Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

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.
BMO Field
This is home to Toronto F.C. and Canada's first Major League Soccer team.
Design Exchange
Housed within the former Toronto Stock Exchange, this Design Centre and Museum is one of the city's hidden gems.
Canada’s Wonderland
Open May to September, this is Canada's premier theme park.
Gardiner Museum
Canada's only museum dedicated entirely to ceramics, the Gardiner is compact, intimate and easily explored.
The Eaton Centre
With 230 shops and an art piece featuring a flock of life-sized Canada geese flying through the atrium, this mall is definitely a shopping stop.
Soulpepper Theatre Company
An artist-founded, classical repertory theatre company in the historic environs of the Distillery District.
Courage My Love
A shop as vintage as the wares within.
Blowfish
Blowfish has been a word on everyone's lips since it opened here in 2003.
TIFF Bell Lightbox
This is the daddy of all cinemaplexes, with a film gallery, reference library, and an exhibition and performance space to boot.
The Refinery
Personal shopping with Wendy.
Canon Theatre
A stunning 2,295-seat theatre set in an impeccably restored historic building.
Betsey Johnson
Fun and funky fashion is the name of the game at Betsey Johnson.
Spice Route
Not only does Spice Route have a hot location on ultra-cool King Street West, it's easily the most exotic-looking venue on the strip: plumes of fire, wood and lots of foliage.
Vera Wang
Just the name, 'Vera Wang', is enough to conjure up visions of beautiful brides and elegant eveningwear.
Hotel Le Germain
This boutique hotel stands apart from the rest, both physically and stylistically.
Brian Bailey
Elegance. Canadian style.
Ghandi Cuisine
Ghandi's isn't exactly photogenic, but it's what's on the inside that counts. The same can be said of the mammoth, blistered roti wraps that's dished out here.
John Fluevog Shoes
Unique Soles for Unique Souls' is their motto, and they live up to it. There are even vegan shoes.
Roots
The Roof Lounge
Locals love this petite bar for its classic feel; old-world Europeans will like it for its uninterrupted view of the city.
The Fifth Social Club & Cabin Five
Pleasant country manor house meets raucous nubile crowd in the converted warehouse environs of the Fifth.
The Paper Place
All your paper needs can be answered here. You'll probably end up with quite a lot you never knew you needed as well. It's too tempting.
Miss Cora’s
There's an organised chaos in Cora's kitchen, where she manically churns cookie dough and muffin mix to the beats on her blaring radio.
Real Sports Bar
Much like locating the candy store right next to the kid, a sports bar in Maple Leaf Square - the epicentre of Toronto's sports district - was never going to have difficulty with passing trade.
Pusateri’s
This fine foods emporium attracts the custom of the cash-flash, loafer-wearing brigade.
Shoppers Drug Mart
Two floors of junk food and beauty products. Oh, yes.
Sheraton Centre
It's a daunting experience rolling through the revolving doors and into the hectic hub of this 1,377-room hotel.
Nicolas
Communist’s Daughter
It's easy to walk straight past this teeny-tiny bar that looks like a thrift store.
Reservoir Lounge
This intimate swing, jazz and jump blues bar in the Old Town is as unpretentious and laid-back as it should be.
Drake General Store
The Drake General Store is not your typical hotel gift shop.
Escada
Casual and couture co-ordination awaits at Escada.
Club V
If you like to dance in the dark then don't come here. One of the most shimmering spots to shimmy in, Club V enjoys the added bonus of all the bonuses of its Yorkville patrons.
The Gladstone
If there was ever a hotel with a halo it's the good, green Gladstone.

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