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.
Black Star Pastry
Black Star Pastry is a much-loved patisserie and restaurant in Sydney’s Newtown area, with another delicious outpost in Rosebery.
La Boheme
Forget what you've heard about Czech food, and experience the cuisine the way God intended at La Boheme.
The London
An institution in Sydney, The London Hotel has been around since 1870 and it's a beloved local pub for Balmain residents.
Bistro Moncur
One of the eastern suburb's most iconic restaurants, Bistro Moncur has not lost any of its popularity since opening in 1993.
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.
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.
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.
Latteria
Latteria has one of the best people-watching perches on buzzy Victoria Street, which links the eclectic suburb of Darlinghurst with its naughty Kings Cross sibling.
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.
McIvers Baths
A rock pool that caters exclusively to women - no ogling men in sight.
The Commons
So laid-back it's almost horizontal, The Commons is a casual spot for a booze-soaked catch-up with close friends.
Ariel
Bookworms will find pages to turn at Ariel, which has a huge range of literature on offer - from beach-reads to heftier tomes.
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.
Humble Vintage
Pinching the idea from arch nemesis Melbourne, Sydney now offers vintage bikes for hire.
Fatima’s
When you've quaffed one too many cocktails and have a hankering for a late-night felafel, Fatima is your lady.
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.
Bondi To Bronte
A gorgeous, awe-inspiring coastal walk that takes in views you'll remember for a lifetime.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Riverview Hotel & Dining
A gastropub that champions the best of contemporary British fare in casual, pubby surroundings.
Diamant
For nocturnal mischief, the 77-room Diamant hotel couldn't be better situated.
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
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.
Efendy
Efendy will change your mind about Turkish cuisine, which isn't raved about enough in our minds.
Golden Century
As one of Sydney's favourite late-night dining venues, Golden Century has a cult-like following and the mere mention of it to a local will induce an enthusiastic, Oh
Berta
You'll need Google Maps to find this little gem but it's worth the hunt, with inspiring Italian fare and intimate interiors.
Saba
Shapely clothing from Australian brand Saba, which prides itself on flattering the form with its high-end fashions.
At Perry Lane
For an art fix washed down with a coffee and a sandwich, wander down to At Perry Lane.
Federation Cliff Walk
Views of the wild Tasman Sea make this a must-do - just watch your step, or risk taking an unexpected dip.
Miss Chu
Part-canteen, part-hawker stall-meets-tuck shop, Miss Chu claims to make the best Vietnamese rice paper rolls in town and she's not wrong.
Firstdraft
This non-profit, artist-run studio is managed entirely by volunteers and practising artists.
Four Ate Five
Quirky and casual, this is a great little café fronting the hubbub of hip Crown Street, attracting a steady stream of fashionable young locals with their signature Macbook or skateboard tucked under their arms.
Star City
An easy stroll from central Sydney, there's really only one place to go if you want to burn some cash on roulette, baccarat or blackjack, and that's Star City -
Ash St. Cellar
Spilling out onto a paved, pedestrian laneway, the tiny Ash St. Cellar is a little slice of Paris in the heart of Sydney's business district, with an equally im
Coast Golf & Recreation Club
It may be a bit further afield than some of Sydney's other courses, but stunning seaside views make this a winner.
A Tavola
This strip of Victoria Street is lined with restaurants and a steady hum of pedestrian traffic but A Tavola is one of the better choices for some of the best homemade pasta in Sydney.

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