Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Baku

Absheron Peninsula
Scattered across the Absheron Peninsula are dozens of traditional Bakuvian villages worth checking out; rent a car and stop by a couple one lazy afternoon.
Adam’s Sports
While we wouldn't usually recommend you go to an ex-pat boozer Adam's Sports is the exception with a crowd of larger-than-life Brits and sports shown on larger-then-life screens.
Anatolia
As one of Baku's newest openings the Anatolia the kind of interiors and amenities to please even the most demanding hedonist.
Azerbaijan Rugby Federation
Ball sports aren't necessarily Baku's thing but that doesn't stop the ex-pats from getting together to form a team. Watch and learn.
Bah Bah
We're not quite sure how to pronounce upside-down e's but that doesn't stop us from loving the authentic Azeri atmosphere at Bah-Bah; live music nights are particularly boisterous.
Bakhchasaray Guest House
While its name may have you tongue-tied The Bakhchasaray is a period property brimming with charm and offers peace and quiet in the heart of the Old City.
Baku Entertainment
Getting a strike is oh-so satisfying so if you've a competitive streak unleash the fury over a game - or ten - of bowling.
Baku Roasting Company
You wouldn't expect a café run by teachers to be much cop but the Baku Roasting Company exceeds all expectations with bloody brilliant coffee and a bustling atmosphere.
Beaches
Bibi
Like an Aladdin's cave of wonders Bibi offers up piled-high plates of Persian fare in wonderfully eclectic surroundings.
Bibi Heybat Mosque
If you're looking for Facebook photos call off the search; the Bibi Heybat Mosque will have more comments on your profile page than any drunken party snap could ever generate.
Boat Trips
Bulbul Prospekt
Clothes, food and whatever else you want lies around these parts.
Café Balizza
Café Ballizza is all about fabulousness and fashion with lashings of style and a crowd of chic dressed-to-kill ladies-who-lunch.
Café Caramel
Café Caramel is perfect for pre- or post-dinners drinks - or, for the true hedonist, both. Dinner is but a distraction.
Café City
New openings often go unnoticed but Café City makes drinkers sit up and take notice with chic décor a mixed crowd and a lipsmackingly good range of snacks.
Caravansera
Step back in time at Caravansera; age-old interiors and an ancient atmosphere make for an authentic Azeri ambeince.
Carpet Museum
We all like the feeling of something soft underfoot which is where the Carpet Museum comes in handy; home to thousands of carpet you'll find all kinds of prints and patterns here.
Chocolate Café
With five properties in its portfolio The Chocolate Café chain is picking up pace; the Husein Javid Ave branch is our personal favourite with a disco-style downstairs setting.
City Mansion
City Mansion offers a home away from home with serviced apartments that offer all the amenities you'd expect from a living environment; Asian-inspired touches wrap things up nicely.
Club Oasis
Something for everyone at Club Oasis.
Corner Bar
Rock chicks and biker boys return to the mothership at Corner Bar where heavy metal pumps out of the speakers and burly tattooed staff members flank the bar.
Dalida Café
Shopping mall cafés don't usually make the grade when it comes to Hg2's much-loved guides but Dalida Café is different with one of the best terraces to have a cuppa on in Baku.
Dondurma
Those with sweet teeth will lap up the goodies on offer at Dondurma Café with ice-cream crepes and coffee galore.
Duplex Café
With no soulless chains in sight the city is open to brilliant independent openings such as Duplex; and with a young crowd of hipsters there's nowhere cooler to sip your coffee.
Fantasia
Be brave and submit to some vigorous scrubbing and rubbing, Azeri-style...
Fashion Café
Somewhere so obviously fashion-orientated as The Fashion Café is never going to attract true couture-clad fashionistas but it does attract a stylish enough crowd to pull off its name.
Finnegans
Get a bit of Irish in you at Finnegans Baku's signature Irish bar. What city doesn't have one?
Firuza
Authentic Azeri fare can be had at Firuza where a mind-bogglingly confusing menu awaits; that said the staff are more than happy to explain each and every dish on offer.
Fountain Square
All kind of bits and bobs can be picked up around Fountain Square; enter here for our pick of the retail litter.
Gobustan
Gobustan is famed for its petroglyphs; seek and ye shall find.
Green Open Air Theatre
Now open again after 10 years is the Green Theatre the perfect performance space for the balmy summer months.
Gunay Riding Club
Mount a towering steed and gallop off into the Bakuvian sunset - or something like that.
Gyz Galasy Gallery
With a focus on 20th-century painting and sculpture The Gyz Galasy Gallery may not warrant a whole day out but is certainly worth an hour or two of your precious time.
Hajinski Mansion
Having been painstakingly restored to its former glory the Hajinsky Mansion is like looking through the keyhole into Baku's glory days.
Hale Kai
Don't be put off by its three-star rating; with innovative interiors and wonderfully welcoming staff members Hale Kai will have you dreaming of Baku long after you've left.
Hayat Çay Evi
The al fresco terrace is undoubtedly the biggest draw at Hayat Çay Evi but the beverages and snacks on offer aren't bad either. In fact they're actually very good.
Horizon
As you'd expect of a retaurant called Horizon this rooftop gem has panoramic views of the city. And with stylish décor and sumptuous food it's one of the city's must-eats.
Imereti
Seek and ye shall find - at least that's the case at Imereti a restaurant so hidden you might have lost you appetite by the time you get there. That said once found you're guaranteed gorgeous Georgian food and décor.
International Mugham Centre
Celebrating Azeri Mugham - a traditional style of folk music - the International Mugham Centre isn't just a cultural masterpiece but an architectural one too.

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