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A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

02 Wellness Centre
Aligning health, aesthetic, water and exercise needs exclusively for women. With the emphasis, unsurprisingly, on 'wellness'.
19 Sushi Bar
Despite its location, Madrid abounds in excellent fish, and 19 Sushi Bar is no exception. In addition, this stylish restaurant is just minutes from the bustle of Gran Vìa...
Acquafredda
Owned by Madrid's principal Italian restaurateur, Ignazi Deias, Acquafredda is a 'multiespacios' which offers the chance for both eat-in, take-away, and plain-and-simple pleasurable browsing. Bookings are a must at dinner.
Al Norte
A mouthwatering a la carte menu celebrates Northern Spanish cuisine with flair - there is even a romantic menu for couples and highbrow debating sessions known as ‰ÛÏtertulias‰Û on Monday nights.
Ananda
A summer hotspot, this super-trendy club is the venue of choice for Madrid's international glitterati who come to take advantage of the beautifully decorated outside terrace.
Blunauta
Blunauta - specializes in both evening and casualwear for the urban country type.
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.
Cafe Central
A must for jazz lovers, Cafe Central is in an area serried with bars, restaurants and other jazz clubs (Cafe Jazz Populart). Stop by for a mix of international and homegrown talent.
Cafe de Chinitas
One of the best clubs in Madrid, Cafe de Chinitas is popular with locals and tourists. Come to dine before the show or join the locals for a drink after the performance.
Cafe de Oriente
This traditionally elegant terrace cafe can be found in one of the premier locations of the city; the beautiful gardens of the Palacio Real and leafy Plaza de Oriente provide charming views for those enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by...
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.
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...
Café Oliver
Cafe Oliver serves straight Italian, Moroccan, French and Spanish dishes without being too experimental and losing simple flavours. Main courses offer juicy entrecote steaks with Sant Marceliny sauce and a selection of wholesome salads.
Cafe Vergara
Café Vergara's clientele is an odd mix of the artsy crowd and guidebook-clutching tourists; nonetheless, its theatre-inspired décor does not fail to charm - and nor do its cheesecakes.
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.
Calle Preciados and Calle Carmen
These pedestrianized streets offer high-street names at mid-prices. With a slew of independent stores, shoppers can also pick up souvenirs and handicrafts.
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.
Casa de Madrid
One of a kind hotel with regards to location and decoration, styled by the Spanish aristocratic owner. A tad gloomy at times, but guests are made welcome and it is a fabulous location from which to explore the city.
Casa Lucio
Casa Lucio has garnered a reputation for outstanding Spanish cuisine - even prompting the poet Rabal to pen a ditty about its scrambled eggs! Try the salmorejo (a thick gazpacho with grated ham) followed by a bonito (barely seared, delicate tuna).
Chi Spa
One of Madrid's chicest spas, Chi opened in 2003 to much acclaim. This small and welcoming spa is in the heart of Salamanca, and, as you can guess from the name, has an Oriental theme.
Cluny
Just off the thronging Plaza Santa Ana, this understated tasca has put the spice in Spanish cuisine. Sample the edible flowers salad with mushrooms and vanilla dressing or the succulent and tasty Basque Kokotxas (hake steaks).
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.
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.
El Jardin Secreto
Entre Suspiro Y Suspiro
The menu offers expertly prepared fish dishes such as salted cod (bacalhao) or grouper (mero) as well as seasonal mushroom dishes and spicy tiger prawns. Try the house vuelve a la vida (back to life) which mixes all of the above in chilli sauce.
Entre Tapas Y Vinos
Modern minimalist interiors and seating arrangements encourage a quick meal. The lunch and dinner menus consist of combination tapas, toasted baguettes and more substantial fish and meat dishes.
Etro
A little bit of retro and sprinkle of sparkle goes a long way at this clothing store.
Gant
Gant - elegant flagship store in a beautiful building
Geografic Club
Geografic is a rare find in a Barrio lacking in decent bars; it is therefore packed, helped by the delicious tapas and, for later, chocolate brownies...
Hakkasan
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Husa Serrano Royal
This modern hotel is high tech yet homely, and popular with high flying business travellers. A lavish buffet breakfast is served in a lounge area with high-speed wireless connectivity.
Indochina
Mixing recipes from Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, dishes include house specials, oxtail stew with bitter hot sauce, Thai noodle pasta with almonds and shrimp, and green Papaya salad drizzled with cashew sauce.
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.
Kapital
If size was the only criterion, then Kapital would win Madrid's club wars. Quantity is not quite matched by quality, but despite being commercial, it's enormous fun.

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