Spotted by Locals – the app to explore Copenhagen like a local

Are​ ​you​ ​local?​ ​Well,​ ​I​ ​live​ ​in​ ​Copenhagen

As​ ​international​ ​students,​ ​expats​ ​and​ ​professionals​ ​we​ ​are​ ​spread​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world,​ ​aiming​ ​to make​ ​our​ ​chosen​ ​city​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​home.​ ​We​ ​often​ ​find​ ​ourselves​ ​strolling​ ​around​ ​town​ ​on​ ​our​ ​own, searching​ ​for​ ​authentic​ ​places​ ​and​ ​experiences,​ ​we​ ​find​ ​our​ ​favourite​ ​local​ ​spots​ ​and​ ​merge​ ​in with​ ​the​ ​locals​ ​and​ ​their​ ​culture.​ ​However,​ ​our​ ​curiosity​ ​and​ ​discoveries​ ​don’t​ ​end​ ​there,​ ​as​ ​well as​ ​we​ ​often​ ​need​ ​to​ ​guide​ ​around​ ​our​ ​(sometimes​ ​too​ ​frequent)​ ​visitors​ ​-​ ​our​ ​folks,​ ​friends​ ​and lovers.

What​ ​makes​ ​us​ ​locals?​ ​Are​ ​we​ ​truly​ ​locals?​ ​Or​ ​do​ ​we​ ​keep​ ​going​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​top​ ​10 recommendations​ ​by​ ​popular​ ​blogs​ ​while​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time​ ​thinking​ ​we​ ​live​ ​the​ ​sophisticated​ ​yet underground​ ​Scandinavian​ ​urban​ ​life?​ ​Where​ ​are​ ​those​ ​hidden​ ​gems​ ​that​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be discovered?

Here’s​ ​the​ ​deal:​ ​now​ ​that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​bike-share​ ​memberships​ ​available​ ​for​ ​Copenhagen​ ​dwellers, you​ ​can​ ​saddle​ ​up,​ ​put​ ​your​ ​phone​ ​in​ ​the​ ​bike’s​ ​phone​ ​holder,​ ​open​ ​the​ ​Spotted​ ​by​ ​Locals​ ​app, and​ ​you’re​ ​all​ ​set​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​more​ ​of​ ​Copenhagen​ ​like​ ​a​ ​true​ ​local,​ ​on​ ​a​ ​bike.

Spotted​ ​by​ ​Locals​​ ​is​ ​an​ ​app​ ​made​ ​by​ ​local​ ​bloggers​ ​with​ ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​clearing​ ​the​ ​smoggy fear​ ​of​ ​bodegas,​ ​providing​ ​unique​ ​snap​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​your​ ​greedy​ ​Instagram​ ​followers,​ ​or listing​ ​cosy​ ​cafes​ ​that​ ​serve​ ​bøfsandwich​ ​with​ ​brown​ ​sauce​ ​-​ ​just​ ​to​ ​name​ ​a​ ​few.

Use the map and nearby functions or browse by category

I​ ​often​ ​grab​ ​my​ ​phone​ ​and​ ​open​ ​Spotted​ ​by​ ​Locals​ ​when​ ​I’m​ ​out​ ​and​ ​about.​ ​For​ ​the​ ​price​ ​of​ ​one good​ ​latte​ ​you​ ​get​ ​a​ ​local​ ​friend​ ​with​ ​recommendations​ ​at​ ​hand​ ​anytime,​ ​anywhere. Based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​area​ ​in​ ​Copenhagen​ ​you’re​ ​heading​​to,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​choose​ ​the​ ​map​ ​view​ ​in​ ​the​ ​app, that​ ​way​ ​you​ ​will​ ​see​ ​all​ ​the​ ​items​ ​in​ ​that​ ​neighbourhood,​ ​otherwise​ ​use​ ​the​ ​‘Nearby’​ ​function.​ ​I, for​ ​one,​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​stick​ ​to​ ​the​ ​neighbourhood​ ​I​ ​live​ ​in.​ ​Not​ ​only​ ​because​ ​I​ ​am​ ​lazy,​ ​but​ ​also because​ ​it’s​ ​the​ ​best​ ​in​ ​my​ ​opinion​ ​-​ ​Vesterbro​ ​for​ ​life!​ ​I​ ​have​ ​become​ ​a​ ​regular​ ​at​ ​Kahyt​ ​og Kaffe​ ​on​ ​weekends​ ​when​ ​the​ ​sun​ ​is​ ​out​ ​and​ ​I​ ​actually​ ​have​ ​the​ ​time​ ​to​ ​treat​ ​myself​ ​to​ ​a​ ​nice coffee,​ ​since​ ​this​ ​cafe​ ​situated​ ​on​ ​a​ ​floating​ ​boat​ ​is​ ​located​ ​just​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​harbour​ ​next​ ​to my​ ​gym.

Image from the twitter page of Kahyt og Kaffe

I​ ​have​ ​also​ ​found​ ​a​ ​good​ ​spot​ ​near​ ​the​ ​office,​ ​perfect​ ​for​ ​an​ ​after​ ​work​ ​stroll​ ​for​ ​treating​ ​my instagram​ ​followers​ ​to​ ​new,​ ​far​ ​from​ ​mainstream​ ​sights.​ ​The​ ​Faculty​ ​of​ ​Humanities​ ​offers​ ​cute, relaxed​ ​surroundings​ ​with​ ​artificial​ ​water​ ​running​ ​between​ ​its​ ​new​ ​built​ ​buildings​ ​so​ ​I​ ​often​ ​chill there.

There​ ​is​ ​a​ ​recommendation​ ​in​ ​the​ ​app​ ​that​ ​made​ ​me​ ​hooked​ ​on​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​getting​ ​on​ ​a​ ​bike and​ ​cycling​ ​a​ ​little​ ​bit​ ​out​ ​to​ ​the​ ​West​ ​from​ ​my​ ​neighbourhood.​ ​The​ ​market​ ​area​ ​at​ ​Grønttorvet looks​ ​like​ ​a​ ​scene​ ​straight​ ​from​ ​Berlin​ ​with​ ​its​ ​abandoned-like​ ​graffiti​ ​walls,​ ​creative​ ​spaces​ ​and events.​ ​Instagram​ ​alert​ ​again!

You​ ​can​ ​also​ ​just​ ​browse​ ​by​ ​category​ ​depending​ ​on​ ​what​ ​you​ ​are​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​at​ ​the​ ​moment. That’s​ ​how​ ​I​ ​have​ ​found​ ​two​ ​new​ ​favourite​ ​vintage​ ​salvage​ ​stores,​ ​HotKoTyr​ ​and​ ​LebenCPH. They​ ​are​ ​located​ ​in​ ​different​ ​parts​ ​of​ ​Copenhagen,​ ​yet​ ​popping​ ​in​ ​on​ ​the​ ​way​ ​from​ ​one​ ​flea market​ ​to​ ​the​ ​other​ ​on​ ​the​ ​weekend​ ​is​ ​absolutely​ ​worth​ ​it.

Image from the LebenCPH Facebook Page

The​ ​best​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​Spotted​ ​by​ ​Locals​ ​is​ ​that​ ​it​ ​actually​ ​features​ ​recommendations​ ​by​ ​locals. That​ ​being​ ​said​ ​I​ ​will​ ​also​ ​submit​ ​my​ ​recommendations​ ​and​ ​wait​ ​for​ ​the​ ​next​ ​free​ ​update​ ​to​ ​see if​ ​they​ ​get​ ​listed​ ​as​ ​cool​ ​local​ ​spots.​ ​When​ ​that​ ​happens,​ ​I​ ​will​ ​definitely​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​a​ ​local!

Download the Spotted by Locals apps for iOS or Android

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