Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

La Trucha
Trout is just one of the delicacies on offer at this fabulous, traditional restaurant. Pop in for dinner or to nibble on some authentic Andalusian tapas...
La Broche
A disciple of Ferran Adrià, Arola is one of Madrid's few chefs to elevate the restaurant business to the status of creative art. Two Michelin-starred La Broche will leave your senses heightened, particularly with its 10-dish taster menu.
Gabana 1800
Dressing to impress is an essential component of a night out at Gabana. Kick the night off with post-dinner drinks at Fortuny, then head here to dance the night away.
Hotel Vincci Madrid Centrum
Despite featuring an à la carte restaurant, a daily menu and breakfast buffet with terrace, and a funky bar-cafeteria, the lack of both a view and a car park make the main draw its location. It is walking distance from just about everything.
Cafe Gijon
Popular with an arty crowd, this cafe is known as a literary monument of the city - something made obvious by the branding of everything from the glasses to the walls with the Gijon name...
Room Mate Alicia
Modern hotel, exquisitely designed by Pascua Ortega. Location cannot get better either, as it is situated on the Plaza Santa Ana. Notable rooms are the duplex suites, which even make returning from the wonderful art museums enjoyable.
Don Pelayo
Both the décor and the dishes on the menu deceptively make this restaurant appear run-of-the-mill. But Don Pelayo's secret is the twist it gives to Spanish classics: potato croquettes combined with cocido broth, for example.
Villa Magna
Both painfully chic and wonderfully cosmopolitan, the Villa Magna is one of the 'Leading Hotels of the World,' and its luxury facilities prove why...
Taberna del Alabardero
In an area that abounds with cafes, bars and tapas restaurants, there is something wonderfully simple about Taberna del Alabardero. Great tapas and charming staff make it an excellent lunchtime option - if priced a little above the norm.
Hotel de las Letras
With its literary theme and well-preserved history, this Madrid hotel has a lot to offer. From DJ sessions to the more intimate attic bar, there is something for everyone's taste - even a library.
Cool
Cool is one of the most fashionable places to be seen in Madrid's hedonistic night scene, but check the night before you go, as the theme nights may not be for everyone.
Cafe del Circulo de Bellas Artes
After paying €1 to enter the cultural centre, Circulo de Belas Artes, take a window seat at this stylish café belonging to Madrid's premier exhibition space and staffed by a small army of expert waiters.
Nilo
The decor is fun (think animal prints kitsch chandeliers and bowls of champagne) and the Spanish/Mediterranean menu is surprisingly good value; go here to avoid the stuffy atmosphere of some of the more business-dominated establishments.
Etro
A little bit of retro and sprinkle of sparkle goes a long way at this clothing store.
Iroco
There's nothing particularly marking out this restaurant from the rest; nonetheless, it has become the place to be seen, and is therefore popular.
02 Wellness Centre
Aligning health, aesthetic, water and exercise needs exclusively for women. With the emphasis, unsurprisingly, on 'wellness'.
Indiana Parque
About an hour away from Madrid in San Martin de Valdeiglesias this natural recreation park offers a wealth of activities including horseriding, abseiling, archery and much more.
Calle Jorge Juan
A haven for hedonistic label-lovers, Calle Jorge Juan has high-end fashion all wrapped up.
Calle Jose Ortega Y Gasset
The streets are paved with gold around these parts. Here, Calvin Klein, Escada and Armani compete with Hermes and Louis Vuitton.
Real Madrid
Real Madrid is the most successful football club of the twentieth century, and a trip to one of their games ensures a chance to watch some of the world's finest footballers.
Bar Cock
This long-established cocktail bar has an atmosphere of professional drinking, and is a Madrid institution.
Hotel Urban
This über-modern hotel is particularly popular with those who appreciate art as it houses an amazing private collection generously spread around deluxe rooms and corridors, adding a spiritual element to the overnight experience.
Brasserie de Lista
Popular with business people at lunch time and more intimate for evening pintxos, this bistro's specials are grilled meats and oven-roasted fish, with a good selection of wines and beers to accompany both meat and fish. French slant.
Zen Market
Located inside the Real Madrid stadium, Zen Market is the place for dining on some seriously luxurious sushi with a prime view of the afternoon footy.    
El Jardin Secreto
Mercado de la Reina
The fact that Mercado de la Reina has managed to grab a spot on Gran Vià alongside global brands is testament to its top-notch tapas. Don't miss the Gin Club at the back.
Hotel Hesperia Madrid
Setting standards in the capital since 2000, the Hesperia is fitted with all the latest luxuries. Claim exclusive access to the prestigious Metropolitan health club before heading to the hotel's crown jewel: its award-winning restaurant.
Hotel Orfila
Built in the 1880s as a private home for an artistic family, the house also contained a theatre and a literary salon in the 1920s. This luxury Madrid hotel retains its original nineteenth century façade, cobbled carriage entrance and stone stair
Santceloni
Housed within the 5 star Hesperia, Santceloni offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience. The set menu includes quail's eggs, onion consommé, fennel and black truffle and plenty of Catalan wines help make the list one of the best in the city
Hotel Puerta America
This high tech hotel has a rooftop pool with views right across the city, and it also has a beauty spa and treatment floor. The hotel's main restaurant, Lagrimas Negras, pays homage to Spanish wines and Mediterranean gourmet cuisine.
La Viuda Blanca
The vibe here is relaxed; informal waitresses crack jokes whilst still providing a punctual service. A light lunch menu offers three courses of small dishes such as breadfruit stuffed with goats' cheese.
Reina Bruja
The big red sofas in the chill-out area are the perfect complement to the innovative wall designs and straightforward layout of this visually arresting club.
Vincci SoMa
Perfect for people-watching the Salamanca crowds as they spend their way around the neighbourhood. The previously fusion-style menu has been replaced with a focus on Mediterranean meat and fish, but the high standard remains.
Christofle
Christofle - beautiful silverware, jewelry and gifts
Golf Park
A nine-hole driving range designed by American golfer Jack Nicklaus, Golf Park is situated just outside the city on the N-I road to Burgos.
Con 2 Fogones
One of the new breed of cafe/restaurants smartening up the alternative district Malasana, Con dos Fogones is a great spot for a weekend lunch or laid-back dinner thanks to its weekly rotating seasonal menu.
Hotel Emperador
A stunning outdoor rooftop pool at one of the best luxury hotels in Madrid, the Emperador Hotel, located on the famous Madrid Gran Via.
Medina Mayrit Arabic Baths
Located in a stunning 100-year-old cistern just off the Plaza Mayor, these authentic Arabic baths situated in the heart of Madrid offer two-hour sessions throughout the day.
Calle Serrano
Despite what Spanish-speaking outsiders may think, Calle Serrano has very little to do with ham. It does, however, have lots to do with clothes, clothes and more clothes.
Chueca
The Chueca area is where art and fashion stars come for brands both big and independent, and an array of trendy bars and cafes to pout and pose in when their feet tire.

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