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Sosh — City Guide

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It’s as if your coolest cousin gave you the scoop on the hippest things to do in her city and put it in this app.

» Available for: iOS

» Cost: Free

» What it does: Acts as a city guide to fun things to do and see curated by real people gathering info from local weekly magazines, newspapers and niche websites such as Thrillist, Eater, Zagat, 7×7 and New York magazine. Currently available for Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

» What’s hot: The app goes way beyond the usual guidebook recommendations to suggest unique things to do such as eat at a pop-up restaurant, discover the city’s best artisanal cocktails or speak-easies, shop at a sample sale and more. I found a sushi-making and sake-pairing workshop in San Francisco, stargazing with astronomy enthusiasts in Seattle and Culinary Fight Club: Top Chef Meets Pop-Up in Chicago. Also available: upcoming events by the week and social sharing.

» What’s not: It asks you upfront if you’re living in one of its destinations. So I lied to get past this velvet rope and start exploring. After all, the chances of me traveling to visit family in either San Francisco or New York are high. When I started looking at other cities, I could say I’m "just browsing" or let them know "I’ve moved there." Why do they care? Seems a little nitpicky to me. How about an option instead to request or vote on a new city?

Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times

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