Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

Lavish & Squalor
Stay caffeinated as you shop in this liefstyle and clothes store.
Tiffany & Co.
You know you want to take something home in that little Tiffany blue box.
Rotate This
Vinyl forever, baby.
69 Vintage
Good quality vintage clothes in a charming store.
Lululemon Athletica
Canadian brand for athletic-stroke-casual wear and yoga paraphernalia.
Brassaii
Gustav Brassaï (note the spelling) was a Hungarian photographer famous for his Parisian cityscapes. Curiously, this establishment chose his name but can't use his correct spelling due to legal reasons.
Dolce Social Ballroom
One of the grandest spots in town, Dolce Social Ballroom oozes glitz, glamour and oodles of gold.
Red Tea Box
This odd little shop is for total tea enthusiasts (and anyone who likes cake).
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.
Rua Vang Golden Turtle
Pho-get about the competition, this is where in-the-know Torontonians get their noodle soup fix.
Westin Harbour Castle
If you're nuts about ice hockey and barmy about baseball, it's a short walk from here to their respective stadiums – the Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre.
Aunties & Uncles
Named after a B-side tune from The Jam, this is the flipside to a sleek business brunch.
Milli
Milli's womenswear labels glitter.
Le Germain Maple Leaf Sq.
Nothing here immediately indicates that you're staying just a stone's throw from a hockey and basketball stadium - other than the puck and ball shapes on the carpet.
Distill
Canadian crafts and designs abound in this store.
The Senator
This historic diner opened in 1948, and looks like it's been preserved in aspic ever since.
Preloved
An eco-boutique with some high octane fans.
Second City
It's spoof and satire from the improvisational comedy enterprise that started in 1959 in Chicago.
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.
Girl Friday
Clothes for a woman with style, and a budget.
Chosen
Vintage galore.
Brass Rail
There's a lot of love for the living legend that is the Brass Rail.
Sweaty Betty’s
This cluttered nook attracts a misfit parade of artsy, bookish types of unannounced sexuality and longhaired tattooed folk of indeterminate age.
Coach
Luxury leather from this American design house.
Ziliotto Design
Gorgeous jersey pieces from a designer who trained at Chanel.
El Convento Rico
This is one of the hottest clubs in town, literally.
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.
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.
Birk’s Jewellery
Oh, the sparkling, glimmering, beautiful things that can be found at Birk's.
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.
National Helicopters Inc.
The perfect way to take in Toronto and its must-see sights.
The Power Plant
Similarly to the Tate Modern, this former power station has been revamped as a public gallery for contemporary international art.
Senses
Jet-fresh celebs who've checked into the Soho Met hotel love this five-star eatery on the hotel's ground floor.
Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres
Once scheduled for demolition, this is the last-surviving Edwardian double-decker theatre in the world.
Ame
Vintage Mix 1
Get into the vintage spirit and search for that something special at Vintage Mix 1.
Bruce Bell Walking Tours
An ex-actor turned historic tour guide, Bruce Bell delivers his Toronto tid-bits with humour and panache.
Badlands Vintage
Vintage clothes from the 80s and 90s in a shop decorated with the odd bit of taxidermy.
Allen Lambert Galleria
Within the office complex of Brookfield Place, there is a six-storey 'Galleria' connecting Bay Street with Heritage Square.

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