Post by Royal Intern, Danielle Frasier
Do you ever feel that being in a new place is sometimes difficult to navigate? Or are you a person who loves adventuring but just never knows where to start? Even though I have lived in the bay area for 4 years, I still struggle with knowing what is going on in my area.
There are three things I absolutely love: food, meeting other people, and going to cool events in San Francisco. If only there was an app where I could find places to eat near me, meet cool people, and learn about interesting events in my area. (Hmmm did I just come up with a new app idea?) Well, while we wait for this all-inclusive app, here are 6 apps to help navigate your city better.
Urbanspoon is the best app for finding popular restaurants in your area. You can search restaurants by the type of food, price, and which ones are open for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can also browse the “hottest” restaurants in your area, choose from Urbanspoon’s top picks, or heed advice from a local connoisseur. Urbanspoon makes it easy for you to book a reservation at any restaurant.
Seamless: Some nights I am not in the mood to go out to eat, but would rather order take-out. However, ordering food over the phone is pretty annoying when I can never hear or understand the person on the other end. Seamless is an app that lets you order food from a variety of local restaurants with just a few clicks on your iPhone. You can browse a variety of restaurants based on their price and rating, and they will deliver it right to your door. There are over 12,000 restaurants with viewable menus that you can choose from. What could be better than this?
“Tinder is how people meet. It’s like real life but better.” Tinder is a matchmaking app that finds people in your area based on your number of mutual friends and common interests. Tinder is great for people who want to have a good time and find hidden connections with people in their city. Tinder was recently publicized for being used for athletes to meet other athletes in the Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia.
How About We is for those explorers out there looking for someone to adventure their city with. You first post a date idea starting with the words “How about we…,” and then will receive date suggestions based on your information. Once you’ve found a match, you can meet up for the date offline. If you aren’t looking to meet someone new, but want to do fun activities with your significant other, subscribe to How About We for Couples. Here you can find discounted prices for cool date ideas to do in your area!
Bandsintown is for music junkies and people who love live music. Bandsintown provides recommendations for local concerts and live music by gathering information from your iTunes playlists. This app notifies you when your favorite artists are playing in your city. You can track your favorites and discover new, similar bands to see live in your area. Without Bandsintown, I wouldn’t have known that my favorite band, The Kooks, are coming to San Francisco on March 9th!
Eventbrite is awesome for finding events and live experiences in your area. You can browse events by category and find events based on your passions and interests. You can purchase tickets to events from the app and RSVP to let others know you will be attending that event. If you are organizing a big event, Eventbrite lets you plan, set-up ticket sales, and promote events across multiple social networking platforms.
For a little added measure, I’ve also included the photo app, Project365 to use to compile your memories from the above experiences. Upload a picture per day, that you feel represents your day. You can add a description to the picture to make it more meaningful, and you can share them with your friends. It’s awesome to look back on each day and relive your favorite moments.
What did you think? Do you have another app that helps people navigate their city better? Let us know which one @DigitalRoyalty.