Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Wylie’s Baths
One of Sydney's best saltwater pools, completely free of messy sand.
World Bar
This four-storey Victorian terrace is sandwiched between the club and bar mosh-pit of Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, which is one of the busiest parts of Sydney's red light and clubbing district.
Wine Library
Got a hankering for fantastic wine and Italian snacks? This slick hole-in-the-wall wine bar is a winner for casual drinks 'n' eats.
White Rabbit
Part-gallery, part-teahouse, the White Rabbit houses an astonishing amount of contemporary Chinese art - thought to be the world's largest and most significant collection.
Wheels & Dollbaby
Rock chicks rejoice; Wheels & Dollbaby will give you the edge you so desperately crave.
Westfield City
An oversized shopping mall that caters to Sydney's material guys and gals.
Westfield Bondi Junction
From sand to shop, Westfield Bondi Junction would have even the most casual beachgoers looking superstar-sharp.
Welcome Hotel
The Welcome Hotel is a casual, no-frills pub with surprisingly high-end food and a cool crowd of fellow drinkers.
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 Vanguard
In the heartland of eclectic Newtown amid a vast array of ethnic eateries and second-hand stores lies the Vanguard.
The Rum Diaries
Rum is the thing at The Rum Diaries, which offers 80 different varieties and a cool, laid-back atmosphere.
The Lord Dudley
Brits missing their traditional London pubs will feel right at home at the Lord Dudley, a well-loved corner drinkery in the leafy, well-to-do suburb of Woollahra - Sydney's version of Primrose Hill.
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 Galeries Victoria
Crack out the plastic - this is going to hurt your bank account.
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.
The Commons
So laid-back it's almost horizontal, The Commons is a casual spot for a booze-soaked catch-up with close friends.
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.
Taronga To Balmoral
A two-hour walk that'll take in stunning views of the Harbour, and allow you to stop off at a peaceful, people-free beach.
Table for 20
Better hop to it if you want to dine here, because like the name suggests, there are only 20 spaces for bums on seats.
Sydney Theatre
With the luminescent-skinned Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton as artistic directors, the marvellous Sydney Theatre is Sydney's epicentre for stage magic.
Sydney Opera House
It goes without saying that Jørn Utzon's sail shaped structure is one of the most famous buildings in the world - if not one of the 20th-century's greatest buildings, but there's a whole lot more going on aside from swooning sopranos.
Sydney Dance Company
A contemporary dance collective, the SDC has been wowing Australians and global audiences for a few decades.
Street Art on Cockatoo Island
Urban street art project among the docks of Cockatoo Island...
State Theatre
Preserved by The National Trust of Australia, this gorgeous old 2,000-seat theatre has fabulous acoustics and smacks of old-world glamour.
Star City
An easy stroll from central Sydney, there's really only one place to go if you want to burn some cash on roulette, baccarat or blackjack, and that's Star City -
Spice I Am
The best beef massamam in the world - better than the beef massamam in Thailand. Impossible, you say? Then check out the queues outside this tiny Thai eatery.
Somedays
A decidedly cool store-cum-gallery tucked away from the craziness of Sydney's retail strip.
Small Bar
Forever famous as the first 'small' bar of Sydney's small bar revolution, this cosy city bar isn't as pint-sized as you'd think.
Shortlist
Tucked in a street-front terrace in an eclectic inner-city suburb surrounded by converted warehouse apartments and hidden art galleries, The Shortlist attracts an alternative clientele and the vibe is ultra-relaxed.
Shakuhachi
Selling stylish wares for women-about-town, Shakuhachi is a favourite among Sydney's most discerning women.
Shag
Old is the new new at Shag, where retro fashions and vintage style is still very much in vogue.
Shady Pines Saloon
Get down and dirty at Shady Pines Saloon, a spit-and-sawdust kinda' place with hard liquor behind the bar.
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.
Rushcutters Bay Park
Whether you're a jogger or a pram-pusher, Rushcutters Bay Park offers plenty of space in which to relax beneath the glorious Australian sun.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Lush green gardens in the middle of a city such as Sydney? You bet, in the fabulously floral form of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Rosso Pomodoro
Perfect pizzas abound at Rosso Pomodore, but you'll have to hop a cab to enjoy them.
Riverview Hotel & Dining
A gastropub that champions the best of contemporary British fare in casual, pubby surroundings.
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.
Quincy
Shoes and bags and other trinkets for spend-happy ladies to burn their hard-earned cash on.
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?

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