Returns a list of venues near the current location, optionally matching a search term.

To ensure the best possible results, pay attention to the intent parameter below.

Note that most of the fields returned inside a venue can be optional. The user may create a venue that has no address, city, or state (the venue is created instead at the lat/long specified). Your client should handle these conditions safely. For more robust venue information (photos/tips/etc.), please see our venue details endpoint.




User or userless authentication.


Name Example Description
ll 44.3,37.2 required unless near is provided. Latitude and longitude of the user’s location. Optional if using intent=global
near Chicago, IL required unless ll is provided. A string naming a place in the world. If the near string is not geocodable, returns a failed_geocode error. Otherwise, searches within the bounds of the geocode and adds a geocode object to the response.
intent checkin One of the values below, indicating your intent in performing the search. If no value is specified, defaults to checkin.

Value Description
checkin Finds venues that the current user (or, for userless requests, a typical user) is likely to checkin to at the provided ll, at the current moment in time. This is the intent we recommend most apps use.
global Finds the most globally relevant venues for the search, independent of location. Ignores all parameters other than query and limit.
browse Find venues within a given area. Unlike the checkin intent, browse searches an entire region instead of only finding venues closest to a point. A region to search can be defined by including either the ll and radius parameters, or the sw and ne. The region will be circular if you include the ll and radius parameters, or a bounding box if you include the sw and ne parameters.
match Finds a venue that is the near-exact match for the given parameters. This intent is primarily used when trying to harmonize an existing place database with Foursquare’s and is highly sensitive to the provided location. The result will take into account distance and spelling variations. name and ll are the only required parameters for this intent, but we also suggest sending phone, address, city, state, zip, and twitter for better results. There’s no specified format for these parameters—we do our best to normalize them and drop them from the search if unsuccessful.

radius 250 Limit results to venues within this many meters of the specified location. Defaults to a city-wide area. Only valid for requests with intent=browse, or requests with intent=checkin and categoryId or query. Does not apply to intent=match requests. The maximum supported radius is currently 100,000 meters.
sw 44.3,37.2 With ne, limits results to the bounding box defined by the latitude and longitude given by sw as its south-west corner, and ne as its north-east corner. The bounding box is only supported for intent=browse searches. Not valid with ll or radius. Bounding boxes with an area up to approximately 10,000 square kilometers are supported.
ne 44.1,37.4 See sw.
query tacos A search term to be applied against venue names.
limit 10 Number of results to return, up to 50.
categoryId 4bf58dd8d488d11094, 4bf58dd8d1bd941735 A comma separated list of categories to limit results to. If you specify categoryId. Specifying a radius may improve results. If specifying a top-level category, all sub-categories will also match the query. Does not apply to intent=match requests.
llAcc 10000.0 Accuracy of latitude and longitude, in meters.
alt 0 Altitude of the user’s location, in meters.
altAcc 10000.0 Accuracy of the user’s altitude, in meters.
url A third-party URL which we will attempt to match against our map of venues to URLs.
providerId nymag Identifier for a known third party that is part of our map of venues to URLs, used in conjunction with linkedId.
linkedId 1002207971611 Identifier used by third party specified in providerId, which we will attempt to match against our map of venues to URLs.

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Response Fields

Field Description
id A unique string identifier for this venue.
name The best known name for this venue.
location An object containing none, some, or all of address (street address), crossStreet, city, state, postalCode, country, lat, lng, and distance. All fields are strings, except for lat, lng, and distance. Distance is measured in meters. Some venues have their locations intentionally hidden for privacy reasons (such as private residences). If this is the case, the parameter isFuzzed will be set to true, and the lat/lng parameters will have reduced precision.
categories An array, possibly empty, of categories that have been applied to this venue. One of the categories will have a primary field indicating that it is the primary category for the venue. For the complete category tree, see categories.


  "meta": {
    "code": 200,
    "requestId": "5ac51d7e6a607143d811cecb"
  "response": {
    "venues": [
        "id": "5642aef9498e51025cf4a7a5",
        "name": "Mr. Purple",
        "location": {
          "address": "180 Orchard St",
          "crossStreet": "btwn Houston & Stanton St",
          "lat": 40.72173744277209,
          "lng": -73.98800687282996,
          "labeledLatLngs": [
              "label": "display",
              "lat": 40.72173744277209,
              "lng": -73.98800687282996
          "distance": 8,
          "postalCode": "10002",
          "cc": "US",
          "city": "New York",
          "state": "NY",
          "country": "United States",
          "formattedAddress": [
            "180 Orchard St (btwn Houston & Stanton St)",
            "New York, NY 10002",
            "United States"
        "categories": [
            "id": "4bf58dd8d48988d1d5941735",
            "name": "Hotel Bar",
            "pluralName": "Hotel Bars",
            "shortName": "Hotel Bar",
            "icon": {
              "prefix": "",
              "suffix": ".png"
            "primary": true
        "venuePage": {
          "id": "150747252"
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