Fed up with working in advertising, Julien and Laurent decided to take a leap and turn their ad agency (in a prime spot by the canal Saint-Martin) into a wine bar in early 2014.
You would hardly spot this bar if you didn’t know where to find it: only a small chalkboard hanging on the door gives it away. Softly lit inside, with brick walls, wooden beams, antique objects and shelves heavy with bottles, L’Agence has charm and character. The wine-list is long and varied and a bottle will set you back €20 on average.
If you’re feeling peckish, order a food platter (€16-€19). Choose between the Italienne (grilled peppers, mozzarella, Parma ham, sundried tomatoes), the selection of goat’s cheeses, or opt for the mixed platter (Parma ham, saucisson, pâté or rillettes, Cantal cheese, Saint-Marcellin, blue cheeses and pear slices) if you just can’t make up your mind. The seafood platters are tempting too: a plate of oysters (€7.50 for half a dozen), whelks (€7.50), prawns (€8) or smoked salmon (€13.50).
Although we waited a while to be served, the pleasant setting, friendly staff and ’60s rock playing in background made the time pass easily. Remember to bring cash because this spot doesn’t take cards.
36 rue des Vinaigriers
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 6pm-2am|
|Transport:||Métro: Jacques Bonsergent|