Eyewitness Copenhagen: Regitse Rosenvinge

Having visited Copenhagen during summer, I started wondering what do locals do with their life in Copenhagen? I asked blogger Regitse Rosenvinge from the blog Byrosenvinge, and she was happy to share her experiences with us.

THE TOURISTIN: Three words that characterize Copenhagen?

Regitse Rosenvinge: Open, creative, social.

THE TOURISTIN: How do you get around Copenhagen?

Regitse Rosenvinge: Usually by foot or train and bus.

THE TOURISTIN: What is the best kept secret about Copenhagen?

Regitse Rosenvinge: I don’t know how much of a secret it is, but there’s an entrepreneur spirit growing in all parts of the city. It has been developing for years, but I believe we really see “the benefits” of it at the moment. You see motivated people working from their laptops in Cafés and office communities in all parts of the city, which is very inspiring. Furthermore, several initiatives on supporting entrepreneurs have been launched as well during the last couple of years; an important step.

THE TOURISTIN: What is your favourite borough/suburb/area in Copenhagen and why?

Regitse Rosenvinge: Every part of the city has its charm, but I’m particularly fond of the city centre around Kongens Nytorv, Nyhavn and the historical Hotel d’Angleterre. It’s very Scandinavian and international at the same time, and there’s always a certain buzz. Plus, some of my favourite restaurants are located here.

THE TOURISTIN: The best place for a hot chocolate or coffee in Copenhagen?

Regitse Rosenvinge: For hot chocolate I’d recommend Hotel Chocolat or Mormors (“Grandma’s”). Last-mentioned serves a wide selection of Danish pastry and mouth-watering cakes as well! For coffee I prefer Kaffeplantagen, they also serve an excellent breakfast.

THE TOURISTIN: What is the one restaurant we must eat at while we are in Copenhagen? 

Regitse Rosenvinge: Over the past years Copenhagen has become the foodie capital number 1! There are plenty of nice restaurants to choose from, but my personal favourites include Marchal (1 Michelin star), Manfred’s & Vin (wine bar) and SøllerødKro (1 Michelin star). The last one is located half an hour north of Copenhagen, but it’s so worth the drive!

THE TOURISTIN: Where would we meet you on weekends?

Regitse Rosenvinge: It depends. Some weekends are spent with my family in the countryside and some weekends are reserved for dinner and drinks in the city. You would most probably find me at a restaurant close to Kongens Nytorv or having drinks with friends in one of the cozy cocktail bars.

THE TOURISTIN: Do you have a favourite museum/gallery we all have to visit when in Copenhagen?

Regitse Rosenvinge: The National Art Gallery is always worth a visit, but you should also pass by the National Museum and Glyptotek, which always have interesting exhibitions on history and culture.

THE TOURISTIN: What are some of your favourite places to shop for A) groceries and B) clothes?

Regitse Rosenvinge: I prefer to buy clothes when I’m abroad; nevertheless, Copenhagen is full of nice shops! I usually go to Magasin if I need something specific, but the main shopping street, Strøget, also offers an interesting mix of both high fashion and high street brands.

For groceries I’d advise visitors to pop by Torvehallerne, which is two buildings filled with delicacies from all over the world. It’s a bit expensive, but you get that ‘French food market feel’, and who doesn’t love that?

THE TOURISTIN: What souvenir shall we bring back from Copenhagen?

Regitse Rosenvinge: Memories for life! And maybe some Danish pastry….

THE TOURISTIN: Thanks so very much Regitse. I wish you all the very best.

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