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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 6.0.1

Fixed a rare crash for users on a very slow connection

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5

46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Perfect way to explore a city

The handsome olive

I first heard about SpottedbyLocals when I was studying abroad in Paris in 2009. I usually like to collect recommendations from friends before visiting a new city but in this day and age with social media, people end up seeing certain places on Instagram and Facebook and then just go where they see their friends go. This works sometimes but the problem is that you end up being directed to the same place that all the other people are going to which in effect ends up being touristy. If you’re like me and want to explore a city as someone who lives there would, then this is the app for you. The app itself is nothing special. Basic map with some highlighted spots but the content and curation is what is so key. We went to at least 10 of the recommended places in Mexico City and they were all spot on. You can’t get fair assessments of where to go on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor anymore because their ranking systems have become biased towards the places that pay them. SpottedByLocals is a neutral assessment of amazing places in cities by the people who are proudest to live in them.

Wish I could give this app 6 stars


Honest advice about cool & funky places from an app without bugs. Who wouldn’t like this??

Love it SO much! Finds places for me that TripAdvisor has never even heard of. Amazing coffee in Helsinki, Authentic & delicious tapas in Barcelona, practically curated vintage clothes in London. We even bought Los Angeles to find the newest places to try in our own hometown.

One of my favorite apps ever, travel or otherwise.

Most useful travel app!


Having used a few guidebooks and turning up at recommended sights to find out they were closed a few years ago, this app turned out to be a lifesaver! Up-to-date with spots where the locals go, this is by far the best way to explore, no not explore, to get to know a city and go off the beaten path.


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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
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