Foursquare has just launched a new "Best of" page that makes use of nearly 3 billion check-ins from over 30 million users worldwide. The Best of Foursquare page breaks down the top food, nightlife, and entertainment across 30 major American cities.
Foursquare used a ton of data to compile these lists - tips, likes, dislikes, popularity, local expertise, etc. What they've come up with is an incredibly useful set of top-10 lists spanning tons of different venue categories.
You can start browsing the Best of Foursquare today.
Let's say that I'm traveling to Houston, TX, for instance. Once I click on Houston, I'm presented with top-10 lists for food, nightlife, "things to do," and steakhouses (each city has a different overarching set of lists). Each entry displays a photo, number rating (out of 10), and additional info like how many people are currently there or whether or not you or a friend has checked-in there.
I can see that the top bar in the city, based on all the Foursquare data points, is the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. I can either click on the venue to go to its details page or I can quick-save the place to my to-do list.
If I choose, I can also narrow the list to "Best of" nightlife: beer or "Best of" nightlife: music venues. Same goes for food, which I can narrow down to view the top 10 Asian restaurants or Mexican restaurants in each city.
"One of the things our data shows is how each city is unique: Bostonians love seafood, Portland is a veggie paradise, and Philly may be the city of brotherly love, but what they really love is a good sandwich. Since no two cities are the same, each page is customized to help you get a feel for the local flavor," says Foursquare.
If your business made it onto one of Foursquare's various "Best of" lists, congrats! You can download a badge to show of your status as a Foursquare elite here.