Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

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.
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.
69 Vintage
Good quality vintage clothes in a charming store.
Aunties & Uncles
Named after a B-side tune from The Jam, this is the flipside to a sleek business brunch.
Milli
Milli's womenswear labels glitter.
Lavish & Squalor
Stay caffeinated as you shop in this liefstyle and clothes store.
Tiffany & Co.
You know you want to take something home in that little Tiffany blue box.
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.
Diesel
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.
Birk’s Jewellery
Oh, the sparkling, glimmering, beautiful things that can be found at Birk's.
Sweaty Betty’s
This cluttered nook attracts a misfit parade of artsy, bookish types of unannounced sexuality and longhaired tattooed folk of indeterminate age.
Preloved
An eco-boutique with some high octane fans.
Coach
Luxury leather from this American design house.
Second City
It's spoof and satire from the improvisational comedy enterprise that started in 1959 in Chicago.
Ziliotto Design
Gorgeous jersey pieces from a designer who trained at Chanel.
Girl Friday
Clothes for a woman with style, and a budget.
El Convento Rico
This is one of the hottest clubs in town, literally.
Thompson Hotel
Arriving in 2010 with all the hype and magnetism of the Death Star, the first Canadian outpost of the super-stylised U.S. chain sucked in fashionistas with its force-field.
The Senator
This historic diner opened in 1948, and looks like it's been preserved in aspic ever since.
Queen And Beaver
If you're pining for an exemplary British roast or a fish and chips fix, proprietor Jamieson Kerr grew up in the U.K. and knows how to do it right.
LeVack Block
On a street heavily peppered with bars, this is the hot chili - and it's all down to the dance floor.
Sky Yard
Like a bona fide A-lister, it's easy to be nice when you're on top of the pile - and this delightfully sassy bar must have vertigo.
Chosen
Vintage galore.
Distill
Canadian crafts and designs abound in this store.
Brass Rail
There's a lot of love for the living legend that is the Brass Rail.
Vintage Mix 1
Get into the vintage spirit and search for that something special at Vintage Mix 1.
Bruce Bell Walking Tours
An ex-actor turned historic tour guide, Bruce Bell delivers his Toronto tid-bits with humour and panache.
Senses
Jet-fresh celebs who've checked into the Soho Met hotel love this five-star eatery on the hotel's ground floor.
Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres
Once scheduled for demolition, this is the last-surviving Edwardian double-decker theatre in the world.
Ame
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.
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.
Maid of the Mist
You're under two hours from Niagara Falls, so you might as well make the effort, right?

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