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What do you do and why do you do it?
I work at Wunderman CPH in a dynamic multicultural environment coordinating creative productions. Having found out that I will never be the artist myself I found the way to have a finger in the game anyway. On the side I volunteer in a sustainable organic vegetable distribution network, KBHFF.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I've had a couple of rainy day shifts working as a face-painting artist in the Zoo with basically not a single human passing by, I can't even describe the inescapable loneliness of that...
Were you born and raised in Copenhagen? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Copenhagen?
I grew up in Russia and moved to Copenhagen when I was still a teen. Me and my girlfriends were always on a hunt for a new coffee spot, that we could claim as ours and later it evolved to paying dutiful visits to all the new clubs and receptions. The only thing that has changed is that the amount of exciting venues opening all the time is way beyond our capacity, so we delegate the search duties between us.
What’s your current hood in Copenhagen and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I recently moved to a cozy backyard in the very center of Copenhagen. I love that I can get around walking to all my favorite restaurants, parks and museums. The worst thing about living here is the cobblestone disaster and all of my ruined heels that come with it. Also, on the weekend you can definitely sense where everyone have been partying the whole night.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
My playlists are mainly infused with hip-hop and r'n'b, and dominated by Future, the Weekend, Drake, Banks and Rihanna. For me it's the best music to dance to and I do love dancing. Actually, I have only a few conversations on the nights out if the music is just right. Techno and the likes of monotonous music don't cut it for me, I simply get bored when I only can step side-to-side the whole night.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Too Insistent - Tretemøller remix by The Dø, Trentemøller; Clouds by Rangleklods; Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler - the more intense the better
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
I'm into classic 90's shows such as Friends and SITC, I replay them religiously around December accompanied by desserts every night. They are both hilarious and pretty insightful, well at least SITC is. It still makes me question the basics the way Carrie always does.
Name some spots in Copenhagen that are good for a Tinder date.
I'm very much into 'let's-go-for-a-walk' type of date. In that case you need to double-check the weather on several apps and find the perfect starting point, which would be a great coffee bar. I think the 4 adjoining lakes are pretty casual for the first walk, and Emmery's by the lakes make delicious organic coffee and pastries. If the chemistry is sizzling, you can turn towards Torvehallerne and choose among a great variety of tasty lunch options!
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Donald Trump, this guy has really no idea about our climate system
Who’s your hero and where in Copenhagen would you take them out for a serious hang?
I would take Beyoncé dancing at Condesa. They also have great food and Margarita pitchers, so we would be all right.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I shop in high street stores, but sometimes I get those certain cravings like a Kimono, a cheerleader bomber or the perfect vintage Levi's. Then I start a very goal-oriented hunt in vintage stores around the Latin Quarter, like København K, Wasteland and Episode.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Strøget - the main shopping street. The only way to see it is through scandi design Hay store's windows on the 2nd floor
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Going to Tivoli, also on Fridays when they have outdoor concerts every week during summer. I love how they thoroughly decorate the park for every holiday and create the festive spirit. But since I have been a chicken about trying the attractions I find it hard to convince myself and my friends to go.
Where do you go in Copenhagen for a casual night out?
I always try to pick a new place when I go out, there are so many new great spots popping up everywhere in Copenhagen. Specialty beers and good food, that's what I find as the best way to go out - it can be a couple of beers or turn into something more, the earlier you start the more fun it usually gets.
Where would you go in Copenhagen to celebrate some freaking good news?
If the good news come with a raise I'll go to 108, which is the newest addition from the brains behind Noma. They experiment a lot with fermentation and seasonal greens within the New Nordic movement. Another option is the coziest spot on one of the coziest streets in Nørrebro, Manfreds - I would take the chef's selection menu and if possible get a seat next to the kitchen, their food pairings are super original and watching them being prepared can be quite an inspiration for your homemade cuisine.
What’s your choice of transportation in Copenhagen and why?
Definitely a bike, everything great in Copenhagen can be reached within 15 minutes if you are on a bike. Electronic public bikes are everywhere in Cph, and are definitely worth renting, although they are a bit weird to ride. The best option is definitely to rent a normal bike, for example at Basikeli which is close to the Central Train Station.
What are the Copenhagen spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Glyptoteket - a big architectural masterpiece of a statue museum, where colourful halls with stucco lofts and the indoor palm garden make up a serious aesthetic boost.
What are the Copenhagen spots tourists should run from screaming?
I would aways propose a detour away from Strøget, the main shopping and pedestrian street, it's mainly full with the same high-street shops you see in every big city and it's always super busy. However, all the side streets around it are amazing and full of great small shopping gems. Also, The Little Mermaid is kind of a dissapointment by the size of it and "is that it?"-feeling you get when you reach it. You should rather enjoy the beautiful walk by the water on the way to see the statue, take a stroll in the Kastellet park, which is a part of an old fortress, and stop for a lunch or brunch with a seaview at Café Toldboden.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Copenhagen. How do you spend it?
I'll meet my friends for a big breakfast at Møller - Kaffe og Køkken and talk for several cups of coffee.. I'll maybe shed a tear on a canal tour through Copenhagen. Later we'll either buy some tapas in Torvehallerne and find a spot at Sønder Boulevard or eat at a community dinner in Absalon, cool young church-turned-community house.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Budapest is amazing, I could wander its old streets, gazing into windows of cool restaurants and bars for days. The rest of the time I would spend on a thermal bath-crawl, they are not only amazingly relaxing but also beautiful, try to check Gellért bath in their hotel!