Wine and Beer Outlets
The Chancellor, Gordon Brown, may think it is okay to tax the Brits into sobriety, but we say: ‘what a great excuse to hop across the Channel for a great day out and bag some bargains’.
Just a hop and skip across the Channel are thousands of vinous bargains just jostling on the shelves for your attention. For example, did you know you can save around £2.50 on your favourite bottle of wine and around a £5 on a bottle of Champagne? And you can buy a 25cl bottle of continental beer from just 20p! And there’s always enticing promotions that bring the prices down even further. The reason for this is that the UK has the highest level of tax in the entire European Union. Each bottle of wine attracts £1.46 duty plus VAT increasing the tax paid to £1.71. Across the Channel duty is around 2p a bottle!
But where do you go to get these bargains? Calaisians streets are not that easy to navigate, and with 40 or so places vying for your custom, how do you know which ones offer the best shopping experience?
Don’t worry, help is at hand as we have scoured Calais and come up with those outlets we consider are worth visiting, complete with contact details and those all important directions.
If time is of the essence you like to consider doing all your shopping in just one area of Calais. For instance you could choose to shop in Auchan hypermarket in the Auchan commercial centre and nip across the complex to Sainsbury’s. Alternatively, you could go to Cite Europe to shop at Carrefour Hypermarket and pop across the mall to Tesco. Also in Zone Marcel Doret, you’ll find an entire clutch of wine and beer warehouses to visit. These are: Pidou, Wine and Beer Warehouse, Eastenders, CPH and Cheers.
Bon voyage and happy shopping.
Calais Vins is a stylish drinks outlet with a superb tasting facility. Check out their mini-vineyard outside.
Address: Zone Curie, Rue Gutenbert, 6100 Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 46 40 40
Open: Daily 9am-7pm, Sunday 10am-7pm
Franglais has lots of fabulous unknown wines sourced direct from French vineyards.
Address: CD 215 Frethun, 62185 Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 85 29 39
Open: Daily 9am-7pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
CPH is a must visit for those with a discerning palate for French wines.
Address: ZA Marcel Doret, 62100 Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 97 21 22
Open: Daily 9am-7.30pm
If you love Oddbins and its range of global wines, you will adore this one in Calais.
Address: Parc la Francais, Ave Charles de Gaulle, Coquelles, Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 19 00 19
Open: Daily 9am-8pm
Eastenders was made famous by Dave West way back in the early ’90s and it is still churning out those bargains.
Address:14 rue Gustave Courbet, ZA Marcel Doret, 62100 Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 34 54 33
Open: Daily 24/7
Wine & Beer World
Wine & Beer World is actually a Majestic store in disguise. Inside are plenty of wines from around the world.
Address: Rue de Judee, ZA Marcel Doret, 62100 Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 97 63 00
Open: Daily 8am to 8pm
Tesco Vins Plus
Tesco have created a mirror image of their drinks section and then added some and placed it in Calais.
Address: Cité de l’Europe122 boulevard Kent, Coquelles, Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 46 02 70
Open: Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 10pm
Inter caves is a small French wine shop with a huge range of bag-in-the-box wines that are ideal for parties.
Address: 26 Rue Mollien, Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 96 63 82
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Closed Monday and August
Bar A Vins
Bar A Vins is a quaint French wine outlet owned by a quintessially French wine merchant.
Address: 52 Place D’Armes, Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 96 96 31
Open: Monday to Saturday 9.00 am to 7pm, Sunday 9.30pm to 3.00pm. Closed Wednesday
Pidou Wine & Beer
Address: 190 rue Marcel Dassault, Zone Marcel Doret, Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 96 78 10
Le Terroir sells French wines and speciality food.
Address: 29 rue des Fontinettes, Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 36 34 66
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am-12.30pm and 2.30pm to 7.30pm. Sunday 9.30am to 1.00pm
Boozers Wine and Beer Warehouse
Address:Route Nationale de St Omer, Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 34 34 34
Open: Daily, 9.00am-9.00pm
Cheers Wine and Beer Warehouse
Address:199 rue Marcel Doret, Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 34 51 51
Open: Daily, 9.00am-9.00pm