Spotted by Locals

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About this app

No algorithms, no fake reviews, and away from the touristic traps. Just the absolute favourite spots from real locals in over 80 cities which gives you an authentic city experience. No internet? No problem! Each map is 100% offline; a city guide costs only a few dollars and is updated forever for free. It's like having a bunch of good local friends abroad advising you where to go!

Spotted by Locals in a nutshell:

✔︎ Travel tips and hidden gems from hand-picked and vetted local writers
✔︎ Offline maps and navigation
✔︎ No sponsored content or
✔︎ advertising, NO ADS
✔︎ Lifelong updates
✔︎ Well organised categories

⭐️ "Steers you toward hidden gems” - NY Times
⭐️ "Authentically local, on-the-ground advice” - The Guardian
⭐️ "Local tips rarely found in the guidebook" - The Times

Up-to-date tips by real locals!
We take "local" and "up to date" very seriously. Our Spotters live in the city they write about, speak the local language and write only about their favourite spots. Spotters love promoting quirky and locally owned spots and keep their tips up to date.

Our community of Spotters (all volunteers) is amazing - there are many real-life meetings. Want to join our awesome community? Link:

Available for 82 cities in Europe, Middle East & North America:
Amsterdam, Antwerp, Athens, Barcelona, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin, Bern, Boston, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Chicago, Chisinau, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Ghent, Glasgow, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kyiv (Kiev), Krakow, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Malmö, Manchester, Mexico City, Milan, Minsk, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, Philadelphia, Podgorica, Porto, Prague, Prishtina, Riga, Rijeka, Rome, Rotterdam, Saint Petersburg, San Francisco, Sarajevo, Seattle, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tampere, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, The Hague, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Toronto, Turin, Vancouver, Venice, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw, Washington DC, Yerevan, Zagreb & Zurich.

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Updated on
Nov 5, 2020

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500 reviews
A Google user
January 16, 2019
About a year ago I discovered Spotted by Locals before going on a trip to Portugal. My wife and I love to rent apartments rather than hotel rooms so we can get a feel for life like a local. However, trying to read a bunch of reviews for every business that shows up in a Google "near me" search is not really appealing to me. I immediately fell in love with the LOCAL CURATION that Spotted By Locals provides. The next best feature is that all of the data can be downloaded to your phone so you don't have to use mobile data when you're traveling. I even prefer to use the maps in the SBL app over Google maps. We've used it in Lisbon, Porto, Montreal, Boston, even Chicago. I love SBL's commitment to combatting overtourism in areas bombarded by it, while also promoting less-known areas in need of exposure. If SBL has the city I'm headed to, I'll download it without hesitation. It's an excellent resource for travelers eager to get an authentic sense for the place they're visiting.
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A Google user
October 13, 2018
Love love love Spotted By Locals! Last year I met up with a friend in Budapest and Vienna for a last-minute trip (no research or planning was done). He showed me this app and it totally made the trip for us!! The restaurants, coffee shops, and bars it recommended were the highlight of the trip. So much so that I went back to those places again the next time I was in Budapest and they were just as great - affordable, relaxing, fun, and not at all touristy. In particular, the offline map was gold! Neither of us had data or wifi so it was great to have the map to guide us to the places we wanted to go. And even more awesome was that all the places are shown on the map and you can mark your favourites with a heart so you can plan to visit several things in a certain neighborhood and know exactly where to go. I'm headed to Prague next and already downloaded the guide and marked the places I want to go to - can't wait!!!
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Spotted by Locals
October 14, 2018
Thank you so much for your review Grace! You made our Budapest & Vienna locals' weekend :) Have a great time in Prague
Mandy James
June 19, 2022
Great app easy to use some lovely suggestions to help make your trip extra special. Only downside is it can get very expensive having to pay £3.49 for each place. I would happily pay a little more to have access to all places in the app rather than paying for each one individually, or a lower price subscription each month for full acces. Hopefully, there will also be more places added soon as outside of Europe the places available are quite limited.
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Spotted by Locals
August 17, 2022
Hi Mandy, Thanks so much for your kind words! A subscription model is on our roadmap. We can invite you to our beta test group. If you're interested, let us know at:

What's new

We updated our software to make checking for crashes easier. Fortunately, a crash very rarely happens!