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Search for nearby places & explore the area

You can search for areas of interest, things to do, or notable locations in Google Maps. Find places like nearby museums, new restaurants, and popular bars and clubs. You can also find ratings and descriptions of these places in Maps.


  • Google Maps contains content from different sources. Your Maps results may include information from our partners, our users, or the public web. Google may remove content if we learn that it violates our content policies or if it violates applicable laws.
  • Local search results in Maps are based primarily on relevance, distance, prominence, as well as your personal interests. These factors are combined to help find the best match for your search. For example, Google algorithms might decide that a business that's farther away from you is more likely to have what you're looking for than a business that's closer. Therefore, it will rank higher in local results.
  • Results in Google Maps are not influenced by payment from other companies. Paid content in Google Maps is labeled.

Browse local places of interest

Tip: This feature isn’t available everywhere.

You can search for nearby businesses and places, like popular bars, gas stations, and ATMs. You can also find hours of operation, business phone numbers, ratings, and other information.

To search categories near you:
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Under the search bar, tap a suggestion, such as Restaurants, Coffee, or Hotels.
The Google Maps app displays a map of an area. There are tabs under the search bar that read "Work," "Restaurants," "Coffee," and "Parking."
  1. To browse other options, scroll through suggestions. For additional categories, tap More .

The Google Maps app displays a map of an area. There are tabs under the search bar, which have been scrolled over to the far right. The  last tab on the right, which is circled in blue, says "More."

The Google Maps app displays a page title "More Categories. It shows categories such as Food & Drink, Things to do, and Shopping, with subcategories to select under each category.

Manage information shared with Google

Information about your places comes from your Location History. Your Location History lets Google show you useful information and make recommendations. Location history is based on where you’ve been with your devices. Your info is only shared if you've turned on Location History and signed in with your Google Account. Only you can find these recommendations.

To turn off Location History and unsubscribe from future recommendations, learn how to manage your Location History.

Explore events

To find upcoming events using Google Maps:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. At the bottom, tap Explore Explore.
  3. Scroll to "Upcoming events."
    • For more information, tap any item in the list.

Tip: Event information isn’t available in all locations or at all times.

Filter events based on your interest

You can filter events to specific types. To filter events:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. At the bottom, tap Explore.
  3. Under "Upcoming events," tap See more events.
  4. Under “Discover more events,” tap the desired event.
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