The newest bottle shop on the block from the boys behind Septime. Shop to go, or stay and pop your cork with a €7 droit de bouchon. Snack options, for those lucky enough to snag a stool or a piece of counter, include pancetta di Colonnata, house-smoked duck breast, anchovies with ricotta, foie gras with smoked eel, with prices ranging from €4-14. This isn’t a restaurant, a place for large groups, or a substitute for Septime, but it promises to be a perfect spot for a high-quality/low-key apéro. Dead cheap glasses from €3-5.

Practical information

Address: 3 rue Basfroi, 75011
Nearest transport: Charonne (9) or Ledru Rollin (8)
Hours: 4-11pm Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Website (for the restaurant, not the cave)
Average price for lunch
: €10-19 (small plates from €4-14)
Average price for dinner: €10-19 (small plates from €4-14)
Style of cuisine: wine bar/small plates/tapas
Special attributes: small plates, superior wine list, continuous all-day service

Reviews of interest

Gilles Pudlowski (2013) “On vient ici quérir les vins naturels, frais, rieurs, de Toscane, d’Emile-Romagne, de Bourgogne ou du Jura qui vous ont plu chez Septime, tout en croquant un rien de pancetta, des anchois de Cantabrique, une belle tranche de foie gras mariée à une lamelle d’anguille fumée ou encore un fromage joliment affiné. Le pain (grillé) vient de le copain Landemaine de la rue de la Roquette et la façade d’ancienne cordonnerie joliment retouchée donne envie d’être photographiée.”

Aaron Ayscough (2013) “The resplendent success of Septime makes all the more laudable that Grébaut’s new project, a wine bar-slash-wine shop catty-corner to the restaurant, is basically a shanty stocked with wine and some meat. It is heroically under-conceived. If Septime is the mothership, exerting a gravitational pull on diners citywide, Septime Cave is the dinghy : a little escape pod for tasteful rue de Charonne locals seeking a random weeknight tipple.”