Chez Garcia – Cave de la Guiguette

Top choice bar in La Rochelle

For a sweet taste of 1930s La Rochelle, follow the hipster crowd to this rough-cut wine bar where little has changed since it opened in 1933 in a blacksmith's yard. Vintage photos and posters evoke the days when fishermen and sailors flocked here from the nearby port. On warm days the drinking action and merriment spill out onto the pedestrian street in front.

La Guiguette – a fruity and fizzy, wine-based drink (€1.70/6.20/9 per glass/pitcher/bottle) unique to this La Rochelle institution – is the drink to order.