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
Apr 5, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
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Ratings and reviews

529 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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Anna S
November 18, 2023
I was really happy with this app in 2018-ish, where I could get a city and download it completely offline. Now there is an abo, which is ok, it's similar in price. It's probably a different target group, I usually travel to one destination only and not 20 cities at once... offline maps aren't available anymore, and that's a great loss for me ':(
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Spotted by Locals
November 20, 2023
Hi Anna, sorry to hear! We conducted a survey among our users and concluded that offline maps were no longer necessary while roaming or using bundles data abroad. Users preferred more storage on their devices.
Mark B
November 14, 2023
Pack this before your toothpaste! This is the best travel app ever! Seriously, I'd pay 10 times as much for it. It's way better than having your own tour guide and far less intrusive. I have discovered countless gems in multiple cities. If I was forced to find something that could be improved, it would be more coverage please. Having said that, existing coverage is amazing. Please please keep up the fantastic work.
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November 14, 2023

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