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

Related Articles

The joy of being a tourist – in a new place, or at home!

Have you ever travelled to a well-known tourist destination city and fell in all the tourist traps? Have you ever...

Urban cycling in Spain – an infographic

Similar to many urban agglomerations around the world, Spanish cities are facing increasing levels of traffic congestion, pollution, overpopulation and related issues of...

Hidden Barcelona – El Born

El Born is a barrio of contrasts. At times it seems very modern, while at other times it feels like...

How to make the best of the bike-sharing boom: a guideline for cities

The bike-share industry is exploding and for good reason. Bicycles are essential to solving a persistent, everyday problem, traffic. My...

2 thoughts on “Spotted by Locals – the app to explore Copenhagen like a local

  1. It sounds like a great app. I believe there is no better guide then locals’ recommendations – especially for restaurants, cafes, interesting things to do, etc. I couldn’t understand – is this app only for Copenhagen or for the world?

    1. Hi Yoanna,
      Yes we agree, it is great to dive into local shops, restaurants and bars. Spotted by Locals has tips and recommendations in more than 65 cities, covering Europe & Middle East and North America too. Have a look on their website or check the list of cities in their iOS or Android app. Good hunting and exploring!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *