Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

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.
Long Reef Golf Club
A course with a view; tee-off against a stunning coastline backdrop at this gorgeous club.
Fico
The discreet entrance, sexy jazz tunes and flickering red candles should give you an idea that Fico isn't a rowdy drinking den.
Art Gallery of NSW
With its façade flanked by elegant Greek columns, the Art Gallery of NSW stands at the foot of The Domain - beautiful parklands only a few minutes away from the city-centre.
Bassike
Keeping things simple, Bassike offers stylish staples with a twist.
Ravesi’s
Ravesi's is a little gem of a hotel smack bang on the beachfront of Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach.
Style Council
Menswear for the gentlemen who like to look good.
Absinthe Salon
Only those with a strong alcohol tolerance should stop by here, where absinthe is very much the order of the day.
Forbes & Burton
Effortlessly hip, casual and proudly eco, Forbes & Burton is set in a beautiful corner heritage building with sandstone walls and hardwood floors, low benches along the window and a few outdoor tables.
Little Marionette
Roasting its brilliant beans on-site, Little Marionette's reputation has spread far and wide - and quite rightly so.
Outre Gallery
Here's a gallery that gave a middle-finger salute to the high-brow, snooty arts scene.
Sofitel
The beds at Sofitel are famous, and quite rightly so.
Aria
North Sydney Pool
Brush up on your stroke in the inviting waters of this Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Incu
Super-fashion clothing store that mixes high-end with high-street; just the way fashion editors suggest.
Mecca Cosmetica
Paint your face with posh make-up and cosmetics from Mecca Cosmetica.
Hermitage Walk
A beautiful walk with plenty of Kodak moments along the way - particularly the megayachts you'll see dazzling in the distance.
Bungalow 8
Multi-faceted concept and lifestyle store...
Let’s Go Surfing
There's nothing better than catching some waves on Bondi, and these lessons will have you up and on in no time.
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.
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.
Aesop
Using all-natural ingredients, Australian skincare brand Aesop certainly knows how to make a Sydneysider feel sexy.
Bronte Road Bistro
A cosy bistro with light, tasty meals whipped up by ex-Tesuya's chef Dave Pegrum.
Hughenden
A go-to for literary lovers or travellers wanting to stay somewhere that's more like a home, this stately Victorian mansion has worn many hats in its time.
Manly Bike Tours
Hop on a two-wheeler and explore with the fresh sea breeze flowing through your hair.
Medusa
Near the mischievous red light district of Kings Cross, this grand, three-levelled terrace mansion is home to an elegant boutique hotel named after the beautiful, yet terrifying mythical snake-haired maiden, Medusa.
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.
Rose & Ruby
Strut around Sydney like a Grecian goddess with a floaty, feminine frock from Rose & Ruby.
Rockpool
The original trailblazer in chef Neil Perry's slew of Australian restaurants, Rockpool is a classy restaurant that has been delivering a solid, superior culinary experience for more than 21 years.
Andrew McDonald
Treat yourself with cusom-made soles at Andrew McDonald, arguably the best shoe-maker in the city.
Belvoir Street Theatre
With its bohemian-chic, eccentric clientele and warm, inviting atmosphere, the Belvoir Street Theatre is one of Sydney's most-loved theatres.
Zayira
Clean simplicity and luxe fabrics are designer Anita Kostovski's must-haves, and her newly-opened store Zayira offers shoppers copious amounts of understated luxury.
Pretty Beach House
Around 100-kilometres from Sydney on the Bouddi Peninsula, this private boutique retreat is set in tranquil native bushland and offers round-the-clock private butler service and a no-expenses-spared experience.
Detour Espresso Bar
A hole-in-the-wall kinda' place, where coffee and chat are very much the order of the day.
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.
Captain Cook
Hop-on and hop-off Captain Cook for one of the best (and cheapest) ways to explore the Harbour.
Camilla Beach House
Offering kaftans that you can wear from beach to bar, sand-friendly fashion has never been more stylish.
Endota Spa
As one of Sydney's most chic spa chains, you can bet your bottom Aussie dollar that you'll leave this outpost of Endota Spa feeling rested, relaxed and rejuvenated.
Bar Coluzzi
Arguably Sydney's first coffee joint, Bar Coluzzi still serves some of the best roasts in the city; a colourful crowd of coffee-lovers adds to its character.
The Vanguard
In the heartland of eclectic Newtown amid a vast array of ethnic eateries and second-hand stores lies the Vanguard.

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