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7 Apps That Will Help You Conquer Any City
From tracking down local hotspots, to transport and translations these seven apps will help you unlock any city.
The city break is a marvellous thing. Leaving the office on a Friday afternoon you can escape for an urban adventure of cocktails, cappuccinos and oodles of culture.
However, mastering your chosen hotspot in a couple of days can at times be challenging. From fine-tuning your list of sightseeing stop-offs, to cherry picking the best restaurants and bars, the sheer options can be overwhelming and sometimes leave you mulling over your next move in a Starbucks. Not ideal.
Cue your smartphone. The most lightweight and up-to-date city guide you’ll ever own. Travel guide apps are a great way to get the scoop on hidden cultural treasures, read local tip-offs and steer you with ease through your new metropolis. Whether your interest is history or food, museums or bars, there are hundreds of apps out there to help you make the most of your weekend getaway.
So here are the seven apps that will cater for your every need when it comes to conquering a new city.
Foursquare is undeniably your ultimate city guide and is a download must. It’s a social media platform that allows you to access over 60 million short reviews from people who know the city best – the locals. Fire up the app and based on your location it will give you the best restaurants, coffee, nightlife and shops near you. Unlike TripAdvisor, FourSquare is predominately written by people who live in the city, so you hear less about the buffet options and more about the pop-up craft beer bar that is trending that month. It’s also pretty smart, tailoring search options to your tastes and previous ratings.
Citymapper makes navigating even the most complicated cities plain sailing. With easy-to-follow directions, this transport app tells you how to get from A to B in over 15 cities, including London, New York, Paris and Berlin. Whether you are travelling by underground, subway, metro, hire bikes, buses, taxis, or even a jetpack (they have a sense of humour), Citymapper calculates the easiest and quickest route for you. It also uses realtime data to give accurate travel times – so you’ll know if your bus is two or twenty minutes away – and will inform you of costs and delays. Suddenly going from the museum to cocktail bar, via that monument, doesn’t seem such a challenge.
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