If you happen to be walking through Paris’ famous Place des Vosges one evening, I recommend you continue straight towards the quaint little rue de Birague and stop at Assemblages for a glass of wine and maybe a planche (French tapas platter). When you arrive, two details should strike you: firstly, the words on the awning – “bar à vin” (wine bar) and “ébéniste” (cabinet maker) – and secondly, the stunning furniture. Step inside and you will soon connect the dots as you stumble upon the owner’s woodworking shop. Cabinet maker by day, the owner closes his shop at 18:00 to open his wine bar.
During the summer, the terrace is the ideal place to sip on some wine after a long day spent either at work (if you are a local) or visiting the city. I suggest you order some food to enjoy alongside your glass of wine, as the produce is of exceptional quality and beautifully presented. During the winter, walk down to the vaulted cellar – which mimics a wine cellar – and enjoy the laid-back and cosy atmosphere.
It may not surprise you that the furniture is all hand-made by the owner whose wish it was to be able to exhibit his passion for woodworking, whilst also sharing his equally big passion for food and wine. If you are lucky, you may even be able to participate in one of his wine tastings. If you don’t like wine, come on a Sunday to enjoy some brunch!