Spotted by Locals 2.0

Truly local tips in 70+ cities

5.0/5
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Spotted by Locals 2.0 is an app full of city guides curated by handpicked locals in 70+ cities who write about their favorite spots. Version 2.0 is a completely rebuilt app for iOS & Android.

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Program Director at Rockstart

On recent trips to Athens, Copenhagen and Krakow I downloaded the city guides. Found some great places through the app quickly. Their network of spotters is really impressive.

Pros:

Authentic, unique and up-to-date tips for most large cities

Cons:

Does not cover the whole world yet

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Co-founder Spotted by Locals
Thanks a lot for your kind review Rutger! The rest of the world... we're on it 😃
Checking around what's hot & geeky!

It has changed the way I travel and enjoy new urban destinations.

Pros:

Genuine tips by real locals, great offline functionality

Cons:

Limited to larger cities

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Co-founder @spottedbylocals
Thank you so much for your kind review! We'd love to expand to any great (not just large) city in the world. It takes a bit of time though - as we meet all our bloggers in person... Which cities would you like to see in our "portfolio" in the future?

The killer-feature is that everything is renewed all the time. So if a spot closes (it happens a lot in my part of the world), tip becomes hidden. I hate coming to highly-recommended-but-already-out-of-business spots.

Pros:

Spots I'd never discover myself in many cities. I even download cities I know well to find out things I haven't noticed

Cons:

These are people-curated tips so every tip is based on the personal opinion of a spotter (and it may be different from mine)

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Co-founder Spotted by Locals
So nice to hear @forgetenot! I absolutely agree with your "con" - you do have to find Spotters that have the same interests as you do. We have some ideas to make this "matching" less painful in the future!

Spotted By locals changed the way we travel ! Our trips to Lisboa , Warsaw and Stockholm became much more beautiful by using SBL app ! Really looking for our next trip to discover the hidden gems of the cities, especially to cities like Yerevan or Tbilisi !

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Marilena

Cons:

Travel Agent

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Co-founder @spottedbylocals
Thanks a lot Marilena!
Metadata Expert @ Eummena

It could be nice to have the option of selecting some spots on the map and then creating a printable PDF that you can print and have with you with all the spots and information so that you don't have to have your phone in your hand as you walk around, visiting the spots.

Pros:

Most, if not all, of the spots I visited in Prague, Budapest and Lisbon, were really really one-of-a-kind spots.

Cons:

Nothing major. Works just fine and I was able to use it without internet as well.

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Co-founder Spotted by Locals
Thanks a lot Nikos for your kind review and nice idea... We used to publish PDF city guides actually! But since 2016 we're trying to do everything 100% digital - we don't have a printer and want fewer people to use paper. That was one of the reasons we shut it down...

If one is interested to see where the locals are hanging out and to check the cities more than tourist books are suggesting - then this is a must have app.

Pros:

up-to-date, unique tips to dicover cities from a not touristic perspective

Cons:

dont know of any

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WEB Engineer, Radthoc

This is a great alternative for travelers, because it includes real places locals like instead of the ones that pay more to the guide.

Pros:

Authentic valuable info provided by actual people living in the place

Cons:

You have to find a spotter with whom you have taste and interests affinity

Co-founder Spotted by Locals
Thanks a lot @radt_dujarric for your thoughtful comment. It's a very good point you're making - as a user you do have to find Spotters that have the same interests as you do. We have some ideas to make this "matching" less painful in the future!
Logistics Coordinator

I found this app when planning a trip to Istanbul. Really worth the download cost!

I loved it so much that I downloaded the guide for my own city, discovering lots of cool spots.

I knew some more good spots, so I told Bart and Sanne. They suggested I could become a Spotter. I did a nice Skype "interview" with them and they picked me!

Bart and Sanne are great and met the majority of the spotters in person, as they travel when they have the opportunity, meeting everyone. I met them too!

The Spotter by Locals community is also great, helping each other when traveling. Every year spotters are invited to meet for a weekend, looking forward to go myself!

You won't regret getting the app, if you don't like it, which I doubt, you can always ask for your money back.

Happy Spotting!

Pros:

Map and Spots available without Internet. "Secret" tourist-free spots hand-picked by local people. No typical tourist spots. Great Value!

Cons:

Small con: Only one picture available per spot.

Think I already recommended it to about 30 friends when asking on social media where should I go.. says enough.

Pros:

Great overview in so many cities of the best tips. Love the authenticy!

Cons:

Sometimes miss a city, but they are expanding quickly.

Co-founder @spottedbylocals
Thanks a lot Michiel! Which city would you like to see next?
Your Porter App, Founder

I found SpottedbyLocals in their early stages several years ago. I met with their founders and became a witness of their expansion and improvements. Wherever I travel, I make sure I download that city if it is available.

I almost stopped visiting places, which are not listed on SpottedbyLocals.

The latest version of the app has great improvements in design and stability. Their content is the king anyways.

Pros:

Completely changed the way I travel. Offline maps is a good plus.

Cons:

Although it is very rare, I have ended up at closed spots. After my feedback, they were removed quickly.

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Co-founder @spottedbylocals
Thank you very much Erinc! So nice to have you following our journey - and vice versa - over the years! Let's meet again in Istanbul - about time we come back...
Social Media Expert and Blogger

Since I have discovered this app I used it for Viena, Belgrade, Thessaloniki, Skopje and Budapest - and it was a great experience. You have the chance to find truly hidden city gems that only local can tell you. I like the fact that it works offline perfectly well! SBL has became for me a must have app for travelling.

Pros:

It works offline!

Cons:

I would love to see more cities and not only capitals.

I really like the way reviews Are regularly updated.

Pros:

A different point of view to visit a new city. I discovered a lot of new places even in my own country! Offline maps are fab!

Cons:

Nothing so far.

Use it a lot during my travels through Europe and the app never disappoints

Pros:

Great way to get to know a city the way a local knows it. Handy offline map of the city!

Cons:

Cannot think of any

I really enjoy using the Spotted by Locals app, I always download it in advance to make sure I have an offline map of the city. From the very first day in a new city I can feel save because I always know where to find delicious food, the best panoramic views or any interesting sights.

Pros:

- Unique places recommended by locals.

- Exclusive tips and interesting articles.

- Offline maps (!) I really love it.

- No annoying ads.

Cons:

I am waiting for more cities.

I use Spotted by Locals app when researching which cities to visit next, and when I'm in the actual city. The offline map is very easy to use and saves me from using data. :)

Pros:

Many city guides to choose from!

Cons:

No cons

Love it love it love it! I can never travel without and miss it when I go to cities for which there's no Spotted by Locals. it's easy to find the main sights or famous restaurants and bars, but to really know a city you need to go where locals go. And if you have no local friends how do you do? You download your SbL guide and off you go, to find those rare spots to feel a citizen of that city. What I love as well is that the authors explain you why they love the place, what's special about it, it makes you see the place in a different way. How could we travel without it??

Pros:

offline maps, local tips, exactly what any traveler needs

Cons:

not too many restaurants (mainly snacks) in many cities

Founder & Product @ Pie - pie.co

Have been a user for years, good to see that the team is still going at it improving the experience!

Pros:

Great insider guides

Cons:

Would like to see some more higher-tier locations too

Ideal for travelers who prefer a local twist and hate queuing up in touristic places. Give it a shot :)

Pros:

Offline maps, user friendly, practical

Cons:

Could use a bit more advanced graphics

when I found out about Spotted by Locals, I became a little bit obsessed by the amazing feel of what they were trying to do. I've always tried to find the sites, sounds and smells of a city that the locals hang out in and this hit the mark with helping with that.

You can always find a city guide that is similar to your style and they seem to make visiting a city that much more enjoyable.

The app price is great and it beats all the usual waffling you get in a city guide.

Clear, concise and an amazing and different way to explore a city.

Pros:

Offline maps, great selection of sites to visit, a different perspective on cities.

Cons:

More pictures of "spots" would be cool. More cities are also needed/

see above

Pros:

offline maps, spots reviewed regularly

Cons:

can't think of any