Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

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Perfect for those content to order drinks cheek-by-jowl (albeit both chiselled and youthful), this local hangout would be casual if it weren't so darn frenetic.
A Taste of Quebec
Indulge in terroir products from Quebec at this food boutique.
Allen Lambert Galleria
Within the office complex of Brookfield Place, there is a six-storey 'Galleria' connecting Bay Street with Heritage Square.
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.
Baldwin Village Inn
On a pretty tree-lined street bursting with eclectic eateries, this inn's proximity to the University, AGO and hospitals means that it attracts some boffin lecturer types.
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.
BMO Field
This is home to Toronto F.C. and Canada's first Major League Soccer team.
Bruce Bell Walking Tours
An ex-actor turned historic tour guide, Bruce Bell delivers his Toronto tid-bits with humour and panache.
Burrito Boyz
You need big hands to get a grip on the stuffed and toasted tortilla parcels sold here.
Butterfly
Plastic fantastic at Butterfly.
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.
Canada’s Wonderland
Open May to September, this is Canada's premier theme park.
Canteen
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.
Casa Loma
Medieval-style castle in midtown Toronto was the whimsical dream of a man with the Midas touch.
City Hall & Phillips Sq.
Acting as both a courthouse and a symbol for the city, City Hall is a must-do on any visitor's itinerary.
CN Tower
Toronto's signature landmark is an iconic national symbol and attracts two million visitors a year.
Communist’s Daughter
It's easy to walk straight past this teeny-tiny bar that looks like a thrift store.
Courage My Love
A shop as vintage as the wares within.
Crêpes à GoGo
If you're looking for the authentic folded French snack in Toronto, you can't get better than GoGo's.
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.
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.
Footwork
Eschewing pretty décor, Footwork gets down and dirty with the business of electronic dance.
Gardiner Museum
Canada's only museum dedicated entirely to ceramics, the Gardiner is compact, intimate and easily explored.
George Street Diner
A comfort food diner with plenty of Irish charm; just what you need to soak up the booze.
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.
Gooderham Building
This thin wedge of a red-brick building is a Toronto landmark.
Grayline Bus Tours
This is a hop-on/hop-off open-topped bus tour of the city.
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.
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.
Hemingways
There's a delicious incongruence about this Kiwi pub with its gaudy flags and banners being slap-bang in the middle of the socialite district.
Hilton Garden Inn
If you hadn't seen the brand emblazoned on the outside of the building, you'd swear you were standing in the lobby of a fancy-pants boutique hotel.
Hippo Tours
The Hippo is a 'unique 40-passenger vessel' that will drive you through the streets of Toronto and keep you afloat in Lake Ontario (while you're drowning in public humiliation).
Hockey Hall of Fame
Canadians pour in here by the truckload with the whole family in tow to worship at the altar of ice-hockey...
House of Gourmet
Gourmet is an over-generous description, but House of Pretty Damn Good doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

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