Saint Petersburg, Russia
Alya, 31
Graphic Designer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm graphic designer. When you grow up in St.Petersburg, you can only do art, music or ballet.

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

Rhye, Honne, On-the-go, Her

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Sex and the city

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

What is Tinder?

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Stores of Russian young designers like Soap Squirrel and Usta k Ustam.

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

Boat trips. It always seems too touristic to do that.

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

Mosaic yard. If you don't know where it is, you will never find it. Even though it is located in the very center.

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

Bekitzer - everything on the menu and Dovlatov sour in Tsvetochki bar.

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


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

Pyshki! It's a fried donut. Actually I have no idea why I like it so much. It's full of oil.

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

Nothing can be overrated in St.Ptersburg!

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

Kamenny Island. Peaceful and quite park for long walks and picnic dates.

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

With my family drinking tea with grandma's pie.

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