Alléosse, 75017

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The cute, little, pedestrianised market street rue Poncelet, tucked behind the Arc de Triomphe and metres away from Place des Ternes and the picturesque Parc Monceau, is well worth a visit should you be in the area. Fruit, vegetables, freshly baked baguette-traditions, rotisserie chicken and wine, bien sur… all being sold in the street and in individual specialist shops. It’s absolutely delightful at dusk when the locals are out doing their shopping for the evening meal in the fading light.

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And if you do happen to be in the area, you definitely should pop your head round the door of the cheesemonger Alléosse.

Philippe Alléosse has obtained the title of “Maître Fromager Affineur” (Master Cheesemonger And Ager-Extraordinaire) but that barely conveys the true picture.

You see, cheese has been in his blood since birth. His parents ran a cheese shop in the Gare du Nord area in the 70s and 80s before moving the business, which Philippe Alléosse was eventually to take over in 1999, to this spot in the 17th arrondissement. (Just as a quick aside to those who like get geeky about cheese, Philippe Alléosse studied under Pierre Androuet.)

Nowadays, Philippe Alléosse has roughly 200 cheeses sitting and slowly ripening in his 300 sq metre cellar in the 17th. He has just the one boutique but supplies to restaurants in France as well as abroad, who have come to rely upon his savoir-faire.

Speaking of the shop, in terms of design, it’s one of the most unique that I’ve seen in Paris. I have no idea what they had been given as a brief, but it must have been spaceship-meets-walk-in-closet-sauna-chic. Don’t believe me? Click on Google Visit to take a look for yourself, or even better, go there in person!

 


Essential Information

Address: 13, rue Poncelet, 75017
Telephone: 01 46 22 50 45
Website: Alléosse, Facebook
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday from 9am til 19h15 with lunch break. Saturday from 9am til 19h, sans interruption. Sunday from 9am til 13h. Closed Monday.

 
Wine at Coureurs de Terroirs

Coureurs de Terroirs, 75017

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This wine shop is exactly what I wish existed in my neighbourhood. A small shoe-box space but filled to the rafters with natural wine. From the Loire to the Languedoc, Burgundy to the Rhone, the very knowledgeable Sebastien Bercot is sure to have what you need.

Prices range from 6.50 euros to upwards of fifty so you’re also sure to find something that fits your budget. Very nice selection of well-priced magnums too.

Whites, rosé and Champagne available chilled. Small selection of whiskies, rums and other spirits too.

Look out for free tastings that occasionally happen on the weekend or for events such as the Beaujolais Nouveau release.

(Photo credit: Coureurs de Terroirs)


Essential Information

Address: 14 rue de la Jonquiere, 75017
Telephone: 01 71 60 55 12
Website: Facebook
Opening Hours: Open Monday afternoon. Tuesday to Friday morning and afternoon. All day Saturday. Hours are roughly from 10h30 til 20h30. Closed Sunday. 

 

Le Garde Robe, 75017

“No One Knows You” by John McNulty and the Dimestore

Something a little folk-y seems to sum up this wine bar pretty well. It’s got a casual vibe but you get the feeling that they’d remember you if you go back next week and that it could quickly becoming your regular.

“No one knows you like I know you. No one knows you like I know you.” That refrain over and over again. That twangy guitar, rather reminiscent of the Eagles, continuously interjecting.

Let it be known that the Garde Robe specialises in natural wine – and the choice is limited to funky or funkier. If you’re not sure what you’d like, the bar staff are normally happy to serve you a small tasting portion to help you make up your mind.

Prop yourself up at the bar or settle yourself down at a table, either way, you won’t realise how fast the time is going. The menu is not extensive (think platters of cheeses, meats and country gratins) but then you can be sure that whatever you choose will be good old delicious warming food and it won’t break the bank.

Wines by the glass start at a very reasonable 3 euros during Happy Hour (from 18h30, I believe, but worth phoning in advance to check) but are generally capped at 5 or 6 euros even at full price.

Lunch or dinner, you can be sure the food will be fresh and tasty, the wines quirky and interesting and the service refreshingly friendly. And don’t forget to say hello if you see me propping up the bar!

Two locations in Paris – the “Rue de l’Arbre Sec” bar is marginally more touristy.

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Essential Information

Address4 Rue Bridaine, 75017 
Telephone01 44 90 05 04
Opening Hours: Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday. Open Saturday evening. Closed Saturday lunch and all-day Sunday.
 
Address: 41 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001
Telephone01 49 26 90 60
Opening Hours: Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
 
Reservations: advisable but not essential. 
Suggested footwear: something comfortable, no-one’s judging.