Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

Winners
Make sure you have plenty of energy to tackle this discount clothing shop.
Vintage Mix 1
Get into the vintage spirit and search for that something special at Vintage Mix 1.
Varsity Cinemas
Upmarket multiplex with all the trimmings...
Type Books
An independent bookstore, beloved by all who know it.
Toronto Harbour Tour
Soak up the sights of the city by water aboard a cruise tour.
Toronto Canoe Tours
Up to 18 paddlers get into a historical Voyageur Canoe to explore Toronto by water.
Tim Hortons
Canada's biggest fast-food chain makes McDonald's and Starbucks look un-enterprising.
TIFF Bell Lightbox
This is the daddy of all cinemaplexes, with a film gallery, reference library, and an exhibition and performance space to boot.
The Senator
This historic diner opened in 1948, and looks like it's been preserved in aspic ever since.
The Power Plant
Similarly to the Tate Modern, this former power station has been revamped as a public gallery for contemporary international art.
The Grilled Cheese
If you ski in Europe, then a hilltop shack devoted to hot cheese isn't so weird.
The Eaton Centre
With 230 shops and an art piece featuring a flock of life-sized Canada geese flying through the atrium, this mall is definitely a shopping stop.
Sweaty Betty’s
This cluttered nook attracts a misfit parade of artsy, bookish types of unannounced sexuality and longhaired tattooed folk of indeterminate age.
SOMA
Smoke’s Poutinerie
A fast-food franchise that's fabulous for post-drink munchies.
Shoppers Drug Mart
Two floors of junk food and beauty products. Oh, yes.
Saving Grace
This classic brunch spot is the saving grace of its uninspiring locale, bar one or two cute coffee shops.
Rua Vang Golden Turtle
Pho-get about the competition, this is where in-the-know Torontonians get their noodle soup fix.
Royal Ontario Museum
With a collection of six million items, the ROM is the largest natural history and world culture museum in Canada.
Rosedale Diner
It's as much about the personality as it is about the food at this upscale eclectic diner...
Rogers Centre Stadium
The five-level stadium formerly known as the SkyDome is home to Toronto's baseball team, The Blue Jays, and the Toronto Argonauts Football Club.
Red Tea Box
This odd little shop is for total tea enthusiasts (and anyone who likes cake).
Red Bull 381
A nifty little space up a staircase and through an illuminated covered bridge, this is a Red Bull-sponsored art platform.
Real Sports Bar
Much like locating the candy store right next to the kid, a sports bar in Maple Leaf Square - the epicentre of Toronto's sports district - was never going to have difficulty with passing trade.
Pizzeria Libretto
When it comes to praising this pizza place at the top of the 'Ossington Strip', all Torontonians are singing the same tune.
Nyood Bar
Found above the restaurant of the same name, Nyood is a boisterous bar that'll have even the shiest wallflowers up and on the floor.
Museum of Contemp. Art
Miss Cora’s
There's an organised chaos in Cora's kitchen, where she manically churns cookie dough and muffin mix to the beats on her blaring radio.
Magic Pony
Feel the magic at this concept store.
Madison Manor Boutique Hotel
If Anne of Green Gables came to the big city, this is where she'd stay.
Lululemon Athletica
Canadian brand for athletic-stroke-casual wear and yoga paraphernalia.
LeVack Block
On a street heavily peppered with bars, this is the hot chili - and it's all down to the dance floor.
La Perla
John Fluevog Shoes
Unique Soles for Unique Souls' is their motto, and they live up to it. There are even vegan shoes.
Index G B&B
A quirky bed-and-breakfast that's cool, casual and super-creative.
House of Vintage
A vintage shop with outposts on both sides of the Atlantic.
House of Gourmet
Gourmet is an over-generous description, but House of Pretty Damn Good doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Canadians pour in here by the truckload with the whole family in tow to worship at the altar of ice-hockey...
Hippo Tours
The Hippo is a 'unique 40-passenger vessel' that will drive you through the streets of Toronto and keep you afloat in Lake Ontario (while you're drowning in public humiliation).
Hilton Garden Inn
If you hadn't seen the brand emblazoned on the outside of the building, you'd swear you were standing in the lobby of a fancy-pants boutique hotel.

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