Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Edition Coffee Roasters
A chic cafe in Darlinghurst, Edition Coffee Roasters offers well-sourced and expertly brewed coffee alongside a food menu of Scandinavian-Japanese dishes.
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.
Gertrude and Alice
Bookish types, hippies, lesbian couples and layabouts all love this beachside bookshop café, which has perfected its chill-out-you're-in-Bondi vibe.
Bills Darlinghurst
As the Darlinghurst outpost of celebrity chef Bill Granger's chain of cafés, diners can expect breakfasts with a bang.
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.
Four Ate Five
Quirky and casual, this is a great little café fronting the hubbub of hip Crown Street, attracting a steady stream of fashionable young locals with their signature Macbook or skateboard tucked under their arms.
Burnt Orange
Few Sydneysiders know about this little oasis, because it's tucked away in a secluded, harbourfront headland reserve.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Porch & Parlour
Part-shop, part-café, Porch & Parlour Bondi attracts trendy-wendies and bright young things looking for both retail and breakfast fixes.
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.
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.
Flat White
In the well-to-do suburb of Woollahra, directly opposite the charming Lord Dudley pub, this unassuming little café does a roaring neighbourhood trade.
Bottega del Vino
If you want cheese, wine, cured meats, or perhaps all of the above, then this glamorous little place is a one-stop shop.
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.
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.
Café Giulia
With its warehouses, urban gardens and fiercely proud city-dwellers, Chippendale is one of Sydney's coolest burgeoning inner-city suburbs, and Café Giula fits in well.
Café Hernandez
Spanish-born Joaquin Hernandez is an old-timer on Sydney's café scene - he's run this place since the 1970s and roasts his own coffee on-site.
Brasserie Bread Café
It might be in a part of Sydney few would explore, but Brasserie Bread has developed something of a cult following for its carb-tastic bakery goods - particularly the caramelised garlic bread.

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