Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

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.    
Vincci SoMa
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.
Villa Real
A restaurant, café and bar, as well as several more in the surrounding streets, make this hotel - where every room has a view - a comfortable choice. Not one for those seeking designer chic or fitness facilities, there is nonetheless grandeur ap
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...
The Westin Palace
The Westin Palace is a landmark in Madrid worth seeing even if you aren't lucky enough to stay there, thanks to its ornate lobby and glass atrium. The restaurant, Asia Gallery, serves what is considered some of the finest oriental food in the city.
Thai Gardens
This is as authentic a Thai as you'll get in Madrid, and it has both its lush garden and the excellent service to commend it.
Teatriz
Designed by Philippe Starck, both the restaurant and its toilets are a feat in design. The bar is popular for pre- and post-dinner drinks and the food (Italian/Mediterranean) is surprisingly good value for the location.
TAO
Tao is one of the most exclusive sushi and tepanyaki restaurants in the city and is surrounded by luxury hotels, major banks and smart office blocks on the Paseo de la Castellana. Fortunately, the wine list is also comprehensive.
Taberna Txakoli
Enjoy a drink with the punters, revel in the buzzing atmosphere and gaze in wonderment at the mouth-watering tapas on offer at Txakoli...
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.
Suite Prado
This self-catering hotel offers very bright and large suites with separate white marble bathrooms, lounge area and kitchenette. Each has an independent dining room, sofa beds and large, comfortable armchairs.
Spa Relajarse
Intimate little spa wonderfully decorated and positioned in the middle of Madrid, perfect to detox and relax.
Shoko
A stylish, Asian-themed club, Shoko is a bit of a magnet for local VIPs thanks to its feng shui interior and adjoining restaurant; meanwhile, the soundtrack has a suitably cool, deep house vibe.
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
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.
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.
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.
Ramses
The atmosphere and glamorous crowd - as well as the elaborate interior design in an archaeological theme - create high expectations, but unfortunately, the food is the least impressive thing at Ramses.
Ramses
Pan de Lujo
Alberto Chicote provides top quality dining in Madrid's exclusive Salamanca district at a reasonable price.
Palacio Gaviria
Baroque grandeur is not normally a design ethos associated with clubs, but that makes a night at Palacio Gaviria all the more interesting. Come on Wednesdays for tango night or weekends for more mainstream music.
Ottocento
Ottocento is yet more proof of Checua's rise as the epicentre of all things cool in the city. Expect Italian-Argentine fusion on the menu, but some very questionable cheesy Italian-themed music as a backdrop to your meal.
Nina
This restaurant is definitely more Manhattan than Malasaña - though the street it is on is gradually becoming more up-market. The venue attracts a relaxed and affluent crowd who come to enjoy the large selection of Mediterranean dishes on offer.
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.
Negro de Anglona
A labyrinthine venue with a fascinating history; the tunnel which houses Negro de Anglona was once a passage for adulterous royalty to move around the city undetected. After a delectable glass in the Moët bar, enjoy Italian cuisine downstairs.
Mumbai Massala
This trendy Indian restaurant makes lighter versions of the classics, and is probably one of the few decent Indian restaurants in Europe outside of the UK. Expect a Bollywood feel and a decent after-dinner bar, all with a resolutely Indian touch.
Montana
Delicious food as beautifully presented as the clientele. Many of the fresh ingredients come from the owners' farm just outside Toledo, and although the cuisine borrows Italian and Oriental influences, ingredients are genuinely Spanish.
Midnight Rose
A thrill for both the eyes and the tastebuds, surprising starters at the Midnight Rose include 'oreo-biscuit' appetisers actually made of black olives and parmesan. Other dishes on the menu include sushi; popular with the fashionista crowd.
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.
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.
ME Melia
The Meliá both aims for glamour and achieves it. Even the most demanding of guests will be satisfied; the entertainment, service and location are all unbeatable.
Malasana
Explore the winding streets of this alternative area bordering Chueca. Popular with a grunge and student set, expect funky record stores and boutique cafes.
Lhardy
Super luxurious piece of old-school elegance. On the ground floor and bar area, traditional tapas are served, and the second floor houses an elegant dining room with chandeliers, mirrored walls, antique display cases and 17th century oil paintings.
Le Garage
Set in what was previously a car park, the interior is now reminiscent of a New York loft. The cuisine is a curious mix of Japanese and other dishes such as langoustines flambéed in cognac.
Le Dragon
A menu crammed with traditional Chinese favourites prepared in a lighter way, and beautiful interior design adherent to feng shui. A beautiful place worthy of the attention of Salamanca's beautiful people.
Las Carboneras
Las Carboneras is run by three dancers who aim to showcase young, up-and-coming performers, fusing avant-garde style with the best of today's flamenco.
Larios Cafe
Cuban restaurant, bar, club and lounge rolled into one, with ultrachic, New-York style furnishings, Larios Cafe is a great place to sip a mojito any time of the day.
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.
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...

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