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Wallpaper City Guides – app of the week

Wallpaper City Guides - app of the week

Famous for their pocket-sized print versions, Wallpaper now offer 10 of their stylish and comprehensive guides including Paris, New York and Berlin as an iPhone app.


The app mirrors the sleek design of the book, with a simple contents page outlining each main topic area.

Unlike some of our previous apps of the week mTrip and Hg2, Wallpaper City Guides do not feature augmented reality functionality, but what it lacks in tech it makes up for in content and chic – which is exactly what you’d expect from a publisher like Phaidon.

The guides are compiled by both in-house editors and local correspondents, which means you get the sort of quality features and reviews available in full online or print versions of Wallpaper.


Some of the handy features include quick buttons to save attractions to a bookmarks folder on the app, another which automatically saves venue web and phone details to your contacts and the clearly displayed distance in km to your chosen attraction taken from your GPS coordinates.

We previewed the Amsterdam City Guide ahead of a trip to the Dutch capital and found it contained everything you’d expect, plus some beautiful photography which left us eagerly looking forward to the trip. Our favourite section was Architour which features information along full-sized photos of the cities most iconic buildings and structures.

Another nice feature is ‘the city at a glance’ (pictured) section which superimposes signposts of major attractions onto a large photograph of the city.

For travellers who enjoy the benefits of iPhone travel apps but aren’t full-on geeks, the Wallpaper city guides are for you.

Available on iTunes for 1.79 per guide