Name: Nathalie Fraser
Occupation: Editor of MIXT(E) magazine [http://www.mixtemagazine.fr/]
Where in Paris are you based: 11th arrondissement
WHAT DO YOU DO ON YOUR DAYS OFF:
If it’s sunny, hanging out on a cafÃ© terrace catching up on gossip, or shopping at vide-greniers (a cross between a car boot sale and a flea market).
FAVOURITE PLACES TO DINE OUT FOR DINNER IN PARIS:
Chez Philou near the Canal St Martin (12 ave Richerand, 10th). Rino near Bastille (46 rue Trousseau, 11th). Both focus on very fresh seasonal produce, and French cuisine with a contemporary twist.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A DRINK:
Le Pop In (105 rue Amelot, 11th) is run by my friends and is my ultimate hang-out. It’s a very friendly place with live music and club nights in the basement. For special occasions, nothing beats the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz.
BEST BRUNCH SPOT:
L’Express Bar (31 rue St Maur, 11th) — it’s run by Brits so does a mean English breakfast or fish & chips, both of which are very hard to find in Paris ! The burgers are good too.
L’Ã‰tincelle (3 rue St SÃ©bastien, 11th). It’s a typical Parisian cafÃ©, but we go there so often that the owners have become good friends. It’s a great place to sit and watch the world (well, my little corner of the 11th arrondissement) go by with a glass of wine. Mine is a Muscadet — they know my order by heart by now.
CURRENT HOT SPOT:
Everyone’s talking about Silencio Club, the new members’ bar designed by David Lynch. Candelaria (52 rue de Saintonge, 3rd) is good too, a Mexican cantina with a hidden cocktail bar.
ON A RAINY DAY WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO SOAK UP SOME CULTURE IN THE CITY:
Jeu de Paume or Maison EuropÃ©enne de la Photographie — I love photography and both have a really interesting mix of exhibitions. I’m really looking forward to the Diane Arbus exhibition at Jeu de Paume.
Galignani’s for browsing, WH Smith for buying. Both are conveniently near each other on rue de Rivoli.
WHAT IS YOUR PREFERRED PARIS NEIGHBOURHOOD:
Mine — the area around metro Saint SÃ©bastien-Froissard.
MOST INSPIRING PLACE IN PARIS:
The Grand Palais, especially since the glass roof has been renovated. The sense of scale and light is so unique. Attending a fashion show there is always a special treat, but it’s also fascinating to see how else the space is used, especially through the Monumenta series, which gives artists carte blanche in there. I’m really annoyed that I managed to miss Anish Kapoor’s installation earlier this year…
FIRST STOP FOR ANY VISITOR IN THE CITY:
Anywhere were you can spot the Eiffel tower.
NAME A PARK THAT YOU COULD SPEND YOUR WHOLE DAY IN:
Buttes Chaumont — if I’m lucky enough to get a table outside Rosa Bonheur, the bar/cafÃ© there.
WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL PLACES TO SHOP:
The area around the north of rue Vieille du Temple and rue de Bretagne has some great shops (APC, Isabel Marant etc). I go to Bastille market every Sunday to do my food shopping.
WHERE IN PARIS DO YOU FEEL TRULY EPITOMISES THE ‘BUZZ’ OF THE CITY:
Probably the Marais during the weekend.
IF YOU COULD THINK OF ONE SONG AS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFESTYLE IN PARIS WHAT WOULD IT BE:
A difficult choice. I used to work right at the other end of a metro line, so I had ample time to listen to several Ipods worth of music… And I’ve spent a lot of time involved in Paris’ music scene, so there are a number of bands whose songs have a lot of memories attached to them.
There’s a small garden accessible via a passageway from the bottom of rue des Arquebusiers in the 3rd. In spring and summer, it is full of roses — an unlikely corner of nature in the midde of Paris.