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 to our readers:

I am Anika Freese, 36 years old and I was born in Berlin where I have been living most time of my life time. Second longest time I have spent in Belgrade, where I have been living for the last four and a half years, working as a lecturer for German at the Filološki fakultet.

Has there been a new project lately?

Lately I am busy with some projects with my students like a theater group and also some exchange projects between Belgrade and Prishtina. What do you like about Belgrade?

What do you like about Belgrade?

It´s the feeling that it gives to me. It has this very urban atmosphere where you can hide in anonymity and at the same time it has a very intimate side that allows you to meet friends at any time without even agreeing on a place.

Drugstore club

Where do you like to go out?

Well, if I go  out, you´ll find me at the Drugstore most of the times.

Name 3 of your favorite restaurants in the city? 

I prefer Mezestoran Dvorište, Od Usta Do Usta and Miamiam

Where do you drink coffee?

Tri restaurant

Tri, Ljubimac , in summer time Jaram na vodi because they have a beautiful space with awesome food.

Where do you spend your leisure time?

Usually at Kulturni Centar Grad because it´s like a second home to me. I like to go to exhibitions and museums – MSUB, the recently reopened Museum for Modern Art is one of my favorites in Belgrade. Kvaka 22 is another important spot for me. Also I like to stroll through the park of friendship nearby,  also through Kalemegdan park and the river bank between Sava and Danube.

Name your 3 favorite locations in Belgrade and justify your choice.

No. 1 is Čumićevo sokaće (Design district) because it´s a hidden gem in the center of the city where you can always find beautiful and unique stuff from clothes, shoes and jewelry to porcelain, art and cosmetics. I love to go  there when I need presents for me or my friends.

No. 2 is Ada Međica because it´s such an enchanting little island.

No.3 is the Genex Tower because it is such an impressive architectural sight and I wish some of the money that’s invested in Belgrade Waterfront would be taken to rebuild the restaurant on top of it. I would love to have a party there!