Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

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.
General Pants
Hippy chic has a home at General Pants, where fabulous festival-friendly fashions abound.
Centennial Park Cycles
Put your foot to the pedal and push yourself around the parklands astride a two-wheeler.
Bar H
When it's light bites you're after, look no further than Bar H; the perfect place to fill your boots quickly and effectively.
Manta
Manta is one of the swankier spots in Sydney to sit on the waterfront, slurping down freshly-shucked oysters and looking suitably smug.
Bikini Island
Strut your stuff like a Bond girl in barely-there swimwear from Bikini Island.
Bada Bing
As classy and upmarket as they come, Bada Bing is the sort of place that attracts well-behaved stag nights and groups of females, with sexy, sassy surroundings, glittering beaded curtains and plush furnishings.
Bar Me
It's Australia's oldest jazz club and its hallowed ground, according to Australian musicians.
QT Hotel
Feeding off the cosmopolitan buzz of the city's central business district, the colourfully edgy and brand-spankingly new QT is by far of one of the quirkiest, coolest hotels in Sydney.
Eastern Suburbs
As Sydney's most famous beach, it is Bondi that thousands of tourists flock to Sydney for each and every year. And they're not disappointed.
Bertoni Casalinga
Run by brothers Alberto and Antonio (Bert and Tony), Bertoni is a tiny hole-in-the-wall café that sits astride the bustling Darling Street.
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.
Pendolino
It might seem an unlikely locale, perched atop an upper level of Sydney's high-brow, historic shopping arcade The Strand, but Pendolino is one of Sydney's favourite Italian restaurants.
Wheels & Dollbaby
Rock chicks rejoice; Wheels & Dollbaby will give you the edge you so desperately crave.
Somedays
A decidedly cool store-cum-gallery tucked away from the craziness of Sydney's retail strip.
Public Dining Room
With breezy, blond hardwood floors, white marble bar and floor-to-ceiling glass doors overlooking Balmoral beach, Public Dining Room is hard to beat for a long, leisurely lunch in summer.
The Boathouse
A casual breakfast, lunch and drop-in café and provedore, The Boathouse is one of the northern beaches' most idyllic spots.
Belinda
International fashions are mixed in with Aussie designers here at Belinda, where beautiful people come to spend, spend, spend.
Arq
Sydney's best gay nightclub has it all; lasers, drag queens and muscle-marys in barely-there hot pants.
Sticky
Clandestine, cool and a favourite haunt of in-the-know industry types, Sticky is one of Sydney's most stealthy bars above one of Sydney's most covert eateries, Table For 20 - also owned by Michael Fantuz.
Farmhouse Kings Cross
Good God Small Club
This supper club and self-dubbed 'danceteria' is set in an attractive old Spanish quarter restaurant with Flintstone-style faux rock walls, plants hanging from the ceiling and regular club nights.
Four in Hand
As the old adage goes, don't judge a book by its cover. Four in Hand may technically be a pub, but the food is anything but pub grub.
Westfield Bondi Junction
From sand to shop, Westfield Bondi Junction would have even the most casual beachgoers looking superstar-sharp.
Collette Dinnigan
With such wonderful dresses on offer, it's no wonder Hollywood's rich and famous flock here for red-carpet emergencies.
Ksubi
Discerning jean-lovers will love the wide range of denim available here.
Icebergs
Where the beautiful people come to wine, dine and be seen doing both, Icebergs is one of Sydney's most stylish hangouts.
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.
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.
From St. Xavier
Those who like luxe labels stiched to their clothes will love the big-name offerings at From St. Xavier.
Supply
Streetwear is given a super-stylish twist at Supply, with rock star-inspired fashions for those who dare.
Marnie Skillings
Designer fashion with flare courtesy of Marnie Skillings; this is her flagship boutique.
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.
Le Renaissance
This charming French patisserie has been serving Sydney's most exquisite macaron and croissants to discerning city folk for more than three decades.
Observatory Spa
A Roman-inspired day spa at the super-luxe Observatory Hotel; really, what's not to love?
Grasshopper
Where do we start with a bar this magnificent? Grasshopper is a miniscule drinkery tucked away in a grungy, urban city lane.
Canturi
Bling is the thing at this store, beloved by celebrities across the globe.
Olio
Light mediteranean bites and some of the best coffee in Sydney - including some rare blends, such as the ultra-exclusive kop luwak coffee.
Bentley Bar
Attracting fashionistas and foodies in equal measures, Bentley Bar has struck the perfect balance with a menu of mouthwatering tapas and a wine list to match.

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