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Skip the tourist traps and experience 68 cities like a local. Every 100% offline city guide costs US$3.99 and includes new tips regularly "for life".

• 100% offline - no internet needed
• Add your own spots (like your hotel)
• Save your favorites
• Show nearby spots and navigate offline
• New tips added regularly (when online)

We believe cross-cultural misunderstandings are the cause of most of the conflicts in the world. We want to help make a change by encouraging travelers to see cities from a local’s perspective and learn about our culture.

Our locals ("Spotters") live in the city they write about, speak the local language, write only about their favorite spots and keep their tips up-to-date. Spotters love promoting quirky and locally owned spots and do not accept money or favors in return for writing about a spot. Co-founders Sanne & Bart meet all Spotters in person.

Want to join our awesome community? Check our website!

"Authentically local, on-the-ground advice...” - The Guardian

"A useful series of locally written travel guides...” - NY Times

"Local tips rarely found in the guidebook." - The Times

"To put it simply: awesome." - Gadling

"Top 25 travel apps in the world" - Sunday Times

Amsterdam, Antwerp, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Ghent, Glasgow, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kiev (Kyiv), Krakow (Cracow), Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Porto, Prague, Riga, Rome, Rotterdam, Saint Petersburg, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Turin, Venice, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw, Yerevan, Zagreb & Zurich

Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington DC

Not satisfied? Please email co-founder Bart at bart@spottedbylocals.com.

What's New

Version 6.0

This is an all new Spotted by Locals app, with an all new design and a faster experience!

And some new features you've been requesting!
• Add your own spots (like your hotel) to the map
• See which tips were recently newly added by our locals
• Search any keyword (for example "brunch")

If liked our locals' tips & our new app experience, you could really help us out a lot by reviewing & rating our app! If you have any ideas or feedback, please contact co-founder Bart at bart@spottedbylocals.com

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5

41 Ratings

41 Ratings

GOOD but the review service was weird


The app is awesome and helped me find a lot of cool stuff around Munich, however it then tried to get me to write a review. Every time I opened the app to use it, it redirected me to the App Store to write a review, making the app itself useless. I could not even look at the map before it redirected me.

Not a typical city guide


I really love this guide.
But I guess it wants to be used slightly differently than regular city guides.
This app has a handpicked selection of locations that are recommended by locals. It will never recommend as many restaurants or sights as e.g. TripAdvisor.

I usually wander around a city and then I’m looking what Spotted by locals recommends in the surroundings.
It made me discover many small gems in cities such as Athens, Amsterdam and Prague.
The recommended places are almost always authentic and either not (that) known to tourists or else also loved and frequented by locals.

Battery Drained in 3 hours


Phone battery drained in a matter of 3 hours upon downloading this app, from 100% to 10%.
I turned off location settings per another review.
Not helpful when touring a foreign city to have your phone die.
I removed the app immediately. Unless the creators can prevent battery life diminishing in 3 hours I won't be able to use this app while on holiday.

In-App Purchases

Madrid city guide by locals


Antwerp city guide by locals


Amsterdam city guide by locals


Athens city guide by locals


Barcelona city guide by locals


Belgrade city guide by locals



Spotted by Locals
73.8 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© 2008-2018 Spotted by Locals
In-App Purchases
  1. Paris city guide by locals $3.99
  2. Barcelona city guide by locals $3.99
  3. New York city guide by locals $3.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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