The Guardian: "Authentically local, on-the-ground tips...”
Mashable: "...where locals are actually going"
Look nowhere else! All the local tips you need to know to plan your trip are in the Spotted by Locals app. The perfect offline guide is easier to use and enjoy. Oh! And the offline maps are so helpful!
Get the best local tips with the finest places in ONE app! Eat, meet and wander around with this great app!
It says it's free but it's not. To do anything within the app you have to pay. Go try to cheat someone else
The idea behind the project is just amazing. If you want to see more than obvious while traveling it is a must-have! The app is a game-changer! It works perfectly off-line. The map is accurate and allows you to check attractions in walking distance at any time . It is worth every penny you spend on it. It is much more convenient then desktop version as you don't have to make research before your trip. You just go with the flow ;)
During my last city trip I found some interesting spots that I could not find anywhere else (at least as a suggestion). So I was happy to have the locals 'opinion' in my pocket (and I highly appreciate to have it available offline!). I'm even thinking about buying the guides from my home town to see what I miss here. And I even think that I may start to write reviews for spotted by locals myself. Also the developers are very kind and fast in replying. I first bought the app for a particular city when I was informed that this one is the app that should be used. When I asked for a refund I got a personal mail within a few hours and everything worked without any hassle when buying the desired city in this app.
I really love this app. I use it every time I visit a new city that has its spots recommended by locals. Its cool that it also works offline so even data roaming is not an issue. as places are updated on a regular basis it doesnt happen too often that info is not valid anymore. give it a try, it can really change your experience of a city!
It was annoying to have to select the one city I'd downloaded (Madrid) every time I started the app. It also looks like an iPhone port rather than a native Android app. The "nearby" recommendations search was useful. Otherwise you have to look through categories, which makes it hard to use for advance planning. A bit more general information about the city and neighbourhoods would be useful. Most of the recommended places we tried were good though.
This app is just OK. I feel like the idea is good, but lacks functionality like reviews from other people. I found a couple spots using this app, and they were pretty sub par, and I would have rated them low on apps like yelp. This is an important functionality because without it you never know where you are going and what you are going to find aside from the point of view of one person. Also, an improvement could be in filters such as "breakfast" or "seafood" within restaurants, or whether or not they are "open now".
I've purchased a number of the spotted by locals city apps and this one is the worst so far. Some of the places are located in the wrong place on their map. Some of the recommendations are simply not that good.
the whole app content is available for free on their website. I get the idea of offline browsing but more than three Euro per city...meh.
Takes forever to open .... load your big data on a CDN for God's sake
Not a bad app, but honestly it was not very good for me as a first time visitor of Lisbon. It was very difficult to have an orientation about the places without having some of the main touristic objects marked on the offline map. Two of the bars that we sussed to reach at Bairo Alto advertised at the app were absolutely impossible to enter without reservation, which was not mentioned....I had a problem with my gps sistem AND the suport from the programist was immediate and very helpful,so i vote higher!
Very useful app for those wishing to see more than just the obvious touristic places to visit. Written by locals for tourist or for locals curious about their own city. * it would be nice to open the app on the city we have currently using - having to click on the city upon opening is a step too many. Otherwise very happy.
Easy to use and completely offline! It always keeps me away from all the touristic traps and I've discovered some awesome places through this apps. It really helps to see each city I'm visiting as a local :)
With the off-line option you don't even need to use data or a local simcard and this App offers all I want to know to get the best out of experiencing the cities. No coverage of ho(s)tels but that's something I'd rather book before arrival anyhow. Love this App
This app is a result of many contributions from worldwide local writters. The tips and recommendations are just priceless when you want to explore a new city in a different way, away from the regular tourist guides. It provides a lot of information and the fact of being an offline app makes it so usefull as you won't need roaming internet to use it (quite expensive sometimes). Really liked and I recommend to everyone that travels abroad.
Very helpful developers. The app is great, it has an offline map and allows you to find things to do in countries where you don't have any internet.
Drivel. And, below are excerpts from two unsolicited emails sent by Bart van Poll of Spotted by Locals, with an unsolicited refund for "...do us a very big favor...": "...you have rated our app with a 1 star review...I have just refunded your purchase. Could you...remove your review?...Your 1 star rating very much dragged down the 4.7 average... " and a few days' later: "...did you get our refund?..."
I use these guides now for at least 5 years, and found many places in for instance Paris and Milan which I wouldn't have found without these guides. Now I own 7 guides, but I'm afraid there will be more;) it works offline, so maps/places can be checked without roaming costs, and you can just check "what's near me?". Contact with developer is also good, very supportive! Just install it and buy a guide (or check their website first): there's a reason why this app gets a 4.7 avg!
I've used this app in several cities and have found a secret bar, great local restaurants and places I'd never find in a guide book.
I use them since many years. Found so may great places through the app. Highly recommend!
I've been a big fan of Spotted By Locals for a few years now, having used the apps for Barcelona, Brussels, Budapest, Bratislava - and a lot of cities that don't begin with B :) We've experienced some amazing places, great food and drink, and all sorts of quirky "off the beaten track" stuff due to the in-depth local knowledge of the Spotters in various localities. The move to rationalise all the cities under one single app looks like a great idea to me - just one central place in your app drawer, rather than scattered through the alphabet. For anyone who likes to explore when they're travelling, this is absolutely one of the best apps available, simple as!
First time using this for Madrid and will be trying again. Love the local suggestions and even the subjective and quirky descriptions from each individual contributor. Would still use this alongside a 'normal' guide though to get both big attractions and local secrets.
I got the guide for my own city first to check the quality of the recommendations and I was pleased to see that some of my own favorite places are included ☺️ Knowing that the spotters know what they're talking about, I downloaded 2 other guides. My problem with this app is that the symbols for metro stations and bus stops are hard to spot (you have to really zoom in). That's not ideal when trying to navigate in a foreign area. The UI is also kinda outdated. The content is worth 5 stars for sure. 4,5⭐
I've got this for Amsterdam, have been to many of the recommended places and with a couple of exceptions they've all been great! Much better hit rate than TripAdvisor.
Lovely and useful concept to avoid the tourist traps and discover vibrant cities from the inside! The app works perfectly offline. Can't travel without it now!
..by locals. Simple,easy to use and navigate. Very useful. Thumbs up :)!
Only bars. + Useful if your looking for place to eat or just hanging out - Do not contains any hidden patios and sightsee.
Mashable brought me here, by the way this is a great app
I love this app
I used these guides separately when travelling all around Europe last year (+ other one-off trips) and I always found useful stuff. Now with all that information in one app, it's got even better! Great for finding things you would otherwise never find, at least without the help of any locals!
This is my go-to app every time I visit a new city. It's easy to use and the information is reliable and up to date. I love the personal articles and having the opportunity to try places that are off the beaten path.
Perfect offline guide for city explorers who love off beaten path experience! It's my must to have app when I'm traveling.
Offline and it works! Increasingly hard to find these days... I'll be sure to be using this app next time I visit a strange new city!
Want to have a lively city trip - plan it carefully :) I used the app and blog to discover truly local places to have a drink, food or enjoy some special view over the city. Spot description gives quite exact and honest description what to expect from the place, so it's easy to make up one's mind. Offline map is very helpful too
When you have the Spotted by Locals downloaded on your phone you don't need anything else for your city trip. follow the spots suggested and you'll live like a local. I never travel without!
Best app to get out of the tourist lines and really into a city. This app allows you to learn what makes a city so great and why the locals want to live there. It is written by locals so the spots are always up to date and are the best places to visit in the city because locals love them.
The app does exactly what it's supposed to, with some extra perks compared to the website - it allows scanning for nearby places and favoriting spots for easier access. It also offers access to everything offline, but includes a button to take you to an online map for transportation planning purposes. Add intuitive usage and neat, colorful, design to top it all off and you've got yourself a great app right here. Also, all the formerly standalone guides are now integrated into this app, which is a major upgrade. Great job!
The updated app is simply amazing. Much intuitive and easier to use and I love the fact that I just add a city when traveling there instead of installing additional app each time. Works great on android 4.3. Great job!