Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

House of Gourmet
Gourmet is an over-generous description, but House of Pretty Damn Good doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
Hotel Le Germain
This boutique hotel stands apart from the rest, both physically and stylistically.
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.
Hammam
If grottos conjure up childhood notions of overpowering stench and hairy trolls, Hammam Spa should help to put those nightmares to rest.
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.
Girl Friday
Clothes for a woman with style, and a budget.
Gilead
Conceived as merely the kitchen for Kennedy's catering business (which he runs alongside various restaurants), loyal fans demanded breakfast, lunch and now dinner here.
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.
Foxley
Foxley was one of the first restaurants to take a gamble on what is now coined as the 'Ossington Strip'.
Footwork
Eschewing pretty décor, Footwork gets down and dirty with the business of electronic dance.
El Convento Rico
This is one of the hottest clubs in town, literally.
Drake General Store
The Drake General Store is not your typical hotel gift shop.
Distill
Canadian crafts and designs abound in this store.
Diesel
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.
Criminal Records
A great mishmash of old and new at the retro shop - find your vinyl next to DVDs.
Crêpes à GoGo
If you're looking for the authentic folded French snack in Toronto, you can't get better than GoGo's.
Cosmopolitan
Eastern-influenced Zen-boutique hotel in the heart of the business district...
Corktown Designs
Corktown Designs specialises in contemporary jewellery.
Communist’s Daughter
It's easy to walk straight past this teeny-tiny bar that looks like a thrift store.
Cole Haan
From ballet pumps to satchel handbags, Oxfords to sunglasses, Cole Haan kits men and women out in style.
Colborne Lane
Chef Claudio Aprile is Toronto's answer to Heston Blumenthal, and this is where he performs his molecular gastronomy theatrics.
Club Monaco
Clark & Faria
Work from Canadian and International artists can be purchased at this commercial gallery.
Chosen
Vintage galore.
Champagne & Cupcakes
Dresses only at this boutique. And South Korean lingerie, too.
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.
Carte Blanche
Give yourself carte blanche and have a little shopping spree at this boutique.
Canteen
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.
C-Pub
Cowboy boots in a Canadian market. Oh, the fun.
Butterfly
Plastic fantastic at Butterfly.
Burrito Boyz
You need big hands to get a grip on the stuffed and toasted tortilla parcels sold here.
Buca
If the term hadn't been so abhorrently cheapened, we'd tell you that Buca has the X-Factor...
Bruce Bell Walking Tours
An ex-actor turned historic tour guide, Bruce Bell delivers his Toronto tid-bits with humour and panache.

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