Feel the city


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Barcelona’s heart beats to Misstress Barbara’s Playful itinerary!

It was about time! The keenest observers among you already noticed Barcelona was announced about a month ago on the Soul.City app. The city is today within your reach and is waiting for you to discover it.

To start this new adventure, we tapped into Misstress Barbara‘s intimate knowledge of the city. A world reknowned DJ and producer who fell in love with Barcelona a long time ago, she created exclusively for Soul.City a “Playful” itinerary, sharing all her favorite spots and addresses.

Turn up the volume and discover the Playful itinerary!

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8 blogs to discover San Francisco: Soul.City lands on the West Coast!

Along the Californian Coast, San Francisco is the dreaming destination! The city is packed with history, from the Gold Rush to the beatnik movements, and is also highly multicultural, between gay villages, Chinatown, and gastronomy coming from all over the world.

We wanted to know more about this fascinating city, so that we could share our findings with you. To do that, we started our journey by discovering the best bloggers in town. Travelers, locals or expatriates, we enjoyed some of them so much that we just had to share it with you.

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Making the kids happy in Montreal

It has been a rainy Spring in Montréal, and while wondering what to do on a gray Saturday with three little Chipmunks, I turned to Soul.City for an answer!  Built to host the 1976 summer Olympic Games that crowned Bruce Jenner and Nadia Comaneci, the Olympic Park is today a fantastic play area for kids and adults alike.  Together, the Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme, and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium form the Space for Life, the largest natural sciences museum complex in Canada.

Easily accessible on the green metro line, the kids and I exited the Viau station, and headed first to the Biodôme.  This unique attraction allows visitors to wander through ecosystems that replicate climates of the Americas.  We first walked into a tropical rainforest, where exotic birds and monkeys could be watched from up close.  The second exhibit took us through a typical Canadian forest, a real hit with its sliding otters!  The peak was without a doubt the penguins in the Arctic region.  The children absolutely loved their visit!

When our kids travel in the future

Since the kids still had energy to spend, we then headed to the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium.  The site uses cutting-edge technology to offer an out-of-this-world (literally) experience.  We settled on bean bags inside a dome to watch an Imax-like movie about asteroids.  While waiting for the projection, a complimentary hands-on exhibit got the children interested in learning about our solar system.

Word of advice:  book your tickets for the Biodôme online, you will avoid a long queue!  Packages with other Space for Life exhibits are also available.

Special thanks to: Chloé B., Marie-Rose R.L., and Clara B. for enthusiastically testing the Soul.City Making the Kids Happy itinerary!

Do you have a Cityzen’s Soul?

This is it, our little startup Soul.City inc. provides itself with the means of deploying across the entire planet, with the creation of new tools, dedicated to a whole new community: the Cityzens. Contrary to what one might think, Cityzens aren’t a new trendy relaxation yoga fan group… They are passionate inhabitants, who like to discover and to make others discover their city through their passions and emotions.

Since the very beginning, we wished to build a community around our Soul.City app. We do believe that it’s the citizens themselves who know the city the best, and that they are most likely able to make people discover it… We wanted to let those who create rich content (information, emotion, passion) place their talent in every traveller’s pocket.

To achieve that, we worked with several bloggers, redactors, guides, but also with passionate citizens… They helped us understand their working process, their desires and their stakes. Each of them carries a different story, different values, depending on their own passions and lifestyle. Ultimately, it all comes together with what Soul.City wants to offer to its users. The Soul.City app (available on iPhone and Android) is made of discovery urban itineraries, using emotions and passions as a guiding theme.

Therefore, we decided to open up the app to those who think they have a relevant content to share. They’ll have the opportunity to share it and value it directly through the app, and through their reader’s smartphone. Just like a friend who takes you by your hand to show you the city, the Cityzen makes you discover or rediscover the town through his own eyes.

In a nutshell, all those who like making others discover their city are welcome!

As long as the content is smart, unexpected, exciting, and able to end up in an urban itinerary, he will be subject to be integrated in the app. Cityzens are put in the front scene thanks to a link to their own website. Brands which sponsor itineraries in which they appear will be related with the itinerary creator, so he/she can be remunerated.

Soul.City becomes a complementary tool for your blog, by valuing your expertise and everyone’s life experiences. With Soul.Cityzen, you’ll find a new business model to operate.

Soul.Cityzen: a toolbox for the Cityzens.

Soul.Cityzen is the interface with which you’ll be able to express yourself. Exchanging and sharing ideas, creating specific itineraries… The time where we created our itinerary in our own corner is over. Now you’ll be able to use our tools to give your work a whole new dimension.

Soul.Cityzen addresses itself to bloggers, passionate urban inhabitant, but also to tourism professionals and hotels, and of course to brands!
The idea? Relate and connect all these fancy people in order to create a unique synergy using cities’ souls to offer new emotions to your client, a brand-new content.

The logic which takes place in this ecosystem is the win-win situation, for brands and content creators, but also for tourism professionals and their clients.

Becoming a Cityzen is free, you just need to have interesting things to make people discover and to meet specific criteria to be selected.

Many opportunities are yet available, and yet to come: we are at the very beginning of this great adventure.

Apply now, submit us your itinerary ideas, and join the (future) big Soul.Cityzens’ family.

My heart beats for Alta Bistro, Whistler, BC

Some foodie experiences simply imprint an indelible mark on you.  Such was a recent visit to Alta Bistro, nestled in the gorgeous Rockies resort town of Whistler, BC.  The quaint restaurant, located just a few streets away from the village’s main action, makes you feel right at home with a casual rustic ambiance.  The service is beyond friendly, but make no mistake, this restaurant takes its food seriously.


The epic meal began with sumptuous oysters served on cooled river rocks, accompanied by a Meyer lemon granita.  The Okanagan Valley Pinot Gris, ordered by the glass, made a perfect pair to the dish.  Next came the elk tartar and foie gras parfait, topped with cocoa nibs.

Already swooning, a plate of tuna albacore appearIMG_4045ed, followed by an ale roasted Alberta Wagyu beef, seared
just so!  And let me not forget the simply amazing smoked cauliflower! Owner / GM / Wine Director Eric Griffith suggested a personal favourite:  a beautiful Château Guibeau from Saint-Émilion.  As this epicurean adventure was coming to an end, I was tempted by a marvelous lavender crème brûlée.

If you find yourself in Whistler, Alta Bistro is the place to delight your foodie heart (reservations are a must).  It scores in my top 10 worldwide culinary experiences.

#Romantic  #Foodie  #Outdoorsy

by @AnnickCity

City break success : a weekend change of scene

Fed up waiting for the holidays ? Had enough of the daily routine ? If you too are wanting to escape, far away, for a brief moment, spend some romantic or family time, then you are certainly a future citybreaker without knowing it .

The City Break : a few days to let go

Or who knows, you might have been already. The City Break is this new way of travelling for a long week-end, to discover cities such as Barcelona, London, and of course French cities like Paris, Marseille or Strasbourg.

Actually this is the principle : have a break, and take a few days holidays to travel.

This is a very European trend, with growing success, especially thanks to the increasing number of low cost and last minute flights, the reduction of working hours meaning more spare time, but also thanks to the communication of the cities themselves, highlighting what they have on offer.


The new traveller, Soul.City App gives the answer

Today, we travel for a shorter time but more often. A new standard which travel agencies have to adapt to. And some of them find it tough letting the old methods go.

As the citybreaker is the traveller of the unexpected. A weekend abroad can be planned just as it can be improvised. The « break » means living in the moment, and seeking surprises. No surprise then, that we have to deal with a traveller 2.0 : he’s connected, and used to improvisation, whether for the booking of his journey or the organization of his stay. The traveller of tomorrow is the one wanting to avoid constraints while aiming for quality, looking for a route which suits him, and all that with a specific timeframe…

… you see where I’m going with this right ? Yes, with us at Soul.City : we get it, and I mean all of it. We get that the traveller of tomorrow is taking shape right now, and that it’s necessary to offer him a simple, well adapted, immediate and efficient service. There are many possible « breaks », from the family trip to the romantic walk, from the gastronomic journey to the shopping marathon : any excuse will do for the purpose of letting go !

Today, Soul.City is the answer to all these expectations, and you only have to ask and we’re ready to help you discover more and more cities, more and more feelings.

So how about you? What are you waiting for to take your break ?

See the France2 report on this subject :

Tourisme : les escapades urbaines ont le vent en poupe

Quand les vacances d’été et les plages ensoleillées se font attendre, il y a un moyen de changer d’air : les city-breaks. Des week-ends prolongés à la découverte de villes comme Barcelone, Amsterdam, Londres mais aussi Paris, Marseille ou encore Strasbourg en France.

Soul.City : a Montréal Start-up has a new way for you to travel

If you’re looking for a way to explore something new or rediscover something you’ve known your whole life, Soul.City wants to offer you that experience.

A Montréal Start-up has a new way for you to travel

Explore Montréal, no matter how you feel! Have you ever been on vacation and felt like TripAdvisor just didn’t get you? Does Expedia keep ignoring your emotional needs? Well, a Montréal start-up gets it, and they have a new way for you to experience the world with the launch of their app Soul.City.

Soul.City : Discover a city through your feelings

Soul.City brings the notion of “How I feel right now” into a local travel guide app. The itineraries are created by people who have passion for their city, and a true enthusiasm for the proposed points of interest. Monuments, streets, bars, restaurants, shops or parks : all points of interest that help the new or returning visitor feel what grips us most in any experience: emotion.

Soul.City: Discover a city through your feelings!

Feb. 3, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – startup Soul.City Group Inc. announces the release of its application Soul.City on the Apple App Store! It is now possible to discover a city through your moods. To enhance this new experience for visitors to a city such as , Soul.City proposes walking itineraries of 2, 4, or 6 hours selected from a list of feelings.

Montreal: Café Myriade: A gem in the Mile-End

On a gorgeous, early spring afternoon, my friend Lucie and I ventured to Saint-Viateur street to try out a café that was getting rave reviews from in-the-know locals. Set in the heart of Montréal’s cool Mile-End neighbourhood, we walked into the light and airy Café Myriade, our senses awaken by a delicious roasted bean scent.

The café’s walls were lined with bags of 49th Parallel coffee, a small roasting company from Vancouver, BC which produces a top-quality coffee bean. We ordered our lattes, my friend delighted to find out the café carries lactose-free almond milk, and settled onto a stool by the window. We had a lovely hour chatting and people watching, while enjoying our expertly made coffees. A wonderful way to spend a lazy afternoon.

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La boite gourmande

Local hot spot for casual coffee and a bite.

La boîte gourmande : Néo Café | Robert Beauchemin, collaboration spéciale | Restaurants

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