Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

Allen Lambert Galleria
Within the office complex of Brookfield Place, there is a six-storey 'Galleria' connecting Bay Street with Heritage Square.
Amber
Amber is the colour between stop and go, a cruel suspension of time as the doorman assesses your assets at the entrance.
Barchef
This is the inner-sanctum of Toronto's cocktail culture, where a drink's not a drink, it's 'an experience'.
Bergo Designs
Philippe Starck and Frank Gehry can be found in this 6,000 sq foot design and commercial store.
Biff’s Bistro
Great French restaurants are few and far between in the city, but Biff's goes some way to filling that void.
Birk’s Jewellery
Oh, the sparkling, glimmering, beautiful things that can be found at Birk's.
Blowfish
Blowfish has been a word on everyone's lips since it opened here in 2003.
Body Blitz
If Barbarella wanted the once over, this is where she would come.
Brant House
Pitching itself as a house party, clubbers come to live it up in the Brant House living room.
Brass Rail
There's a lot of love for the living legend that is the Brass Rail.
Brassaii
Gustav Brassaï (note the spelling) was a Hungarian photographer famous for his Parisian cityscapes. Curiously, this establishment chose his name but can't use his correct spelling due to legal reasons.
Brian Bailey
Elegance. Canadian style.
Canoe
Taking a punt on the Financial District 15 years ago, this pioneering restaurant is still one of the grandest and greatest in the area.
Cartier
Cartier is almost synonymous with luxury.
Chanel
Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s first boutique, atelier showroom and apartment was at no. 31 rue Cambon, a now iconic address and the location of the Paris flagship store.
City Hall & Phillips Sq.
Acting as both a courthouse and a symbol for the city, City Hall is a must-do on any visitor's itinerary.
Club V
If you like to dance in the dark then don't come here. One of the most shimmering spots to shimmy in, Club V enjoys the added bonus of all the bonuses of its Yorkville patrons.
Coach
Luxury leather from this American design house.
Cole Haan
From ballet pumps to satchel handbags, Oxfords to sunglasses, Cole Haan kits men and women out in style.
Consort Bar
If you want a quiet, grown-up drink, with no nubile distractions or threat of impromptu dancing, then sashay right in here my friend.
Cosmopolitan
Eastern-influenced Zen-boutique hotel in the heart of the business district...
David’s
Get your feet looking fabulous with shoes from the likes of Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.
Dolce Social Ballroom
One of the grandest spots in town, Dolce Social Ballroom oozes glitz, glamour and oodles of gold.
Escada
Casual and couture co-ordination awaits at Escada.
Fairmont Royal York
For Your Eyes Only
Not just for your eyes only, but for your hands, too.
Four Seasons Centre
Canada's first and only purpose-built opera house is home to both the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada.
George Street Diner
A comfort food diner with plenty of Irish charm; just what you need to soak up the booze.
Girl Friday
Clothes for a woman with style, and a budget.
Glen Abbey Golf Club
This is the first solo-designed course by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, and it's held a record 25 Canadian Open tournaments.
GreenShag
GreenShag is where the innovative meets conservative. The result is fantastic men's clothes.
Gucci
Guu Izakaya
An Izakaya is a chaotic Japanese bar and snack-stop that promises a bullet train to inebriation. The crazy Guu chain has been getting around Vancouver, and now it's Toronto's turn.
Hammam
If grottos conjure up childhood notions of overpowering stench and hairy trolls, Hammam Spa should help to put those nightmares to rest.
Harry Rosen
Men go wild in this luxury department store just for you.
Hazelton Spa
There's nothing frivolous here, just the tools and science to pamper and perk up an elite clientele.
Hemingways
There's a delicious incongruence about this Kiwi pub with its gaudy flags and banners being slap-bang in the middle of the socialite district.
Hermès
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.
Holt Renfrew
Whether you want to relax in a spa, chat to the concierge about the theatre, or, well, shop, then Holt Renfrew is definitely the place to go.

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