Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

House of Vintage
A vintage shop with outposts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Brant House
Pitching itself as a house party, clubbers come to live it up in the Brant House living room.
Hugo Boss
Spectacle
Whether you're planning on fun in the sun or just chilling with some fiction, Spectacle has all your optical needs covered.
Swan’s End Guest House
Toronto Islands: a fun day trip by 10-minute ferry, but stay the night? Torontonians will tell you its madness and can't be done. Actually, not only is it possible, this is possibly the most elegant place to stay in Toronto.
Roosevelt Room
Slip down this side alley and slide back into the Old Hollywood of the roaring twenties.
Smoke’s Poutinerie
A fast-food franchise that's fabulous for post-drink munchies.
Jacflash
A multi-label boutique with a clear identity of its own.
The Beaconsfield
If you like your bars pretty, this one's picture-perfect.
Dakota Tavern
It's only been open since 2006, but this live music bar is already a solid gold institution.
Cole Haan
From ballet pumps to satchel handbags, Oxfords to sunglasses, Cole Haan kits men and women out in style.
Biff’s Bistro
Great French restaurants are few and far between in the city, but Biff's goes some way to filling that void.
Tutti Matti
Real passion imbues the kitchen and the staff – all radiating out of chef and owner Alida's love of all things Italian.
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...
LAB Consignment
Designer delights can be found at this re-sale shop.
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).
Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation
Privately funded contemporary art space...
Balzac’s Coffee
Harking back to a time when French cafés were lousy with literary luminaries, this place offers a slice of Parisian panache with its assortment of organic coffees.
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.
Bergo Designs
Philippe Starck and Frank Gehry can be found in this 6,000 sq foot design and commercial store.
Silver Falls Vintage
Perfectly preserved vintage fashion.
Niagara Helicopters
For the ultimate snapshot of the Falls, it's got to be from the air.
Clark & Faria
Work from Canadian and International artists can be purchased at this commercial gallery.
Index G B&B
A quirky bed-and-breakfast that's cool, casual and super-creative.
Royal Ontario Museum
With a collection of six million items, the ROM is the largest natural history and world culture museum in Canada.
The Drake Underground
Found beneath the ever-popular Drake Hotel, this subterranean live music den has the city's brightest young things rocking out til the small hours.
The Rage
What was the rage then is the rage now. Get your brand new retro here.
Harry Rosen
Men go wild in this luxury department store just for you.
Seventy Seven
This concept store in historic Yorkville is Pink Tartan's flagship.
Massey Hall
The oldest and grandest concert hall in the city, Massey Hall dates back to 1894.
Fairmont Royal York
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.
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.
Butterfly
Plastic fantastic at Butterfly.
The Metropolitan
The Metropolitan isn't a name that rings bells with the locals because it's in a bit of a blind spot on a residential street.
Rotate This
Vinyl forever, baby.
Pravdka Vodka
Pravda - a Slavic word for 'truth' - was the title of the Soviet Union's communist newspaper. This vodka bar on the edge of the business district takes the Russian theme and runs, vaults and flips with it.
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.

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