Your new pocket friend, full of useful recommendations

Every social circle has this friend. The friend who knows about every new place in town the week it opens. The friend who always has a definite recommendation for that dinner you’re planning with your parents, your weekend coffee date, or your late-night birthday drinks.

The free Broadsheet app for iOS is that friend. Officially launched this week, it’s your shortcut to browsing and discovering the best restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and accommodation across Australia.

“We didn’t want to create a slightly different version of the website. The app had to serve a purpose,” says Large format‘s founder and publisher, Nick Shelton. “We wanted it to capture the cultural zeitgeist of the city and be an effective tool to make the most of it.”

We’ve been scouring the locations since 2009, sending writers and photographers out every day to report on the places we think you’ll love. We now have nearly 7,000 active listings in our directory, each independently selected by Large formatthe publishers. Businesses cannot pay to be listed with us.

The Broadsheet app makes this wealth of recommendations more accessible than ever. It offers you the best cocktail bars and fine restaurants in the city centre, country pubs and bakeries, high street shops and organic grocers, remote cabins and flashy destination hotels, hole-in-the-wall cafes and Moreover.

In addition to map display and suburban filters, you search by cuisine (Japanese, Italian), dish (ramen, burgers, seafood), feature (nice view, dog friendly, vegetarian), price and more. One-click Open Now and Near Me buttons help you explore new areas or just get inspired. You can even reserve restaurant tables through the app.

“We all have that person in our lives who can always give a good recommendation. You can text them at 8pm on a Saturday asking where to get a glass of wine in a dark neighborhood and they’ll give you two great options. The Broadsheet app is that friend,” says Shelton.

A long time Large format readers will remember our first iPhone app, launched in 2011 when mobile technology was still in its infancy. Built from the ground up, with a look designed by leading agency The Company You Keep, the new app is cleaner, faster and more intuitive. It also adds more layers to the original experience, extending beyond directory searches.

A custom Home section now gives you an up-to-the-hour snapshot of your city. The day, time, location and even the weather affect the flow, made up of new restaurant openings, major festival launches and guides like the best rooftop bars in town (for when the sun is up ).

In the Titles section, keep up to date with what’s new Large format real-time articles, helping you avoid traffic jams, public transport delays and unexpected bad weather. You can also browse specific verticals: Art & Design, Food & Beverage, Fashion & Style, Entertainment, and Travel.

We’re proud of what we’ve built, but there’s still a lot to do and show you. The Broadsheet app is the best available way to use Large format, and which we are committed to continually refining and updating. In the future, expect to be able to save your favorite places and curate your own places lists, along with helpful customization based on where you live, places you go, specific interests, stories you read and more. An Android version is also on the cards. This is just the beginning.

The Broadsheet app for iOS is free to download and use, with no in-app purchases. An Android version is planned for the future.

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