Are you the kind of traveler who plans your trips around your meals? Whether you want to eat a home-cooked dinner with locals, take a market tour or a cooking class, or get restaurant recommendations from top chefs, these 8 apps will lead you to meals and food adventures sure to linger in your taste memory.
Chosen by Apple as one of the best apps of 2016, VizEat is the leader in the growing peer-to-peer dining movement. The app connects you to “immersive food experiences with locals” in 110 countries and counting. Over 20,000 hosts offer everything from cooking classes in Rome to rooftop mojitos in New York to homemade paella in Madrid.
The highly regarded food experts at The Infatuation have created this clever app, which offers customized restaurant recommendations in New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, Austin, Denver, Paris, Mexico City, Melbourne, Rome, and Tokyo – with more cities on the way. Whether it’s date night, girls night out, or dinner with the parents, they’ll lead you to the perfect spot.
Powered by the world’s top chefs, this app gives you the inside scoop on the best in food and restaurant culture in over 50 cities (mostly at locations in the U.S. and Canada). Besides restaurant guides created by chefs, the app features chefs’ restaurant recommendations within walking distance of your current location as well as lists of chefs’ favorite dishes.
If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian — or if you’re simply craving a healthy meal — the HappyCow app is a must. Covering a 180 countries and counting, it’s Apple’s number one veggie restaurant guide, thanks to its comprehensive listings and user-friendly search tools (which enable you to filter by location, vegan, vegetarian, health food stores, and more). Other pluses? You can create lists of restaurants and cafes for your upcoming trips, view interactive restaurant maps, and share your finds with your friends.
This app is your gateway to discover and book amazing activities, though not all of them are food-related. What sets it apart are its unusual and carefully vetted offerings, which range from garden chocolate tastings in Kauai to Fleet Street tavern tours in London to comfort food cooking classes in Savannah. Their quick personality quiz will lead you to customized recommendations. It covers 17 major U.S. regions, plus Paris, London, and Cabo and Cancun in Mexico.
If you like keeping track of your favorite restaurants, bars and hotels — and sharing them with your friends — Posto is for you. Every recommendation is relevant and reliable because it comes from someone you trust. The invite-only app filters out fake reviews and random tips, making it a useful tool for finding hip cocktail lounges, chic multi-course meals, and/or off-the-radar holes in the wall when you land in a new country.
Like a virtual concierge, Journy creates fully customized travel plans and sets you up with restaurant recommendations and reservations, as well as hotel and activity bookings. Have a trip coming up that you don't have time to plan? Their experts will put together an itinerary that includes the best restaurants, bars, and hidden gems in over 60 destinations around the world. Plus, you can access your itinerary offline.
This is another app that offers activities beyond eating, but its extensive list of over 1,500 food-related adventures worldwide makes it a favorite with traveling food lovers. From anti-pub crawls in Berlin to food bike tours among the back streets of Chiang Mai, activities are unique and providers are thoroughly vetted. Another bonus? You can read reviews from previous travelers, save activities to your wishlist, and book everything hassle-free (and with a best price guarantee).