Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Orto Botanico
The Orto Botanico occupies the gardens of the Palazzo Corsini, and was once the property of Queen Cristina of Sweden.
Armani Jeans
Delectable designer denim...
Casa Manni
A posh penthouse apartment in Centro Storico, Casa Manni would have even the most discerning guest feeling right at home.
Abitart
Abitart is a little removed from the centre of town (behind the Pyramid on the Via Ostiense), but for those who have already seen the sights and want to explore a cool part of town, it might be an interesting choice.
Costume National
Forno Boccione
This tiny pastry shop in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto, run by a team of expert old ladies, is perhaps its most famous address, at least judging by the queues
Libreria del Cinema
One of the few bastions left in a neighbourhood that's being swallowed up by mass tourism, this bookshop/wine bar can be found on Trastevere's coolest and prettiest street.
Regina Baglioni
If the Italians know one thing, it's style. Case in point is the Regina Hotel Baglioni in Rome, which has lashings of the stuff with a location in Via Veneto that's just a stone's throw away from the world-renowned fashion street of Via Condotti.
Only Hearts
From the romance of silky under-things, to the sensuality of silky outer-things, Only Hearts has it all.
Forno Campo de’ Fiori
Another of Rome's beloved old bakeries.
LOL Moda Arte Design
A shop and an exhibition space? Ooh-la-la.
Open Baladin
Eclectic, decadent, with the best and largest offer of local artisanal beer in town, in one word: wonderful.
Boscolo Palace
There's comfort in old-world style, which is exactly what Rome Palace offers.
Hogan
Hogan is the place if you fancy buying your own pair of bowling shoes. Why not get a new handbag as well while you're at it?
Modo
This little venue off Piazza del Fico is very conveniently located for a spot of live music and partying every night of the week, with DJs at weekends.
Al Bric
Officially a wine and cheese emporium, Al Bric goes above and beyond.
Rashomon Club
In the buzzy Ostiense club scene, the Rashomon club offers good electro-rock, new wave, techno and indie music, as well as live gigs with performers such as Dix
Josephine de Huertas & Co
A favourite with the fashionistas in the know.
Stravinskij Bar
If you don't manage to rent a room alongside George and Brad in the timelessly glamorous Hotel de Russie, slip confidently into the bar for an early evening, or
Centrale Montemartini
This museum is a fascinating antidote to the well-trodden culture trail and is a good excuse to get out to Ostiense, an up-and-coming (and fashionably gritty) area of Rome.
Bar San Calisto
A veritable Trastevere institution, this bar is a meeting-point and melting-pot of local characters, out-of-work actors and fun-loving criminals.
Nailbar Gamax
Located on Via Giulia Nailbar has earned a fantastic reputation for making beautiful hands and nails an art form.
Osteria dell’Ingegno
This offbeat, chic dining room has everything it takes for a seriously pleasant evening.
Locarno
Go for the Venetian suite in this shabby Art Deco favourite.
San Anselmo
Set in the leafy environs of the Aventine, Hotel Sant'Anselmo offers sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Il Tempio di Iside
Pricey, but one of Rome's best seafood restaurants.
Hugo Boss
Look suave in Hugo Boss.
Classico Village
This former factory is one of Ostiense's most popular nightspots, which, with its restaurant, stage for live bands, club area and courtyard bar (that becomes particularly delectable in the summer), really does resemble a nocturnal village.
Sisley
Casual but essential fashion.
Joia
Located near the Giardini Pubblici and Piazza delle Repubblica stylish Joia is a popular choice for lunch and dinner.
Città del Gusto
A veritable palace to food and wine.
Art Cafè
This spot sums up Italian nightclubs; ever so slightly off the mark but with pretensions of unrivalled urban cool.
TAD Café
There are times when you need therapy away from retail therapy.
Obikà
Considered to be the first mozzarella bar in the world, Obika' serves soft, succulent mozzarella di bufala fresh every day from Campania in a variety of incarna
Mimì e Cocò
A friendly neighbourhood vibe permeates this cosy café, making it a welcome spot to stop for snack while vintage shopping on Via del Governo Vecchio.
La Bottega del Caffè
This cafe occupies prime position in the epicentre of the Monti neighbourhood, making it ideal for a quick, simple lunch or much-needed shopping break while you're exploring the district.
Caffè Capitolino
As long as you don't mind sharing the view with tourists clutching oversized cameras, then this giant panoramic terrace on the kitsch Vittorio Emanuele monument in Piazza Venezia boasts one of the most best views of Rome.
Caffè delle Arti
Caffé delle Arti makes a gorgeous lunch spot for culture vultures.
Caffè Novecento
After trawling through the boutiques along the Via Governo Vecchio, flop into this dainty café for refreshment.
Etablì
Chandeliers, original workbenches, antique lamps and leather sofas from the early 20th century contribute to the great atmosphere in this charming wine bar just a few steps from Piazza Navona.

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