The travel guide by Istanbul locals

Everybody knows their way to the Hagia Sophia dna the Blue Mosque, but where do Istanbul locals go? Check our online travel guide & download our app for hidden local gems. No algorithms, no fake reviews, and away from the touristic traps. Try Spotted by Locals! It's like having a bunch of good local friends abroad advising you where to go!

Istanbul Spotters

Our handpicked locals live & love in Istanbul and speak the local language.

  • Cemre Sandal photo

    Cemre

    I am passionate about traveling. I have been to many countries but not counting the numbers. I run...
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  • Zekeriya S. Sen photo

    Zekeriya

    I am devoted to culture. Istanbul is “The City” (sehr-i yegane), peerless and unprecedented.
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  • Yücel Babadağ photo

    Yücel

    I'm an engineer. I've been living in Istanbul since I was born, and I must say: I'm addicted...
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  • Seyda Vardar photo

    Seyda

    It is so much fun living in this vivid place, despite ts traffic jams and 17 million people...
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  • Arzu Damli photo

    Arzu

    I am an exploration addict & marketing professional. Istanbul, they call it chaos; we call it home.
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  • Vildan Ay photo

    Vildan

    Storyteller & collector of good memories. Istanbul's like itself: I adore this blend of pain & joy.
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  • Emre Kamar photo

    Emre

    Born in İzmir, studied computer science in Ankara. Now occupied with pharmaceuticals, corporate s...
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No tourist traps

  • HANDPICKED LOCALS who speak the local language
  • ONLY LOCAL FAVORITES No tourist highlights
  • ALWAYS UP-TO-DATE We check all tips regularly
  • FREE NEW TIPS REGULARLY New tips free "for life"

Beats our website

  • 100% OFFLINE MAPS & TIPS No internet (data or wifi) needed
  • FIND SPOTS NEARBY and navigate there online
  • SAVE FAVORITES and show them on the map
  • ADD YOUR OWN SPOTS Your hotel? A must-see highlight?

What to do in Istanbul

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Art & culture

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Bars

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Cinema

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Coffee & tea

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Music

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Relaxing

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Restaurants

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Shopping

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Snacks

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