Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

Varsity Cinemas
Upmarket multiplex with all the trimmings...
Type Books
An independent bookstore, beloved by all who know it.
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 Horseshoe Tavern
This live music venue has been going strong since 1947.
The Grilled Cheese
If you ski in Europe, then a hilltop shack devoted to hot cheese isn't so weird.
The Fifth Social Club & Cabin Five
Pleasant country manor house meets raucous nubile crowd in the converted warehouse environs of the Fifth.
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.
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.
Rotate This
Vinyl forever, baby.
Rosedale Diner
It's as much about the personality as it is about the food at this upscale eclectic diner...
Reposado
'Tonight: Crap margaritas, bad service, stale tunes and the ugliest half-Asians on Ossington. Kapow!' So reads the chalkboard outside.
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.
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.
Pizzeria Libretto
When it comes to praising this pizza place at the top of the 'Ossington Strip', all Torontonians are singing the same tune.
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.
Milagro
Magic Pony
Feel the magic at this concept store.
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
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.
Index G B&B
A quirky bed-and-breakfast that's cool, casual and super-creative.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Gooderham Building
This thin wedge of a red-brick building is a Toronto landmark.
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.
George Street Diner
A comfort food diner with plenty of Irish charm; just what you need to soak up the booze.
Footwork
Eschewing pretty décor, Footwork gets down and dirty with the business of electronic dance.
Dakota Tavern
It's only been open since 2006, but this live music bar is already a solid gold institution.
Czehoski
A deli-cum-restaurant/bar, Czehoski packs 'em in with a a wide range of beer on tap and quirky vintage furnishings aplenty.
Crêpes à GoGo
If you're looking for the authentic folded French snack in Toronto, you can't get better than GoGo's.
Communist’s Daughter
It's easy to walk straight past this teeny-tiny bar that looks like a thrift store.
Canteen

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