Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Baku

Boat Trips
Brothers Carpets
Threadbare carpets are a thing of the past at Brothers Carpets which specialisies in repairing and restoring your rugs to their former glory.
Gobustan
Gobustan is famed for its petroglyphs; seek and ye shall find.
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.
Fairmont Baku
The Fairmont Baku's vistas overlook the historic district of the city as well as the Caspian Sea. Inside the 318-room hotel, it’s all plush burgundies and dark tones, with an on-site contemporary art collection helping to set the stylish agenda
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.
Around Old City
Fashionistas will love the boutiques dotted around Old City.
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.
Absheron Peninsula
Scattered across the Absheron Peninsula are dozens of traditional Bakuvian villages worth checking out; rent a car and stop by a couple one lazy afternoon.
Ivanovka
Ever wanted to get up close and personal with a remote religious sect? Then head to Ivanovka home to such a sect.
Ibrus Wine Club
Domestic wine is championed at this wine-lovers' paradise.
Green Open Air Theatre
Now open again after 10 years is the Green Theatre the perfect performance space for the balmy summer months.
Metkarting
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.
Razul Raza Street
Offering a little bit of everything those pounding the pavement will be more than happy with the goods on offer here.
Beaches
Mirvari Café
Its roof may catch the eye but Mirvari Café is beterr known for its popularity as a place to snack and sup.
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.
Dalida Café
Shopping mall cafés don't usually make the grade when it comes to Hg2's much-loved guides but Dalida Café is different with one of the best terraces to have a cuppa on in Baku.
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 Mozart
Every city needs a 24-hour café - to refuel after and before hangovers - and Café Mozart is Baku's.
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.
Ali & Nino Café
Ali & Nino Café is named after a pair of famous star-crossed lovers in Azeri literature; the book theme carries throughout with a bookshop in the basement and a selection of light bites to snack on while you get stuck between musty pages.
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.
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.
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.
Old City Hammam
Expect to be scrubbed and pummelled within an inch of your life...
Taze Bey
Who wouldn't want a massage with Roman Centurions and deer antlers abounding?
Gunay Riding Club
Mount a towering steed and gallop off into the Bakuvian sunset - or something like that.
Mafia
Despite being an Azeri/Russian-only game it's still fun to watch a game of Mafia; cards never looked so cutthroat.
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.
Fantasia
Be brave and submit to some vigorous scrubbing and rubbing, Azeri-style...
Ramada
Located far enough out of the city centre to escape the hustle and bustle but not so far as to feel isolated, The Ramada offers style and substance in equal measures. Its outdoor pool is particularly impressive.
Russian Drama Theatre
Translated plays from many cultures, performed in Russian.
Dondurma
Those with sweet teeth will lap up the goodies on offer at Dondurma Café with ice-cream crepes and coffee galore.
The Lounge
We've never seen someone's living room look quite as plush as Lounge - all velvet drapes and polished wooden tables - but it still tries to recreate homely look.
Azerbaijan Rugby Federation
Ball sports aren't necessarily Baku's thing but that doesn't stop the ex-pats from getting together to form a team. Watch and learn.

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