Coasting the web this weekend?

Top 9 sites for Coast by Opera

Coast by Opera

Coast by Opera is the stylish new web browser app from Opera Software, tailor-made exclusively with the iPad in mind and re-imagining the best way to view the web on a tablet. Its minimalist and intuitive design makes it the perfect partner for casual browsing on the iPad, hiding technology in the background to truly focus on your favorite websites.

Coast allows you to save groups of up to nine website shortcuts on your home screen. Whether on the go or on the couch, here are the websites to keep at your fingertips when you’re browsing the web with Coast.

1. FvF
Love the urban lifestyle? FvF is a German website (in English) that profiles people of different backgrounds in cities all over the world. The site seeks to showcase various creative industries and international urban living through interviews and beautiful photos. Click the city name to see more profiles from the location of your choice.

2. Who What Wear
A fashionable Speed Dial entry for the browser that makes a style statement on the iPad. Fashionistas can tune into Los Angeles website Who What Wear, which features the latest fashion and beauty news, celebrity style, DIY advice and tips on wearing the freshest trends. Clothing and accessories articles take you directly to the designer’s store so you can nab them for yourself.

3. Doodle
Hard finding time to meet with everyone’s hectic schedules? If you’re planning coffee with friends or a family get-together and want to see when everyone is free, simply add to Doodle the event details, suggested dates/times and guests’ email addresses. Guests write in their availability, and Doodle shows which days work best. No sign-up is necessary for the host or guests.

4. Upworthy
Seeking inspiration and a reminder of the good in the world? Upworthy is a website dedicated to helping “things that matter” go viral, covering everything from body image and parenting to economics and health. Upworthy curates meaningful, feel-good video stories and makes it easy to share them via social media. The site shines on tablets because of its simple user interface.

5. Foodoro
Foodies unite! Foodoro is an online marketplace for buying gourmet foods direct from artisanal foodmakers across the United States – for everything from kosher goods and fair trade coffee, to bacon chocolates and lavender sea salt. Site visitors can even search for indie producers by location, to make informed choices about buying locally.

6. Cracked
If you like to start your day with a healthy dose of randomness, humor website Cracked is for you. Masters of the “top 5” list, Cracked brings quirky stories and videos perfect for a Sunday of kicking back on the couch with your iPad. You can also get your nerd on with articles on gaming, tech, science and history and contribute to the Pointless Waste of Time forums.

7. Dear Coffee, I Love You
Enjoy a cup of joe as you check out DCILY, a digital ode to the intersection of coffee, creativity and culture. It features coffee and café reviews, “brewtorials” and product reviews, and links to DCILY’s curated Amazon Store of recommended products. A must-have website for coffee lovers.

8. Designspiration
Like innovative design? Check out Designspiration (DSPN), a Pinterest-style site focused on discovering and sharing creative visual design. From architecture and furniture to posters and product packaging, explore amazing design, and search with text or by color. Add and like images, create collections of your favorites, and follow other users or your topics of interest.

9. DaWanda
DaWanda showcases handcrafted treasures and vintage finds and seeks to combine an online marketplace with an active community of groups and forums. Based in Europe and available for several languages and currencies, DaWanda’s huge selection includes clothing and accessories, homewares, DIY supplies, stationery and more.

In the Coast browser, opened webpages are saved in the new sites stack at the bottom of the home screen. Save your favorite sites as shortcuts by dragging them up to the other website icons, and group your websites by theme by dragging their icons to different screens.

Install Coast by Opera for your iPad for free from the Apple App Store, or click