Ever found yourself out in the city with a hankering for authentic Italian but don't know where to go? Fancy something sweet but you're not sure what to bake? Are you salivating at the idea of a good drop of wine but don't recognise any names on the menu? If you answer yes to any of these questions then you need to get on to some of these excellent foodie apps.
No fan of good food should be without these apps…
Having a night in and need to know the perfect dish to cook? Yummly offer millions of recipes and this app allows you to search, collect, save and organise your favourite recipes, turning your device into a digital recipe box. You'll also discover recipe recommendations made just for you and you can also make shopping lists.
With more than 30,000 recipes from the world's best cookbooks, Epicurious puts recipes from sources such as Bon Appetit and Gourmet in your fingertips. There's also more than 100,000 user-submitted recipes to try too. It even has an app for your printer, where you can print your favourite recipes out.
Never forget the name of a restaurant or cafe again with this clever app, which allows you to keep a go-to list of restaurants, bars and cafes you want to try. Simply tag a restaurant as you walk or drive past it (providing of course you're not behind the wheel) to bookmark it. Matchbook will add the place to you list and you'll get a reminder next time you're nearby.
If you love good food but suffer with food allergies, intolerances or you're married to a fussy eater, then this is the app for you. Substitutions suggests alternative options when it comes to cooking ingredients, which is not only handy when managing allergies, but will save you in those moments when you realise you're missing just one ingredient. We've all been there, right?
For health conscious and vegan foodies, Delicious Ella is a blog turned app that's 100% dedicated to promoting natural, healthy food. Offering more than 200 recipes it's full of inspiration, and each recipe is plant-based, gluten free and avoids refined sugars.
Great for people who spend far too long planning out their dinner, Week Menu does exactly what the name implies by allowing you to plan your meals for every day of the week. Create your own recipe book, create a shopping list, and cut back on buying unnecessary items in the supermarket.
If you eat out regularly and find yourself constantly hunting for new eateries, then you must download Foursquare. By checking in at certain restaurants you are eligible to receive a special discount, sometimes even free food! You can also check out more than 60 million reviews from local experts and score some great insight into the best items on a menu.
For travelling vegans and vegetarians, Happy Cow is a must-have app. Finding vegan and vegetarian restaurants all over the world, it lets you read reviews, write reviews, locate hidden treasures and create listings of your favourite places according to location.
What foodie doesn't love a good food truck? The quality of truck dining is exceptional these days and every major city or town has an abundance of them. Why not hunt out the best ones using Roaming Hunger? The Roaming Hunger app allows you to locate food trucks nearby and find favourites with ease. You can even see the menu and view vendor photos before trying them.
Whilst you're out having dinner with friends, why not feed a child in a less fortunate country for a whole day – for just 50c. Turn your meal into a life saving gesture with the Share The Meal app, developed with The United Nations. With one humble click on your phone, you can help stop world hunger by donating a meal through the World Food Programme.
With a free download of the Good Food app, you can find restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs nearby, filter by cuisine and also explore dining options in other suburbs and states. Integration with an online booking system means a table can be reserved without leaving the app, too easy! By upgrading to the apps premium version ($9.99), you can also access all the Good Food Guide reviews, hats and scores from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
The goal of Vivino is to ensure that you never again have to sip a less than enjoyable bottle of wine. Simply take a photo of the bottle in front of you or type in the name and you'll be met with drink ratings and reviews. You can also build a portfolio of your favourite tastings, making future wine shopping a cinch.
Finding a beer that perfectly suits your tastes can prove a challenge. But just like Vivino, Next Glass allows you to build up a portfolio of your favourite beers and scan a barcode or take a picture of a bottle for more info. Not only will you garner valuable insight into flavour and recommendations, but you yourself can rate drinks for others, save drinks in a wish list, and access nutritional information about a huge range of beers and wines.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a mixologist? Love having friends around and getting creative with different spirits? Mixology Drink and Cocktail Recipes lets you learn how to mix cocktails like a professional using a vast archive of classic cocktail recipes, find local liquor stores and bars, and store a list of your favourite finds/makes. The defining feature, however, has to be the ability to input the alcohol and mixers you have on hand in order to find a recipe.