Florentin Mochet, Co-Founder, Le Troquet French Wine Bar in Budapest

  • 14 Apr 2023 3:01 PM
Florentin Mochet, Co-Founder, Le Troquet French Wine Bar in Budapest
Florentin is a young entrepreneur and happy co-founder of Le Troquet, a French wine importer and a wine bar & concept store located in the city's heart, on the Danube bank. 

As the main French corner in Budapest, Le Troquet offers a 100% French wine list from unknown and surprising small productions to classified grand crus and special cuvées... 

All in a brand new coffee bistrot, wine cellar wine, and tasting bar on the French Institute, at Fő utca 17.

A must-see French wine merchant and bar in Budapest, but also a venue for events, Le Troquet offers French vibe from the first coffee to the last glass of wine.

They organize large audience events during summer in town. (350-400 people) and also some nice events in our places like comedy, tasting, music quiz, conferences, private events, and catering...

Next to this project, he also runs a promising project: Pulp Budapest Open Air, its open-air parties, and outdoor electronic music events that bring sunshine & groovy vibes in town.They invite the best house Dj selectors from Budapest to play in a magnificent bar terrace in the heart of Városliget Park for a groovy open-air and switch Városliget into an open-air club.

Here is the next one, on the 13 of May! https://www.facebook.com/events/245278881202949

1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?

I arrived 4 years ago, I used to project digital manager for a high-range cycling clothing company, and already got in mind the project of Le Troquet, importing French wine in Hungary. Building a great, social and gastronomy project about France outside of the french territory was a good challenge in my opinion. 

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?

Yes, Prague and Istanbul ! 2 wonderful cities for expats, completely different.

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?

The difference in lifestyle between the main city Budapest and the countryside. It's 2 completely different environments and it takes only 10 min to leave from one to another. 

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do? 

The great walk as we call it: Gellért Hill, castle fisherman's bastion, and then coffee on the Terasse of Le Troquet to finish. I also suggest trying Kert Ruin bar, main ones and alternative ones ruin. Szimpla, the most famous is a great example but also A Ground, Mixát or Pótkulcs. Bonus spot for Zsiráf, best beer garden in town. 

5. What is your favorite Hungarian food?

Not the Lángos...maybe the Pogaça, simple and crazy good when it's well made.  

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?

 Some Salami and some French salty butter, a must...

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?

Any other; it's a funny and great job, and I'm happy to wake up every day! 

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?

Metro Boulot dodo, meetings in suit and tie, office Every day and computer 100% time. 

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?

At work, Le Troquet and at Városliget for Pulp Open Air.

12. Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?

Balkan countries, underrated places.

13. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?

Hey, let's have a beer on the terrasse, don't worry, not so late and only one, we all have to work tomorrow....

14. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?

Alizée - Clip "Moi... Lolita"

15. Red wine or white?

Red winter, white summer and Rosé if there is a pool around! 

16. Book or movie?

Movie for the night, book for the day.

17. Morning person or night person?

Night owl...100%! 

19. Buda or Pest side?

Work in Buda, live in Pest! 

20. What would you say is your personal motto? 

Save water, drink wine. 

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