In our exciting new Travel Diaries series, Elite Traveler will speak with designers, style icons and gurus in their respective fields on their must-have travel items when trotting the globe.
Lutz Huelle, Creative Director of Delpozo
German-born Lutz Huelle studied fashion at London’s Central Saint Martins. He currently lives in Paris where he has worked for Maison Margiela and where he launched his eponymous label. The designer, who still works on his own label, recently was appointed creative director of Madrid-based Delpozo in December 2018. He delivers the unexpected to each of his designs and revives each piece with lively flair. In our Travel Diaries, Huelle brings us to his current hometown of Paris, mapping out the must-visit restaurants, bars, galleries and shops to stop by next time you’re in the City of Light.
“This is small and intimate and for me one of the best Italian restaurants in Paris. Simone’s dishes are both simple and sophisticated, the true taste of Italy, and he’s one of the loveliest people you could ever meet.” racinesparis.com
“This place used to be a cheap shop selling souvenirs, its now one of the most interesting places to eat. Korean food with an international slant, and often dishes I had never tasted before. I also love the atmosphere, easy and unpretentious with a canteen feel, more Berlin than Paris.” +33 626 411 066
Au Vieux Comptoir
“This is the one we go to for good French food, its brasserie style with a personal touch. Run by husband and wife team, Anne and Cyril, going here feels like having dinner at home, even if you’ve never been before.” au-vieux-comptour.com
“The Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis is right between my gym and home , and in recent years it has gone from being a simple neighborhood street to becoming a a popular street for barhopping addressee dining . There are a few great restaurants in between shops and food stores, and especially these three bars are packed nightly with a great mix of different people.”
His favorites? Jeannette, Mauricette and Le Napoléon.
Art Galleries & Museums
Huelle loves Marian Goodman Gallery. “This is right next to our office and a great place to stop by between lunch and work,” he says. Also near his office is The Centre Pompidou. “Also conveniently set around the corner from my office , the Centre Pompidou is not only a great Museum but also a wonderful place to go shopping for Books, have a coffee in the downstairs bar, or simply enjoy the amazing view over Paris from the top floor.”
Marian Goodman also has galleries in New York City and London with rotating contemporary art exhibitions year-round. Another one of his favorites is Chantal Crousel, which he says is “simply one of my favorite galleries in Paris.”
Other favorites of his include: Le Musée Picasso, “a beautiful, intimate museum with an incredible selection of artwork by Picasso,” and Musée de la Vie Romantique, “this is exactly what it says, a beautiful little museum that is incredibly romantic.”
Cafés and Shops
When Huelle wants to escape, you can find him at a few places, the first being Les Editions OFR, an international book and magazine shop, or Les Mots à la Bouche, which he says “is the best LGBT book store in Paris with a helpful and charming staff.”
When it comes to gourmet cuisine, La Récolte is his go-to. “Everything is organic and sourced from farmers that are the least far from Paris, like seasonal fruit and veggies, only what’s really available and hasn’t been flown in. Needless to say, everything is delicious.” For cheese, it must be Saisons where he tastes each and every selection.
Coffee lovers, look no further than Terre de Café: “I’m a coffee fied and this place has a great selection of qualities. They also serve one of the best espressos in Paris.”