Google Maps Celebs' Fave Haunts

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2009 2:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – A new addition to Google Maps offers users a guide the haunts of the famous and kind-of-famous, Mashable reports. Some 200 globetrotting celebrities and experts were recruited to reveal their favorite spots in Favorite Places, which pinpoints everything from celebrity chef Alice Waters' choice of neighborhood restaurant to Al Gore's favorite observatory.

Favorite Places lists VIP hangouts in 15 cities, including New York, Tokyo, and San Francisco, with entries accompanied by a note from the celebrity explaining what they like about it. Google aims to use Favorite Places to give its local business center a boost and persuade businesses to provide more information to Google Maps.