Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

SOMA
Grayline Bus Tours
This is a hop-on/hop-off open-topped bus tour of the city.
Museum of Contemp. Art
Art Gallery of Ontario
The AGO houses the world's largest collection of Canadian art.
Air Canada Centre
Indulge in Canada's one true love in this super-sized stadium.
Rosedale Diner
It's as much about the personality as it is about the food at this upscale eclectic diner...
2 Cats
Perfect for those content to order drinks cheek-by-jowl (albeit both chiselled and youthful), this local hangout would be casual if it weren't so darn frenetic.
Winners
Make sure you have plenty of energy to tackle this discount clothing shop.
Hilton Garden Inn
If you hadn't seen the brand emblazoned on the outside of the building, you'd swear you were standing in the lobby of a fancy-pants boutique hotel.
Saving Grace
This classic brunch spot is the saving grace of its uninspiring locale, bar one or two cute coffee shops.
Varsity Cinemas
Upmarket multiplex with all the trimmings...
Caplansky’s
Montreal claims to be the Canadian Mecca of the smoked-meat sandwich, so it caused much kvetching when Zane Caplansky had the chutzpah to make a Toronto version.
Dakota Tavern
It's only been open since 2006, but this live music bar is already a solid gold institution.
House of Vintage
A vintage shop with outposts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Smoke’s Poutinerie
A fast-food franchise that's fabulous for post-drink munchies.
Madison Manor Boutique Hotel
If Anne of Green Gables came to the big city, this is where she'd stay.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Canadians pour in here by the truckload with the whole family in tow to worship at the altar of ice-hockey...
Hippo Tours
The Hippo is a 'unique 40-passenger vessel' that will drive you through the streets of Toronto and keep you afloat in Lake Ontario (while you're drowning in public humiliation).
Royal Ontario Museum
With a collection of six million items, the ROM is the largest natural history and world culture museum in Canada.
Index G B&B
A quirky bed-and-breakfast that's cool, casual and super-creative.
Butterfly
Plastic fantastic at Butterfly.
Red Bull 381
A nifty little space up a staircase and through an illuminated covered bridge, this is a Red Bull-sponsored art platform.
Club Monaco
Rogers Centre Stadium
The five-level stadium formerly known as the SkyDome is home to Toronto's baseball team, The Blue Jays, and the Toronto Argonauts Football Club.
Red Tea Box
This odd little shop is for total tea enthusiasts (and anyone who likes cake).
Rua Vang Golden Turtle
Pho-get about the competition, this is where in-the-know Torontonians get their noodle soup fix.
Lululemon Athletica
Canadian brand for athletic-stroke-casual wear and yoga paraphernalia.
69 Vintage
Good quality vintage clothes in a charming store.
LeVack Block
On a street heavily peppered with bars, this is the hot chili - and it's all down to the dance floor.
Chosen
Vintage galore.
Sweaty Betty’s
This cluttered nook attracts a misfit parade of artsy, bookish types of unannounced sexuality and longhaired tattooed folk of indeterminate age.
The Senator
This historic diner opened in 1948, and looks like it's been preserved in aspic ever since.
Vintage Mix 1
Get into the vintage spirit and search for that something special at Vintage Mix 1.
Allen Lambert Galleria
Within the office complex of Brookfield Place, there is a six-storey 'Galleria' connecting Bay Street with Heritage Square.
The Power Plant
Similarly to the Tate Modern, this former power station has been revamped as a public gallery for contemporary international art.
Bata Shoe Museum
Opened by Sonja Bata of the shoe manufacturing family, this is a charming homage to footwear through the ages.
Bruce Bell Walking Tours
An ex-actor turned historic tour guide, Bruce Bell delivers his Toronto tid-bits with humour and panache.
Badlands Vintage
Vintage clothes from the 80s and 90s in a shop decorated with the odd bit of taxidermy.
Greg’s Ice Cream
Greg's has been Toronto's tastiest ice-cream parlour for 30 years now, and shows no signs of a meltdown.
Deja vu
A treasure trove for vintage finds.

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