An app for the world's hidden gems

Pao (say “pow”) shows you the coolest spots in whatever city you’re in.

Share your favorites

Post your favorite spots from around the world. Pao will organize them into your own beautiful profile.

Find new favorites

Search through hidden gems only, no tourist traps or negative reviews. Only the best.

Use a simple interface

No information overload. Sleek design and minimalism is what Pao is all about.

Join a community

Pao users are doers who just want to find and share the coolest spots as they experience the world.

Get a feel for some Pao Spots

Check out our Pao Blog to get a feel for the hidden gems you’ll find on the app. From the best taco joints to secret European villages, Pao highlights the coolest finds around the world.

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A Day in LA Supporting Black Owned Businesses

Los Angeles is one of the best cities in the world for discovering hidden gem experiences since the culture is based around constantly trying the “next best thing”. In the trendy seaside neighborhood of Venice Beach you can find a couple amazing Black owned businesses but just around the corner in Inglewood and Culver City there are hundreds more to discover too. Pao intern Taylor Hanson set off to find some of these Black owned businesses in both areas last week and boy oh boy do we love what she found! Scroll down to check out the perfect day in LA supporting Black owned businesses.

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10 Black-Owned Businesses in the Bay Area that you Need to Check out

The Bay Area’s food and beverage scene is pretty out of this world. With beautiful upscale restaurants to flavorful hole in the walls, specialty bakeries and cute cafes, the Bay pulls in people from near and far places. Many of these #paoworthy foodie spots are owned and run by African American entrepreneurs who are unfortunately taking the biggest hit during this Covid-19 crisis. In an effort to support the Black food and beverage community, Pao sent three top users, Julia Myall, Emma Myall and Anna Mccarthy, out on a quest to find and support some of the tastiest Black Owned Businesses in their area. Scroll down to see their finds in Berkeley, Concord, Hayward, Lafayette, and San Francisco!

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