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Get to know NYC & Brooklyn with our highly-rated food, fashion and art tours!

There is no better way to know a neighborhood and savor its unique charm than by walking in the shoes of its residents.

Our mission is to provide sustainable, memorable experiences in NYC and Brooklyn by connecting locals and tourists to authentic tour guides and local businesses.

We showcase NYC and Brooklyn neighborhoods through food, fashion, art, and history and bring you immersive experiences that will leave you with great memories and a deep understanding of the area.2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence badge

Founded in 2014, Like A Local Tours has worked with celebrities as well as companies from American Express and Heineken to Conde Nast Publications.

Like A Local brings you immersive experiences for tourists and locals alike. We showcase NYC and Brooklyn neighborhoods through food, fashion and art. Every guide is a working actor, so each experience is packed with personality, incredible stories and cultural anecdotes. We are available for large groups, corporate outings and private events but no tour is too small.

GIVING BACK: Like A Local Tours is proud to donate $2 for every ticket sold to a highly rated charity!

Did you know that the first baseball game was played in Madison Square Park, at the turn of the twentieth century there were 50 breweries in Brooklyn, or that one facility in the middle of Manhattan makes tons of cheese per week? Frequently listed at one of the Top 10 Tour Companies in NYC, our experiences are designed for locals and tourists alike!

Lauren Beebe with friend


About the Founder, Lauren Beebe

Originally from Wisconsin, Lauren grew up in Minnesota, Texas and Pennsylvania. She holds a B.S. in Marketing and International Business from Penn State and moved to NYC after she graduated. Lauren has worked in the tourism and hospitality industry for over 10 years. Prior to founding Like A Local, she was Head of Marketing for a private equity firm that opened a luxury hotel in Buenos Aires and a winery, resort and real estate development in Mendoza.

Passionate about sustainability and social impact, Lauren recently completed a certificate in Sustainable Tourism from George Washington University, a certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School and is currently enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Program at the Center for Social Impact Studies.

Like A Local, LLC is licensed and insured. Like A Local is a registered trademark.

Our Team & Guides

All of our guides are licensed, local and experienced. Plus, they are all working actors so every tour comes packed with personality!


Justin is an award winning writer, actor and filmmaker who loves NYC! He loves guiding people around the city he loves, and seeing their faces when learning about it’s history. The best part about being a tour guide, according to him, is bringing the city alive for people and exposing them to facts and truths they didn’t know, whether you’re an out of towner or lived here you’re whole life. However, Justin’s favorite part about being a tour guide is, less face it, the food. NYC is a melting pot of seemingly every culture on earth so naturally you can get authentic anything of everything in NYC and Justin loves giving people the chance to try some of the best food not only NYC has to offer, but the world. No matter the group size, Justin aims to make every tour a personal experience you won’t soon forget!


A working Fashion and Textile Designer, Amalya launched her own sustainable womenswear line in 2017. Based in Brooklyn, her work is now selling in like minded boutiques internationally. Ever inspired by the city around her, and its local style Amalya has been working as a licensed Fashion Tour Guide and Personal Shopper for the past four years. “I gain so much inspiration from meeting curious shoppers from all over the world! Each person’s unique style really sheds new light on the city I already know and love so well. It’s amazing being able to introduce people to their new favorite designers and shops!” While specializing in specific to NYC boutiques of both independent designers and vintage gems, Amalya tailors her tours to your taste-you will definitely end the day with your new favorite piece!


Originally from Southern Indiana, Jennifer has been a New Yorker for almost 10 years. Jennifer has been a licensed tour guide for over 4 years. She is a professional singer, actor and dancer. She moved to NYC for Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn and loves showing off her knowledge of hidden gems throughout NYC. In her spare time, when not auditioning or giving tours and meeting amazing people, she runs the paths in the parks or takes a picnic (and good music) to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery and people watching.


Juan is originally from El Salvador, at the age of nine he moved to Los Angeles, and at nineteen he moved to New York City. As an immigrant, Juan has a very unique perspective, amplified by his artistic passions. His passions include dancing, acting, and the city itself. When he is not working or studying, you can find him going to auditions or pursuing other artistic endeavors.


Megan is an actor/comedian who is a passionate story teller with an affinity for obscure history and food. When she’s not tour guiding, you can catch her performing sketch and improv comedy at such venues as Carolines on Broadway and the UCB Theater.


Josh is a working actor – both theater and film. His passion for the history of New York City and for its people is infectious. When not acting or tour guiding, he loves to travel.


Hey, I’m Walter: A Brooklyn born (Wyckoff Heights Hospital!), lifelong New Yorker. As I always say at the top of my tours “I’m a native New Yorker, so you’re in good hands!” When I’m not doing tour guide work, I am also an actor and director, doing film and theater all over the city.