BEST FOR A LIVELY EVENING
BEST FOR A LATE SUPPER
Fish La Boissonnerie’s garishly decorated mosaic frontage is the perfect introduction to this lively and friendly wine bar-cum-bistro. Set in a converted fishmonger’s, its well-lit floor, exposed beams and polished zinc counter give the space an airy feel. Run by a trio of expats—co-owners New Zealander Drew Harré and American Juan Sanchez, and English chef Ollie Clarke—this is a place where you don’t have to worry about speaking the local language. The wine list, which is mainly French, is comprehensive and will interest both the oenophile and the novice, while the food, as you might expect, will delight seafood lovers. Sit at the bar and watch the locals come in after 9 p.m. 69 rue de Seine, 75006; +33 1 43 54 34 69.
BEST FOR A ROMANTIC MIDDAY STOP
Halfway down the dreamy Galerie Vivienne, you’ll come across a collection of tables and chairs. Look to your right and you’ll see they belong to the spectacular Caves Legrand. With its wooden floors, sleek lines and brass fixtures, it oozes old-style Parisian elegance and is one of the most beautiful wine bars I’ve encountered. Although there has been a wine shop on the site for more than a century, the horseshoe-shaped bar at the back is a relatively recent addition. There are 14 wines by the glass, but oenophiles can also choose from one of the 3,000 bottles in the shop. This is an absolutely perfect spot for whiling away an afternoon. 1 Rue de la Banque, 75002. caves-legrand.com
BEST FOR A LONG LUNCH
With its curved wooden bar, cleanly lit floor and white walls decorated with contemporary wine-themed posters commissioned by owner Mark Williamson, Willi’s has a reassuring upscale feel. The wine list is dominated by one region—the Rhône—and isn’t afraid to go off the beaten track, peppered with unfamiliar yet exciting wines. The food is traditional French provincial with a modern feel. 13 rue des Petits Champs, 75001. williswinebar.com
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