In our new column Meet a local we present interesting individuals from different professional fields living in Belgrade. The idea is to get to know some locals and their favorite neighborhoods and venues in the city.
Please introduce yourself:
Ksenija Djordjevic, architect and the founder of studio KDA (Ksenija Djordjevic Architects)
What have you been up to lately?
Flying around Europe managing my team, clients and building sites.
What do you like about Belgrade?
Belgrade is funky and fun, a city of an unpolished beauty, which gives it a special visual identity. You can discover virtually untouched layers of a dynamic history just wandering around the streets of Belgrade.
Where do you like to go out?
I usually go for dinner with my friends or business partners. Sometimes we end up in one of Belgrade’s clubs such as Pristan, 100 or Culture Centre Grad.
Name 3 of your favorite Belgrade restaurants?
Ebisu on top of Square Nine, Homa and Salon 5 in Zemun.
Where do you go for coffee?
Drinka because it is very close to where I live and work, Bistro Grad, Cvece Zla.
Where do you spend your free time?
Surrounded by nature, whenever I can. I travel on business a few times a week and that is very exciting, but sometimes I am tired of planes, airports, hotels, restaurants, meetings and building sites. Having a long walk through the nature is a meditation for me, as well as my gym or yoga workout every day without fail.
Name your 3 favorite locations in Belgrade and justify your choices
Kosancicev Venac because it has such a romantic vibe, charming atmosphere and a truly great view. I love to walk through that area and watch the sunset over the river.
New Belgrade from SIV ( Palace of Serbia) to Museum of Contemporary Art is another important spot for me. Walking from the old part of Belgrade over Branko’s Bridge, and then ending up in this area is a pure joy. Urban design and architecture, especially The Museum of Contemporary art, a masterpiece created by Ivan Antic and Ivanka Raspopovic, are all evidence of the glorious era of design in former Yugoslavia.
Andricev Venac through Krunska street to the Faculty of Architecture. I used to walk that path every morning (walking to the Faculty of Architecture), evening (going to ballet rehearsals), spring, summer, autumn and winter. I think I know every inch of the area, and I have never got tired of it. My suggestion is to start this walk at the museum of Ivo Andric, pay it a visit, then walk up to Krunska street and visit the museum of Nikola Tesla, then continue through the area with wonderful pre-war villas and finish in front of the beautiful building of the Faculty of Architecture.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.