Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

Windsor Arms
Quietly grand, this handsome sophisticate effortlessly delivers that tricky combination of high-tech modernity and homely warmth.
Varsity Cinemas
Upmarket multiplex with all the trimmings...
Ultra
A stylish supper club with one of the finest al fresco patios in the city, Ultra has Toronto's coolest cocktail-swillers flocking.
Type Books
An independent bookstore, beloved by all who know it.
Tutti Matti
Real passion imbues the kitchen and the staff – all radiating out of chef and owner Alida's love of all things Italian.
TNT Woman/Man
Don't let the surroundings fool you, labels await within.
TIFF Bell Lightbox
This is the daddy of all cinemaplexes, with a film gallery, reference library, and an exhibition and performance space to boot.
Thompson Hotel
Arriving in 2010 with all the hype and magnetism of the Death Star, the first Canadian outpost of the super-stylised U.S. chain sucked in fashionistas with its force-field.
The Rage
What was the rage then is the rage now. Get your brand new retro here.
The Paper Place
All your paper needs can be answered here. You'll probably end up with quite a lot you never knew you needed as well. It's too tempting.
The Ossington
There is the only bar on Ossington that passes the cat-swinging test.
The Metropolitan
The Metropolitan isn't a name that rings bells with the locals because it's in a bit of a blind spot on a residential street.
The Horseshoe Tavern
This live music venue has been going strong since 1947.
The Hazelton
Yorkville's only five-star hotel exudes all the palpable energy of a matinee idol, and clearly relishes the adulation it commands.
The Grilled Cheese
If you ski in Europe, then a hilltop shack devoted to hot cheese isn't so weird.
The Gladstone
If there was ever a hotel with a halo it's the good, green Gladstone.
The Fifth Social Club & Cabin Five
Pleasant country manor house meets raucous nubile crowd in the converted warehouse environs of the Fifth.
The Federal
Beloved by foodies Toronto-wide, The Federal is known for serving incredible brunches and burgers in its petite, exposed-brick space.
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.
The Drake Underground
Found beneath the ever-popular Drake Hotel, this subterranean live music den has the city's brightest young things rocking out til the small hours.
The Drake
This is hands-down the coolest kid in town. Stepping over the threshold into a retro cinema-style foyer, this 19-room boutique hotel ups the ante on every level.
The Bra Bar
Multi-label lingerie boutique.
The Black Hoof
There's always a stampede for the Black Hoof, so stick on your spurs and get in there early because it doesn't take reservations (or credit cards).
Sweaty Betty’s
This cluttered nook attracts a misfit parade of artsy, bookish types of unannounced sexuality and longhaired tattooed folk of indeterminate age.
Swan’s End Guest House
Toronto Islands: a fun day trip by 10-minute ferry, but stay the night? Torontonians will tell you its madness and can't be done. Actually, not only is it possible, this is possibly the most elegant place to stay in Toronto.
Splendido
There aren't enough adjectives, Italian or otherwise, to describe how delectable the food is here - though it's easily encapsulated in a kissing-of-fingertips gesture.
Spectacle
Whether you're planning on fun in the sun or just chilling with some fiction, Spectacle has all your optical needs covered.
Soulpepper Theatre Company
An artist-founded, classical repertory theatre company in the historic environs of the Distillery District.
Sotto Sotto
Mamma bustles around this Yorkville treasure with no airs or graces, yet her secret sauces are the stuff of dreams.
SOMA
Smoke’s Poutinerie
A fast-food franchise that's fabulous for post-drink munchies.
Sky Yard
Like a bona fide A-lister, it's easy to be nice when you're on top of the pile - and this delightfully sassy bar must have vertigo.
Silver Falls Vintage
Perfectly preserved vintage fashion.
Shopgirls
Pop along and try on some 'yoga jeans'.
Shaw Festival Theatre
A thesp-friendly theatre festival that takes place every year at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Seventy Seven
This concept store in historic Yorkville is Pink Tartan's flagship.
Second City
It's spoof and satire from the improvisational comedy enterprise that started in 1959 in Chicago.
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.

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