Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

Mama Campo
Found in the Plaza de Olavide area, Mama Campo encompasses a restaurant, a cantina, a shop and a space devoted to encouraging kids to eat healthily.
La Venencia
A local favourite, La Venencia is a decades-old bar that’s serves sherry and local tapas to devoted Madrileños and sherry-loving visitors.
Plaza Mayor
The town square is used for several purposes, from coronations to bullfights. In addition to the vibrant entertainments hosted here, tourists enjoy the charming cobbled streets and terrace cafes, perfect for a spot of people watching over the market
Posada del Peine
Great central location and historically notable, this hotel is a great place to stay. Small rooms; but they house large beds, fantastic showers and flat-screen TVs. Charming.
Museo Thyssen Bornemisza
Forming part of the golden triangle of museums, the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza houses a relatively small collection, but its arrangement allows for a visual understanding of how art developed from the dark ages to the present day.
City Yoga
If you are in need of stretching tight muscles and/or a mysteriously delicious peace of mind, City Yoga has recently opened four floors of karma in the heart of the busy metropolis.
La Finca de Susana
With a wonderfully cheap lunch menu, speedy service and elegant surroundings, the team behind La Finca de Susana have hit on a winning formula. Unsurprisingly, the atmosphere is buzzing - and a short wait for a table is common.
Tenis Casa de Campo
Owing to the climate and a propensity for warm springs and autumns, tennis is a popular sport in the Spanish capital. Enjoy some sun and exercise at this well-run public complex.
Hostal Oxum
This refurbished three star is ideal for budget travellers who wish to be close to the numerous bars and restaurants that surround the immediate area.
Museo del Prado
The Museo del Prado is, quite simply, one of the best galleries in the world; it is also the largest, something you will notice the minute you enter its cavernous interior...
4 de Tapas
At 4 de Tapas, you can enjoy the selection of tostas, salad and stews either at the bar or in the modern and stylish restaurant at the back.
Jellyfish
In an area already buzzing with fashion-friendly bars and restaurants, it takes something special to make its mark on the Chueca scene. With quirky decor, a sound menu and great weekend party, Jellyfish Cafe has certainly succeeded.
El Rastro
Enjoy Madrid's vibrant fleamarket on a Sunday morning in the La Latina sector of the city. Thousands of people search for bargains, while plenty of cafés line the route...
Hotel Abalu
If sexy retreat is what you're after, then Hotel Abalu is for you, with its secluded and decorated furniture and accessories from around the world. Although some streets in the local area can be 'dodgy', the high tech suites are worth a peek...
Room Mate Mario
Mario Room Mate is part of a new concept hotel chain in which the hotel takes on a personality of its own, mimicking a friend you might stay with. Mario is 'a music composer and loves cinema'...
Piscinas Casa de Campo
The large urban park of Casa De Campo has long been a recreational retreat for the people of Madrid, with the open-air and indoor swimming pools proving immensely popular.
Champagneria Gala
Set on a narrow and quiet alley near Plaza del Sol, the bright dining room is lined with white-washed trellises, giving the illusion that you're dining on an outside patio of a Spanish villa on a sunny day.
Tryp Ambassador
This elegant hotel is located in the historical city centre of Madrid, close to the Royal Palace, Teatro de la Opera theater, the courts and the Gran Vía.
Cafe del Real
Located in this popular area, the Café del Real inherits its name from the famous Teatro Real, located
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gran Hotel Velázquez
This attractive medium-sized family hotel is right in the heart of the Salamanca district, close to many of the city's most exclusive boutiques. Most of the rooms have lounge areas adjoining the bedrooms.
Plaza de la Cibeles
Enjoy the buzzing hub of the Centro area, where the popular Paseo del Prado and Calle de Alcala meet, and where you will find one of Madrid's most famous monuments. This spot also offers a celebration spot for Real Madrid football fans upon a big win
Casa de Campo and the Telerifico
The only way to get a real idea of the sheer size of this city wilderness is to take the Teleférico cable car from the edge to the middle.
CaixaForum
This intriguing building, designed to mirror the roofscape of the surrounding buildings, houses several exhibition floors hosting a selection of temporary shows.

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