12 Hyperlocal Apps: Yelp Alternatives for Urban Dwellers

12 Hyperlocal Apps: Yelp Alternatives for Urban Dwellers

Jason Rodway
Feb 8, 2012

Where would you like to go? A good question, especially when you're in a city rich with choices and opportunities like New York, LA or San Francisco. 'If you want it, I will find it' your smartphone beckons and it certainly will with the help of point of interest apps like these. Whether you're an out of towner experiencing new territory or an adventurer searching for a pot of gold on your very own turf, these apps can find an amazing Italian restaurant that was under your nose the whole time. Exploration hasn't died yet, it just changed into a new form we can all appreciate.


Left: City Maps 2Go - Right: Los Angeles City Guide

Multiple Cities - City Maps 2Go
For extensive coverage anywhere in the US (as well as the UK, Germany, Italy and France) City Maps 2Go has a good amount of ground covered. Using Wikipedia and Ulmon Vector Maps as a search foundation, this app can find anything from historic landmarks to subway stations all without consuming from your data plan. If you're planning a Euro trip and don't want to pay for a hefty GPS app, City Maps 2Go doesn't break the bank. $2

Los Angeles - Los Angeles GPS Guide
Los Angeles GPS Guide is a completely offline app that provides thousands of locations including local wifi hotspots to the busiest city on the west coast. Very well constructed and educational with background information on landmark history, geography, culture, economy and transportation. $2

Left: New York Travel Guide by mTrip - Right: San Francisco Way

New York - New York Travel Guide - mTrip
For out of towners there is an extensive trip planner, augmented reality and a 'share your trip' feature. For New Yorkers, find the best bars, shops and nightclubs and save your favorites for later reference when you remember your big night out. mTrip makes fantastic destination apps like this for locations such as Tokyo, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Rome, Venice, Chicago, San Francisco, Sao Paulo or Washington DC. $6

San Francisco - San Francisco Way
A new level of detail is the best feature of San Francisco Way. Nothing escapes its line of sight with the option to find nearby washrooms, spas, ice skating rinks, galleries, hiking trails, dog parks, wifi hotspots or libraries with a quick tap. Everything in San Francisco is yours with this app in your possession, you can find literally anything. Free


Left: Poynt - Right: Los Angeles (Metro 24)

Multiple Cities - Poynt
When you're out and about with friends and someone suggests to watch a movie, with Poynt you can find what's playing nearby, the times and even reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. If someone suggests Indian food, run a search for the closest restaurant. One click can open the website or call so you can place an order or reservation. Poynt is great for keeping the rhythm of the evening without skipping a beat. Free

Los Angeles - Los Angeles (Metro 24)
Whether you want to plan ahead or make plans spontaneously on the spot, Metro 24s Los Angeles app has the ability to map out travel plans to favorite locations. When it comes to bar, restaurant, hotel and metro information, everything is detailed efficiently. With a map of the LA Metro subway line, Amtrak and GPS functionality, this app proves to be a faithful navigator for tourists and locals alike. Free

Left: New York City Guide - Right: San Francisco Travel Guide

New York - New York City Guide
Trip Advisors New York City Guide uses its reservoir of resources to create an app that finds only the best of the best. All your options are available in front of you with information such as phone numbers, websites, open/close times to help assess the situation and decide what to do. Also available in the Las Vegas, Washington DC, LA, Chicago, Boston and Orlando flavors. Free

San Francisco - San Francisco Travel Guide
San Francisco and all it has to offer is wrapped up in one neat little app. It displays restaurants, museums and sights on a map or list. With one quick tap it will expand on that information and grant further information such as pictures, phone numbers, websites, an address or directions from your current location. The Triposo Travel Guide app series is also available for Toronto, Washington DC, Vancouver, Chicago, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Denver and Ottawa. Free

Windows Phone 7

Left: Mango Transit - Right: Los Angeles City Guide - GuidePal

Multiple Cities - Mango Transit
One of the essential purchases for your Windows Phone is Mango Transit even if you own a car. Mango Transit has tight integration with Local Scout to find restaurants and interesting things to do with the greatest of ease just by tapping the search button and scout. Current cities that are supported are Albany, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, London (UK), Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington DC. $1

Los Angeles - Los Angeles City Guide - GuidePal
GuidePals City Guide to Los Angeles provides offline information for the City of Angels to prevent from expensive roaming charges. Find the best restaurants and museums based on a rating system provided by the locals so you know that sushi place will be good. Definitely helpful for tourists and the curious at heart. Free

Left: MTA - Right: San Francisco Guide

New York - MTA
This app will make use of a lot of the Windows Phone hardware to escort you through the urban jungle of New York. Featuring augmented reality, compass, live train updates, trip planner and in depth information on New Yorks subway, busses, bridges and tunnels, LIRR and MetroNorth systems. Free

San Francisco - San Francisco Guide
A visual and informative guide to everything San Francisco has to offer. Filled to the brim with photos, price and opening times for restaurant and tourist sites. Location services will help locate and escort you to various point of interests you might be craving for. $1

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