Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Baku

28th May Street
High-end is the name of the game on this street. The highlight? Why a flagship J-Lo store of course.
Alov Steakhouse
The Alov Steakhouse, located within the Fairmont Baku, offers diners an exceptional menu of imported steaks and premium wine in chic, atmospheric surroundings.
Ambassador
With a planned rennovation to help it hold on to its five golden stars things can only get better at the Ambassador Hotel.
Aristocrat
While it's interiors may look like Donatella Versace has thrown up all over the place Aristocrat offers inspiring Italian cuisine to a chic crowd of well-dressed diners.
Around Old City
Fashionistas will love the boutiques dotted around Old City.
Aura Spa
Aziz Aliyev Street
You can always go Downtown as Petula Clark put it - and that's exactly what those seeking international brand names do in Baku.
Azza Café
Cafés aren't usually given the design treatment but the Azza Café at the foot of the ISR Plaza building is an elegant exception; expect the kind of interiors you'd find in a glossy magazine and desserts to ruin any calorie-controlled diet.
Azza Fyujin
The sky really is the limit for Azza Fyujin which crowns the ISR Plaza building and offers awe-inspiring Asian fusion 17 fabulous floors up.
Beluga Bar
You don't need to stay at the Hyatt Regency to enjoy its in-house bar - and many of those who frequent Beluga Bar don't. Which is a good sign we assure you.
Boulevard Hotel Baku
The leading conference hotel in the country, the Boulevard Hotel Baku is a stylish option for both business and leisure travellers.
Café Mozart
Every city needs a 24-hour café - to refuel after and before hangovers - and Café Mozart is Baku's.
Chinar
As Baku's most-anticipated new club opening Chinar has a lot to live up to. Thankfully it does with opulent interiors fabulous food and an impressive sound and lighting system.
Cio Cio San
You don't have to be a bookworm to know that Cio Cio San is named after the heroine in Madame Butterfly; similarly you don't need to be a die-hard foodie to know that its Japanese fare is the best in Baku.
Club Oasis
Something for everyone at Club Oasis.
Excelsior
Aside from its rockstar-worthy Imperial Suite and God knows how many other well-appointed guest rooms The Excelsior has more amenities than you can shake a very large stick at. Check in and check it out.
Face Club
The cream of Baku's club-based crop is Face; here you'll find the glam interiors and glitzy crowd expected at any capital's coolest club.
Filarmonia
Classic music lovers rejoice; indoor and outdoor performances of the best kind are put on right here. Impressive stuff indeed.
Four Seasons Baku
Set on the Caspian Sea, the Four Seasons Baku offers stellar service, incredible amenities and an unparalleled stay in the capital of Azerbaijan.
Golden Coast
Glitz glamour and grandeur; Baku's hotel scene is getting a makeover and first in line is Golden Coast. Having recently opened the hotel proves that bling is still in with interiors so bright they almost blind.
Gümüs Maska
The food and drink may indeed by noteworthy at Gümüs Maska - situated on the top floor of the Young Spectators' Theatre - but it is it its awe-inspiring architeture that truly dazzles.
Hazz Café
Located on the ground floor of the Landmark Building - which is teeming with people whatever the weather - it would be a dodgy café indeed that sat empty here. Thankfully Hazz Café is far from dodgy; in fact it's great with brliiant breakfa
Heydar Aliyev Palace
As Baku's best live music venue you'd expect the Heydar Aliyev Palace to boast an impressive events calendar; and it does with the likes of Kelly Rowland having played alongside George Benson in 2009.
Hyatt Apartments
If anyone can do serviced apartments in style, it's Hyatt; its 90 properties in the Hyatt Towers share the hotels' facilities and offer the kind of high-end flourishes that would please even the most discerning guest.
Hyatt Regency
Infiniti
To Infiniti and beyond as they say; packed with Bakuvian man-eaters it's practically impossible for a foreign man to leave Inifini without a luscious lady in tow. Whether you want her or not.
Konti
Sharp-suited white collar types prop up the bar at Konti a smart bar just a Prada-soled step away from the offices at the Landmark building the British Embassy and Government House.
La Vita
Yummy mummies love La Vita for it's seen and be seen atsmophere with people-watching opportunities galore and a heavy menu brimming with piled-high plates of pasta.
Mado
Less is more at Mado where neat portions of Japanese fare are served up against a sparsely decorated backdrop.
Meridian
Despite having nothing to do with the Le Méridien group The Meridien Hotel still enjoys a central location and spacious rooms. The décor may not be as decadent as the chain of the same name would command but a planned refurb suggests there'
Mesa Lounge
Bright young things are drawn to Mesa Lounge like moths to a very fabulous flame; Japanese and European menus combine with sumptuous Spanish-esque interiors for a very alluring venue indeed.
Mesa Lounge
Neftchilar Avenue
Label lovers can't get enough of this shopping district brimming with shops selling their designer wares.
Occo
Occo is the kind of restaurant you could imagine featuring on the gorgesouly glossy pages of Wallpaper* magazine; decadently designed it certainly knows how to wow with inspiring interiors and elegant European cuisine.
Opera & Ballet Theatre
Currently undergoing a mammoth refurb the Opera and Ballet Theatre remains one of the most beautiful buildings in Baku. While you can't check out a performance at present you can stand and stare at its wonder.
Opera Lounge
Loungier than Face but every bit as glamourous - if not more in places - Opera Lounge has clubbing all wrapped up with in-house dining and music from big-name DJs all under one roof.
Park Inn
The Park Inn is one of Baku's more mainstream hotel offerings but don't let that put you off; owned by Radisson/ISR Holdings it's supremely comfortable with a restaurant and bar to keep you off the streets during the small hours.
Pride Lounge
Proving that karaoke doesn't only take place in Benidorm Pride Lounge is Baku's primary sing-along destination; whether it's Celine or Mariah you're after you're sure to find it here.
Radisson Blu Plaza
With views looking out over Fountain Square and an excellent café bar and restaurant combo, Radisson Blu Plaza checks all the right boxes. Its anticipated renovation will only add to its panache.
Sabun Nga Spa
Rest relax and rejuvenate at the super-sumptuous Sabun Nga Spa; with so much luxury on offer you'll never want to leave its chic confines.

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