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Hi there This may be a simple case of assigning appropriate opening hours, but there is a regular coffee van that sets itself up each day at the same location, and I wish to map it. However, as its a mobile vehicle, clearly its presence in real terms, is only temporary, and therefore want to know how best to indicate this, as it is street vendor serving coffee (a coffee shop?), which returns to the same location each day with regular opening hours, but not associated to a building.


asked 18 Oct '13, 13:41

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edited 18 Oct '13, 14:16

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aseerel4c26 ♦

I would just create a node and tag the relevant amenity/shop type (in the example case it may be cafe) and the opening hours. takeaway=only might be useful to tag if it offers no seats (terrace maybe if only outside seats?). "building" is not here, so nothing to be tagged as "building". You could also add building=no to make clear that there is really no building. Some users used temporary_amenity before - I think that is not really a good idea as it is a completely new key (no subkey or specification of a existing one). toilets=no might be good, if there are no toilets. Add a description tag - e.g. description=regular coffee van each day at this same location.

So, for your example case:

  • amenity=cafe
  • opening_hours=07:30-18:00
  • takeaway=only
  • building=no
  • toilets=no
  • description=coffee van each day at this same location
  • name=Mary's mobile coffee paradise
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answered 18 Oct '13, 14:25

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edited 18 Oct '13, 14:42

Thanks, I shall try that. If anyone else might have had similar examples, I'd be interested to hear how they've approached it.


(19 Oct '13, 16:24) rogerstb

Thanks! I will use that for regular NY food carts and trucks

(18 Nov '15, 21:21) ALE

This is a relevant question for many developing countries as well where mobile vendors are more common than fixed shops. In India coconut stalls like this are an important amenity for the public. alt text

The vendor sets up the stall to sell his produce during daylight hours at the same location everyday.

Maybe shop=farm + produce=coconut + temporary=yes/cart/stall ?

We could use temporary= to better describe the feature rather than just building=no

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answered 19 Nov '15, 10:07

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Hi PlaneMad, if it’s like that consider to use these tags, Since the place is hardly exact every day. OSM is all about coordinates and tags but an area seems okay.

(19 Nov '15, 10:25) Hendrikklaas

@hendrikklaas (just for clarification) the area might count as a marketplace (or might not), but individual stalls certainly aren't.

(19 Nov '15, 10:46) SomeoneElse ♦

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