LA BELLE HORTENSE

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Best for: bib­lio­philes Be­hind the cobalt blue fa­cade of this spot in Paris’s famed Marais dis­trict lies a ver­i­ta­ble uni­verse of – yes – wines, but also books. You’ll need to brush up on your French be­fore pick­ing one off the shelf, but for­tu­nately no lan­guage bar­rier will hin­der your en­joy­ment of the French wines. The bar also hosts read­ings and other lit­er­ary events. Ad­dress: 31 Rue Vieille du Tem­ple, 75004 that’s ex­actly what you can ex­pect at this wine bar in one of the trendi­est ar­eas of Paris. The scent of wooden wine bar­rels hangs in the air, you’re served plat­ters laden with cheese and ham, and rows of warm yel­low lights hang over groups of laid-back wine tasters. The staff are friendly and help­ful – a pleas­ant change from many Parisian es­tab­lish­ments. Ad­dress: 14 Rue des Trois Bornes, 75011

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