Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation
Privately funded contemporary art space...
Winners
Make sure you have plenty of energy to tackle this discount clothing shop.
Vintage Mix 1
Get into the vintage spirit and search for that something special at Vintage Mix 1.
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.
Toronto Harbour Tour
Soak up the sights of the city by water aboard a cruise tour.
Toronto Canoe Tours
Up to 18 paddlers get into a historical Voyageur Canoe to explore Toronto by water.
Tim Hortons
Canada's biggest fast-food chain makes McDonald's and Starbucks look un-enterprising.
The Refinery
Personal shopping with Wendy.
The Ossington
There is the only bar on Ossington that passes the cat-swinging test.
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 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 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).
The Bay Queen Street
An impressive history lies behind this shopping powerhouse.
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.
St. Lawrence Market
Torontonians are fiercely proud of this building - it's one of their oldest (built in 1851 and based on architectural plans for London's Victoria Station), and houses one of the world's best food markets.
Soulpepper Theatre Company
An artist-founded, classical repertory theatre company in the historic environs of the Distillery District.
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.
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.
Scaramouche
As one of Toronto's most reputable restaurants, expectations run high, not least because of its famed 'view'.
Sassafraz
After suffering a fire in 2006, this Yorkville legend rose like a phoenix to re-embrace its coterie the following year.
Rua Vang Golden Turtle
Pho-get about the competition, this is where in-the-know Torontonians get their noodle soup fix.
Royal Ontario Museum
With a collection of six million items, the ROM is the largest natural history and world culture museum in Canada.
Royal Alexandra Theatre
Having opened in 1907 without any conversions since, 'The Royal Alex' is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America.
Roy Thomson Hall
Home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir...
Roots
Roosevelt Room
Slip down this side alley and slide back into the Old Hollywood of the roaring twenties.
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.
Rodney’s Oyster House
There's a festival for just about everything in this city, and when it's the crustacean celebration the team at Rodney's gets stuck in to the shucking.
Robber
Clothes, shoes and accessories from American and Canadian designers.
Reservoir Lounge
This intimate swing, jazz and jump blues bar in the Old Town is as unpretentious and laid-back as it should be.
Reposado
'Tonight: Crap margaritas, bad service, stale tunes and the ugliest half-Asians on Ossington. Kapow!' So reads the chalkboard outside.
Red Tea Box
This odd little shop is for total tea enthusiasts (and anyone who likes cake).
Red Bull 381
A nifty little space up a staircase and through an illuminated covered bridge, this is a Red Bull-sponsored art platform.
Princess of Wales Theatre
A 2,000-seat theatre purpose-built by the Mirvish family, the Princess of Wales is steps from their other landmark, 'The Royal Alex', in the heart of the Entertainment District.

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