Introducing Plorable! An app that gives you a gastronomic view of the world.

Ever wonder if there are Chinese restaurants in down town Tokyo? Indian eateries in Azerbaijan? Nightclubs in the orthodox pockets of erstwhile Afghanistan? I sure did, and that led me to build my first published app, titled ‘Plorable‘. Plorable is a small app that I put together overnight which is a mashup of a Leaflet web map, foursquare venues and OpenStreetMap’s Nominatim engine- all of which work together to create an experience which lets you explore the culinary delights and nightlife around the world.

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Istanbul through the lens of Plorable

Plorable gives you a beautiful map of the world, courtesy of MapBox, that you can explore. Zoom in and click on any town, city or village in any part of the world and it will show you nearby restaurants, pubs and discs as markers. Click on a marker and you get information about the place and the popularity of the place amongst the people.

Zooming in and clicking on a locality in Istanbul shows a cluster of markers. Clicking on a marker reveals details about the place.
Zooming in and clicking on a locality in Istanbul shows a cluster of markers. Clicking on a marker reveals details about the place.

The Nominatim geocode engine zooms into any address around the world, so you can finally go to that place you always heard about but never been to.

Searching for 10 Downging Street shows you the famous address on the map.
Searching for 10 Downing Street takes you to London and shows you the famous address on the map.

You can check out the app here. Happy exploring!

 

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