Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Baku

L’Atelier
Jasmine
Zeynalabdin Taghiyev Street
A good book and a bar of chocolate; what else do you need? Get both right here.
Bulbul Prospekt
Clothes, food and whatever else you want lies around these parts.
Sheki
While it may be six or so hours from Baku the mountain town of Sheki is well worth the slog.  Just make sure to fill up with petrol before you hit some pretty damn remote roads.
Zarifa Aliyeva St.
Another high-end have selling cutting-edge fashion for style mavens.
Mexx
Mid-range German fashion brand brings their cool, comfy designs to downtown Baku.
Nizami Street
Shop 'til you drop on Nizami Street.
Baku Roasting Company
You wouldn't expect a café run by teachers to be much cop but the Baku Roasting Company exceeds all expectations with bloody brilliant coffee and a bustling atmosphere.
Ivanovka
Ever wanted to get up close and personal with a remote religious sect? Then head to Ivanovka home to such a sect.
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.
Lahij
Looking to escape the city limits? Then head to Lahij a traditional coppersmiths' village two-three hours northwest of Baku.
Ismailli Wines
Winos and connoisseurs alike will love the liquid on offer at Ismailli Wines. Forget the eat; drink and be merry.
Marco Polo
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.
Hayat Çay Evi
The al fresco terrace is undoubtedly the biggest draw at Hayat Çay Evi but the beverages and snacks on offer aren't bad either. In fact they're actually very good.
Fashion Café
Somewhere so obviously fashion-orientated as The Fashion Café is never going to attract true couture-clad fashionistas but it does attract a stylish enough crowd to pull off its name.
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.
Café Mozart
Every city needs a 24-hour café - to refuel after and before hangovers - and Café Mozart is Baku's.
Café Caramel
Café Caramel is perfect for pre- or post-dinners drinks - or, for the true hedonist, both. Dinner is but a distraction.
Café City
New openings often go unnoticed but Café City makes drinkers sit up and take notice with chic décor a mixed crowd and a lipsmackingly good range of snacks.
Aroma Café
Forget Starbucks; Aroma Café is where those who appreciate good coffee beans come for steaming cups of beautiful black stuff.
Horizon
As you'd expect of a retaurant called Horizon this rooftop gem has panoramic views of the city. And with stylish décor and sumptuous food it's one of the city's must-eats.
Ultimate Frisbee
Who'd have thought you'd go all the way to Baku and be able to play Frisbee? Enjoy!
Old City Hammam
Expect to be scrubbed and pummelled within an inch of your life...
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.
Gunay Riding Club
Mount a towering steed and gallop off into the Bakuvian sunset - or something like that.
Taze Bey
Who wouldn't want a massage with Roman Centurions and deer antlers abounding?
Mafia
Despite being an Azeri/Russian-only game it's still fun to watch a game of Mafia; cards never looked so cutthroat.
Hash House Harriers
Run off the excesses of the weekend with the Hash House Harriers; beats sweating it out solo surely?
Baku Entertainment
Getting a strike is oh-so satisfying so if you've a competitive streak unleash the fury over a game - or ten - of bowling.
Football Federations
While Bakuvians aren't known for their football prowess a game can still be fun to watch with the pressure off.
Russian Drama Theatre
Translated plays from many cultures, performed in Russian.
Papillon
Be it by bus, raft, helicopter or airplane, Papillon tours offer all kinds of adventures.
Dondurma
Those with sweet teeth will lap up the goodies on offer at Dondurma Café with ice-cream crepes and coffee galore.
Beyrut
As you'd expect from a restaurant named after Lebanon's capital city Beyrut offers lipsmackingly good Lebanese cuisine to a predominantly Azeri clientele.
Puppet Theatre
Puppetry may be a thing of yesteryear in the West but in Baku it's still a much-loved tradition that pulls the crowds; watch the best show in Baku at the Puppet Theatre.
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.

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