Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Baku

Young Spectators’ Theatre
More than a cultural must-see the Young Spectator's Theatre is an architectural wonder; a marvel of modern design.
Ultimate Frisbee
Who'd have thought you'd go all the way to Baku and be able to play Frisbee? Enjoy!
Shirvanshah’s Palace
With awe-inspiring architecture at every turn it can be hard to know where to look inside Shirvanshah's Palace; so take your time and be sure to designate a significant chunk of your schedule to soaking up this colossal cultural must-see.
Sheki
While it may be six or so hours from Baku the mountain town of Sheki is well worth the slog.  Just make sure to fill up with petrol before you hit some pretty damn remote roads.
Schaorma No. 1
Open-air terraces are hard to find in the centre of town but Schaorma No 1 is such an establishment; enjoy an authentic sundowner in the form of an ayran.
Russian Drama Theatre
Translated plays from many cultures, performed in Russian.
Puppet Theatre
Puppetry may be a thing of yesteryear in the West but in Baku it's still a much-loved tradition that pulls the crowds; watch the best show in Baku at the Puppet Theatre.
Pizza Holiday
However high-end your culinary tastes nothing beats a good pizza; and when a pepperoni-laden Italian staple backons there's nowhere better than Pizza Holiday to satisfy your cheesy cravings.
Palace of Happiness
While the Palace of Happiness may not have created happily-ever-afters for every couple, those that have tied the knot here know it is a romantic, dreamy building nevertheless.
Olimpik Star Centre
Not sure what the difference is between billiards and pool? Don't worry a local will show you; billiards is big business here.
Old City Inn
While it may not boast the kind of high-end touches you'd expect of a true boutique beauty The Old City Inn does offer the kind of hands-on service that's long-forgotten in most modern-day stays.
National Academic Theatre
The National Theatre Museum is a dream come true for die-hard theatre-goers; just be sure to brush up on your Azeri theatrical history before you go.
Mustafayev Art Museum
Like a pick 'n' mix from the art world the Mustafayev Museum houses just about everything. Just don't take any photos inside; you'll be kicked to the kerb.
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Miniature Books
Baku wouldn't be Baku without a weird sight or three; the Museum of Miniature Books is exactly that with thousands upon thousands of - you guessed it - miniature books to lay your eyes upon.
Museum of Literature
While its stash of manusripts is undeniably impressive it is the façade of the Museum of Literature that really has our mouths agape in wonder; simply stunning.
Museum Inn
The Museum Inn proves that more really is more with cluttered interiors and cosy but undeniably comfy rooms.
Mugham Club
Yet another venue championing Azeri Mugham - hence its name - The Mugham Club hosts concerts and dances for culture vultures across the globe.
Martyr Hill
Morbid perhaps but the site of Martyr's Lane is undeniably poignant with 130 marble slabs commemorating the Bakuvian lives lost in the 1990 massacre by the Red Army.
Marco Polo
Maiden Tower
The Maiden Tower is Baku's most iconic landmark and stands proud in the centre of the city; be sure to capture it on film in all its grand glory.
Mafia
Despite being an Azeri/Russian-only game it's still fun to watch a game of Mafia; cards never looked so cutthroat.
M. Rasulzade St.
Slightly more high-street than surrounding areas but no less stylish. Snap up some cool clothes for back home.
Lahij
Looking to escape the city limits? Then head to Lahij a traditional coppersmiths' village two-three hours northwest of Baku.
Khazar
Seafood lovers can't get enough of Khazar a no-frills eatery facing out towards the Caspian Sea.
Ivanovka
Ever wanted to get up close and personal with a remote religious sect? Then head to Ivanovka home to such a sect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hajinski Mansion
Having been painstakingly restored to its former glory the Hajinsky Mansion is like looking through the keyhole into Baku's glory days.
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.
Gunay Riding Club
Mount a towering steed and gallop off into the Bakuvian sunset - or something like that.
Green Open Air Theatre
Now open again after 10 years is the Green Theatre the perfect performance space for the balmy summer months.
Gobustan
Gobustan is famed for its petroglyphs; seek and ye shall find.
Fountain Square
All kind of bits and bobs can be picked up around Fountain Square; enter here for our pick of the retail litter.
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.
Finnegans
Get a bit of Irish in you at Finnegans Baku's signature Irish bar. What city doesn't have one?
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.

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