Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

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.
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.
Soho Met
Understated and fuss-free, it's all about 'check me in' rather than 'check me out' at this superior link in the Metropolitan hotel chain.
Nadege
Former pastry chef at London's Yauatcha, Hakkasan and The Ivy, Nadege has the experience and the heritage (she's French) to know a good croissant from a bad one.
Holt Renfrew
Whether you want to relax in a spa, chat to the concierge about the theatre, or, well, shop, then Holt Renfrew is definitely the place to go.
MAC Cosmetics
Every colour, every shade, every brush and accessory you could possibly want can be found at MAC. Whether you're a professional pretender or the real deal, get your make up here.
Panasonic Theatre
The smallest theatre in the Mirvish stable, the Panasonic hosts an eclectic catalogue of shows.
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.
Criminal Records
A great mishmash of old and new at the retro shop - find your vinyl next to DVDs.
Roy Thomson Hall
Home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir...
Deja vu
A treasure trove for vintage finds.
The Bra Bar
Multi-label lingerie boutique.
Jacobs & Co.
There's a whiff of machismo about this sophisticated meat Mecca in the trendy King Street area.
Over The Rainbow
The jeans from Over The Rainbow will truly send you over the moon.
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.
Pantages
So close to the Eaton Centre you could get there blindfolded, Pantages couldn't be more city-central.
Champagne & Cupcakes
Dresses only at this boutique. And South Korean lingerie, too.
Robber
Clothes, shoes and accessories from American and Canadian designers.
House of Gourmet
Gourmet is an over-generous description, but House of Pretty Damn Good doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
Type Books
An independent bookstore, beloved by all who know it.
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.
Barchef
This is the inner-sanctum of Toronto's cocktail culture, where a drink's not a drink, it's 'an experience'.
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.
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.
Made You Look
This jewellery shop is worth every step it takes to get there.
MaxMara
Czehoski
A deli-cum-restaurant/bar, Czehoski packs 'em in with a a wide range of beer on tap and quirky vintage furnishings aplenty.
Maison Mercer
Fame-seekers and fashion victims crowd into the sumptuous environs of Maison Mercer to see and be seen.
The Grilled Cheese
If you ski in Europe, then a hilltop shack devoted to hot cheese isn't so weird.
Nyood Bar
Found above the restaurant of the same name, Nyood is a boisterous bar that'll have even the shiest wallflowers up and on the floor.
George Street Diner
A comfort food diner with plenty of Irish charm; just what you need to soak up the booze.
Tim Hortons
Canada's biggest fast-food chain makes McDonald's and Starbucks look un-enterprising.
Gooderham Building
This thin wedge of a red-brick building is a Toronto landmark.
The Horseshoe Tavern
This live music venue has been going strong since 1947.
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.
Milagro
A Taste of Quebec
Indulge in terroir products from Quebec at this food boutique.
Nota Bene
This is fail-safe fine-dining: a large creamy room with flattering light and unobtrusive music, a smart-casual dress code and an exquisite menu.

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