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Search for nearby places and explore the area

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


  • 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

Note: This feature isn’t available everywhere.

You can quickly search for common businesses and place categories nearby, like popular bars and restaurants, gas stations, and ATMs. You’ll find hours of operation, business phone numbers, ratings, and other information.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. To search categories near you, under the search bar, tap a suggestion such as restaurants, coffee, or hotels.
  3. To browse other options, or find different categories like parks or gas stations, you can scroll through additional options. To view additional categories, tap More .
How Maps knows your places

Information about your places comes from your Location History. Your Location History lets Google show you useful information like recommendations for places. This 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 stop getting recommendations in the future, learn how to manage your Location History.

Find lists of top places

You can follow a curated list of local places, like the best coffee shops or top-rated restaurants.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. At the bottom, tap Explore Explore.
  3. Scroll to "Featured lists."
  4. Tap on a featured list.
    • To browse for another list, tap Back Back.
  5. Tap Follow.

The list now appears under your Saved Places. Learn more about saving your favorite places. To stop subscribing to a list, tap Following.

Explore events

You can find upcoming events using Google Maps.

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

  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.

Narrow the list of events you’re interested in

You can filter events to specific types you’re looking for.

  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 event type you’re looking for.
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