Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

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.
Courage My Love
A shop as vintage as the wares within.
Canon Theatre
A stunning 2,295-seat theatre set in an impeccably restored historic building.
The Eaton Centre
With 230 shops and an art piece featuring a flock of life-sized Canada geese flying through the atrium, this mall is definitely a shopping stop.
Soulpepper Theatre Company
An artist-founded, classical repertory theatre company in the historic environs of the Distillery District.
Design Exchange
Housed within the former Toronto Stock Exchange, this Design Centre and Museum is one of the city's hidden gems.
TIFF Bell Lightbox
This is the daddy of all cinemaplexes, with a film gallery, reference library, and an exhibition and performance space to boot.
The Refinery
Personal shopping with Wendy.
Gardiner Museum
Canada's only museum dedicated entirely to ceramics, the Gardiner is compact, intimate and easily explored.
BMO Field
This is home to Toronto F.C. and Canada's first Major League Soccer team.
Blowfish
Blowfish has been a word on everyone's lips since it opened here in 2003.
Canada’s Wonderland
Open May to September, this is Canada's premier theme park.
Betsey Johnson
Fun and funky fashion is the name of the game at Betsey Johnson.
Hotel Le Germain
This boutique hotel stands apart from the rest, both physically and stylistically.
Brian Bailey
Elegance. Canadian style.
John Fluevog Shoes
Unique Soles for Unique Souls' is their motto, and they live up to it. There are even vegan shoes.
Nicolas
The Paper Place
All your paper needs can be answered here. You'll probably end up with quite a lot you never knew you needed as well. It's too tempting.
Real Sports Bar
Much like locating the candy store right next to the kid, a sports bar in Maple Leaf Square - the epicentre of Toronto's sports district - was never going to have difficulty with passing trade.
Ghandi Cuisine
Ghandi's isn't exactly photogenic, but it's what's on the inside that counts. The same can be said of the mammoth, blistered roti wraps that's dished out here.
Sheraton Centre
It's a daunting experience rolling through the revolving doors and into the hectic hub of this 1,377-room hotel.
Roots
The Fifth Social Club & Cabin Five
Pleasant country manor house meets raucous nubile crowd in the converted warehouse environs of the Fifth.
Spice Route
Not only does Spice Route have a hot location on ultra-cool King Street West, it's easily the most exotic-looking venue on the strip: plumes of fire, wood and lots of foliage.
Miss Cora’s
There's an organised chaos in Cora's kitchen, where she manically churns cookie dough and muffin mix to the beats on her blaring radio.
Vera Wang
Just the name, 'Vera Wang', is enough to conjure up visions of beautiful brides and elegant eveningwear.
Pusateri’s
This fine foods emporium attracts the custom of the cash-flash, loafer-wearing brigade.
Shoppers Drug Mart
Two floors of junk food and beauty products. Oh, yes.
The Roof Lounge
Locals love this petite bar for its classic feel; old-world Europeans will like it for its uninterrupted view of the city.
Communist’s Daughter
It's easy to walk straight past this teeny-tiny bar that looks like a thrift store.
Footwork
Eschewing pretty décor, Footwork gets down and dirty with the business of electronic dance.
Magic Pony
Feel the magic at this concept store.
Windsor Arms
Quietly grand, this handsome sophisticate effortlessly delivers that tricky combination of high-tech modernity and homely warmth.
Burrito Boyz
You need big hands to get a grip on the stuffed and toasted tortilla parcels sold here.
Muzik
Set under the dome of the former Horticultural Building of Toronto's Exhibition Place, Muzik continues to nurture Toronto's most exotic-looking specimens.

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