Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Lo-Fi
Shabby-chic interiors, well-made cocktails and a cooler-than-schol crowd makes Lo-Fi a safe bet for Sydney's most stylish.
Love Tilly Devine
The newest, cosiest and most congenial 'small' bar to launch in the eastern suburbs is a splendid little wine joint named after an infamous bordello madame who lorded it up in the 1920s and 30s around Sydney.
Shortlist
Tucked in a street-front terrace in an eclectic inner-city suburb surrounded by converted warehouse apartments and hidden art galleries, The Shortlist attracts an alternative clientele and the vibe is ultra-relaxed.
Boca
Vegetarians best steer clear of Boca, an Argentinean steakhouse renowned for serving up perfectly-cooked slabs of meat to a crowd of bloodthirsty carnivores.
Orson & Blake
Homeware and accessories come with lashings of style at Orson & Blake.
Strand Arcade
Harking back to the days of yesterday, the interior of this shopping mall belies the thoroughly modern material goods found inside.
G-Star
Needing little introduction, this is G-Star's flagship boutique in Sydney.
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?
Little Marionette
Roasting its brilliant beans on-site, Little Marionette's reputation has spread far and wide - and quite rightly so.
Aria
Royal Botanic Gardens
Lush green gardens in the middle of a city such as Sydney? You bet, in the fabulously floral form of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Incu
Super-fashion clothing store that mixes high-end with high-street; just the way fashion editors suggest.
Ravesi’s
Ravesi's is a little gem of a hotel smack bang on the beachfront of Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach.
Hermitage Walk
A beautiful walk with plenty of Kodak moments along the way - particularly the megayachts you'll see dazzling in the distance.
Absinthe Salon
Only those with a strong alcohol tolerance should stop by here, where absinthe is very much the order of the day.
Forbes & Burton
Effortlessly hip, casual and proudly eco, Forbes & Burton is set in a beautiful corner heritage building with sandstone walls and hardwood floors, low benches along the window and a few outdoor tables.
Sofitel
The beds at Sofitel are famous, and quite rightly so.
Chalk Horse
Blink and you could easily miss Chalk Horse - a hidden contemporary art gallery exhibiting an eclectic array of mostly Australian artists.
Long Reef Golf Club
A course with a view; tee-off against a stunning coastline backdrop at this gorgeous club.
Bassike
Keeping things simple, Bassike offers stylish staples with a twist.
Style Council
Menswear for the gentlemen who like to look good.
Bungalow 8
Multi-faceted concept and lifestyle store...
Outre Gallery
Here's a gallery that gave a middle-finger salute to the high-brow, snooty arts scene.
North Sydney Pool
Brush up on your stroke in the inviting waters of this Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Fico
The discreet entrance, sexy jazz tunes and flickering red candles should give you an idea that Fico isn't a rowdy drinking den.
Art Gallery of NSW
With its façade flanked by elegant Greek columns, the Art Gallery of NSW stands at the foot of The Domain - beautiful parklands only a few minutes away from the city-centre.
Mecca Cosmetica
Paint your face with posh make-up and cosmetics from Mecca Cosmetica.
Pretty Beach House
Around 100-kilometres from Sydney on the Bouddi Peninsula, this private boutique retreat is set in tranquil native bushland and offers round-the-clock private butler service and a no-expenses-spared experience.
Detour Espresso Bar
A hole-in-the-wall kinda' place, where coffee and chat are very much the order of the day.
Sydney Opera House
It goes without saying that Jørn Utzon's sail shaped structure is one of the most famous buildings in the world - if not one of the 20th-century's greatest buildings, but there's a whole lot more going on aside from swooning sopranos.
Rose & Ruby
Strut around Sydney like a Grecian goddess with a floaty, feminine frock from Rose & Ruby.
Sydney Theatre
With the luminescent-skinned Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton as artistic directors, the marvellous Sydney Theatre is Sydney's epicentre for stage magic.
Spice I Am
The best beef massamam in the world - better than the beef massamam in Thailand. Impossible, you say? Then check out the queues outside this tiny Thai eatery.
Andrew McDonald
Treat yourself with cusom-made soles at Andrew McDonald, arguably the best shoe-maker in the city.
Belvoir Street Theatre
With its bohemian-chic, eccentric clientele and warm, inviting atmosphere, the Belvoir Street Theatre is one of Sydney's most-loved theatres.
Table for 20
Better hop to it if you want to dine here, because like the name suggests, there are only 20 spaces for bums on seats.
Let’s Go Surfing
There's nothing better than catching some waves on Bondi, and these lessons will have you up and on in no time.
Bronte Road Bistro
A cosy bistro with light, tasty meals whipped up by ex-Tesuya's chef Dave Pegrum.
Hughenden
A go-to for literary lovers or travellers wanting to stay somewhere that's more like a home, this stately Victorian mansion has worn many hats in its time.

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