Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Apple
Sleek and sexy, Apple is slowly taking over the world with its range of gorgeous electronics.
Bathers’ Pavilion
This elegant restaurant is plonked on the million-dollar Balmoral Beach pRomenade, a mere metre (or is it two?) from the glistening harbour and frolicking beachgoers.
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.
Tropicana Caffe
An institution in Sydney, Tropicana Caffe is at the core of the beating heart of Darlinghurst, where gays, straights, pimps and strippers come to read newspapers, drink coffee and preen in full view of passing Kings Cross traffic.
Glenmore Rooftop Hotel
If it's a sparkling Sydney day and you want to drink a frosted schooner in the sun on a rooftop, this is the place.
MLC Centre
High-end in a high-rise makes for shopping with serious altitude.
Ivy
A playground for the ultra-glamorous, Ivy is Sydney's ultimate den of debauchery.
Aquabumps
Eugene Tan has done Australia a service with his incredible photographer's eye and dedication to capturing the essence of Bondi's beach and surf culture.
Quay Grand Suites
Comfortably treading the line between luxury hotel and serviced apartment, the Quay Grand Suites occupy a prime slice of Sydney real estate adjacent to the infamous so-called 'Toaster' building.
Bondi Icebergs Baths
One of Australia's most famous ocean pools, serviced by amenities aplenty.
Sheraton on the Park
Directly fronting the verdant expanse of Hyde Park, the Sheraton is a good choice for travellers with extra luggage room, as it's within ambling distance from Sydney's department stores and the new Westfield shopping mall.
Flat White
In the well-to-do suburb of Woollahra, directly opposite the charming Lord Dudley pub, this unassuming little café does a roaring neighbourhood trade.
Uccello
Italian fare in the heart of the Ivy Pool Club - the perfect way to duck beneath its notoriously taut velvet ropes.
Peep Toe
Sole sisters flock to Peep Toe for its range of foot-candy; from stilettos to boots, add a little panache to your strut.
Aki’s
Arguably the only fine-dining Indian eatery in Sydney, those with a taste for the exotic flock to Aki's in their suit-clad droves.
Bottega del Vino
If you want cheese, wine, cured meats, or perhaps all of the above, then this glamorous little place is a one-stop shop.
Manly Surf School
Surf's up, dude! Take to the waves astride a suitably stylish surfboard and make like a true Aussie.
The Corner Shop
Luxe Aussie labels are the order of the day at The Corner Shop, where chic doesn't come cheap.
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.
Sydney Dance Company
A contemporary dance collective, the SDC has been wowing Australians and global audiences for a few decades.
LL Wine Dine
Once an illegal casino in the 1960s, then a swingers' club and even an adult bookshop named Ecstasy, this buzzy, Hong Kong-style eats 'n' drinks den sits in a pedestrian-only laneway in Sydney's former seedy red light district.
Establishment
Easily one of Sydney's hippest addresses, every visiting celebrity, fashionista and designer worth their salt has shacked up in one of Establishment's minimalistic-cool suites,
Enmore Theatre
This grand old dame was built in 1908 and opened as a theatre in 1912, but now hosts everything from rock bands and DJs to international comedy acts and orchestra.
Porky’s Nite Spot
A no-frills strip joint, famed for seed and sleaze but still very much a must-see place.
Black Star
Whether it's sweet treats or savoury stuff you're after, you're guaranteed that pretty much anything at Black Star comes loaded with calories. So worth it, though.
Welcome Hotel
The Welcome Hotel is a casual, no-frills pub with surprisingly high-end food and a cool crowd of fellow drinkers.
Hilton
Eau de Vie
A potent mixture of Mediterranean views exquisite surroundings and gourmet food.
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.
Kiehl’s
With more than 159 years of experience behind them, Kiehl's is the place to go for skincare.
Harry’s Café de Wheels
If eating a pie is a religious experience, then Harry's is the Vatican; it's no wonder a slew of celebrities have chowed down here.
Café Hernandez
Spanish-born Joaquin Hernandez is an old-timer on Sydney's café scene - he's run this place since the 1970s and roasts his own coffee on-site.
Café 1812
In 1812, Solomon Berkelouw opened his first family bookshop in Rotterdam, Holland, and now, six generations later, 1812 is back – in the form of Café 1812. 
Brasserie Bread Café
It might be in a part of Sydney few would explore, but Brasserie Bread has developed something of a cult following for its carb-tastic bakery goods - particularly the caramelised garlic bread.
Allpress Roastery Café
Coffee is more than a drink here, it's a way of life; expect the best roasts supported by a small menu of Italian sandwiches.
Assin
Those with a passion for high-end fashion flock to Assin, where luxe labels fill super-stylish shelves.
Harlequin Market
From the old to the new, edgy to refined, Harlequin Market is a treasure chest of covetable trinkets.
Division2
Division2 is all about denim, with luxe labels stitched into the waistline of every pair.
Gardel’s Bar
Mid-century Argentina comes to Sydney in this richly styled speakeasy with its own Evita-themed room.
Jimmy Choo
Needing little introduction; get your skyscraper heels and oversized bags here.

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