November 24, 2015 by Emma Bentley
La Buvette de Camille is one of the main spots where people in the natural wine industry in Paris like to hang-out. This thimble-sized bar opened late 2012 but I just didn’t want to talk about it on the blog until now. 🙂
It is located on a quiet, fairly unremarkable side street in the trendy 11th arrondissement. Like many wine bars of its ilk, there is no gregarious exterior. No cute and quaint Parisian lettering, nor typical sidewalk seating. No, just a very contemporary pane of glass and no name.
Inside, there are a handful of closely packed wooden tables. No tableclothes or fancy place settings. Just a pot packed with cutlery and napkins from which you help yourself.
Yet that is precisely the reason why this bar is so popular.
It has a very casual, neighbourhood feel. You don’t need to dress up to come here – it’s much more a laissez-faire, ‘come as you are’ kind of place. Despite that, the selection of predominantly natural wines that Camille has made makes this bar stand head and shoulders above the others in the area.
The wines are served alongside various seasonal small plates… and this is very much on-trend for what are now known as a cave à manger. Think: a small burrata with olive oil and preserved quince, pork paté with pistacchio, a delicate salad of bitter leaves with a spot-on vinaigrette dressing.
P.S. Absolutely NOTHING to do with La Buvette in the 9th. Should you happen to ask me for information about the American implant in vicinity of Pigalle, I will cough politely and give you directions to the 11th. 😉
P.P.S. You can also just stop by to buy a bottle of wine to take-away.
Essential InformationAddress: 67 rue Saint Maur, 75011 Telephone: 09 83 56 94 11 Website: Facebook Opening Hours: Wednesday & Thursday evenings only (5pm-10pm.) Friday 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm. Saturday & Sunday from 11am til 10pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Reservations: not taken.