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11 Best Apps To Download If You Live In Los Angeles

September 12, 2016 9:49 AM

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With the world of apps exploding in popularity in recent years, it’s no surprise that there are a huge amount of apps for every day use. In fact, there is an app for pretty much anything you can think of. With so many apps out there, we’ve rounded up a collection of the best and most functional apps you must download if you’re a resident of LA. So, whether you’re looking to find a place to eat, avoid traffic, or find the nearest and least expensive gas station, this is a list of the top 10 best apps to download if you live in Los Angeles.


 
1.) CBS Local
Available for: iPhone and Android
apps.cbslocal.com

Whether you’re looking for latest news, sports scores about your favorite LA teams, info on the top restaurants and venues across the city, hourly weather forecasts, top events in the area, and/or traffic information, the CBS Local app is your one-stop app for everything LA and OC. With personalized settings, set the app to wake you up with an alarm of your choice, and even live-stream TV and radio so you can keep up with the latest trending events and news. Want to know what the best place to get coffee or sushi is in LA? The app gives you exclusive access to CBS LA and Orange County’s Best Of sections where you can learn about the latest and greatest spots. It’s the perfect app to find any type of information relating to Los Angeles and Orange County.


 
2.) Postmates
Available for: iPhone and Android
www.postmates.com

If you haven’t heard of it yet, this app is about to change your life. Postmates is essentially the equivalent of Uber, but for anything you want delivered. Simply download the app, search for a restaurant or a store you want something delivered from, select or type in the item you want, and checkout. Like Uber, once you’ve submitted your order, it will be sent out to all available Postmates couriers and you’ll be shown a photo and name of the person who accepts your delivery. Track the progress real time on a map and wallah, you’ll have your order within an hour or less. What’s great about Postmates is that you can literally get anything delivered. Although it is mostly used for restaurants, you can have the Postmates couriers pick up anything you want. Need your dry cleaning? Done. A Double Double at In-N-Out? Done. Sushi from Katsuya? Yes, they’ll do that too. Gone are the days of ordering from just the restaurants that offered delivery service. Like Uber, the delivery feee is essentially built in, so while you can tip extra, it is not required.


 
3.) CBS Los Angeles Weather App
Available for: iPhone and Android
apps.cbslocal.com

Offering the latest local weather with hourly, daily, and 10 day forecasts, the CBS Los Angeles Weather app provides detailed weather information from the top meteorologists in LA. Available for both iPhone and Android devices, get severe weather warnings with detailed maps and satellite images, as well as exclusive videos from CBS trusted meteorologists. You can even submit your own photos or videos which could get featured on-air or online at CBS Weather.


 
4.) Minibar
Available for: iPhone and Android
www.minibardelivery.com

Sometimes you feel like ordering a bottle of wine, or a six-pack, but just don’t feel like getting in the car or walking to get it, right? Luckily, the hugely popular Minibar app has expanded to include Los Angeles. Allowing users to easily order anything from your favorite bottle of wine to beer or spirits, simply put in your address and get your order delivered in 30 minutes to an hour. The app comes complete with a full menu of their offerings and there is quite a lot to choose from. From domestic and imported beer including beers like Amstel Light, Chimay, Corona and a laundry list of others to red and wine from all regions around the world to just about every type of liquor around, the app has it all.


 
5.) Gas Buddy
Available for: iPhone
Free
www.gasbuddy.com

With all the driving that you inevitably do being a resident of Los Angeles, having an app to tell you the cheapest gas station nearby can be a lifesaver. While out-of-towners think that every Angeleno is wealthy, the reality is that we all need to keep a watch on our spending. When it comes to living in LA, Gas Buddy will be your next go to app where you can find out where to get the least-expensive gas anywhere in Southern California. Simply open the app and it will automatically detect your location and deliver a bevy of options either in list format with the price of gas, the address of the station and how far it is from you, or view it on a map which shows the station along with the price.


 
6.) Hike Los Angeles
Available for: iPhone
itunes.apple.com

With amazing weather year round, it’s no wonder why hiking is such a big hit for Angelenos. The next time you’re looking to get in an outdoor workout, Hike Los Angeles will offer up twenty of the most popular hiking trails around L.A. Curated and hand selected by editors that know their hiking, the app displays either a list of hiking venues or on a map where you can then view information such as ratings, difficulty, distance, elevation profiles, duration, type of route and reviews of trails.


 
7.) Waze
Available for: iPhone and Android
Free
www.waze.com

We know what you’re going to say. Another map app? You already have Google Maps and Apple Maps, right? Wrong. Waze is mapping gone social and it makes a huge difference if you need to get somewhere. Billing itself as a community-based app, Waze is every Angeleno’s answer to traffic. With Waze, avoid the headaches of bumper to bumper traffic as the app will take the data of other drivers on the road who report hazards, traffic and other information in order to help direct you to in the best route. In fact, in conjunction with more than 30 million active users using the hugely popular app, Waze stays on top of things so users can get real-time traffic stats. So, next time you’re stuck in traffic, and need to get somewhere, put in your destination address and it will route you around the most heavily trafficked areas to get you there fast. The app also can give you data on the cheapest gas station around. It’s a must have for anyone navigating the jungle that is Los Angeles.


 
8.) Park Me
Available for: iPhone
Free
www.parkme.com

Not sure where to park? Just tell the app where you’re headed and they’ll deliver a list of the cheapest and closest parking spots near your location. In a city that can be nearly impossible to find parking, this app will show you on a map the best places to park by location and price, allowing you to effectively weed out those expensive and price gauging parking structures. The app is available for Los Angeles, as well as other cities including New York City, Washington D.C., Las Vegas and San Francisco.


 
9.) Los Angeles Lakers
Available for: iPhone and Android
iPhone or Android

The official app of the Los Angeles Lakers is your source for everything Lakers including scores, news, photos, the official schedule and other content. Stay up to date by viewing player rosters, previewing upcoming games, and even viewing the cheerleader roster. The app also has the ability to chat with friends and competitors before and during live games!


 
10.) In-N-Out Burger
Available for: iPhone and Android
iPhone or Android

As one of Los Angeles’ most cherished fast food chains, In-N-Out might as well be a landmark. So, the next time you’re in the mood for a Double Double with fries animal style, open up this app to get information on locations, menus, about the company, wallpapers for your phone, as well as ringtones.


 
11.) Roaming Hunger
Available for: iPhone and Android
www.roaminghunger.com

Providing an interactive map of food trucks throughout the LA area, Roaming Hunger uses real time tweets and calendars of the food truck vendors to track down the location of many of the top trucks. Track down where the Grilled Cheese Truck is for the day, or where the Kogi Truck will be and get to them to dine on some of LA’s best grub. While you can view the trucks by map, you can also narrow down your search by most likes trucks, as well as by cuisine. In addition, if a truck isn’t available right now, the app has a feature that shows you what trucks will be around at a later time.

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