Bercy Village and the chais
Bercy Village is an adorable part of Paris in the 12th arrondissement. The area is full of 19th century wine storehouses from when Bercy was independent of Paris and the largest wine market in the world. Using the Seine and a small railway, wine bottles would be shipped to Bercy where the wine would then be unloaded and bottled in the chais (wine storehouses) before being sold.
This practiced lasted until as late as 1960 when the Bordelais invented a method of bottling wine at the chateau where it was produced, rather than shipping the barrels to be bottled elsewhere. As a result, the Bercy wine market eventually closed and Bercy became an area of Paris full of businesses and housing. However, the old chais remained, as well as the train tracks running through the center.
At the end of the 20th century Paris decided to do something to preserve the area and finally chose a proposal by Altarea which consisted of renovating and restoring the chais and preserving the old train tracks. After the renovations bars, restaurants and shops moved into the old chais and the area is not a lively district in Paris, and one of my favorites! It is very cute and has a bit of a small village feel in the middle of the big city.
with Jasmin at Nicolas
The Nicolas is my favorite place at Bercy Village. Normally Nicolas is only a wine store, but in Bercy Village it is also a wine bar with a terrasse, some food options and, of course, wine. I love going on a nice day and sitting on the terrasse in the middle of Bercy Village, people watching, admiring the chais and sipping on a wonderful glass of red wine. And the best part is, it is extremely inexpensive. Their menu is very reasonably priced with glasses of wine starting at less than 3 euros. And if you aren't alone, you can choose any bottle from inside the store and enjoy it on the terrasse for only 3 euros extra, which means you can really control the amount of money you spend and drink a good bottle of wine in a wine bar in the middle of Paris for under 10 euros total. What's not to love???
a nice bottle of red on the terrasse at Nicolas
And since this is one of my favorite places, you can be sure to find me on the terrasse of Nicolas at least once a week!!!
***To get to Bercy Village take the line 14 to Cour Saint-Emilion. Go up the escalators/stairs and the entrance to Bercy Village is right in front of you (the cute little stone archways). To get to the Nicolas at Bercy Village, turn right once you enter Bercy Village and it is down the road a little on your left. Enjoy and santé!