Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Baku

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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avand
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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.
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Ultimate Frisbee
Who'd have thought you'd go all the way to Baku and be able to play Frisbee? Enjoy!
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...
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.
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.
Hash House Harriers
Run off the excesses of the weekend with the Hash House Harriers; beats sweating it out solo surely?
Club Oasis
Something for everyone at Club Oasis.
Fantasia
Be brave and submit to some vigorous scrubbing and rubbing, Azeri-style...
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.
Martyr Hill
Morbid perhaps but the site of Martyr's Lane is undeniably poignant with 130 marble slabs commemorating the Bakuvian lives lost in the 1990 massacre by the Red Army.
Maiden Tower
The Maiden Tower is Baku's most iconic landmark and stands proud in the centre of the city; be sure to capture it on film in all its grand glory.
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.
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.
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