Hidden Gems – Detroit Field Guide
Showing you the best local places to eat and drink
This site is meant for mobile users who need a quick way to locate the hidden gems of Detroit when visiting.
Finding a great place is hard when you’re in a new city and even harder when people recommend the same thing all the other tourists visit. Hidden Gems lets you search the cross streets you are at to find the highest-rated location within walking distance. You’re also able to search by what type of drink or food you like.
The simplicity of the website comes down to the main search bar as well as the places you’re looking to go. When searching, the site uses a geolocation API when finding the closest place. A person looking for a place to eat or drink in a city is typically checking their phone for the closest location after an event. The overall dark tone makes the search stand out and it gives a hidden secret vibe, suggesting they’re going somewhere special. The idea is to get the user the info they want, fast and without any hurdles.
(1) A hidden menu makes the process less cluttered and more simplified. (2) This search box can handle the location of cross streets or what type of food or drink you’re interested in to help find something suitable. (3) The ‘Show Me Something New’ button searches for a place that’s the closest to you based on whatever you entered in the search box. Logging in lets you keep track of where you’ve checked before so you don’t get results of places you’ve been. (4) You can decide to search for results with ratings above a certain number to make sure you’re going to a worthwhile place. (5) User Ratings appear here as well as the opening hours. This ensures you don’t waste time on locations that are closed when you’re ready to go out. (6) Easy to use mobile interface shows just what you need and nothing more. (7) If you aren’t sure of your surroundings, clicking on the address will automatically open up Google Maps on your desktop or phone and give you the best driving or walking route to your location.
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