Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Baku

Boulevard Hotel Baku
The leading conference hotel in the country, the Boulevard Hotel Baku is a stylish option for both business and leisure travellers.
Four Seasons Baku
Set on the Caspian Sea, the Four Seasons Baku offers stellar service, incredible amenities and an unparalleled stay in the capital of Azerbaijan.
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.
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.
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.
Hyatt Apartments
If anyone can do serviced apartments in style, it's Hyatt; its 90 properties in the Hyatt Towers share the hotels' facilities and offer the kind of high-end flourishes that would please even the most discerning guest.
Hyatt Regency
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.
Aura Spa
Mesa Lounge
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.
Hazz Café
Located on the ground floor of the Landmark Building - which is teeming with people whatever the weather - it would be a dodgy café indeed that sat empty here. Thankfully Hazz Café is far from dodgy; in fact it's great with brliiant breakfa
Café Mozart
Every city needs a 24-hour café - to refuel after and before hangovers - and Café Mozart is Baku's.
Azza Café
Cafés aren't usually given the design treatment but the Azza Café at the foot of the ISR Plaza building is an elegant exception; expect the kind of interiors you'd find in a glossy magazine and desserts to ruin any calorie-controlled diet.
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.
Taze Bey
Who wouldn't want a massage with Roman Centurions and deer antlers abounding?
Club Oasis
Something for everyone at Club Oasis.
Neftchilar Avenue
Label lovers can't get enough of this shopping district brimming with shops selling their designer wares.
Opera & Ballet Theatre
Currently undergoing a mammoth refurb the Opera and Ballet Theatre remains one of the most beautiful buildings in Baku. While you can't check out a performance at present you can stand and stare at its wonder.
Heydar Aliyev Palace
As Baku's best live music venue you'd expect the Heydar Aliyev Palace to boast an impressive events calendar; and it does with the likes of Kelly Rowland having played alongside George Benson in 2009.
Filarmonia
Classic music lovers rejoice; indoor and outdoor performances of the best kind are put on right here. Impressive stuff indeed.
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.
Pride Lounge
Proving that karaoke doesn't only take place in Benidorm Pride Lounge is Baku's primary sing-along destination; whether it's Celine or Mariah you're after you're sure to find it here.
Infiniti
To Infiniti and beyond as they say; packed with Bakuvian man-eaters it's practically impossible for a foreign man to leave Inifini without a luscious lady in tow. Whether you want her or not.
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.
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.
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.
The Gourmet Shop
No hotel is complete with a fabulous foodie shop and the Gourmet Shop is such an establishment at the Hyatt Regency.
La Vita
Yummy mummies love La Vita for it's seen and be seen atsmophere with people-watching opportunities galore and a heavy menu brimming with piled-high plates of pasta.
Victor’s Bar
Chill-out tunes and casual cocktails make up the vibe at Victor's Bar the crowning glory of the Park Inn Hotel. Rest relax and reflext stunning views of the cty unfolding before you.
Konti
Sharp-suited white collar types prop up the bar at Konti a smart bar just a Prada-soled step away from the offices at the Landmark building the British Embassy and Government House.
Beluga Bar
You don't need to stay at the Hyatt Regency to enjoy its in-house bar - and many of those who frequent Beluga Bar don't. Which is a good sign we assure you.
Zakura
Bite-sized tapas dishes are served with Bakuvian bite here at Zakura; interior design by London-based Blue Sky Hospitality adds to its flare.
Terrace Garden
Proving once and for all that size doesn't necessarily matter the Sultan Inn's Terrace Garden seats just 24 and offers the kind of intimate atmosphere usually reserved for a dinner party.
The Grill
Tucked inside the Hyatt Regency The Grill offers blood-loving carnivores steak and style under one ceiling rose-covered roof.
Scalini
Scallini is Baku's signature eatery; perenially popular it serves up innovative Italian fare in casual laid-back surroundings. No wonder Pierce Brosnan eat here while in town.
Occo
Occo is the kind of restaurant you could imagine featuring on the gorgesouly glossy pages of Wallpaper* magazine; decadently designed it certainly knows how to wow with inspiring interiors and elegant European cuisine.
Mado
Less is more at Mado where neat portions of Japanese fare are served up against a sparsely decorated backdrop.

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