Spotted by Locals Travel Guide

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About this app

Meet Spotted by Locals - the travel app that helps you experience cities like a local and discover hidden gems. With insider tips from our handpicked locals and a commitment to sustainable travel, our app is your guide to exploring cities off the beaten path. Say goodbye to tourist traps and hello to authentic experiences - download Spotted by Locals now!


- Discover 82 cities like a local
- Save your favourites
- Up-to-date articles
- Easy navigation
- Get to know our Spotters and their recommendations

Overtourism is a growing problem in many cities worldwide, causing negative impacts on local communities and the environment. At Spotted by Locals, we are committed to reducing these impacts and encouraging sustainable travel. By providing travellers with insider knowledge and encouraging them to explore lesser-known areas, we can help distribute tourism more evenly and support local businesses and communities. How do we do that?

- Responsible: writers (Spotters) are locals who live in the city, speak the local language and love their city. Spotters are not allowed to write about obvious tourist spots and international franchises. This increases the chance that the travel budget ends up with the local entrepreneur.

- Personal: Spotters are presented with their real names, social media channels, pictures, and motivation.

So why stick to the usual tourist itineraries when you can experience a city like a local? With our app, you'll have access to local curated recommendations, helping you avoid crowded tourist spots and discover hidden gems that make each city unique. Whether you're looking for the best local restaurants, hidden parks, or off-the-beaten-path museums, Spotted by Locals has you covered.

So why wait? Download Spotted by Locals now and start exploring the world like a local! Experience the authentic side of each city and discover hidden gems that will make your trip unforgettable.

Do you have any feedback regarding Spotted by Locals? Please let us know at Are you missing a city on our list? Email us at
Updated on
Feb 22, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

516 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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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:
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

What's new

In this version, we’ve made it easier to restore purchases. Additionally, we’ve adjusted the sorting of cities to make it more user-friendly. And last but not least, we’ve optimised our maps and navigation to make exploring even more seamless. Download the latest version now to experience these improvements for yourself!