Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

The London
An institution in Sydney, The London Hotel has been around since 1870 and it's a beloved local pub for Balmain residents.
The Corner House
The only place in Sydney where you can hack at a pizza with scissors - a curiously gratifying experience, trust us - this relaxed Bondi ristorante attracts a steady stream of hip residents.
La Boheme
Forget what you've heard about Czech food, and experience the cuisine the way God intended at La Boheme.
Myer
With everything under one roof at Myer, you can shop come rain or shine.
The Rum Diaries
Rum is the thing at The Rum Diaries, which offers 80 different varieties and a cool, laid-back atmosphere.
Remy and Lee’s
There's a cycling craze in Sydney and bike-loving hipsters can't get enough of this cute little café, which is right on pedal-friendly Bourke Street.
Opera Bar
Sprawled directly on the harbour front on the lower Opera House concourse, this open-air bar never fails to stop wide-eyed tourists in their tracks.
Toby’s Estate
As well as supplying several hundred cafés around NSW with their coffee, there are numerous Toby's cafés scattered the city, but this one opposite the rolling lawns of Victoria Park is one of the best.
The Commons
So laid-back it's almost horizontal, The Commons is a casual spot for a booze-soaked catch-up with close friends.
Baroque Pantry
Stylish and with an effervescent chi-chi, Baroque is all about well-priced French bistro fare in the heart of Sydney's historical quarter, The Rocks.
Latteria
Latteria has one of the best people-watching perches on buzzy Victoria Street, which links the eclectic suburb of Darlinghurst with its naughty Kings Cross sibling.
Shakuhachi
Selling stylish wares for women-about-town, Shakuhachi is a favourite among Sydney's most discerning women.
Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool
Saltwater provides a good swim, but sometimes the sand that generally comes with it makes it more of an annoyance than a pleasure; when this is the case, head to the saltwater pool here.
McIvers Baths
A rock pool that caters exclusively to women - no ogling men in sight.
Lyric Theatre
The Lyric's programme of shows range from the high-brow to the child-friendly, and its well-designed interior means everyone can see the stage.
Gertrude and Alice
Bookish types, hippies, lesbian couples and layabouts all love this beachside bookshop café, which has perfected its chill-out-you're-in-Bondi vibe.
Ariel
Bookworms will find pages to turn at Ariel, which has a huge range of literature on offer - from beach-reads to heftier tomes.
Bangarra Dance Theatre
Powerful, spellbinding and raw, Australia's first and finest Aboriginal dance company Bangarra has thrived under the artistic direction of Stephen Page, who has led the theatre of 14 dancers since 1991.
Humble Vintage
Pinching the idea from arch nemesis Melbourne, Sydney now offers vintage bikes for hire.
Sailors Thai
Most Aussies will proclaim loudly that Australia does Thai better than Thailand, and after eating at Sailors Thai, you might be inclined to agree.
Quarantine Station
One of Sydney's quirkier stays, but where else can you wake up to the sound of kookaburras, enjoy uninterrupted harbour views and spot native wildlife like fairy penguins and bandicoots meandering outside your suite?
Fatima’s
When you've quaffed one too many cocktails and have a hankering for a late-night felafel, Fatima is your lady.
Bondi To Bronte
A gorgeous, awe-inspiring coastal walk that takes in views you'll remember for a lifetime.
Minty Meets Munt
Womenswear with a young, playful edge.
Bondi FM
Turn down an alley and follow the yellow-and-white thongs stencilled onto the ground to find this ultra laid-back café/bar belonging to Bondi 88.0 FM - the local community radio station.
Becker Minty
Marvellous miscellaneous items await at Becker Minty, perfect for the treasure-hunter in you.
The Basement
The Basement is an icon in the music scene and Sydney's beating jazz heart, hosting all the greats like Dizzie Gillespie and Herbie Hancock, and more eclectic modern acts and international DJs.
Riverview Hotel & Dining
A gastropub that champions the best of contemporary British fare in casual, pubby surroundings.
Diamant
For nocturnal mischief, the 77-room Diamant hotel couldn't be better situated.
CarriageWorks
Built inside the old Eveleigh Rail Yards, an important piece of Australia's industrial history during the 19th-century, CarriageWorks is an impressive, multi-venue centre focused on contemporary art and culture.
Barrenjoey House
Set on the tranquil Pittwater side of Palm Beach, Barrenjoey House is a coastal boutique beach house across from the Pittwater riverfront with its Norfolk pines
My Boudoir
Those seeking couture on the cheap can call off the search; My Boudoir offers an Aladdin's cave of second-hand treasures.
About Life
A healthfood supermarket that's got more than a little green about its scene; the perfect place to grab something to take-away.
Efendy
Efendy will change your mind about Turkish cuisine, which isn't raved about enough in our minds.
Jatali
Decadent dresses and other fab fashions from a Sydney-based designer.
Golden Century
As one of Sydney's favourite late-night dining venues, Golden Century has a cult-like following and the mere mention of it to a local will induce an enthusiastic, Oh
Berta
You'll need Google Maps to find this little gem but it's worth the hunt, with inspiring Italian fare and intimate interiors.
The Galeries Victoria
Crack out the plastic - this is going to hurt your bank account.
MidCity Centre
Clothes horses gallop into MidCity Centre for rags aplenty.
Coast Golf & Recreation Club
It may be a bit further afield than some of Sydney's other courses, but stunning seaside views make this a winner.

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