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No algorithms. No fake reviews. Just the absolute favorite spots of real locals in 71 cities. Each 100% offline city guide costs a few $/€/£, with free updates for life.

"Steers you toward hidden gems...” - NY Times

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

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

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

We believe intercultural misunderstanding to be the root of most conflicts in the world. We are sad about "Starbucksification" and overtourism. We hope to create a little change by encouraging travellers to experience cities from a local's perspective and learn about their culture.

Our Spotters live in the city they write about, speak the local language, write only about their favorite spots. Spotters love promoting quirky and locally owned spots and keep their tips up-to-date. Co-founders Sanne & Bart meet all Spotters in person.

Want to join our awesome community? Check our website!

We don't like apps with ads & publishers who sell or misuse your personal data. You are 100% anonymous to us. All our tips are available for free online. We charge a few $/€/£ (the App Store has different prices in each country) for a 100% offline experience and many extra features. You'll be helping us on our mission and to expand to more cities.

Thanks for your support over the last 10 years and please contact co-founder Bart at bart@spottedbylocals.com if you’re not happy!

Amsterdam, Antwerp, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Ghent, Glasgow, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kiev, Krakow, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Podgorica, Prishtina, Porto, Prague, Riga, Rome, Rotterdam, Saint Petersburg, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tbilisi, 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

What’s New

Version 6.5

You probably won't notice the difference, but we resolved a few very minor bugs and upgraded design a little bit! The app is now even more stable and fast.

If you enjoy our volunteer locals' tips, they'd really love it if you can leave a review. If you have any feedback, please contact co-founder Bart directly via bart@spottedbylocals.com

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings

Great app!

This app is very helpful. I also like the fact that it’s locals who are recommending the places instead of companies with self-serving interests. The result is finding places that might not be a guidebook, but are still worth checking out.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much, we are thrilled with your review :)

Loganberry7737 ,

Needs routing map

I like almost everything so far with my new experience of this app. It would be cold to click on the spots and make a route of all spots you want to visit. And possibly that would open a journal to write about each spot as you visit. Then you could save it for your own reference and others

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for your review! Excellent idea - technically challenging but definitely cool :) We'll put it on the list. All the best and thanks again, Bart - Co-founder Spotted by Locals

FacingTheStreet ,

Really leads you off the tourist trail

I really like these guides. I used one for the first time in Barcelona in 2014 and found all sorts of cool places I would never have discovered on my own.

I recently downloaded their guide to Montreal, not expecting to be as wowed, because I know Montreal fairly well. But it didn’t disappoint! Lots of great leads.

The ability to use it offline, frequent updates (which don’t use up your data—you can wait to do them on wi-fi) and easy-to-use interface are bonuses. Great app.

In-App Purchases

Madrid city guide by locals
City travel guide curated by Madrid locals
Antwerp city guide by locals
City guide curated by real Antwerp locals
Amsterdam city guide by locals
City travel guide curated by Amsterdam locals
Athens city guide by locals
City travel guide curated by Athens locals
Barcelona city guide by locals
City travel guide curated by Barcelona locals
Belgrade city guide by locals
City travel guide curated by Belgrade locals


Spotted by Locals
77.2 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad 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 $5.49
  2. Barcelona city guide by locals $5.49
  3. Montreal city guide by locals $5.49


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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