Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

4Fourteen
A bistro-style restaurant in stylish Surry Hills, 4Fourteen serves sharing plates so good you won’t actually want to share.
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.
Bodega
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.
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.
Le Monde
The flow of coffee is so fast and furious, sweaty-browed baristas can scarcely glance up at the chic slew of locals lining up at the counter, which is a good sign for serious coffee-lovers.
Danks Street Depot
A warehouse-style café with a fresh, seasonal menu, Danks Street Depot is so hip it hurts.
Fatima’s
When you've quaffed one too many cocktails and have a hankering for a late-night felafel, Fatima is your lady.
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.
Bills Darlinghurst
As the Darlinghurst outpost of celebrity chef Bill Granger's chain of cafés, diners can expect breakfasts with a bang.
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.
About Life
A healthfood supermarket that's got more than a little green about its scene; the perfect place to grab something to take-away.
Ripples
Weekend breakfasts are Ripples signature, with views out over the harbour, but the lunches and dinners are pretty damn good, too.
Tea Parlour
Bring out your genteel side at this quirky streetside sitting room, which has been inventively appointed by owner Amelia with thrift-store finds.
Jackies
Don your finest threads and your darkest Prada sunglasses because this is where the fashion set do lunch.
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.
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.
Chargrill Charlie’s
Don't be fooled into thinking this is some ordinary John Doe chicken shop. Chargrill Charlies is an institution.
Rosso Pomodoro
Perfect pizzas abound at Rosso Pomodore, but you'll have to hop a cab to enjoy them.
Eathouse Diner
The Eathouse is a casual diner that attracts a regular roster of cool kids through its doors come feeding-time.
Burnt Orange
Few Sydneysiders know about this little oasis, because it's tucked away in a secluded, harbourfront headland reserve.
Bertoni Casalinga
Run by brothers Alberto and Antonio (Bert and Tony), Bertoni is a tiny hole-in-the-wall café that sits astride the bustling Darling Street.
Bar H
When it's light bites you're after, look no further than Bar H; the perfect place to fill your boots quickly and effectively.
The Boathouse
A casual breakfast, lunch and drop-in café and provedore, The Boathouse is one of the northern beaches' most idyllic spots.
Olio
Light mediteranean bites and some of the best coffee in Sydney - including some rare blends, such as the ultra-exclusive kop luwak coffee.
Shortlist
Tucked in a street-front terrace in an eclectic inner-city suburb surrounded by converted warehouse apartments and hidden art galleries, The Shortlist attracts an alternative clientele and the vibe is ultra-relaxed.
Le Renaissance
This charming French patisserie has been serving Sydney's most exquisite macaron and croissants to discerning city folk for more than three decades.
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.
Detour Espresso Bar
A hole-in-the-wall kinda' place, where coffee and chat are very much the order of the day.
Bronte Road Bistro
A cosy bistro with light, tasty meals whipped up by ex-Tesuya's chef Dave Pegrum.
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.
Bean Drinking
With plenty of outdoor seating, this personable café in the eat-and-shop precinct of Crows Nest is a god-send for north shore coffee fiends, and the Coffee Lab is where caffeinated magic happens.
Tropicana Caffe
An institution in Sydney, Tropicana Caffe is at the core of the beating heart of Darlinghurst, where gays, straights, pimps and strippers come to read newspapers, drink coffee and preen in full view of passing Kings Cross traffic.
Porch & Parlour
Part-shop, part-café, Porch & Parlour Bondi attracts trendy-wendies and bright young things looking for both retail and breakfast fixes.
Single Origin
Serious baristas serving up serious beans to serious coffee connoisseurs. Single Origin means business.
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.

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