Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Babington’s Tea Rooms
Perched on the corner of the Spanish Steps, this traditional teahouse has been serving up French toast, ploughman's lunch and other British comfort foods since
Le Real de Luxe
Ideal for those in town on a flying visit, this hotel offers a base that doesn't fall short on style and service either.
La Maison
Probably the best nightclub to be found in Centro Storico - if you can find it, that is.
Calvin Klein
Be sure to look as good underneath as you do on top with chic underwear from Calvin Klein.
Big Mama
Known as 'home of the blues' in Rome, this jazz club is squeezed in between tiny winding streets and churches, so maybe that's why the atmosphere is so concentr
Rhome
Although it takes itself a tad too seriously, the atmosphere here is generally lively and fun.
h club>doney
Although the Via Veneto has certainly outlived its former 1960s heyday, the lounge bar H Club Doney, next door to the Westin Excelsior, still manages to retain
SAID dal 1923
Cosy and romantic, S.A.I.D. is one of San Lorenzo's top atmospheric spots, and one of the few chic ones.
Urbana 47
If you like the luscious leather sofa you're lying on, or the antique lamp on your dinner table, or even the table itself, you can actually take them home with you from Urbana 47.
Moschino
Give in to the fun and the fashion at Moschino.
Portrait Roma
This brand new venture from the swish Lungarno hotel group in Florence is set to be a fashionista magnet.
Zest
Another of Rome's finest rooftops, this place positively screams Miami/New Hamptons glamour with its azure swimming pool and curvy, Modernist architecture.
Lo Scopettaro
This tiny restaurant by the side of the Tiber is said to be a favourite haunt of the Fendi family, the founders of the Rome-based fashion house.
Omero e Cecilia
A veritable emporium of vintage goodies.
Inn at the Spanish Steps
Slap bang in the middle of 'Bling Street', this popular residence couldn't be in a more suitable location for shopaholics.
L’Oppio
On a terrace overlooking the Forum and Colosseum, Oppio caffè offers revellers a rare opportunity to enjoy the panorama of Ancient Rome while refuelling on booze.
Guess
Boscolo Exedra
Harking back to days of the Roman empire's lavish excess, the Exedra is the most bombastic of Rome's Boscolo hotels.
Hassler Roma
This fifth-generation Swiss hotel, which was requisitioned by the US air force to serve as their HQ during World War II, crowns the top of the Spanish Steps.
Tutti Frutti
A real hidden gem in rustic, authentic Testaccio, Tutti Frutti is an artsy, informal and friendly dining spot.
Baan Thai
Set against the backdrop of the Vatican itself this traditional Thai house offers rest and relaxation with a range of alternative treatments. Look after your b
Bramante
Though you won't be raving about its surroundings, The Bramante is the best option here.
Brancaleone
Now the leading centro sociale in Rome, 'Branca', as it is known, has been providing alternative musical entertainment and social happenings since 1990.
Hotel Art
This appropriately named hotel lurks on the lovely Via Margutta, a street that was stuffed to the gills with artists' studios back in the 1600s.
7th Heaven Bar
On a balmy summer evening, there are few sexier places to sup a clandestine cocktail than the roof terrace of the Aleph Hotel.
Max & Co.
Easy on the eyes and easy on the wallet, Max & Co. is worth a visit.
Gilda
Gloriously out of date, this is one of Rome's historic nightclubs, with all the trimmings.
Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel
If you're looking for a luxurious and sumptuous oasis away from the heavily trodden paths of downtown Rome, then this is the place you're looking for.
Dobar
The Do has been in the same family for three generations and is a home from home for a colourful collection of extremely long-term regulars.
Hotel Ponte Sisto
Hotel Ponte Sisto sits neatly on the edge of the river, just by the eponymous bridge, in a delectable restored Renaissance palazzo.
Bla Kongo
This cute bistro offers a warm and unpretentious atmosphere, as well as an unusual menu.
AVC by Adriana V. Campanile
Shoes, glorious shoes, all the kinds you could wish for.
Daphne Inn
Daphne Inn is part of a new breed of boutique hotels in Rome that offer stylish surroundings but a relaxed attitude to service.
Rivendita
Chocolates, coffee, wine and books all have their individual merits but when all four combine in one of the coolest boho spots in the city it makes for sheer indulgence.
Burberry Prorsum
Who doesn't love a bit of Burberry?
Porta Portese
Do not flee this flea market.
Franchi
An emporium of foodie delights and good old-fashion Italian sustenance.
Valentino
When in Rome, do what - albeit, wealthy - Romans do, shop at Valentino.
Rosati
Once the haunt of intellectuals from Pasolini to Italo Calvino, this art nouveau café no longer fizzes with left-wing polemics, but its old-fashioned cocktails and teatime treats still make it a very civilized spot.
MAC
Be dazzled by colour and quality at this US cosmetics store.

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