Copenhagen, Denmark
Anna, 28
Publishing Executive at Be On
see her Copenhagen city guide

a bit about Anna

What do you do and why do you do it?

I plan and execute PR campaigns, and it makes me most happy when we are able to shed light on an important issue and help to start up a discussion on interesting topics.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I think my worst job experiences involve me not being up to par with my tasks - I think I'm helping, and the result might sometimes be unfortunate, such as dents in walls after helping to move a sofa or eggshell pieces in charity pastries...

Were you born and raised in Copenhagen? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Copenhagen?

I'm born and raised Finland for nearly all of my life, and a proud Helsinkian. I originally came here to finish my master's, but stayed for the great weather.

What’s your current hood in Copenhagen and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in Nørrebro and love it so much - it's a diverse area with an interesting past. Nørrebro is multiethnic and polycultural, and the area has the city's coziest bars and restaurants.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

Hate is a strong word, but maybe I can't 'understand' a lot of the new music played at clubs today... I'm pathetically happy with syrupy RnB tunes from the early 2000's.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Always Cher - pick any tune. If the original Pop Goddess can't lift you up, nothing will.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

I love Arrested Development, Chewing Gum and Rick and Morty - I think connecting them is absurd humor that is so great.

Name some spots in Copenhagen that are good for a Tinder date.

A restaurant called Blød Hat has a romantic corner that looks like it's made for cozying up with a date, and there's live jazz almost every day.

Who’s your hero and where in Copenhagen would you take them out for a serious hang?

I adore the writer and actress Michaela Coel, and would love to take her on tour to see the major cultural attractions such as the royal theater and opera house, with a few bottles of wine, and in my dreams we'd be cracking up until sunrise.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Mads Nørdgaard is my favorite Danish brand to wear, and to give a shout-out to my home, I love to dress in the ultimate fashion brand to come from Finland, Marimekko.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I rarely roll over the bridge into Amager, but that's probably mostly because of laziness. There's a sauna I've been meaning to check out!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I love the ocean and of course boating - unfortunately I just don't own one! The ultimate dream would be to live in one of those cool houseboats. In the meantime, renting a boat from Islands Brygge is a great consolation.

Where do you go in Copenhagen for a casual night out?

There's a great bodega in Nørrebro my friends and I like to go to called Scala - it's small and the beer is cheap, aka perfect for a small get-gathering.

Where would you go in Copenhagen to celebrate some freaking good news?

If the good news is off the roof, there is one place to go to right away - the luxury hotel D'angleterre has a champagne bar to pop a bottle for big-time celebrations.

What’s your choice of transportation in Copenhagen and why?

A bike, always: Copenhagener's ways to equip themselves for a bike ride regardless of the weather is amazing.

What are the Copenhagen spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Torvehallerne, Glyptoteket, the canal and the pretty streets all around the town.

What are the Copenhagen spots tourists should run from screaming?

This might be an unpopular opinion, but I'd say Nyhavn: you'll end up with a bunch of other tourists, and many of the restaurants are simply rip-offs.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Copenhagen. How do you spend it?

The city is compact, so I think the best way to take it all in would be just to stroll or bike around and take it all in: a coffee here, a glass of wine (or three) there...

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Almost any major city in Southeast Asia: I'm rooted there, and it feels familiar in the best way possible.