A 100% offline app curated by handpicked Istanbul locals. No algorithms. No fake reviews. Just the absolute favorite spots of Istanbul insiders!
- 100% offline – no internet needed
- Add your own Istanbul spots (like your hotel)
- Show nearby spots and navigate offline
- Bookmark your favorite spots
- New tips added regularly (when online)
In the media
“Steers you toward hidden gems…” – NY Times
“Authentically local, on-the-ground advice…” – The Guardian
“Local tips rarely found in the guidebook.” – The Times
More in the media here
What kind of tips can you expect?
Spotters love promoting quirky and locally owned Istanbul spots and do not accept money or favors in return for writing about a spot. Expect anything but tourist highlights! Check our Istanbul blog to see our locals’ tips and get the app with lots of additional features if you like what you see!
What drives us since 2008?
We want to help make the world a friendlier and more tolerant place by encouraging travelers to experience destinations from a local perspective.
Our locals (“Spotters”) live in Istanbul, speak Turkish, write only about their favorite spots and keep their tips up-to-date. Co-founders Sanne & Bart meet all Spotters in person. Read more about our concept or get in touch!