Where were you born?
Where do you live?
What’s your neighbourhood’s best feature?
The cosiness and the cheerful nature of the people who live there.
If money was no object, where would you live?
I would divide my time between Guadeloupe and New York.
Which Düsseldorf neighbourhood do you like most?
Oberkassel, Düsseldorf’s most beautiful quarter.
Where do you enjoy shopping?
At Apropos, Düsseldorf’s best concept store. On Saturdays, I browse the antiques and vintage-fashion market stalls at Gare du Neuss, a converted freight-railway station. My favourite place to buy food and flowers is the Wochenmarkt at Carlsplatz.
Where do you like to eat, and why?
Roberts Bistro at the Media Harbour, the place to see and be seen; Brasserie Hülsmann in Oberkassel, even though no reservations are taken and it’s always packed; Casa Luigi in the city centre – I order the pasta with truffle sauce.
Do you have a regular local café or pub?
Muggel in Oberkassel, perfect for Sunday brunch.
Any recommendations for local foods to try?
Most of the Japanese people in Germany are based in Düsseldorf, so you have to try the sushi at Nagaya in Klosterstrasse.
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
On a walking tour along the shopping mile, Königsallee or ‘Kö’; the Rhine riverside promenade; the museums K20 and K21 and exhibitions at the NRW-Forum; the Media Harbour; then over the Rhine bridges to get a view of the city skyline. Afterwards, relaxing on the Rhine meadows.
Where do you like to celebrate?
For special occasions, fine dining at Monkey’s West in Graf-Adolf-Platz, where you can also admire contemporary art by Nam June Paik, Thomas Struth or Jörg Immendorf. Berens am Kai is a very hip venue with a great chef, again at the Media Harbour.
Where do you go walking?
Through the North Park, which contains everything a good park should have: fountains, sculptures, beautiful trees, neat flowerbeds, interesting children's play areas, a Japanese Garden.
How do you like to travel around?
Düsseldorf is an international village and everything is within walking distance or easily reachable by bike.
What’s Düsseldorf’s best landmark?
All of Düsseldorf's leading art institutions, which are located in the Old Town: Art Museum, Art Palace, Arts Academy and the North-Rhine Westphalia Art Gallery.
Any advice for visitors?
Don’t miss a boat trip on the Rhine, it’s so romantic. And be aware that when there are trade fairs on in Düsseldorf the hotel prices rise dramatically.
Can you recommend a good hotel?
Breidenbacher Hof on Königsallee, with the most exclusive hotel bar in town.
What can’t you live without?
My Christian Louboutin shoes.