Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

69 Vintage
Good quality vintage clothes in a charming store.
Art Gallery of Ontario
The AGO houses the world's largest collection of Canadian art.
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.
Bata Shoe Museum
Opened by Sonja Bata of the shoe manufacturing family, this is a charming homage to footwear through the ages.
Birk’s Jewellery
Oh, the sparkling, glimmering, beautiful things that can be found at Birk's.
Body Blitz
If Barbarella wanted the once over, this is where she would come.
Brass Rail
There's a lot of love for the living legend that is the Brass Rail.
Brian Bailey
Elegance. Canadian style.
Bruce Bell Walking Tours
An ex-actor turned historic tour guide, Bruce Bell delivers his Toronto tid-bits with humour and panache.
Burberry
Quintessentially British (originally providers of sturdy outerwear to WW1 British soldiers), Burberry has gone from fashion strength to strength.
Butterfly
Plastic fantastic at Butterfly.
C-Pub
Cowboy boots in a Canadian market. Oh, the fun.
Canoe
Taking a punt on the Financial District 15 years ago, this pioneering restaurant is still one of the grandest and greatest in the area.
Canon Theatre
A stunning 2,295-seat theatre set in an impeccably restored historic building.
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.
Cartier
Cartier is almost synonymous with luxury.
Casa Loma
Medieval-style castle in midtown Toronto was the whimsical dream of a man with the Midas touch.
Chanel
Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s first boutique, atelier showroom and apartment was at no. 31 rue Cambon, a now iconic address and the location of the Paris flagship store.
Chosen
Vintage galore.
Coach
Luxury leather from this American design house.
Cole Haan
From ballet pumps to satchel handbags, Oxfords to sunglasses, Cole Haan kits men and women out in style.
Consort Bar
If you want a quiet, grown-up drink, with no nubile distractions or threat of impromptu dancing, then sashay right in here my friend.
Courage My Love
A shop as vintage as the wares within.
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.
David’s
Get your feet looking fabulous with shoes from the likes of Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.
Deja vu
A treasure trove for vintage finds.
Design Exchange
Housed within the former Toronto Stock Exchange, this Design Centre and Museum is one of the city's hidden gems.
Dolce Social Ballroom
One of the grandest spots in town, Dolce Social Ballroom oozes glitz, glamour and oodles of gold.
Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres
Once scheduled for demolition, this is the last-surviving Edwardian double-decker theatre in the world.
Escada
Casual and couture co-ordination awaits at Escada.
Fairmont Royal York
Fashion Crimes
Fashion Crimes will have you getting in touch with your inner princess in no time.
For Your Eyes Only
Not just for your eyes only, but for your hands, too.
Four Seasons Centre
Canada's first and only purpose-built opera house is home to both the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada.
Foxley
Foxley was one of the first restaurants to take a gamble on what is now coined as the 'Ossington Strip'.
Gardiner Museum
Canada's only museum dedicated entirely to ceramics, the Gardiner is compact, intimate and easily explored.

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