Los Angeles is a pretty big place. It can be overwhelming, and at times befuddling. Fortunately, there’s an app for that. Some of the best ones are obvious — Google Maps, Waze, Uber. Some are not. Here are the 10 best non-super-obvious apps that make living in L.A. a little bit easier.
L.A.’s official app is not half bad! It lets you do such exciting things as pay your DWP bill, request bulky item and graffiti removal, report a homeless encampment, and report a pothole or sidewalk repair. The city is actually pretty good at addressing most of these problems, especially graffiti removal. After filling out a report on the app, you’re given a ticket number, and you’ll be sent an email when the problem has been dealt with.
Ecology Center’s Farmers Market Finder
Your best option, if you’re looking for a farmers market near you, is to use the mobile version of the Ecology Center’s website. It allows you to view every farmers market in the city on a map, and it tells you when they’re open.
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There are a lot of food apps. There’s Postmates for ordering food, OpenTable for reservations at fancy restaurants, Yelp for reviews and menus (and trolling). Nowadays, most individual restaurants have their own apps, some of which even let you order and pay. But for simplicity and whimsy, we like Taco Locator. Pretty simple concept here — finds taco places near you, shows you photos and reviews.
This is the comprehensive restaurant app that you’ve been waiting for. The Infatuation has well-written reviews and an elegant design, but most of all it covers nearly every restaurant in the city, with ratings and links to menus and photos of the food. Easily the best app for helping a group of people decide where to go to have dinner.
Modern Hiker, the indispensable guide to hiking in Los Angeles, used to have an app, but keeping it updated proved troublesome, according to the site’s owner, Casey Schreiner. No matter — the site’s mobile version works great, and can be used to both find hikes and to help you stay on the right trail.
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Our Malibu Beaches
The app lists 43 beaches in the ‘Bu, from Las Tunas to Leo Carillo, tells you how to get there, how to get in, where to park. and then points out all the illegal signs for your amusement. It includes many other helpful tips, like where to put your blanket down and where to find a bathroom, and even throws in a bit of history about the various beaches. This app will make you want to spend your weekends exploring Malibu.
How often do we meticulously plan our drive, cross-checking routes with Waze and Google Maps, only to arrive at our destination and spend 15 minutes circling the block looking for the cheapest parking lot? The solution to this is ParkMe, a ridiculously helpful app that shows you various parking lots on a map, tells you how much they cost and how full they are, as well as whether or not they accept credit card, how late they’re open, if they have covered parking and so on. In some cases, you can even pay in advance. It’s especially helpful for downtown L.A. and LAX.
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Source: LA Weekly