Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Fred’s
A French-style restaurant headed up by Chez Panisse alum, Chef Danielle Alvarez, Fred’s manages to be both elegant and welcoming at the same time, a place of warmth and sensational seasonal cuisine.
Firedoor
Entirely fueled by fire, Firedoor in Surry Hills offers guests an elegant, richly rewarding dining experience, showcasing local, seasonal Australian ingredients and age-old techniques.
SpaQ
A high-end spa found in the QT Sydney, SpaQ offers a full roster of decadent, relaxing treatments, as well as its own stylish barber shop.
Chanel
Est
To those in-the-know, est. - spelt lower-case and with a full-stop at the end - is the place to come for high-end cuisine and an even higher-end clientele.
Attic
Be prepared to spend some time rummaging and fill your bags with cool and unique objets, not to mention one off clothes customised by you. Worth the effort.
Chinese Laundry
Ranked number one club in Australia in DJ Mag's 'Top 100 Clubs in the World' poll, the Laundry's three sweaty club rooms make for one massive party playground.
Chi The Spa
Ivy Pool Club
Entrance to this South Beach Miami meets Palm Springs wonderland is carefully restricted and as the name suggests, its centrepiece is the outdoor pool; the playground for Sydney's genetically blessed.
Parlour X
Parlour X offers a carefully-edited selection of the chicest clothes from around the world, all withing a sultry boudoir setting.
Bambini Wine Room
As something of a media magnet, Bambini Wine Room is a hip all-day drinking and dining spot for the ultra-trendy.
Shangri-La
Even purists will find it difficult to fault the Shangri-La. It's one of those hotels that has it all covered.
Sass & Bide
They say two heads are better than one, and that's certainly the case at Sass & Bide - headed up by Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton.
Tivoli Villa
Tivoli Villa is described as The Great Gatsby mansion, and it's easy to see why.
Jonah’s Whale Beach
Summit
High-end food high up; Summit scales new heights in gastronomic excellence.
Pacific Road House
Set among the swaying eucalyptus trees and only a short stroll to the beach, this gorgeous, privately-rented mansion is the epitome of Australian beachside luxu
Marque
Chefs Mark Best and Pasi Petanen of Marque are masters of calculated culinary risk, creating such an exquisite degustation menu here that it would silence even the most cynical critic.
Momofuku Seiobo
Japanese-Australian fusion that could just change your view fine dining.
Jonah’s Whale Beach
Perched on its clifftop throne overlooking the dreamy blue vista of the Pacific Ocean, Jonah's is one of Sydney's most exclusive boutique hotels and restaurants.
Rockpool
The Loft
Overlooking King Street Wharf with 240-degree harbour views from its decked balcony, The Loft is a sophisticated watering hole.
Zimmermann
Dressed to kill in sexy swimwear from Zimmermann, there's no longer a reason to fear the beach.
Hemmesphere
Easily one of Sydney's classiest cocktail bars, Hemmesphere is a stalwart in the Sydney scene and one for the discerning cocktail lover.
Jackies
Don your finest threads and your darkest Prada sunglasses because this is where the fashion set do lunch.
Camilla & Marc
Proving that brothers and sisters can get along - and indeed, create a successful business in the process - Camilla & Marc delight in flogging their fashionable wares.
Alannah Hill
Her distinctive designs have made Alannah Hill an icon in the fashion world, and this Sydney store is a temple to her talents.
Scanlan & Theodore
Simple, stylish womenswear is stocked on the shelves at Scanlan & Theodore, attracting Sydney's most discerning shoppers.
Observatory
Resplendent with its brocade, gold gilt and 19th-century pomp, the Observatory has a luxuriously old-world style that will send minimalists running for the door.
Tetsuya’s
The affable, world-class chef Tetsuya Wakuda (known affectionately as 'Tets' to most Aussies) is lauded by foodies around the globe, and his Sydney restaurant is where the magic happens.
Potts Point View
The ultimate urban pad, Potts Point View smacks of masculine sophistication.
Belinda
International fashions are mixed in with Aussie designers here at Belinda, where beautiful people come to spend, spend, spend.
Darling Point Pad
Want to be the envy of all Sydneysiders? Then stay here. This glamorous, privately-rented penthouse apartment is the one we all dream of owning.
Arida
High-end homeware and haute fashions from luxe labels and big names.
Zeta
A slinky seductress, Zeta is set inside the Hilton hotel, with a knockout terrace that overlooks George Street and the elaborate Romanesque dome of the Queen Victoria Building.
Collette Dinnigan
With such wonderful dresses on offer, it's no wonder Hollywood's rich and famous flock here for red-carpet emergencies.
From St. Xavier
Those who like luxe labels stiched to their clothes will love the big-name offerings at From St. Xavier.
Ksubi
Discerning jean-lovers will love the wide range of denim available here.
Pocket
This gritty, hip, semi-underground space attracts the crème of Sydney's hipster crowd, with more non-prescription glasses and stovepipe jeans than you can poke a swizzle stick at.
Sapphire Lounge
So hip it hurts your wallet. This is a slick hotspot with an achingly cool interior designed by New Yorker Kirk Lenard, who has also whipped up boutiques for Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

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