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 see ratings and descriptions.

Notes:

  • 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

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

  1. On your iPhone open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap Explore Places.
  3. To find somewhere to eat or drink, tap an option, like Restaurants or Coffee.
  4. To see other options, or find different places like hotels and gas stations, tap More and then pick a category.

Note: This feature isn’t available everywhere.

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 see these recommendations. To turn off Location History and stop seeing recommendations in the future, learn how to manage your Location History.

See 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, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap Explore Places.
  3. Scroll down to "Lists."
  4. Tap on a featured list, or tap See more lists to find another one.
  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, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap Explore Places.
  3. Scroll down to "Events." Tap any item in the list for more information.
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