La Buvette

A simple spot where you can taste bottles of excellent natural wines alongside a few small plates from proprietor Camille Fourmont, formerly the bar manager at Le Dauphin. Not to be confused with the other Buvette, this off-the-beaten path bar (that is technically a shop where you can buy bottles) was selected as the Best Cave à Manger by Le Fooding.

Practical information

Address: 67 rue Saint Maur, 75011
Nearest transport: Rue Saint-Maur (3), Saint-Ambroise (9)
Hours: Closed Mondays; Open Tuesday-Friday 5:30-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 11:00am-10pm
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone:  09 83 56 94 11
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: small plates & tapas
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Reviews of interest

The Guardian (2015) “Everything in this enchanting tiny bar is minimalist but perfect, from the small 50-odd list of surprising wines to the half-a-dozen delicate sharing plates, handwritten on a mirror, often including broad beans and lemon zest, fresh goat’s cheese with black garlic and cherries, and marinated baby octopus with saffron… Camille already has a serious following, so be prepared to brave the crowds who cram in here most nights – with no reservations possible.”

The Financial Times (2014) “… feels like someone’s front room, filled with beautiful curios. You can’t book and, because of licensing, you have to eat as well (mostly cold snacks such as mackerel or saucisson) but it’s well worth the visit. A small but tasty selection of wines is available by the glass and bottle; try the Julien Courtois if it’s on the list.”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2013) “The wine selection…is mostly natural – Fourmont’s only criterion is that she quite sensibly wishes to sell only wine she adores. This means a cast of superb producers, on whom she and I enthusiastically agree –Métras, the Courtois clan, Domaine ValetteAlexandre Bain.”

Le Fooding (2013) “On intériorise le plaisir d’y déguster du « sec » d’Aubrac avec du beurre Bordier au sel fumé (à étaler sur une tranche de gros pain de Stéphane Vandermeersch), des sardinillas de Galice, des olives de Lucques, de gros haricots blancs saupoudrés de zestes de bergamote, du foie gras de canard et piments confits, du magret séché avec beurre à la vanille, de la fourme d’Ambert, des conserves de champignons préparées par maman, de la ricotta à la confiture de coing maison et huile de noisette…”

The New York Times (2013) “She favors obscure wines that don’t cost a lot, cult bottles from unorthodox vintners whose labels often look like arty liner notes…The food is also simple and honest.”

Le Figaro (2013) “Une gastronomie de vagabondage vertueux, juvénile, naïf, délicieusement amateur qui n’a de mérite qu’à améliorer l’idée d’un casse-croûtage contemporain. On s’en contentera!”

1 Comment on La Buvette

  1. Tourist please avoid cause you are not welcome. Il you have kids and you are a tourist you will wait and see your table give away to others!!! You will wait for 2 hours and leave with an empty stomach…

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