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.


  • 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 Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap on Explore 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 More  and pick a category.

Notes: 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 Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap Explore Explore Places.
  3. Scroll to “Lists.”
  4. Tap on a featured list, or tap See all 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 and activities

You can find upcoming events or activities using Google Maps. Note: Event and activity information isn’t available in all locations or at all times.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap Explore Explore Places.
  3. Tap Events or Activities. Tap any item in the list for more information.
  4. To look up more events or activities nearby, tap See more events or See more activities.

Use hashtags to search, review, and discover content you care about

Use hashtags to search for things you care about, from the latest trends to your favorite foods, to find places with reviews and posts that contain your hashtag.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap the search bar and type in a hashtag of something you want to find or explore.
  3. Tap a result for more information.
  4. Optional: To add a hashtag to a review, tap a place and then Review and thenType your review and include hashtags in the text or at the end of the review.

Tip: High-quality hashtags are useful, relatable, and/or provide an accurate description of what other people can expect.

Report an offensive hashtag

  1. At the top right corner of the hashtag results, tap More More.
  2. Tap "Give feedback."
  3. Share why the hashtag is offensive or should be taken down.
  4. Tap Send Send.

Note: it may take a few days for a hashtag to be taken down. Offensive hashtags will return no results when tapped.

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