Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Gelato Messina
For a scoop of fantastic gelato, there’s no place better in Sydney than Gelato Messina, which offers dozens of delicious flavours and even gelato classes.
The Old Clare Hotel
Formerly a pub and a brewery admin building, The Old Clare Hotel, a chic boutique hotel in Chippendale, offers style and three independent restaurants.
Black Star Pastry
Black Star Pastry is a much-loved patisserie and restaurant in Sydney’s Newtown area, with another delicious outpost in Rosebery.
Bodega
Est
To those in-the-know, est. - spelt lower-case and with a full-stop at the end - is the place to come for high-end cuisine and an even higher-end clientele.
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.
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.
Parlour X
Parlour X offers a carefully-edited selection of the chicest clothes from around the world, all withing a sultry boudoir setting.
The Rum Diaries
Rum is the thing at The Rum Diaries, which offers 80 different varieties and a cool, laid-back atmosphere.
Trelise Cooper
Those who like their skirts, shirts and everything in between a little offbeat stock up here at Trelise Cooper.
Paspaley Pearls
Park Avenue princesses and Sloaney Ponies will love the prim pearls on offer here.
Ivy Pool Club
Entrance to this South Beach Miami meets Palm Springs wonderland is carefully restricted and as the name suggests, its centrepiece is the outdoor pool; the playground for Sydney's genetically blessed.
Queen Victoria Building
Wonderfully ornate interiors add to the backdrop at this shopping Mecca.
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.
Chi The Spa
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.
Chinese Laundry
Ranked number one club in Australia in DJ Mag's 'Top 100 Clubs in the World' poll, the Laundry's three sweaty club rooms make for one massive party playground.
Bistro Moncur
One of the eastern suburb's most iconic restaurants, Bistro Moncur has not lost any of its popularity since opening in 1993.
Tivoli Villa
Tivoli Villa is described as The Great Gatsby mansion, and it's easy to see why.
McIvers Baths
A rock pool that caters exclusively to women - no ogling men in sight.
NSW Golf Club
With views out over the ocean, this golf club enables you to enjoy Australia's natural beauty while brushing up on your game all at the same time.
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.
Sass & Bide
They say two heads are better than one, and that's certainly the case at Sass & Bide - headed up by Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton.
Bambini Wine Room
As something of a media magnet, Bambini Wine Room is a hip all-day drinking and dining spot for the ultra-trendy.
Tim Olsen Gallery
One of Sydney's most esteemed galleries, Tim Olsen's gallery features the landscape art work of his father, the beret-wearing John Olsen, one of Australia's most renowned artists.
Shangri-La
Even purists will find it difficult to fault the Shangri-La. It's one of those hotels that has it all covered.
Kate Owen Gallery
If you're keen for a closer look at some of Australia's best Aboriginal artwork, the Kate Owen Gallery should be high on the itinerary.
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.
Bondi To Bronte
A gorgeous, awe-inspiring coastal walk that takes in views you'll remember for a lifetime.
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.
Pacific Road House
Set among the swaying eucalyptus trees and only a short stroll to the beach, this gorgeous, privately-rented mansion is the epitome of Australian beachside luxu
Dive Sydney
Whether you're an amateur or pro, Dive Sydney has the expertise to ensure a smooth dive from beginning to end.
2 Danks Street
One gallery? Bah, humbug! How about ten contemporary art galleries? That's what you'll find if you venture south of the city to the edgy arts precinct of Waterloo.
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?
Summit
High-end food high up; Summit scales new heights in gastronomic excellence.
Jonah’s Whale Beach
Ariel
Bookworms will find pages to turn at Ariel, which has a huge range of literature on offer - from beach-reads to heftier tomes.
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.
Danks Street Depot
A warehouse-style café with a fresh, seasonal menu, Danks Street Depot is so hip it hurts.
Minx
Female-friendly and super-classy, this striptease club is on the nicer side of naughty.

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