Wondering what the new addition to our listings is? Styled as 3 forward slashes, you may have noticed the new feature followed by 3 seemingly random words. So what are they and how can they help you find your favourite restaurants?
In short, it’s a 3-word address created by innovative firm what3words. The company has taken on the unenviable task of dividing the entire world into 3m x 3m squares. Each of these squares then has 3 dictionary words exclusively allocated to it. This means that, with just 3 words, you can find the front door of a new restaurant or the correct turn-off in a poorly addressed area. For example, Overture Restaurant can be found at ///bridged.pardons.focus, and you can find Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient at ///extremes.embraced.contact.
For the first time ever, this year’s edition of the Eat Out 500 included a 3-word address for every single listing. That’s because many of South Africa’s best restaurants can be difficult to find, and locating the correct turn-off to a winery can be particularly tricky without local knowledge of the area.
To get to one of the country’s 500 best restaurants, all you have to do is find the 3-word address in the listing’s details and type it into the what3words app (available on iOS and Android). (Alternatively, just click on the 3 words on the listings.) You can then tap ‘Get Directions’ to navigate to that exact location using your preferred navigation app. (The app can be used with or without a data connection.) Tourists and locals can discover precise locations in 22 languages, including isiZulu, isiXhosa and Afrikaans.
Now you’ll never have to end up lost and hungry again.