the photos of Jean Gabin, Brigitte Bardot, and Edith Piaf, Carole Bouquet, and Laëtitia Casta. But what if it was your turn to get in front of the lens? Treat yourself with a retro photo shoot! And if you’re in a hurry, try the Studio Harcourt photo booth at the MK2 Library in the 12th district.
10 Rue Jean Goujon, 75008 Paris – Metro Franklin Roosevelt
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 56 67 67
Petit Palais … a magnificent museum! In front of its big brother the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais is a discreet museum but full of treasures! Did you know that this is THE Museum of Fine Arts in the city of Paris? It includes a variety of works bestowed by great collectors. It covers all artistic movements, from Ancient Greece to the War of 1914-18. You have no excuse to not visit this little gem because like in all the museums of the City of Paris, the permanent collections are free!
5 Avenue Dutuit, 75008 – Metro Champs-Elysées Clémenceau
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 43 40 00
Les caves Taillevent The most prestigious! Wine stewards of this cellar have been well trained in high levels of French gastronomy and provide their expertise and advice to their clients. The greatest of wine from the Bordeaux castles, wines in the Burgundy area that are most wanted, and the best wines of the Rhone Valley, the Loire Valley or the Alsace region are presented here!
199 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – Metro stations Ternes ou Charles de Gaulle – Etoile
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 61 19 68
Wine by One The little sister of the Wine by One, located on the “rue du Capucines,” opened its doors two steps away from the Champ Elysées. The same recipe has been applied here but with new technologies to honor, a required subscription card to enter, and a wide choice of wines to be tasted. At the newest address: champagnes are available for tasting with a brand new machine to keep open bottles in excellent conditions for more than 10 days! Therefore enjoy some Cristal de Roederer or some Dom Pérignon in 3cl, 6cl or 12cl, depending on your desires and what you are willing to pay. Taste and transform yourself into your own consultant! Lunches can be on the go and drinks à la carte.
27 rue de Marignan, 75008 – Metro Franklin Roosevelt
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 63 18 98
Le Flûte Paris Since 2008, this bar and lounge has plunged you into a true jazzy New York ambiance. An intimate setting just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe with a selection of more than a thousand wines and Champagne. Fashionistas, stylists, publicists, and advertising agents are there scrambling on Tuesday night during Happy Hour. It is very trendy so treat yourself to a champagne mojito and relax in the loft to drink and enjoy without being seen together, one can dream.
19 Rue de l’Etoile Paris, 75017 – Metro Charles de Gaulle Etoile
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 72 10 14
Nicolas Madeleine The most spacious! Nicolas reopened his flagship boutique, located at the “Place de la Madeleine,” welcoming guests on three floors. The ground floor consists of a sales area featuring a choice of 900 types of wine and champagne, which is extended to the basement by a vaulted cellar where the finest wines are kept fresh. The second floor is a wine bar that has a breathtaking view on the Madeleine. The menu provides clever wine pairings, cocktail plates, and cuisine at a friendly price. The wines on site are offered for tasting and can be bought (4€ for corkage).
31 place de la Madeleine, 75008 – Metro Madeleine
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 68 00 16
Wine by One The most high tech. Two futuristic styled addresses opened their doors in Paris! No mustached cellar owner here, but instead high-tech machines that present more than 100 wines for tasting. Explanatory displays are shown on digital screens to help you make your choice from their sharp selection of French and foreign wines. A test and experience of a unique tasting for you to become your own wine consultant! Lunches can be taken to go and appetizer plates à la carte.
9 rue des Capucines, 75001 – Metro Opéra
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 60 85 76
La Cave Augé Historical.
Unveiled in 1850, this cellar is one of the oldest in Paris! You will find old bottles and labels as well as the most renowned and confidential producers. This place, worn by time, offers a charming setting and atmosphere to add to its fine wine selection. Regular tastings on Saturday. A wide price range.
116 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 – Metro St Augustin
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 22 16 97
La Bordeauxthèque Bordeaux on the Seine. This exceptional cellar is located in the “Galeries Lafayette”, on the first floor near the mens’ section, and is sure to impress you. “Le Lafayette Gourmet” attributes 250 m2 of its space to the wines of Bordeaux only. The largest in the world! Impressive indeed but nothing replaces a little trip of wine tourism in the vineyards discovered on WineChicTravel!
48 boulevard Hausmann, Lafayette Homme 1st floor, 75009 – Metro Havre Caumartin
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 23 91 75
La Table Enjoy your evening at La Table while the chef cooks your favorite dishes right in front of you! Every day, they dedicate a large roast to the rotisserie to please their customers. Poultry, fish, meat, quarry, vegetables and even fruits are concocted before you…in large portions! Bruno Verjus, former food journalist, positions himself against the light trend. For those with a big appetite, this is the chef for you! La Table is a popular and niche place, therefore it is recommended to reserve ahead of time.
1st floor of the Lafayette Homme, in the Lafayette Gourmet, 3 rue de Prague, 75012 – Metro Ledru-Rollin
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 23 52 31
Le Baudelaire Why not savour a drop of whiskey or the sweetness of champagne? “Le Baudelaire” poetizes drinking whiskey and champagne while under the immense painted ceiling that illustrates “The Flowers of Evil”, a volume of poetry by Charles Beaudelaire. Sit in cozy and deep armchairs, with just a collection of the “Flowers of Evil” and a glass of Cristal Roederer or VSOP brandy. But of course this is not to be confused with the 100 lined poem, “The Drunken Boat,” written by Rimbaud.
8 rue Duphot, 75001 – Metro stations Madeleine ou Concorde
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 60 3412
The Louvre, the Grand Palais, Beaubourg, the Sainte-Chapelle, the Picaso Museum, and more… With the “Paris Museum Pass”, you can have free and direct access to more than 60 museums and monuments in Paris and the Paris region. But do you know that many of the French and especially the Parisians have never visited the capital, the small museums, and the secret gardens? Don’t miss the Maison Mallet Stevens, the garden of Catherine Laboure, the Zadkine Museum, De Lacroix, Diana Verny, the wine and the promenade in Parisian vineyards, and of course, our heritage! Discover passionately, taste passionately, and have a tremendous visit!
Des Bulles sinon Rien Freshly unveiled in the Marais, this cellar offers a tasting of over 90 types of champagne producers. Experience the vaulted cellar in the basement where guests are welcome to enjoy a glass or share a bottle with a snack, without being charged for corkage! Don’t miss the oenology workshops and courses that are à la carte.
16 rue Elzévir, 75003 – Metro Chemin Vert
Tel: +33 (0)9 83 74 25 04
L’Enoteca This winery dates back to the time of Louis XIV. L’Enoteca is an ancient wine inn that has been transformed into an Italian restaurant by its present owner Alexandra Chapon. In honor of Italy you will find Murano glasses, glided mirrors, and on the first floor a private lounge with accents of Fellini, the Italian film director and scriptwriter. “Mama mia’! Savour the delicate tastes of the family’s secret recipes with clams and a tender piece of beef! And about the wine? With over 2000 bottles and 350 references the cellar is a benchmark for Italian wines. It is lovingly maintained and provided by Thierry, Roberto and Margherita. The lunch menu presents a glass of wine at low prices.
25 rue Charles V, 75004 – Metro stations Sully-Morland or St Paul
Tel : + 33 (0)1 42 78 91 44
Les Bulles Saint Sabin “Les Bulles”, this champagne bar, has decided to create a conversion to replace the traditional glass of wine and beer with a “bobo” area, a mix of the bourgeois and the bohemian societies. The hosting by Sophie Champagne adds soul and spirit in Saint Sabin by offering vintages at surprising and friendly prices. Reserve after an evening spent at the Opera of the Marx Brothers!
7 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 – Metro Bastille
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 36 05 27
Le Muselet Since 2012, just next to the restaurant “Casa Olympe,” le Muselet, which took the name of the capsule on a champagne bottle, is a huge hit. What kind of food goes well with champagne, rosé, blanc de blanc or moelleux, chardonnay and pinot noir? You can find out at “Le Muselet.”As an artist, Satoshi Nakamura, the piano master, plays at this wine bar and restaurant without fault. Satie’s dishes are redefined consisting of all japanese lightweight and delicate meals. You can choose between 48 champagnes, 15 producers, and a dozen wines by the glass.
48 rue Saint Georges, 75017 – Metro stations St Georges or Notre-Dame-de-Lorette
Tel: +33 (0)1 48 78 46 02
La Boîte à Bulles Impressive design. Two jeweled boutiques dedicated to a single brand of Champagne that is sold in house exclusively. Three great vintages (brut, blanc de blanc, and rosé) are available at affordable prices in an ultra-design and minimalist universe. Experience a daring and unpublished concept that changes from the traditional retailers!
Two addresses: 67 rue de Lévis, 75017 – Metro Malesherbes
7 rue Carnot, 92300 Levallois Perret – Metro Louise Michel
Tel: +33 (0)6 10 84 17 31