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MY SECRET PARIS: NATHALIE FRASER

03.10.11

Nathalie Fraser, Editor of uber cool French magazine MIXT(E), rounds-up our Fashion Week series of My Secret City. Take note of her hot spots...she's a local!

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Name: Nathalie Fraser

Occupation: Editor of MIXT(E) magazine [http://www.mixtemagazine.fr/]

Where in Paris are you based: 11th arrondissement

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WHAT DO YOU DO ON YOUR DAYS OFF:

If it’s sunny, hanging out on a café 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.

BEST CAFÉ:

L’Étincelle (3 rue St Sébastien, 11th). It’s a typical Parisian café, 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.

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ON A RAINY DAY WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO SOAK UP SOME CULTURE IN THE CITY:

Jeu de Paume or Maison Européenne 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.

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FAVOURITE BOOKSHOP:

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 Sébastien-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.

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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/café 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.

SECRET GEM:

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.