Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

La Nava
Since 1950, La Nava has been the most prestigious estate for partridge shooting in Spain, long considered the seminal destination for those in demand of high-quality shooting.
La Carpanta
La Latina is naturally the most touristy part of Madrid, and although its bars and restaurants are overpriced, it is worth a visit for the fantastic surroundings. La Carpanta offers a selection of over 50 wines to enjoy with its excellent food.
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.
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.
Kabuki
Kabuki is where Japanese and Mediterranean culinary traditions come together with come seriously exciting Spanish styled sushi…
José Alfredo
This bar is often busy, but the people to be seen make up for that - whether they're the pierced and tattooed yet friendly waiting staff or the occasional Almodóvar starlet...
Isolée
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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
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 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.
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 Adler
The sumptuous interior was designed by Pascua Ortega, mixing the classic with the modern. Fresh floral arrangements are displayed daily - try the adjoining restaurant, which serves first class traditional Spanish meat and seafood dishes.
Hakkasan
Gran Melia Fenix
Overlooking the flowing fountains of Plaza de Colon, the Gran Melia Fenix offers concierge service for only a little extra. Club class rooms and suites on the top floor include a wide private terrace with hot tub, where breakfast can be served.
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.
Golf Olivar de la Hinojosa
A public facility offering both golf and tennis. There are two courses, one 18-hole and one nine-hole; rounds are affordable and calculated based on the number of holes you choose to play.
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...
Gant
Gant - elegant flagship store in a beautiful building
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.
Europa Decó
It doesn't get much more exotic than this: African masks on the walls, totem poles from Papua New Guinea, table mats and plush seats upholstered with Vicuna skin resembling a smooth crocodile texture. Fish is definitely the speciality.
Etro
A little bit of retro and sprinkle of sparkle goes a long way at this clothing store.
EO
Classic surroundings, superb cocktails and funky vibes have given this bar a loyal following - and the pace picks up Thursday-Saturday when the DJs hit the decks.
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.
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.
El Jardin Secreto
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.
Diurno
Painfully trendy and modern, Diurno has a diverse offering ranging from salad and a sandwich to a DVD rental or tub of Ben & Jerry's.
Dassa Bassa
This stylish, vaulted white-brick basement restaurant is popular with models, aspiring actors and general jet-setters.
Corral de la Morería
Billed as one of the world's best flamenco shows, Corral de la Moreria features in the New York Times' '1000 places to see before you die.' Choose between dining or just a drink.
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.
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.
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).
Club MUSÉE
Forget what you think you know about city-centre clubbing and turn your nocturnal attentions to Club MUSÉE, arguably the hippest place to open in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Like, ever.

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