Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Gelato Messina
For a scoop of fantastic gelato, there’s no place better in Sydney than Gelato Messina, which offers dozens of delicious flavours and even gelato classes.
Black Star Pastry
Black Star Pastry is a much-loved patisserie and restaurant in Sydney’s Newtown area, with another delicious outpost in Rosebery.
Bodega
Remy and Lee’s
There's a cycling craze in Sydney and bike-loving hipsters can't get enough of this cute little café, which is right on pedal-friendly Bourke Street.
Toby’s Estate
As well as supplying several hundred cafés around NSW with their coffee, there are numerous Toby's cafés scattered the city, but this one opposite the rolling lawns of Victoria Park is one of the best.
Danks Street Depot
A warehouse-style café with a fresh, seasonal menu, Danks Street Depot is so hip it hurts.
Bondi FM
Turn down an alley and follow the yellow-and-white thongs stencilled onto the ground to find this ultra laid-back café/bar belonging to Bondi 88.0 FM - the local community radio station.
Ripples
Weekend breakfasts are Ripples signature, with views out over the harbour, but the lunches and dinners are pretty damn good, too.
Tea Parlour
Bring out your genteel side at this quirky streetside sitting room, which has been inventively appointed by owner Amelia with thrift-store finds.
Jackies
Don your finest threads and your darkest Prada sunglasses because this is where the fashion set do lunch.
The Boathouse
A casual breakfast, lunch and drop-in café and provedore, The Boathouse is one of the northern beaches' most idyllic spots.
Olio
Light mediteranean bites and some of the best coffee in Sydney - including some rare blends, such as the ultra-exclusive kop luwak coffee.
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.
Bronte Road Bistro
A cosy bistro with light, tasty meals whipped up by ex-Tesuya's chef Dave Pegrum.
Bean Drinking
With plenty of outdoor seating, this personable café in the eat-and-shop precinct of Crows Nest is a god-send for north shore coffee fiends, and the Coffee Lab is where caffeinated magic happens.
Porch & Parlour
Part-shop, part-café, Porch & Parlour Bondi attracts trendy-wendies and bright young things looking for both retail and breakfast fixes.
Single Origin
Serious baristas serving up serious beans to serious coffee connoisseurs. Single Origin means business.
Tropicana Caffe
An institution in Sydney, Tropicana Caffe is at the core of the beating heart of Darlinghurst, where gays, straights, pimps and strippers come to read newspapers, drink coffee and preen in full view of passing Kings Cross traffic.
Gusto
A special cinematic experience - plush chairs and waiter-delivered gourmet food.
Little Ethels
You could never accuse Little Ethels of lacking in character, with eclectic interiors that would put an Alice in Wonderland set in the shade.
Nielsen Park Kiosk
With its shaded thicket of trees and grassy slopes, the beautiful Nielsen Park cradles one of Sydney's most stunning harbour beaches, and as the only café in the area, this charming beach house-style kiosk is hugely popular.
Deus ex Machina
If you've ever lusted after Harleys and Yamahas, Deus ex Machina (meaning 'god out of the machine' in Latin) is your café.
Firefly
A busy little wine bar with a fantastic vibe and smiley staff, Firefly's tables are usually abuzz with Sydney theatregoers engrossed in pre- or post-show conversation.
Poolside Café
Overlooking the eight-lane, 50-metre Andrew Boy Charlton swimming pool and Woolloomooloo Bay, the ABC café has floor-to-ceiling views from the sparkling harbour to the Domain gardens.
Harry’s Café de Wheels
If eating a pie is a religious experience, then Harry's is the Vatican; it's no wonder a slew of celebrities have chowed down here.
Café Sopra
Always abuzz, Café Sopra is the third Sydney café opened by the famous Italian greengrocer and provedore Fratelli Fresh, and it's the best.

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