Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

Zen Market
Located inside the Real Madrid stadium, Zen Market is the place for dining on some seriously luxurious sushi with a prime view of the afternoon footy.    
Casa Labra
In the heart of Madrid's shopping district, Casa Labra provides the perfect opportunity to refuel with a quick tapa before returning to the fray, so don't be put off by its slightly drab appearance.
Brasserie de Lista
Popular with business people at lunch time and more intimate for evening pintxos, this bistro's specials are grilled meats and oven-roasted fish, with a good selection of wines and beers to accompany both meat and fish. French slant.
Hotel Amador de los Rios
Boasting all the advantages of an aparthotel combined with the glamour of a design hotel, Amador de los Rios is the perfect place to unwind between shopping in the exclusive Salamanca district and dinner at Italian restaurant Dilola just on the corne
La Vieja Estacion
Head south to reach this beautiful summer-only venue. With 10 bars, a restaurant, salsa rooms and open-air dance floor, you'll never want to leave.
El Jardin Secreto
Santceloni
Housed within the 5 star Hesperia, Santceloni offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience. The set menu includes quail's eggs, onion consommé, fennel and black truffle and plenty of Catalan wines help make the list one of the best in the city
Casa Carola
For those in search of traditional Madrileno cocido"
Hotel Hesperia Madrid
Setting standards in the capital since 2000, the Hesperia is fitted with all the latest luxuries. Claim exclusive access to the prestigious Metropolitan health club before heading to the hotel's crown jewel: its award-winning restaurant.
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
Within the city's convenient golden triangle of museums, you will find the Reina Sofia, a huge gallery for contemporary art including Picasso's famous Guernica.
Hotel Orfila
Built in the 1880s as a private home for an artistic family, the house also contained a theatre and a literary salon in the 1920s. This luxury Madrid hotel retains its original nineteenth century façade, cobbled carriage entrance and stone stair
El Viajero
Spread over three stories, this place is everything in one. Secure a comfortable sofa and while away the hours until closing time...
Nicolas
Fashion for men and women at Nicolas.
Cafe del Real
Located in this popular area, the Café del Real inherits its name from the famous Teatro Real, located
Hotel Puerta America
This high tech hotel has a rooftop pool with views right across the city, and it also has a beauty spa and treatment floor. The hotel's main restaurant, Lagrimas Negras, pays homage to Spanish wines and Mediterranean gourmet cuisine.
Christofle
Christofle - beautiful silverware, jewelry and gifts
Reina Bruja
The big red sofas in the chill-out area are the perfect complement to the innovative wall designs and straightforward layout of this visually arresting club.
Vincci SoMa
Perfect for people-watching the Salamanca crowds as they spend their way around the neighbourhood. The previously fusion-style menu has been replaced with a focus on Mediterranean meat and fish, but the high standard remains.
Plaza Oriente
Probably the best spot in the city to provide views over Madrid's more stunning grounds. With nearby cafes lining the streets and beautiful gardens, open for the public to bring picnics, this provides an ideal day out to relax and breathe in the mor
La Viuda Blanca
The vibe here is relaxed; informal waitresses crack jokes whilst still providing a punctual service. A light lunch menu offers three courses of small dishes such as breadfruit stuffed with goats' cheese.
Suite
Grab one of the cream-coloured leather armchairs or sofas by the front window, and watch the mainly hetero crowd shout above the trance, funk or house music that seems to get louder and harder as the night wears on...
Calle Serrano
Despite what Spanish-speaking outsiders may think, Calle Serrano has very little to do with ham. It does, however, have lots to do with clothes, clothes and more clothes.
Letango Tours
A licensed travel agency and tour operator in Madrid, Letango specialises in day tours, excursions outside the city, and longer tours for smaller or larger groups that will help you get close to the local flavour and culture.
Medina Mayrit Arabic Baths
Located in a stunning 100-year-old cistern just off the Plaza Mayor, these authentic Arabic baths situated in the heart of Madrid offer two-hour sessions throughout the day.
Loft 39
The wallets of the clientele are bulging and the quality of the stock behind the bar is high enough to meet their expectations. A very exclusive vibe and a range of ages and fashion styles in evidence.
Almendro 13
This traditional tapas bar is beloved of the local community; the classics (huevos rotos and roscas rellenas) are delicious, and it even serves its very own manzanilla sherry.
Chueca
The Chueca area is where art and fashion stars come for brands both big and independent, and an array of trendy bars and cafes to pout and pose in when their feet tire.
Olivera
This Serbian-run venue is popular with artistic types and their beautiful muses who kick back and relax in the subtly lit space to listen to jazz, electro funk and bossanova, as well as music from the Balkans.
Bufalino
A haven in a sea of vice and coffee-chains, this charming neighbourhood bar is a local favourite. Swing by to lunch on its experimental Italian/Argentinian cuisine or just to watch the world go by over a glass of wine or two...
Indochina
Mixing recipes from Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, dishes include house specials, oxtail stew with bitter hot sauce, Thai noodle pasta with almonds and shrimp, and green Papaya salad drizzled with cashew sauce.
El Son
With a latino soundtrack, incredibly friendly atmosphere and over 90 kinds of rum on offer, only the décor is subdued at El Son.
Con 2 Fogones
One of the new breed of cafe/restaurants smartening up the alternative district Malasana, Con dos Fogones is a great spot for a weekend lunch or laid-back dinner thanks to its weekly rotating seasonal menu.
Golf Park
A nine-hole driving range designed by American golfer Jack Nicklaus, Golf Park is situated just outside the city on the N-I road to Burgos.
Hotel Emperador
A stunning outdoor rooftop pool at one of the best luxury hotels in Madrid, the Emperador Hotel, located on the famous Madrid Gran Via.
El Jardin Secreto
Candle-lit tables and French windows provide a welcome and romantic escape from the busy Gran Via strip. An exotic, ever-changing menu includes the lunch menu inspired by the film 'Like Water for Chocolate'.
Las Carboneras
Las Carboneras is run by three dancers who aim to showcase young, up-and-coming performers, fusing avant-garde style with the best of today's flamenco.
Cafeina
Visit at night for a packed, buzzing atmosphere - or during the day for a more relaxing sit-down with El Pais...
Casa Lucio
Casa Lucio has garnered a reputation for outstanding Spanish cuisine - even prompting the poet Rabal to pen a ditty about its scrambled eggs! Try the salmorejo (a thick gazpacho with grated ham) followed by a bonito (barely seared, delicate tuna).
Entre Suspiro Y Suspiro
The menu offers expertly prepared fish dishes such as salted cod (bacalhao) or grouper (mero) as well as seasonal mushroom dishes and spicy tiger prawns. Try the house vuelve a la vida (back to life) which mixes all of the above in chilli sauce.
Le Dragon
A menu crammed with traditional Chinese favourites prepared in a lighter way, and beautiful interior design adherent to feng shui. A beautiful place worthy of the attention of Salamanca's beautiful people.

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