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MY SECRET PARIS: ROBERT JOHNSTON

02.10.11

Continuing with our Paris Fashion Week features, Robert Johnston, Associate Editor at GQ shares his favourites haunts with us...

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Name: Robert Johnston

Occupation: Associate Editor, GQ

Where in London are you based: Mayfair

What neighbourhood to you live in: Waterloo

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FAVOURITE PLACES TO DINE OUT FOR DINNER IN PARIS: The French aren’t great at doing successful modern restaurants so it has to be a classic brasserie, such as Vaudeville by La Bourse. My favourite lunch is at Chez Georges on the rue Mail.

FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A DRINK: la Palette on the rue de Seine in the Sixth arrondissement. It has been here for years but still manages to retain its cool vibe.

 

BEST BRUNCH SPOT: Angelina on the rue de Rivoli for the world’s best (and richest) hot chocolate — a heart attack in a cup.

 

BEST CAFÉ: You can’t beat Café de Flore on the Boulevard St Germain.

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CURRENT HOT SPOT: For shopping head to Merci on the Boulevard Beaumarchais, which has everything from clothes to furniture.

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ON A RAINY DAY WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO SOAK UP SOME CULTURE IN THE CITY: The Musée de Nissim de Camondo by the Parc Monceau is barely known but the collection of 18th centuey art, furniture and porcelain is astonishing — and watching the rain drip of the trees I the park outside is wonderfully melancholi.

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FIRST STOP FOR ANY VISITOR IN THE CITY: The Palais-Royal. The perfect Parisian square with wonderful fountains, modern sculpture and cool shops and cafes.