Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Baku

Alov Steakhouse
The Alov Steakhouse, located within the Fairmont Baku, offers diners an exceptional menu of imported steaks and premium wine in chic, atmospheric surroundings.
Boat Trips
Wine City
Imported wine don't come cheap but that doesn't seem to matter to those who flock here for wine outside of the region.
Zeynalabdin Taghiyev Street
A good book and a bar of chocolate; what else do you need? Get both right here.
Kill Bill
Aside from Uma Thurman serving you drinks, Kill Bill has everything expected of a bar inspired by Tarantino's cult classic.
Zarifa Aliyeva St.
Another high-end have selling cutting-edge fashion for style mavens.
Around Old City
Fashionistas will love the boutiques dotted around Old City.
Arabesque
Dubai style is a-go-go at Arabesque with the kind of fabulously flamboyant interiors that would make Elton John's very own boudoir seem tame.
M. Rasulzade St.
Slightly more high-street than surrounding areas but no less stylish. Snap up some cool clothes for back home.
Green Open Air Theatre
Now open again after 10 years is the Green Theatre the perfect performance space for the balmy summer months.
Ibrus Wine Club
Domestic wine is championed at this wine-lovers' paradise.
Metkarting
28th May Street
High-end is the name of the game on this street. The highlight? Why a flagship J-Lo store of course.
Aziz Aliyev Street
You can always go Downtown as Petula Clark put it - and that's exactly what those seeking international brand names do in Baku.
Razul Raza Street
Offering a little bit of everything those pounding the pavement will be more than happy with the goods on offer here.
Aura Spa
Museum of Modern Art
Sunset Café
Opened by the same team behind perenially popular Scalini you'd expect the Sunset Café to be faily good; and it is with crowds flocking here every all day every day for American-style comfort classics.
Mirvari Café
Its roof may catch the eye but Mirvari Café is beterr known for its popularity as a place to snack and sup.
Gümüs Maska
The food and drink may indeed by noteworthy at Gümüs Maska - situated on the top floor of the Young Spectators' Theatre - but it is it its awe-inspiring architeture that truly dazzles.
Duplex Café
With no soulless chains in sight the city is open to brilliant independent openings such as Duplex; and with a young crowd of hipsters there's nowhere cooler to sip your coffee.
Chocolate Café
With five properties in its portfolio The Chocolate Café chain is picking up pace; the Husein Javid Ave branch is our personal favourite with a disco-style downstairs setting.
Café Balizza
Café Ballizza is all about fabulousness and fashion with lashings of style and a crowd of chic dressed-to-kill ladies-who-lunch.
Aroma Café
Forget Starbucks; Aroma Café is where those who appreciate good coffee beans come for steaming cups of beautiful black stuff.
Sabun Nga Spa
Rest relax and rejuvenate at the super-sumptuous Sabun Nga Spa; with so much luxury on offer you'll never want to leave its chic confines.
Landmark Health Club
Fancy a massage or a spot of exercise 10 floors above the hub of the city with views of the Caspian? Then head to the Landmark.
Olimpik Star Centre
Not sure what the difference is between billiards and pool? Don't worry a local will show you; billiards is big business here.
Hale Kai Resort
Whether you want to climb a rockface, tear down a dirt track on atwo-wheeler or catch and cook your own dinner, the Hale Kai Mountain Resort has all youradrenaline-pumping activities wrapped up.
Papillon
Be it by bus, raft, helicopter or airplane, Papillon tours offer all kinds of adventures.
Neftchilar Avenue
Label lovers can't get enough of this shopping district brimming with shops selling their designer wares.
Museum of Miniature Books
Baku wouldn't be Baku without a weird sight or three; the Museum of Miniature Books is exactly that with thousands upon thousands of - you guessed it - miniature books to lay your eyes upon.
International Mugham Centre
Celebrating Azeri Mugham - a traditional style of folk music - the International Mugham Centre isn't just a cultural masterpiece but an architectural one too.
Gyz Galasy Gallery
With a focus on 20th-century painting and sculpture The Gyz Galasy Gallery may not warrant a whole day out but is certainly worth an hour or two of your precious time.
Twins Lounge
Like two extreme siblings the Twins Lounge can be laid-back or raucous depending on the crowd; but whatever the mood you're guaranteed moody interiors and well-mixed drinks.
Face Club
The cream of Baku's club-based crop is Face; here you'll find the glam interiors and glitzy crowd expected at any capital's coolest club.
Crossroads
Crossroads is about as crazy as Britney's debut movie; but here it's all about hard rock Azeri students and mean bouncers.
Chinar
As Baku's most-anticipated new club opening Chinar has a lot to live up to. Thankfully it does with opulent interiors fabulous food and an impressive sound and lighting system.
Black Jack
It may have been open for 13 years - most of them lucky - but Black Jack is still going strong with strong drinks and even stronger bouncers.
Vitamin Bar
Punishing yourself on the treadmill can drain you of essential vitamins and minerals which is where the Vitamin Bar at the Landmark Hotel steps in; attached to its Health Club it will have any gym bun feeling fabulous again.
Pizza Holiday
However high-end your culinary tastes nothing beats a good pizza; and when a pepperoni-laden Italian staple backons there's nowhere better than Pizza Holiday to satisfy your cheesy cravings.

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