Kiev, Ukraine
Nastya, 28
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm helping people in my company to collaborate better with agile philosophy. I do it because I love seeing people happier and inspired at work. While not working, I enjoy getting lost in movies, other countries and again, people.

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

Gaslight Anthem, Crystal Castles

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Stranger Things

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

I'm not a specialist in that, but it seems to me that Zigzag or Hendrick's bar could be a suitable spot.

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

I'm sure Batman would enjoy Art Zavod Platform, with awesome cloth from Kurazh market and the tastiest street food.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I don't have a specific place for cloth, but I have the one for shoes - Kachorovska Atelier. They also have a cafe, so that's a big chance that you come for a latte and leave with the new shoes :)

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

There is a chain of pubs in Kiev called Porter, you may find them in any metro station. A long time ago they were cool, but now they are just a time machine transporting you to early 00-s. Don't even wanna think of going there now.

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

Well, that's not really in my city, but I always wanted to visit Chernobyl zone, but never did it. It's an outstanding and may be a very emotional experience.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Kyiv and where did you get it?

I didn't eat that but I saw people eating brains, ewww...this pleasure is available in the "Last Barricade" restaurant. Also, there is a specific home-made sausage from blood, that's another creepy thing you may find among Ukrainian traditional dishes. Still, the place is the best spot to taste Ukrainian traditional food.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Kyiv that you particularly like?

Oh, there are plenty of them and, believe me, you'll be surprised by quality/price ratio. You'll see all the details on my map.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Kyiv? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Hilton Kyiv spa was the most expensive spa I've visited in my city. However, I'm not a benchmark for such an entertainment. All their prices are available on their site.

What restaurant in Kyiv looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Yaroslavna cafe on Yaroslaviv Val. It has that Soviet Union vibes, but you get a cacao and a cinnamon bun and I come back to my school years!

Where can you get the best cocktail in Kyiv? Which one do you like?

Such spots change all the time. Currently it's Black Tot bar - a hidden spot Velyka Zhytomyrksa.

Where would you take your partner in Kyiv if you wanted to really pamper them?

That would be "Gra z vognem" or "Kanapa". Delicious and still pretty much ukrainian.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Must-taste in Ukraine are varenyky (dumplings). They may be salty (pickled with meat/potato...) or sweet (with cherry/apples...). Beware that the salty option usually goes with salo, so it might be greasy enough.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Kyiv?

Well, that would be of course old-style clubs like Avalon or Heaven. Also, I would not recommend Cafe Select in Arena - the service was one of the awfullest I've ever seen in my life, while the place is positioned as supersophisticated.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Kyiv?

Can't come up with anything relevant.

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

All the historical places, like St. Sophia, St. Michael and Podil quarter.

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

I'd definitely throw a big bar hopping party.

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

That's Budapest or London. Budapest is supercheap compared to the rest of Europe and I adore hungarians' way of partying. Plus, Sziget remains one of the most organised festivals I've ever visited. London is fancy, I'd spend all the time there wandering around the museums and having wonderful evening ales, preferrably staying in Shoreditch :)

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