Two brave brothers have fought French bureaucracy for five years to realise their distillery dream intra-muros.
La Distillerie de Paris is the first micro-distillery inside of Paris’ périphérique for over a century. Sébastien and Nicolas Julhès have succeeded in producing an experimental collection of gin, vodka, rum and brandy in the heart of the 10th arrondissement.
And true to France’s love of all things beau, the still is absolutely beautiful. Shiny copper and steel framed by meticulously distressed exposed brick, in a courtyard set back from rue Faubourg Saint-Denis.
The spirits themselves are a departure from mass-produced signature flavours. Here the focus is on experimenting with taste and texture, calling inspiration from gastronomy, perfume and the arts, with collaborations said to follow.
Our favourite so far is the Tonik gin, where the brothers have added quinquina – a type of tree root frequently found in Indian Tonic – to almost pre-create the iconic G&T, to be topped up just with sparkling water.
It isn’t necessarily inexpensive drinking – around €40 for 50cl – but the small batches in beautiful bottles gives the sense that you are supporting something much more meaningful than grabbing a bottle of Hendricks at Duty Free.
Impress fellow hipsters: Julhès on Faubourg Saint-Martin is perhaps our favourite epicierie and caviste in Paris, where they sell everything from cheeses to rare spirits to fever tree tonic to magnums of rosé, if you are quick enough to snap them up.
Metro: Chateau d’Eau
Monday 10am – 2.00pm, 3.30pm – 8.30pm
Tuesday – Thursday, 9.30am – 2pm + 3.30pm – 8.30pm
Friday & Saturday, 9.30am – 8.30pm
Sunday 10am – 2.00pm