By Nicole Brown
Sometimes searching for the perfect bar, challenging hiking trail, or trendy boutique can be like searching for a mythological creature.
Unless you’ve already found Citymaps.
Whether you’re looking for new places to see art, a great workout class, or even something to eat for dinner, Citymaps can help you get there a little quicker, often suggesting things you might have not realized even existed.
Like a much cooler and way more useful Google Map, Citymaps serves up recommendations on what to see, eat, and do in cities around the world, based on your preferences and interests. It basically turns you into a knowledgeable local everywhere in the world, helping you discover the best places — be it local history or cool architecture, as outlined by publishers like Travel + Leisure. (And coming soon — Citymaps with workouts and healthy spots, as outlined by The Sweat Life!)
Citymaps was founded in 2011, when CEO and founder Elliot Cohen would step out of his apartment at 4am and go block by block in NYC, jotting down details about every retail location he came across. Coffee shops, pharmacies, department stores. Then, after three or four hours, he would stop and head to his day job. By the end of 2011, the project had enough data and design chops to attract interest from New York City tourism officials, investors, and some media outlets. With that, Citymaps was officially on the map.
Five years later, Citymaps is unveiling the most significant overhaul of the app to date. Do you ever wish you could have a guidebook made JUST FOR YOU? Now you can. With this latest update, Citymaps published over 100,000 City Guides to provide a curated list of places to visit and recommendations from friends and followers. The more you use the app, the more places, people, and maps Citymaps will recommend.
Citymaps started out as a crowdsourced map app (and still is). Over time, people have added their likes and dislikes, and curated maps for their friends and family. Citymaps takes all this data to curate a customized list of places for you to visit on your vacation or even in your city. While Google and others are focusing on making the best use of your driving or commute time with features like Driving Mode and PitStop, Citymaps’ City Guides is your maps equivalent of Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist.
Citymaps is partnering with The Sweat Life to bring you tons of great maps, like where to #sweat outside, where to #sweat for free, and where to shop for great workout clothes. Citymaps is so pleased to join The Sweat Life family, giving you a useful, fun and social way to keep track of all the places you love, and discover all the places you want to check out.
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Nicole Brown is the CMO of Citymaps, a social mapping community, building the world's largest catalog of map collections, for every interest, all around the world. Born and raised in the New York area, Nicole graduated from Harvard with a degree in French Literature and a minor in Philosophy. After spending more than a decade in corporate marketing for global brands at LVMH, Nicole recognized her true passion for mapping, joining the team at Citymaps to build the world's best travel mapping platform. When she's not busy mapping the world, she channels her inner Serena Williams on the tennis court, and finds her focus on the yoga mat, especially the candle-lit, beat-bumping hip-hop yoga classes at Y7.