The embodiment of French chic in the form of a bar à vins. The interior feels as small as a broom closet, but is complemented by a sidewalk terrace and large windows, from which the lively activity on Paris' left bank can be freely observed. Here one will see Bon Marché luxury department store customers, university students (after all, the Sorbonne is one of the main features of the old Latin Quarter on left bank of the Seine), art gallery visitors and antique store shoppers. Although the passage of time has left its mark, traces of the erstwhile intellectual and artistic bohemian aura can still be felt here from the days when Jean-Paul Sartre would stop by for a glass of wine at the Café de Flore. Later, in 1966, French fashion guru Yves Saint Laurent opened his iconic YSL Rive Gauche brand, which gave rise to a veritable revolution in European fashion.
Something from this past glory can still be felt at Au Sauvignon, with its small marble tables placed close beside each other and walls that look like a wine history book - complete with historical posters, maps of wine routes and pictures of colourful personalities. And since the presentation of the wine is no less important than the wine itself, don't be surprised if a wine which you believe to know well tastes completely different at Au Sauvignon. The bar is particularly well-known for its Beaujolais wines and is one of the Parisians' favourite spots for marking the beginning of the Beaujolais Nouveau season. No less legendary are the Au Sauvignon sandwiches - prepared with bread from the nearby Poilane bakery and served with homemade pâtés or cheese. Conveniently, the bakery is operated by the same family that owns Au Sauvignon.
80 rue des Saints Peres
Keywords: Paris, bar a vins, bars, wine bar, wines