11 Of The Best Apps For Foodies

Whether you’re looking for discounted dining, allergy-free eateries or a new way of buying meals sustainably, these foodie apps offer everything from local restaurant recommendations to finessed photos for Instagram…


With Dines, Londoners can unlock restaurant deals and discounts, allowing you to order what you like and save without the hassle or embarrassment: you’ll save money on your food bill instantly, without ever needing to use vouchers or membership cards. Users can also split the bill and automatically earn rewards through the free app too. Best of all, Dines will donate a meal to a schoolchild for each person at your table via its Meal For A Meal initiative.



Eaten is the world's largest dish-review app. The app was created when founder Tim was in Lille with a craving for ice-cream. After spending 30 minutes searching for the best parlour by reading through various restaurant rating apps, websites and blogs, he gave up and decided to just go to the nearest place. With Eaten, users can find the best places to eat their favourite dishes and discover must-eat food when travelling. Vegan, veggie, gluten-free, halal and kosher meals are all catered for, and users can see which dishes are the most-loved at any reviewed restaurant.



Farmdrop is an online grocery delivery service that allows customers to buy food from independent, local producers who are paid fairly. The app gives users farmers’ market quality alongside supermarket convenience, helping to create a more sustainable food system in the process. Users can pick from a range of local organic fruit and vegetables, dairy, grass-fed meat and household products, and choose from one-hour time slots or free six-hour time slots between 7am-9:30pm, seven days a week. What’s more, drivers deliver to the kitchen table and will take away any unwanted packaging. 



Nigella Lawson’s Foodim app optimises your phone camera specifically to take great photos of food: by tilting the phone, or swiping your finger, you can add background blur and depth of field for a professional finish. The auto-applied filter helps you point, shoot and share food images to Instagram in an instant, while advanced editing tools add contrast, colour temperature and more. You can also add notes, recipes or locations and save photos as drafts, so you can edit and post them after you’ve eaten.


Find Me Gluten Free

Formerly known as ‘Gluugle’, Find Me Gluten Free aims to help people eat gluten free, wherever they are. Via free apps for iOS and Android, you can also search for gluten-free friendly restaurants when you're traveling, socialising, or looking for lunch on the go. Users can also share their experiences with other members of the gf community. The platform also aims to raise awareness for celiac disease and other food sensitivities.


The Good Fish Guide

This app is the definitive guide to sustainable seafood from the Marine Conservation Society. The platform, which includes almost every fish you can find in UK shops, restaurants and markets, tells you which fish are good to eat, along with some suggested recipes for cooking them, and which to avoid based on whether they come from well-managed, sustainable stocks or farms. Restaurants and cafés that serve seafood are also rated, allowing diners to make an informed choice when booking a table. 


Happy Cow

Since 1999, community-based Happy Cow has helped users find 100,000+ restaurants, cafes and supermarkets in over 195 countries. With Happy Cow, you can search for vegan-friendly bakeries, health food stores, caterers, farmers markets, juice bars and coffee shops wherever you are. Users can also filter by vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and cuisine type, and can search nearby or a specific address – perfect for planning a trip. Users can plan their travels by using an interactive map and saving places for offline viewing.



Karma’s mission is to ensure that great food is never wasted. A Swedish start-up, Karma recently launched in London: worldwide, over 2,000 retailers now sell their surplus food via the app. Instead of wasting food, businesses like Deliciously Ella, Aubaine, Coco di Mama and the Department of Coffee & Social Affairs can upload their unsold food to Karma. Items are then priced up before customers buy it in-app and collect it as a takeaway.


Too Good To Go

Each year, over 10m tonnes of food is thrown away. That's £700 per family per year spent on food that ultimately ends up in the bin. Too Good To Go was designed by several tech-savvy entrepreneurs around Europe who joined forces and came up with a solution to saving leftover food. The app lets customers do their bit to reduce waste while also eating delicious food and supporting local businesses. Meanwhile, businesses get to reduce their waste and potential new customers to try out their food – win win.



With 30m users, Vivino is the world’s largest wine community. The app is an online destination for all wine buying needs, including personalised wine recommendations, free shipping options and honest community ratings and reviews. The ‘Restaurant Wine List Scanner’ makes sure you’ll always select the best wine from any restaurant wine list, while the ‘Quick Compare’ tool allows you to pick the best wine on the shelf by scanning multiple wine labels to instantly view ratings, regions, prices and food pairings all on one page.


Where Chefs Eat

Forget restaurant guides with entries chosen by a panel of 'experts'. This guide is by the real specialists, featuring over 7,000 recommendations for more than 4,500 restaurants in over 70 countries from more than 650 of the world's best chefs, including Jason Atherton, Shannon Bennett, Helena Rizzo, Stephen Harris, Yotam Ottolenghi and Yoshihiro Narisawa. Categories include the best places for breakfast, late night, regular neighbourhood, local favourite, bargain, high end, ‘Wish I’d opened’ and worth the travel. Opening times, dress codes and cuisine styles will help you select the best spot for your needs.


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