Spotted by Locals

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About this app

Summer is here again! ☀️ Experience your next city trip like a local. No algorithms. No fake reviews. Just the absolute favourite spots of real locals in 80+ cities. Each 100% offline city guide costs a few bucks, with free updates forever. It’s like having a good friend abroad telling you where to go!

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

👉 Regular updates: newly spotted local gems
👉 100% offline - no Internet required
👉 List spots nearby & navigate offline
👉 Save your favourite tips
👉 Search all tips for keywords ("brunch"?)
👉 Add your own spots (your hotel?)
👉 See the newest spots our Spotters wrote!

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:

What drives us since 2008?
We believe cultural misunderstandings are the source of most conflicts in the world. We hope to create a little change by encouraging travellers to experience destinations from a local perspective and learn about different cultures.

We are increasingly worried about over-tourism. Since 2018 we have only expanded to cities that need more tourism and where tourist dollars can have a strong positive impact on local entrepreneurs. We strongly encourage you to browse through our list of cities and choose a city you haven't considered yet :).

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.

Please contact us at if you have any feedback at all!
Updated on
Nov 5, 2020

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494 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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Colin Malsingh
July 13, 2022
Really small range of cities/towns It has basically the capital city of *some* countries. The search facility is poor - it really relies on you visually choosing from the list of existing data and failed to match my some of my searches even to some of them. I won't buy this now. I accept it will improve as more data is added and wish you luck. I'd be interested when it contains 5-10 towns per country I rarely just visit the capital cities. Maintaining quality of data at that point may be hard
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