Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

SOMA
Rosedale Diner
It's as much about the personality as it is about the food at this upscale eclectic diner...
2 Cats
Perfect for those content to order drinks cheek-by-jowl (albeit both chiselled and youthful), this local hangout would be casual if it weren't so darn frenetic.
Varsity Cinemas
Upmarket multiplex with all the trimmings...
Saving Grace
This classic brunch spot is the saving grace of its uninspiring locale, bar one or two cute coffee shops.
Dakota Tavern
It's only been open since 2006, but this live music bar is already a solid gold institution.
Smoke’s Poutinerie
A fast-food franchise that's fabulous for post-drink munchies.
Balzac’s Coffee
Harking back to a time when French cafés were lousy with literary luminaries, this place offers a slice of Parisian panache with its assortment of organic coffees.
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...
Index G B&B
A quirky bed-and-breakfast that's cool, casual and super-creative.
Red Bull 381
A nifty little space up a staircase and through an illuminated covered bridge, this is a Red Bull-sponsored art platform.
Butterfly
Plastic fantastic at Butterfly.
Lululemon Athletica
Canadian brand for athletic-stroke-casual wear and yoga paraphernalia.
Aunties & Uncles
Named after a B-side tune from The Jam, this is the flipside to a sleek business brunch.
Rotate This
Vinyl forever, baby.
Red Tea Box
This odd little shop is for total tea enthusiasts (and anyone who likes cake).
Rua Vang Golden Turtle
Pho-get about the competition, this is where in-the-know Torontonians get their noodle soup fix.
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.
Sweaty Betty’s
This cluttered nook attracts a misfit parade of artsy, bookish types of unannounced sexuality and longhaired tattooed folk of indeterminate age.
LeVack Block
On a street heavily peppered with bars, this is the hot chili - and it's all down to the dance floor.
Queen And Beaver
If you're pining for an exemplary British roast or a fish and chips fix, proprietor Jamieson Kerr grew up in the U.K. and knows how to do it right.
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.
Bruce Bell Walking Tours
An ex-actor turned historic tour guide, Bruce Bell delivers his Toronto tid-bits with humour and panache.
Badlands Vintage
Vintage clothes from the 80s and 90s in a shop decorated with the odd bit of taxidermy.
King of Kensington
Although the name is far from modest, 'King of Kensington' is fast becoming a favourite on Kensington Avenue with 40 years of vintage on offer.
Greg’s Ice Cream
Greg's has been Toronto's tastiest ice-cream parlour for 30 years now, and shows no signs of a meltdown.
The Grilled Cheese
If you ski in Europe, then a hilltop shack devoted to hot cheese isn't so weird.
Type Books
An independent bookstore, beloved by all who know it.
House of Gourmet
Gourmet is an over-generous description, but House of Pretty Damn Good doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
Camp 4
One of the most recent fun-size bars to open in this area, Camp 4 is packed to the rafters with young vintage-wearing hipsters.
Czehoski
A deli-cum-restaurant/bar, Czehoski packs 'em in with a a wide range of beer on tap and quirky vintage furnishings aplenty.
Gooderham Building
This thin wedge of a red-brick building is a Toronto landmark.
The Horseshoe Tavern
This live music venue has been going strong since 1947.
George Street Diner
A comfort food diner with plenty of Irish charm; just what you need to soak up the booze.
Milagro
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 Fifth Social Club & Cabin Five
Pleasant country manor house meets raucous nubile crowd in the converted warehouse environs of the Fifth.
Ghandi Cuisine
Ghandi's isn't exactly photogenic, but it's what's on the inside that counts. The same can be said of the mammoth, blistered roti wraps that's dished out here.
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.
Reposado
'Tonight: Crap margaritas, bad service, stale tunes and the ugliest half-Asians on Ossington. Kapow!' So reads the chalkboard outside.

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