When I went up to Paris for my style talk last week (which incidentally went very well except for the fact that I forgot the cardinal rule of hanging out with French women – never overdress – and consequently looked like a Christmas tree compared with the rest of them) I had lunch with my shopping guru and new friend Ghada.
The first time I met Ghada (in St Tropez, where else?) she recognised the designer of my hat at 20 paces. This is the kind of thing that bonds women for life.
Anyway, I suggested we have lunch and she sent me the following, truly incredible, list of choices which shows that there is no such thing as a casual lunch, at least not in Paris.
Can you guess where we ended up?
Café Charlot in the Nouveau Marais
o Mood: low key café in an going up neighbourhood
o Bistro food: Salads, grilled fish & meat
o Shopping : Johnny Farah, Les Bouclards, Surface to air, Tsumori Chisato, Shine…
o Who : people in the neighbourhood
Café de Flore in Saint-Germain des près
o Mood: a bit Intellectual, a bit snob, a bit low key and place to be seen
o French café food : salads, eggs
o Shopping: Calypso, Sonia, Louboutin, Mona, Irié wash, Atika, Le bon Marché…
o Who: Sonia Rykiel, Le Monde people, Prada team
Hotel Costes in Saint-Honoré
o Mood: if the weather is nice, the terrace is the place to see and be seen
o Costes food: Club Sandwich, grilled fish, pasta, vegetables
o Shopping around: Goyard, Renaud Pellegrino, Miu-Miu, Jérôme Gruet…
o Who : Actors, Comedians, Singers, Models
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2008