Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
Positioned between the financial and entertainment districts in Downtown Toronto, the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is one of the city’s hotel heavyweights.
Royal Alexandra Theatre
Having opened in 1907 without any conversions since, 'The Royal Alex' is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America.
The Bay Queen Street
An impressive history lies behind this shopping powerhouse.
Four Seasons Centre
Canada's first and only purpose-built opera house is home to both the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada.
One King West
This hotel was once the prestigious Dominion Bank, opened in 1914 using the same architects who designed the magnificent Royal Ontario Museum on Bloor Street.
MoRoCo
This is where the Mad Hatter would throw his tea party in Toronto.
Cosmopolitan
Eastern-influenced Zen-boutique hotel in the heart of the business district...
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.
South of Temperance
Negotiating your way to the bar during peak times is about as fun as airport security, but currently this after-work spot is hot with the corporate crowd.
The Beaconsfield
If you like your bars pretty, this one's picture-perfect.
For Your Eyes Only
Not just for your eyes only, but for your hands, too.
Hugo Boss
Park Hyatt
Swishing past the fountain courtyard and into the serene environs of the opulent Park Hyatt lobby, there's already that warm-glow-of-an-upgrade feeling.
Cole Haan
From ballet pumps to satchel handbags, Oxfords to sunglasses, Cole Haan kits men and women out in style.
This is London
An unashamed homage to a Mayfair gentleman's club aesthetic.
Hazelton Spa
There's nothing frivolous here, just the tools and science to pamper and perk up an elite clientele.
Amber
Amber is the colour between stop and go, a cruel suspension of time as the doorman assesses your assets at the entrance.
Brant House
Pitching itself as a house party, clubbers come to live it up in the Brant House living room.
Spectacle
Whether you're planning on fun in the sun or just chilling with some fiction, Spectacle has all your optical needs covered.
Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation
Privately funded contemporary art space...
City Hall & Phillips Sq.
Acting as both a courthouse and a symbol for the city, City Hall is a must-do on any visitor's itinerary.
Biff’s Bistro
Great French restaurants are few and far between in the city, but Biff's goes some way to filling that void.
Bergo Designs
Philippe Starck and Frank Gehry can be found in this 6,000 sq foot design and commercial store.
Harry Rosen
Men go wild in this luxury department store just for you.
Fairmont Royal York
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.
Princess of Wales Theatre
A 2,000-seat theatre purpose-built by the Mirvish family, the Princess of Wales is steps from their other landmark, 'The Royal Alex', in the heart of the Entertainment District.
Dolce Social Ballroom
One of the grandest spots in town, Dolce Social Ballroom oozes glitz, glamour and oodles of gold.
Tiffany & Co.
You know you want to take something home in that little Tiffany blue box.
Westin Harbour Castle
If you're nuts about ice hockey and barmy about baseball, it's a short walk from here to their respective stadiums – the Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre.
Brassaii
Gustav Brassaï (note the spelling) was a Hungarian photographer famous for his Parisian cityscapes. Curiously, this establishment chose his name but can't use his correct spelling due to legal reasons.
Hemingways
There's a delicious incongruence about this Kiwi pub with its gaudy flags and banners being slap-bang in the middle of the socialite district.
Le Germain Maple Leaf Sq.
Nothing here immediately indicates that you're staying just a stone's throw from a hockey and basketball stadium - other than the puck and ball shapes on the carpet.
Le Meridien King Edward
With its distinctive blue awning, revolving door and liveried doorman, Toronto's first luxury hotel still bustles with business 107 years on.
Birk’s Jewellery
Oh, the sparkling, glimmering, beautiful things that can be found at Birk's.
Coach
Luxury leather from this American design house.
Ziliotto Design
Gorgeous jersey pieces from a designer who trained at Chanel.
Girl Friday
Clothes for a woman with style, and a budget.
Brass Rail
There's a lot of love for the living legend that is the Brass Rail.
Guu Izakaya
An Izakaya is a chaotic Japanese bar and snack-stop that promises a bullet train to inebriation. The crazy Guu chain has been getting around Vancouver, and now it's Toronto's turn.

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