Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

SOMA
MoRoCo
This is where the Mad Hatter would throw his tea party in Toronto.
Caplansky’s
Montreal claims to be the Canadian Mecca of the smoked-meat sandwich, so it caused much kvetching when Zane Caplansky had the chutzpah to make a Toronto version.
Saving Grace
This classic brunch spot is the saving grace of its uninspiring locale, bar one or two cute coffee shops.
Smoke’s Poutinerie
A fast-food franchise that's fabulous for post-drink munchies.
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.
Aunties & Uncles
Named after a B-side tune from The Jam, this is the flipside to a sleek business brunch.
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.
The Senator
This historic diner opened in 1948, and looks like it's been preserved in aspic ever since.
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.
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.
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.
George Street Diner
A comfort food diner with plenty of Irish charm; just what you need to soak up the booze.
Tim Hortons
Canada's biggest fast-food chain makes McDonald's and Starbucks look un-enterprising.
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.
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.
Pusateri’s
This fine foods emporium attracts the custom of the cash-flash, loafer-wearing brigade.
Footwork
Eschewing pretty décor, Footwork gets down and dirty with the business of electronic dance.
Burrito Boyz
You need big hands to get a grip on the stuffed and toasted tortilla parcels sold here.
St. Lawrence Market
Torontonians are fiercely proud of this building - it's one of their oldest (built in 1851 and based on architectural plans for London's Victoria Station), and houses one of the world's best food markets.
Crêpes à GoGo
If you're looking for the authentic folded French snack in Toronto, you can't get better than GoGo's.
Pizzeria Libretto
When it comes to praising this pizza place at the top of the 'Ossington Strip', all Torontonians are singing the same tune.

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