The Local Search feature in Maps is a great way to find local places by general category, without needing to know a specific place or name. Whether you're in an area you aren't familiar with or you just want to try something new and out of the ordinary in your home area, the Local Search feature in Maps can help. Here's how to use it:
- Launch the Maps app from the desktop of your Mac running OS X Mavericks.
- In the search bar in the upper right of the Maps app, start typing in a category for what you're looking for. In my example, I'll use Chinese restaurants. If you only want results that are close to your current location, append the words near me to the end of your search term. Most of the time Maps will offer it as a suggestion.
- Maps now filters in the places that match your search. Click on the red pin for the one that interests you or click on its name in the right sidebar that shows the search results.
- In the popup that appears, click on the info button to the right of the place's name. This will show more information on that place including the address, phone, Yelp! reviews if available, and more. From here you can get directions or jump to a website if its available.
That's all there is to it. Once you find a place you'd like to go, just hit the Get Directions button and you're done! You can also send the directions to your iPhone or iPad in just a click too before you hop in the car.