Explore, Save with Sugar App

If you’re one of those travelers who is always looking for hidden gems and local recommendations, then you might want to download Sugar. The new “city discovery” app launched in Singapore in 2014, and has already branched out to cover Jakarta and Hong Kong, with Thailand in the works. The idea is to direct people to word-of-mouth local businesses, rather than the obvious choices that might pop up at the top of TripAdvisor. Using your location, the app trawls its database for offers and discounts at food, nightlife and shopping establishments within walking distance.

I’m trying the app in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, and the top deals include a HK$47 toffee apple cider at Crafty Cow (HK$78 value), HK$141 tea-smoked duck at Sohofama (HK$238 value), and a HK$30 wine voucher at Chateau Zoobeetle (value HK$50). The more you scroll, the more options pop up. All in all, sounds like a pretty sweet way to explore a new city and save a bit of dough.

Free from iTunes, www.wewantsugar.com.

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Kate Springer

Freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong. Contributor at CNN, Forbes Travel Guide, BBC Travel, Fodor's Travel Guide, superfuture, Tatler, and more.

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