Explore the restaurant scene with ease on your next trip, with apps that help you do everything, from finding a food truck to splitting the bill.
A good app to tap in to when you’re hungry and know exactly what you want. Creme brulee? Check. Korean-barbecue tacos? Check. Roaming Hunger (free) covers major cities in America and Canada, and lets foodies pick from 7,500 food trucks in whatever form their palate dictates.
Want to find out what’s in your Italian panna cotta or Thai khao soi (curry noodles)? Global Foodie: Checklist and Guide to World Foods (free) has encyclopedic descriptions and photos of dishes, which you can compare with what is actually on your plate.
12forward by White Guide (free) lists 12 cutting-edge eateries in the world’s top culinary cities. It provides menus, maps and prices for everything from Stockholm’s hippest fine dining to a hole-in-the-wall joint in New York – and lets you make a reservation.
Enter your location and search radius, and HappyCow Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant Guide (US$3.99) will list suitable restaurants nearby. It has reviews of health-food shops worldwide, and you can store or share your favourites with friends via the app.
Use Winnie (free) to search for a child-friendly restaurant, wherever you are in the world. The app details whether each venue has high chairs, a changing room, and if it is stroller accessible. It also lists activities nearby for families, plus parks in the area.
Take snapshots of your meals like a pro with Foodie – Delicious Camera for Food (free) Apple, Google Play. It comes with more than 20 filters, a smart-guide feature that helps you take artistic shots from above, and an auto-blur function. Then, it helps share your pictures on social media.
Craving crispy chicken strips? Or do you have a hunger only a stuffed-crust pizza can satisfy? Hungry Now (free) displays the nearest outlet of the burger joint you’re looking for, plus opening hours and directions for how to get there.
Figure out who owes what – and divide the service charge – with ease using Tip Calculator Free (free). The app automatically detects the local currency and splits bills within five seconds. And it’s fun: To clear the amount, you just shake your phone.
If you’re looking to eat out, Zomato (free) is a good pick. Whether you’re after ramen in Seattle or a burger in Johannesburg, the app will find the eatery that serves what you’re looking for. Create a profile, share reviews, photos and city guides – the app covers more than 10,000 cities – and add restaurants to your wish list.
Foodspotting (free) allows you to see photos of your dish before you order it, share images with other users around the globe and make recommendations on what’s a winning dinner. Australia, Singapore, the UK, Philippines and Canada are just some of the contributing countries.
Food Truck Nearby (free) does exactly what it says: It locates a food truck near where you are, then displays it on a map. Available worldwide, it allows users to view menus, photos and information such as prices and opening hours.
Want to eat in at your hotel? Tap in to UberEats (free) and get meals, from a roster of local restaurants, brought to your doorstep. The bill includes food and delivery – no need to tip. The app is available in cities including Singapore, Hong Kong, Adelaide, London, Melbourne, Milan and Paris, as well as several locations in the USA and Canada.
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