When we asked renowned artist, architect, fashion photographer, and stylist Sergei Sviatchenko to tell us about his favorite places in Copenhagen, we knew we weren't going to get a run-of-the-mill list—but we didn't expect to receive eight original collages. We've been fans of Sergei's inventive, powerful, and often humorous collage work ever since the German book publisher Gestalten brought it to our attention with the expansive, two-volume book Everything Goes Right & Left if You Want It, which came out in late 2012.
Though Sergei, who lives and works between Viborg and Copenhagen in Denmark, was formally trained as an architect (he was admitted to the Kharov School of Architecture when he was just 16), he's made a career for himself as a visual artist with painting, installation, video, photography, collage, and, more recently, his experimental fashion magazine, Close Up and Private, a venture that has prompted collaborations with design houses like Costume National. No matter what the project is, Sergei applies what he calls "collage thinking" to everything he does, even city guides. Here, Sergei's eight favorite places to visit in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is small enough to be bike-able and walkable. Bike shops, like Sogreni, are common.
Ever since Japanese baker Shansuke Tataki became the first to bring traditional Danish breads and pastries to Japan in the early sixties, he dreamed of opening up a shop in Copenhagen. His son and daughter followed in his footsteps with Andersen Bakery. The size of their pastries is tiny, but the quality is grand.
For the best coffee in Copenhagen, go to the Coffee Collective, a micro-roaster with award-winning baristas. They take their product seriously, but the space is still very welcoming.
Storm Design Art Fashion is a concept store—part retail, part discovery space for new design, art, and fashion.
Copenhagen has one of the most beautiful round buildings: Tietgenkollegiet, now a student residence.
Torvehallerne is a market of luxury food; everything there is worth a try, and the bread at Fougaz is the perfect complement to any meal.
Copenhagen even has a porridge restaurant called Grød (Danish for porridge).
The Royal Life Guards are an infantry regiment of the Danish Army founded in 1658 by King Frederik III. You see them (as well as bicycle paths) everywhere.
—See Sergei's first report on What Men Are Wearing in Copenhagen and the best brands to follow.