Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Porch & Parlour
Part-shop, part-café, Porch & Parlour Bondi attracts trendy-wendies and bright young things looking for both retail and breakfast fixes.
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.
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.
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.
Little Ethels
You could never accuse Little Ethels of lacking in character, with eclectic interiors that would put an Alice in Wonderland set in the shade.
Museum of Contemp. Art
MOCCA is a small, but internationally respected, gallery with a mandate to showcase and support Canadian artists from the obscure to the established.
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.
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.
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.
Willow
Light, airy designs that are just perfect for the Australian summer..
Nielsen Park Kiosk
With its shaded thicket of trees and grassy slopes, the beautiful Nielsen Park cradles one of Sydney's most stunning harbour beaches, and as the only café in the area, this charming beach house-style kiosk is hugely popular.
Gusto
A special cinematic experience - plush chairs and waiter-delivered gourmet food.
Bondi Icebergs Baths
One of Australia's most famous ocean pools, serviced by amenities aplenty.
Brett Whiteley
Known for his classic Australiana images of the bush and blue waters of Sydney Harbour, Brett Whiteley was one of Australia's most iconic artists.
Beach Haus
Beach was never so chic as it is at Beach Haus, a Hamptons-inspired watering hole beloved by the beautiful people.
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.
Deus ex Machina
If you've ever lusted after Harleys and Yamahas, Deus ex Machina (meaning 'god out of the machine' in Latin) is your café.
Centennial Park
As oasis of calm amid an urban jungle, Centennial Park is the hub of Sydney's green scene.
Leona Edmiston
Accessories maketh the outfit, and nobody knows this best than Australian designer Leona Edmiston.
Seaplane
Get a bird's-eye-view of the city from a seaplane, gliding high above and skipping ever-annoying traffic.
Kirketon
Originally designed by Burley Katon Halliday, this 40-room boutique hotel was acquired by the Eight Hotels group in 2008 who commissioned Edge Design to rework the interiors and conjure up something reminiscent of a Parisian boutique hotel.
Manly Surf School
Surf's up, dude! Take to the waves astride a suitably stylish surfboard and make like a true Aussie.
Sushi e
Sushi-e was one of the first Sydney restaurants to jump on the Nobu bandwagon, and has wooed the city's glossy-maned, Manolo-wearing socialites and city bankers
Oxford Art Factory
Taking its cue from Andy Warhol's 1960s Factory, the Oxford Art Factory is a gritty, warehouse-style venue that has evolved into of the most versatile multi-performance spaces in Sydney.
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Arguably one of Sydney's finest restaurants, this Neil Perry-manned dining room has pretty much everything going for it.
Bianca Spender
Playful is mixed with the sophisticated at Bianca Spender to create clothes that truly dazzle.
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.
Oz Paddle
Rent out a part and work on your arms as you navigate your way through the water.
Sake
Those mad about Japanese are in for a treat at Sake, where culinary superstar Shaun Presland whips up a storm in the kitchen.
The Tunnel
After a recent, glamorous refurb, The Tunnel is one of the busiest clubs in the Cross area, with a notoriously long queue of sassy women wearing tiny miniskirts.
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.
Pizza e Birra
If you're hankering for pizza, this is one of Sydney's best.
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.
Becker Minty Woman
Everything any style-savvy woman could ever want under one, sleekly-designed roof.
Beach Burrito
Casual, brightly-coloured and ultra laid-back, sandy feet are almost expected at this cheap and cheerful Mexican snack house.
Blue
Formerly the W Hotel, the 100-room Blue Hotel is set on the Finger Wharf marina, home to a clutch of the city's most prestigious waterfront restaurants and within an extraordinary wharf building that once functioned as a wool- and cargo-handling faci

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