Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

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.
69 Vintage
Good quality vintage clothes in a charming store.
Aunties & Uncles
Named after a B-side tune from The Jam, this is the flipside to a sleek business brunch.
Badlands Vintage
Vintage clothes from the 80s and 90s in a shop decorated with the odd bit of taxidermy.
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.
Betsey Johnson
Fun and funky fashion is the name of the game at Betsey Johnson.
Biff’s Bistro
Great French restaurants are few and far between in the city, but Biff's goes some way to filling that void.
Boehmer
If it feels like you're eating in a redeveloped auto garage, that's because you are.
Brant House
Pitching itself as a house party, clubbers come to live it up in the Brant House living room.
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.
Bruce Bell Walking Tours
An ex-actor turned historic tour guide, Bruce Bell delivers his Toronto tid-bits with humour and panache.
Buca
If the term hadn't been so abhorrently cheapened, we'd tell you that Buca has the X-Factor...
Burrito Boyz
You need big hands to get a grip on the stuffed and toasted tortilla parcels sold here.
Butterfly
Plastic fantastic at Butterfly.
C-Pub
Cowboy boots in a Canadian market. Oh, the fun.
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.
Canteen
Carte Blanche
Give yourself carte blanche and have a little shopping spree at this boutique.
Century Room
Capturing the best features of the century-old building it's housed in, this lounge/nightclub has played host to celebs like Jude Law and Jamie Foxx.
Champagne & Cupcakes
Dresses only at this boutique. And South Korean lingerie, too.
Chosen
Vintage galore.
Clark & Faria
Work from Canadian and International artists can be purchased at this commercial gallery.
Club Monaco
Colborne Lane
Chef Claudio Aprile is Toronto's answer to Heston Blumenthal, and this is where he performs his molecular gastronomy theatrics.
Cole Haan
From ballet pumps to satchel handbags, Oxfords to sunglasses, Cole Haan kits men and women out in style.
Communist’s Daughter
It's easy to walk straight past this teeny-tiny bar that looks like a thrift store.
Corktown Designs
Corktown Designs specialises in contemporary jewellery.
Cosmopolitan
Eastern-influenced Zen-boutique hotel in the heart of the business district...
Crêpes à GoGo
If you're looking for the authentic folded French snack in Toronto, you can't get better than GoGo's.
Criminal Records
A great mishmash of old and new at the retro shop - find your vinyl next to DVDs.
Czehoski
A deli-cum-restaurant/bar, Czehoski packs 'em in with a a wide range of beer on tap and quirky vintage furnishings aplenty.
Dakota Tavern
It's only been open since 2006, but this live music bar is already a solid gold institution.
Diesel
Distill
Canadian crafts and designs abound in this store.
Drake General Store
The Drake General Store is not your typical hotel gift shop.
El Convento Rico
This is one of the hottest clubs in town, literally.
Footwork
Eschewing pretty décor, Footwork gets down and dirty with the business of electronic dance.
Foxley
Foxley was one of the first restaurants to take a gamble on what is now coined as the 'Ossington Strip'.
George Street Diner
A comfort food diner with plenty of Irish charm; just what you need to soak up the booze.
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.

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