Search Venues
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. And if you're looking for "top" venues or recommended venues, use the explore endpoint instead.

If lat and long is provided, each venue includes a distance. If authenticated, the method will return venue metadata related to you and your friends. If you do not authenticate, you will not get this data.

Note that most of the fields returned inside venue can be optional. The user may create a venue that has no address, city or state (the venue is created instead at the geolat/geolong specified). Your client should handle these conditions safely.

You'll also notice a stats block that reveals some count data about the venue. herenow shows the number of people currently there (this value can be 0).

This endpoint is part of the venues API.
Requires Acting UserNo (learn more)
Modes supportedfoursquare, swarm (learn more)
All parameters are optional, unless otherwise indicated.
ll44.3,37.2required unless near is provided. Latitude and longitude of the user's location. (Required for query searches). Optional if using intent=global
nearChicago, ILrequired 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. Adds a geocode object to the response. (Required for query searches)
llAcc10000.0Accuracy of latitude and longitude, in meters. (Does not currently affect search results.)
alt0Altitude of the user's location, in meters. (Does not currently affect search results.)
altAcc10000.0Accuracy of the user's altitude, in meters. (Does not currently affect search results.)
querydonutsA search term to be applied against venue names.
limit10Number of results to return, up to 50.
intentcheckinOne of the values below, indicating your intent in performing the search. If no value is specified, defaults to checkin.
checkin Finds results that the current user (or, for userless requests, a typical user) is likely to check in to at the provided ll at the current moment in time. This is the intent we recommend most apps use.
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. You must define a region to search be including either the ll and radius parameters, or the sw and ne. The region will be a spherical cap if you include the ll and radius parameters, or it will be a bounding quadrangle if you include the sw and ne parameters.
global Finds the most globally relevant venues for the search, independent of location. Ignores all other parameters other than query and limit.
match Finds venues that are are nearly-exact matches for the given parameters. This intent is highly sensitive to the provided location. We recommend using this intent only when trying to correlate an existing place database with Foursquare's. The results will be sorted best match first, taking distance and spelling mistakes/variations into account.

query and ll are the only required parameters for this intent, but matching also supports phone, address, city, state, zip, and twitter. There's no specified format for these parameters—we do our best to normalize them and drop them from the search if unsuccessful.
radius800Limit 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 match intent requests. The maximum supported radius is currently 100,000 meters.
sw44.3,37.2With ne, limits results to the bounding quadrangle defined by the latitude and longitude given by sw as its south-west corner, and ne as its north-east corner. The bounding quadrangle is only supported for intent=browse searches. Not valid with ll or radius. Bounding quadrangles with an area up to approximately 10,000 square kilometers are supported.
ne44.1,37.4See sw
categoryIdasad13242l,btbe24353mA 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 match intent requests.
url third-party URL which we will attempt to match against our map of venues to URLs.
providerIdnymagIdentifier for a known third party that is part of our map of venues to URLs, used in conjunction with linkedId.
linkedId42471002207971611 Identifier used by third party specified in providerId, which we will attempt to match against our map of venues to URLs.
Response fields
venuesAn array of compact venues.

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