Groupon finally released their iPhone app to the Swedish market earlier this week. And as I’ve bought brunch specials from them before, it got me thinking… What other iPhone (and Android) apps are there that are handy for someone that likes brunch (and lunch and dinner and bars and cafés)?
Well, here is a list of our top 5 used apps to help us discover brunches, and cities better. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Let us know below!
- Handy overview of todays deals
- One clicking buying
- Overview of purchased groupons
- Ability to redeem deal by showing groupon from mobile app
Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy around your city (Stockholm in this case). They feature brunch deals from time to time which often give you a 50% discount on the price. We’ve bought brunch groupons for Hard Rock Cafe, a Brunch Cruise in the Archipelago and Scandic Park as well as numerous other food specials.
The Groupon iPhone/Android app gives you a handy overview of today’s deals, easy (or dangerous??) one click buying and an overview of groupons you have already bought. What’s nice is that with app, you don’t have to print out the vouchers anymore. Its enough to just show the confirmation from your iPhone/Android.
- Book a table on the fly from your mobile
- Advanced filtering options
- Location-based search
- Some restaurants have specials
Bookatable is Europe’s largest online restaurant booking website – operating in 9 different languages and across 19 countries. It enables you to make free, real-time restaurant reservations – quickly and easily, 24/7 with instant confirmation online or on your mobile. Handy if you’re wondering whether or not your favorite brunch spot has a table available, or is open for that matter.
Bookatable also features special deals for some restaurants. You can filter your search by location, type of cuisine, date and time, and even what kind of meal you are after
- Coupons directly on your mobile
- Location-based search
- Sort based on what kind of offers you’re looking for
- Works all over Sweden
- On the fly reviews of restaurants and hotels
- Search based on your location
- Filter results based on price, cuisine, hotel rating, etc
- Book a table directly thru the app for some restaurants
TripAdvisor is a popular website for travel nuts and foodies. The website lets you read reviews by others that have dined at the restaurant you’re considering, or stayed at the hotel you were thinking of booking. Its always interesting to read what other guests have to say about a particular place.
The mobile apps are very much like the website, with handy location-based searching and filtering abilities. You can even leave your own reviews of the places you visit. Some restaurants and hotels even respond to reviews directly via the service.
- Keep track of your friends
- Mayors get special discounts in some places
- Some places have special offers/discounts for people that check-in
- Great for discovering new places in your area
Foursquare is a location-based mobile platform that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. By “checking in” via your mobile, you can share your location with friends while collecting points and virtual badges.
Some shops, restaurants and hotels offer special discounts to people that Check-in via foursquare. Sheraton Stockholm for example used to have a 50 sek discount on brunch when you check-in. If you are the person the visits a place the most often, you can become the mayor. As mayor, you can also unlock further discounts and offers in certain places.
Got recommendations for mobile apps for foodies? Tell us in the comments below.