Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

Museum of Contemp. Art
Art Gallery of Ontario
The AGO houses the world's largest collection of Canadian art.
Caplansky’s
Montreal claims to be the Canadian Mecca of the smoked-meat sandwich, so it caused much kvetching when Zane Caplansky had the chutzpah to make a Toronto version.
Dakota Tavern
It's only been open since 2006, but this live music bar is already a solid gold institution.
House of Vintage
A vintage shop with outposts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Madison Manor Boutique Hotel
If Anne of Green Gables came to the big city, this is where she'd stay.
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.
Butterfly
Plastic fantastic at Butterfly.
Rogers Centre Stadium
The five-level stadium formerly known as the SkyDome is home to Toronto's baseball team, The Blue Jays, and the Toronto Argonauts Football Club.
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).
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.
The Senator
This historic diner opened in 1948, and looks like it's been preserved in aspic ever since.
LeVack Block
On a street heavily peppered with bars, this is the hot chili - and it's all down to the dance floor.
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.
Badlands Vintage
Vintage clothes from the 80s and 90s in a shop decorated with the odd bit of taxidermy.
Bruce Bell Walking Tours
An ex-actor turned historic tour guide, Bruce Bell delivers his Toronto tid-bits with humour and panache.
Vintage Mix 1
Get into the vintage spirit and search for that something special at Vintage Mix 1.
Bata Shoe Museum
Opened by Sonja Bata of the shoe manufacturing family, this is a charming homage to footwear through the ages.
Deja vu
A treasure trove for vintage finds.
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.
Czehoski
A deli-cum-restaurant/bar, Czehoski packs 'em in with a a wide range of beer on tap and quirky vintage furnishings aplenty.
Type Books
An independent bookstore, beloved by all who know it.
Gooderham Building
This thin wedge of a red-brick building is a Toronto landmark.
George Street Diner
A comfort food diner with plenty of Irish charm; just what you need to soak up the booze.
The Horseshoe Tavern
This live music venue has been going strong since 1947.
Gardiner Museum
Canada's only museum dedicated entirely to ceramics, the Gardiner is compact, intimate and easily explored.
Courage My Love
A shop as vintage as the wares within.
Design Exchange
Housed within the former Toronto Stock Exchange, this Design Centre and Museum is one of the city's hidden gems.
The Fifth Social Club & Cabin Five
Pleasant country manor house meets raucous nubile crowd in the converted warehouse environs of the Fifth.
Casa Loma
Medieval-style castle in midtown Toronto was the whimsical dream of a man with the Midas touch.
La Perla
Toronto Harbour Tour
Soak up the sights of the city by water aboard a cruise tour.
Kiehl’s

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