Meeting Spotters in Riga, Vilnius & Thessaloniki



In the last 2 weeks, I made a 5 day day trip to Riga and Vilnius. Co-founder Sanne joined me in Thessaloniki for 3 more days of meeting Spotters and checking out spots!


Riga Spotters meeting

Riga Spotters meeting

A few hours after arriving in Riga I met the Spotters (and Cologne Spotter Gol, who was in town too) at one of my favorite bars of all time – Chomsky.

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Kanepe’s Culture Center Riga

Apart from our Riga pioneer Spotters Martins & Anete, we have a totally new team. To be honest, I think it’s the best team we ever had! As all 6 Spotters have very different backgrounds and interests, the Riga city guide is packed with very diverse tips. I walked around like a madman around Riga with my Android guide, to see as many of them as possible.

A few of my “highlights”:

  • Kalnciema Kvartals – an open air festival in a quarter of beautiful renovated wooden houses
  • Kanepe’s Culture Center – where young culturally interested spend their summer evenings
  • Lokal House – Uber cool concept store for long boarders (I started longboarding last year – so I was allowed to come in :)
  • Survival K(n)it 7 – The yearly International Contemporary Art festival was organized in a very cool space this year: the atmpospheric former national library.
  • Buteljons – Glass recycled into beautiful objects
  • Rama – Authentic, tasty and cheap Ayurvedic Indian food

It was my 3rd time in Riga, but there’s always a lot of new things to see in this dynamic and trend loving city. We’ll be back!


Some of the group in Vilnius

Some of the group in Vilnius

Spotters from 6 cities came together for the 2015 Vilnius Marathon! Read more here


Last year we launched the Thessaloniki city guide, after a flood of city loving locals who applied to become a Spotter. It was great to finally visit this unique lively city with an amazing history…

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We met the Spotters in several different locations. It was great to hear them talk about their love for the city they wanted to put on the Spotted by Locals map!

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A few of the many spots we visited:

  • Vlasti – a very anonymous looking bakery you would definitely walk by if you didn’t have the Spotted by Locals app… Amazing feta & spinach pies!
  • Efimerida – THE place to drink your freddo espresso if you’re a student. We walked by 3 times, but couldn’t find a place to sit!
  • Manitaropoleion – Quirky mushroom lovers place
  • To Pikap – A coffee shop with great design housing a vinyl shop!
  • To Palio Hamam – A beautiful rooftop bar next to an Ottoman era hamam

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Thessaloniki is becoming increasingly popular, but still not visited by many foreign tourists. Go now, enjoy the fabulous nightlife, food and people of Thessaloniki!

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