Septime La Cave

Paris: Septime La Cave

Every single day before dinner, between 6-8pm, a young new generation of Parisians dressed in jeans and sneakers gather for a laid-back “apero” at Septime’s natural wine shop called a “cave a manger” (a wine SHOP where you can legally open bottles and drink on-site because they have snacks). This time of day is never, ever missed as a way to unwind from the day by socializing over shared bottles of wine & a few bar snacks. Doubling as a buzzy social club, this caves a manger is incredibly popular with a cult-status following.

Since the vibe is cool + hip, and the customers made up of everyone from local food + wine industry from around the world – the fun is that we never know who we’ll run into or how long we’ll be there.

Here at Septime’s wine shop across the street from their Michelin-star restaurant – there are no reservations and let me tell you, it is so packed that sometimes there isn’t enough room inside, so the party spills out onto the street. We walk in, order bottles, and either stand up for hours or sit on old wine crates to catch up, share small charcuterie + cheese plates, and drink through the impressive selection of all-natural wines.

What To Know Before You Go:

This is NOT a place to eat a meal.  It’s simply a casual place to socialize with wine before or after dinner. You only pay a small corkage fee of 7€ for the right to open the bottles. Like what you are drinking? Because it is a wine shop, you can take buy another bottle to take home with you minus the corkage fee.

What IS Natural Wine?

Most of the wines bottled post-industrial-era are filled with preservatives and chemicals to be able to mass-produce the wines and ship them all over the planet. Natural wines are pure juice and nothing else. Or as Journalist Alice Feiring says, “Wine without crap in it.”

How Does It Taste Different Than Conventional Wine?

For years conventional wines have been ordered somewhat generically by region or grape – but neither of these can help a bartender or sommelier get you the flavor of what you want to drink because the chemicals and preservatives have diluted the actual grape flavor. Unfortunately, this has created a standardization of wine tastes regardless of region, grape, or year. They taste exactly the same. For wines without additives, you can taste the pure flavor of the grape.

How to Order:

We order wines by the flavor we want. I love cherry and barn “flavors.” If you know, you know. If you don’t, the staff here LOVE helping you find yours, simply, and without any snobby wine splaining. They’ll ask you if you want bubbly, white, orange, rosé or red – then ask is you want mineral, floral, fruit, etc. and take it from there. Once you find what you love, then they’ll tell you which grapes and region you are drinking. It is so much easier this way even if it feels different at first.

Their Sister Restaurants Across the Street:

Septime La Cave

Septime La Cave