Place Search

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The Places API lets you search for place information using a variety of categories, including establishments, prominent points of interest, and geographic locations. You can search for places either by proximity or a text string. A Place Search returns a list of places along with summary information about each place; additional information is available via a Place Details query.

Compare search types

There are three search endpoints available with different characteristics. The following table highlights some of these differences.

Type Field selection Text search Ambiguous text Location filter Additional filters
Find Place input
Nearby Search keyword
Text Search query

Field selection

There is no way to constrain Nearby Search or Text Search to only return specific fields. To keep from requesting (and paying for) data that you don't need, use a Find Place request instead.

Ambiguous text

Find Place and Text Search are optimized for matching ambiguous text across a number of fields while Nearby Search is constrained to strict matches on a subset of fields.

Additional filters

Nearby Search and Text Search allow additional parameters to filter results, (e.g. minprice, maxprice, opennow, and type).