There’s a cool dude in town. His name? Guillaume Salmon.Â He has been living and breathing Colette for 12 years now, where he operates as PR in chief, non-stop juggling with hype events, funky projects and edgy brands. But when it comes to eating, drinking and pampering, he allows himself some time out of the rue Saint HonorÃ©.
Colette, 213 rue Saint HonorÃ© 75001 Paris
I have to say itâ€™s like an annex of my apartment, itâ€™s literally down my place. I go there in the morning to get coffee before work and then to get drinks after work, before going back home. It is an airlock between work and home, a necessary stop in my daily routine, and sometimes, when Iâ€™m too lazy to cook, I just get some food there to take away. Also, everytime I have some friends home and I feel like my lounge is too narrow to welcome them all, we just go there.
2 Rue FaidherbeÂ Â 75011 Paris
01 43 71 69 50
Twenty One Sound Bar
This place is only for both hip hop/ dancehall and rhum lovers, so you could say it is a â€œnicheâ€ bar. It is quite hidden and confidential, I like to go there early in the evening when it is not too crowded, itâ€™s like an airlock between work and the rest of the day. I took my girlfriend there for our very first date and we go back ever since for our anniversary.
20 Rue Forge RoyaleÂ Â 75011 Paris
01 43 70 78 01
In the neighborhood
I’m very attached to my neighborhood, I guess it’s typical of my Zodiac sign, I’m a Cancer, we stick to our rock. The good thing is there are a lot of great joints in my area.
Waly-Fay is an afro- west indian restaurant and they probably make the best braised chicken of Paris, or even France. Itâ€™s a very cosy place, I like the very New-York-in-the-90â€™s feeling there.
6 Rue Godefroy CavaignacÂ Â 75011 Paris
01 40 24 17 79
40/60 is a retro looking Italian place where you can get pizza by the slice, and theyâ€™re like, incredible. Fresh products, crusty pie, on-demand pizzas, once you tried, itâ€™s hard not to go again and again.
44, rue Trousseau
09 53 57 58 18
Retro Bottega, another Italian place, is a delicatessen where you can also seat and eat delicious foccacias. Pietro, the boss, is from Apulia in Italy, and thatâ€™s where he sources his products. His selection, which includes spices, hams, cheeses and wines is amazing.
12, rue Saint-Bernard 75011 Paris
01 74 64 17 39
And finally, a recently opened place, restaurant Septime. It has a â€œnew bistrotâ€ vibe to it that I enjoy a lot, the staff is great, very welcoming, and they have this concept, the â€œcarte blancheâ€, where you just tell the chef what you DONâ€™T like, and according to this, he creates a customized 6-course menu.
80, rue de Charonne
01 43 67 38 29
What makes a modern man
Le Parc des Princes
I go there to yell my heart out to support the best football team in the world, the PSG. Even though it changed because of the new law that limits supporters actions, the electric atmosphere and galvanization is incredible in the stadium. I have to admit though the food is terrible there.
24 Rue du Commandant Guilbaud
01 45 27 05 70
Alain Maitre Barbier
Alain has been there for 30 or 40 years. I go there every 2 or 3 weeks to trim my beard and cut my hair sometimes. Itâ€™s a very small, intimate, timeless place, with old plates and razors on the walls. Itâ€™s always a quiet moment there, I get time to relax and enjoy a lot this ritual. And by going there, I did realize that hair should be taken seriously, I even bought myself a beard brush to keep it good looking!
8 Rue St ClaudeÂ Â 75003 Paris
01 42 77 55 80
Battling Club ParisItâ€™s my boxing club, I go 3 or 4 times a week. Boxing has recently become a passion, itâ€™s so healthy, both physically and psychologically, it makes me feel good. And the people there are very nice, much more civilized than in other boxing clubs, itâ€™s not all about punching people, there are rules to obey and I like this discipline.
13 rue de la Grange aux BellesÂ 75010 Paris
01 42 01 24 12
Text & Photos: Alexandra Remise