The Brasserie Lipp is used for an important scene in my book Resolution; it’s also a Paris institution.
The endearing eaterie can be found on Boulevard Saint-Germain in the middle of the city’s Rive Gauche district and was once a favourite of Ernest Hemingway, Marc Chagall and Albert Camus.
Hemingway in particular used to write here and his apparent preference for the Herring Bismarck prompted me to use this delicacy in my book when two of the central characters eat here. I made sure I tried it when visiting, purely for research purposes you understand.
The cafe was opened in 1880 and is still going, Inside it is beautiful – art nouveau mirrors on the walls and elaborate wall paintings around them. In 1965, the restaurant achieved a degree of unwelcome notoriety when a Moroccan politician was abducted from outside the cafe. The Ben Barka affair became a political scandal which changed the relationship between the two countries.