Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

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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.
Jacobs & Co.
There's a whiff of machismo about this sophisticated meat Mecca in the trendy King Street area.
King of Kensington
Although the name is far from modest, 'King of Kensington' is fast becoming a favourite on Kensington Avenue with 40 years of vintage on offer.
Criminal Records
A great mishmash of old and new at the retro shop - find your vinyl next to DVDs.
Nadege
Former pastry chef at London's Yauatcha, Hakkasan and The Ivy, Nadege has the experience and the heritage (she's French) to know a good croissant from a bad one.
Deja vu
A treasure trove for vintage finds.
Holt Renfrew
Whether you want to relax in a spa, chat to the concierge about the theatre, or, well, shop, then Holt Renfrew is definitely the place to go.
Panasonic Theatre
The smallest theatre in the Mirvish stable, the Panasonic hosts an eclectic catalogue of shows.
Soho Met
Understated and fuss-free, it's all about 'check me in' rather than 'check me out' at this superior link in the Metropolitan hotel chain.
Over The Rainbow
The jeans from Over The Rainbow will truly send you over the moon.
Consort Bar
If you want a quiet, grown-up drink, with no nubile distractions or threat of impromptu dancing, then sashay right in here my friend.
Roy Thomson Hall
Home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir...
The Bra Bar
Multi-label lingerie boutique.
MAC Cosmetics
Every colour, every shade, every brush and accessory you could possibly want can be found at MAC. Whether you're a professional pretender or the real deal, get your make up here.
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.
Made You Look
This jewellery shop is worth every step it takes to get there.
House of Gourmet
Gourmet is an over-generous description, but House of Pretty Damn Good doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
The Grilled Cheese
If you ski in Europe, then a hilltop shack devoted to hot cheese isn't so weird.
MaxMara
Pantages
So close to the Eaton Centre you could get there blindfolded, Pantages couldn't be more city-central.
Barchef
This is the inner-sanctum of Toronto's cocktail culture, where a drink's not a drink, it's 'an experience'.
Champagne & Cupcakes
Dresses only at this boutique. And South Korean lingerie, too.
Maison Mercer
Fame-seekers and fashion victims crowd into the sumptuous environs of Maison Mercer to see and be seen.
Camp 4
One of the most recent fun-size bars to open in this area, Camp 4 is packed to the rafters with young vintage-wearing hipsters.
Type Books
An independent bookstore, beloved by all who know it.
Nyood Bar
Found above the restaurant of the same name, Nyood is a boisterous bar that'll have even the shiest wallflowers up and on the floor.
Century Room
Capturing the best features of the century-old building it's housed in, this lounge/nightclub has played host to celebs like Jude Law and Jamie Foxx.
Czehoski
A deli-cum-restaurant/bar, Czehoski packs 'em in with a a wide range of beer on tap and quirky vintage furnishings aplenty.
Robber
Clothes, shoes and accessories from American and Canadian designers.
The Ossington
There is the only bar on Ossington that passes the cat-swinging test.
The Hazelton
Yorkville's only five-star hotel exudes all the palpable energy of a matinee idol, and clearly relishes the adulation it commands.
Gooderham Building
This thin wedge of a red-brick building is a Toronto landmark.
Thompson Rooftop Bar
Word of warning: at the time of writing you needed to be a hotel guest to gain access, but this stunning rooftop bar boasts a proposal-worthy panorama.
The Horseshoe Tavern
This live music venue has been going strong since 1947.
Tim Hortons
Canada's biggest fast-food chain makes McDonald's and Starbucks look un-enterprising.
David’s
Get your feet looking fabulous with shoes from the likes of Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.
A Taste of Quebec
Indulge in terroir products from Quebec at this food boutique.
CN Tower
Toronto's signature landmark is an iconic national symbol and attracts two million visitors a year.
Ritz-Carlton Spa
An entire fifth floor (that's 23,000-square-foot) dedicated to your health and wellbeing.

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