Spotted by Locals travel guide 12+

Discover cities like a local‪!‬

Spotted B.V.

    • 3.8 • 103 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Experience the essence of each city this spring and summer with Spotted by Locals - the ultimate travel app that guides you away from the tourist crowds and into the heart of local life. As cities bloom and buzz with energy, our app is your ticket to sustainable and authentic urban adventures. Download our app today and start exploring with insights from our trusted locals!

Why choose Spotted by Locals?

- Discover over 80 vibrant cities during the lively spring and summer seasons
- Bookmark your newfound favourite spots
- Enjoy freshly updated articles with the latest local tips
- Navigate effortlessly through our user-friendly app
- Meet our Spotters: real locals sharing their personal picks and stories

As overtourism becomes more of a concern, especially during the peak travel seasons of spring and summer, Spotted by Locals is committed to promoting sustainable tourism. We - help spread tourism more evenly, benefiting local businesses and reducing environmental impact. Here’s how we make a difference:

> Ethical: Our Spotters are locals who cherish their city. They highlight under-the-radar places and avoid mainstream tourist sites and global chains, ensuring your visits support local entrepreneurs.

> Personal: Get to know our Spotters with their real names, social media links, personal photos, and unique stories.

Step off the beaten path and experience a city’s true character through the eyes of those who know it best whether discovering a cosy café, a tranquil city park, or a hidden art gallery, Spotted by Locals equips you with the best local insights!

Download Spotted by Locals now and make this season's travel unforgettable. Explore responsibly and uncover the hidden gems that give each city its unique charm.

Do you have any feedback or know if a city is missing from our list? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us at

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What’s New

Version 7.0.22516

- Enhanced Speed: Experience faster navigation and improved responsiveness across the app.
- Updated Spots: Discover the latest updates to your favourite local spots.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

Call Me Ted ,

South Seattle Doesn’t Exist

Imagine my disappointment, $3.99 for an App that reviews less than half of Seattle. If it’s South of I-90, there’s virtually no reviews. Undoubtedly the Northern half is the easy pickings for reviewers, but what about the rest of the city? There’s all sorts of great & quirky places around Seatac, Georgetown and Black Diamond, to name a few. Nearby small towns like Enumclaw-a mini Telluride- go completely ignored.
It’s lazy reporting, and it’s dishonest to charge for an App that is only focused on one small part of the city. There’s a lot more to Seattle than what’s in Spotted By.

Developer Response ,

Dear Ted, you're absolutely right and we're sorry about this. Our locals write about their favorite spots, and probably most of them are located in the North. 2 new Spotters in Seattle just started - we will make sure they will cover South Seattle too. Georgetown could use more tips for sure! Our Spotters only write about the *city of Seattle*, so Seatac, Black Diamond and the other towns and cities you mentioned that are not in Seattle will never be included.

Thanks for your comment. Bart - Co-founder Spottted by Locals

craigmische ,

Money well spent!

For less than the cost of one beer (if you know a fun spot with good beer for less than $3.99, let me know...or buy a city in this app and you will find one) you are guaranteed to find at least one good tip in a city you are going to spend time in. Like most everyone, I enjoy travel and feel that part of the enjoyment of travel is the planning and anticipation. I am always on the lookout for articles about cities I will be visiting. So far I have purchased 5 cities (NYC, DC, Paris, Florence, & Stockholm) and at a minimum have found at least one Spotted recommendation in each of the cities that I wasn't aware of and made my visit better. It is like having an in the know, cool, virtual friend in your pocket. Updates for each city are pushed out frequently. So frequently that it is my only suggestion. I wish the option to update was more in the background instead of having an alert right away after opening the app. But, it is a minor thing. The takeaway, $3.99 per city is money well spent and it will pay dividends when you travel. Plus, it is fun to use prior to your trip, dreaming and planning.

Developer Response ,

Dear Craig, what a super nice review. It is really very helpful for us to get a good review of our app and motivating to read this to continue what we love doing. It makes our day :)

The handsome olive ,

Perfect way to explore a city

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.


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