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A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

02 Wellness Centre
Aligning health, aesthetic, water and exercise needs exclusively for women. With the emphasis, unsurprisingly, on 'wellness'.
19 Sushi Bar
Despite its location, Madrid abounds in excellent fish, and 19 Sushi Bar is no exception. In addition, this stylish restaurant is just minutes from the bustle of Gran Vìa...
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.
A Guide to Madrid’s Top Tapas Bars: Fish Throats and Baby Eels
A visit to the Spain's capital must include sampling some of the local culinary delights in Madrid's top tapas bars - from the standard to the outlandish.
A night at Club MUSEE, Madrid
Designed by Madrid-based design studio Parolio & Euphoria Lab, Club Musee is a fusion of nightclub and art gallery.
AC Palacio del Retiro
Suites look directly out onto the park and bathrooms include jacuzzis with the most privileged views in Madrid. A chic lounge bar and restaurant provide a sophisticated setting for cocktails and gourmet food.
AC Santo Mauro
A-list guests could be forgiven for barely venturing from the grounds of this classic palacette set in sumptuous gardens. Regal grandeur rules in the public spaces, giving way to cutting edge modernity in the bedrooms...
Acquafredda
Owned by Madrid's principal Italian restaurateur, Ignazi Deias, Acquafredda is a 'multiespacios' which offers the chance for both eat-in, take-away, and plain-and-simple pleasurable browsing. Bookings are a must at dinner.
Al Norte
A mouthwatering a la carte menu celebrates Northern Spanish cuisine with flair - there is even a romantic menu for couples and highbrow debating sessions known as ‰ÛÏtertulias‰Û on Monday nights.
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.
Almódovar Apartment
Couples seeking a romantic getaway to the Spanish capital can find ideal accommodation in the Almódovar Apartment, one of the upscale, short-term rental properties offered on Chic-Rentals.com.
Ananda
A summer hotspot, this super-trendy club is the venue of choice for Madrid's international glitterati who come to take advantage of the beautifully decorated outside terrace.
Anglona
Get in there early to claim one of the plunging sofas and then sit back and enjoy a professionally prepared mojito...
Anticafe
Despite the name of the place, don't worry: coffee is served at Anticafé, as are a selection of cocktails. The café doubles as a showroom for the owners' fashion designs, as well as offering a pool table in the basement.
Areia
Areia, dubbed a 'colonial chill out bar', may well be a little too cool for its own good, but the atmosphere is chilled and the selection of cocktails, teas and cakes more than adequate...
Ares Mobile
Arquibar
This English-style Café exudes charm and elegance, and is all about the detail. Come here for some 1920s glamour with your coffee.  
Atlético de Madrid
Nine-time La Liga winners Los Rojiblancos (The Red And Whites) are fierce rivals of their more illustrious neighbours Real Madrid, with the yearly contest dubbed 'El Derbi madrileno'. Atlético tends to attract the more working-class fan base fro
Balmoral
You would be forgiven for thinking you were in a remote castle in the Scottish highlands at Balmoral, where the atmosphere is refined and civilised and the queues non-existent.
Bar Cock
This long-established cocktail bar has an atmosphere of professional drinking, and is a Madrid institution.
Bar Museo Los Gabrieles
Despite a soundtrack that is slightly incongruous with the décor, which harks back to its famous flamenco past, this bar caters for all. You can even still catch a flamenco show some nights of the week...
Barbour
Barceló Torre de Madrid
A hotel in the Argüelles area of Madrid, the Barceló Torre de Madrid offers city travellers an amenity-studded stay whether for business or pleasure.
Belvedere Lounge
Specialising in an impressive array of vodkas, the team behind Ølsen have created one of the coolest bars in the city - the perfect place to take advantage of the ample seating and admire all the pretty people...
Bicimania
Providing carefully and creatively planned itineraries, Bicimania's specialist cycle guides get you right to the beauty of rural Spain.
Bike Spain Tours
Offering tours complete with experienced guides, additional sag van support, detailed maps and documentation as well as top-of-the-line bikes. Bike Spain also offers independent, self guided tours and the choice of road cycling or city tours.
Blunauta
Blunauta - specializes in both evening and casualwear for the urban country type.
Botin
Typical Castillian food includes gazpacho, suckling pig and a delicious cream tart made with a sweet biscuit base, egg meringue and pastel cream.
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.
Bravo Bike
The city's oldest and most experienced bike tour company, Bravo Bikes offer cycling tours with a touch of class: they include mini bus support, accommodation in luxury hotels and dining in top restaurants.
Brioni
Brioni - the byword in sumptuous, Italian made-to-measure suits, as sported by the likes of Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Pierce Brosnan and, er, Donald Trump
Bristol Bar
For those seeking sports fixtures or a bit of expat bonding, Bristol Bar is a good alternative to its grimier Irish pub counterparts. There's a restaurant serving British and American dishes, and even a plentiful selection of gins - fancy that!
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...
Cacao Sampaka
This shrine to all things crumbly and meltable is simply irresistible for chocoholics - but if you're worried about the sugar shakes, there's also a menu of salads, sandwiches and soups too.
Cafe Acuarela
The decoration may be kitsch, but this is Chueca after all... A mature crowd comes here to enjoy a tipple or a tea, and it's a great place to warm up an evening.
Cafe Central
A must for jazz lovers, Cafe Central is in an area serried with bars, restaurants and other jazz clubs (Cafe Jazz Populart). Stop by for a mix of international and homegrown talent.
Café Commercial
As one of Madrid's popular meeting places, Café Comercial is buzzing at all times of day and night.
Cafe de Chinitas
One of the best clubs in Madrid, Cafe de Chinitas is popular with locals and tourists. Come to dine before the show or join the locals for a drink after the performance.
Cafe de los Austrias
Enjoy the simple charm of this establishment close to the Teatro Real and the royal palace. A full menu is on offer, but you're better off coming for a snack or to try one of the 48 teas or 32 hot chocolates.
Cafe de Oriente
This traditionally elegant terrace cafe can be found in one of the premier locations of the city; the beautiful gardens of the Palacio Real and leafy Plaza de Oriente provide charming views for those enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by...

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