Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Tivoli Villa
Tivoli Villa is described as The Great Gatsby mansion, and it's easy to see why.
Shangri-La
Even purists will find it difficult to fault the Shangri-La. It's one of those hotels that has it all covered.
The Commons
So laid-back it's almost horizontal, The Commons is a casual spot for a booze-soaked catch-up with close friends.
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.
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.
Humble Vintage
Pinching the idea from arch nemesis Melbourne, Sydney now offers vintage bikes for hire.
Toko
With its honey-coloured timber interiors, sumptuous leather banquettes and the cream of Sydney's fashion crop nibbling on dainty bites of sashimi, Toko is the c
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?
Fatima’s
When you've quaffed one too many cocktails and have a hankering for a late-night felafel, Fatima is your lady.
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.
Summit
High-end food high up; Summit scales new heights in gastronomic excellence.
Gorman
Practical clothing with a femine edge for women-about-town.
Australian Centre for Photography
If you love photography, want to learn how to make the most of your SLR or want to know more about the history of Australia's best snappers, this is the place to go.
Dive Sydney
Whether you're an amateur or pro, Dive Sydney has the expertise to ensure a smooth dive from beginning to end.
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.
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.
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
Bondi To Bronte
A gorgeous, awe-inspiring coastal walk that takes in views you'll remember for a lifetime.
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.
Danks Street Depot
A warehouse-style café with a fresh, seasonal menu, Danks Street Depot is so hip it hurts.
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.
Bridge Climb
Head for heights? Then scale Sydney Harbour Bridge, clad in an all-in-one jumpsuit.
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.
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.
Grace Hotel
One of the city's best examples of pre-war architecture, The Grace hotel was once an office block that was requisitioned during the Second World War for use as allied headquarters.
Minty Meets Munt
Womenswear with a young, playful edge.
Pilu
When Sydney turns it on with a blisteringly beautiful, blue-sky summer's day, there are few better places in the world to be than at Pilu.
Becker Minty
Marvellous miscellaneous items await at Becker Minty, perfect for the treasure-hunter in you.
Marque
Chefs Mark Best and Pasi Petanen of Marque are masters of calculated culinary risk, creating such an exquisite degustation menu here that it would silence even the most cynical critic.
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
Lucette
Get that haute hippy edge from Lucette, where beautiful boho pieces await your discovery.
Sydney Ferries
A cheap 'n' easy way to explore the city - all by water.
Momofuku Seiobo
Japanese-Australian fusion that could just change your view fine dining.
Riverview Hotel & Dining
A gastropub that champions the best of contemporary British fare in casual, pubby surroundings.
Macleay on Manning
An assorted range of high-end items to make your life that bit more stylish.
Minx
Female-friendly and super-classy, this striptease club is on the nicer side of naughty.
Diamant
For nocturnal mischief, the 77-room Diamant hotel couldn't be better situated.
Bills Darlinghurst
As the Darlinghurst outpost of celebrity chef Bill Granger's chain of cafés, diners can expect breakfasts with a bang.

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