Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

Casa Patas
Small, intimate and intense, this is flamenco up close and personal. One of the most popular flamenco clubs in town, dine at the club and then head over to its sister bar afterwards.
La Vieja Estacion
Head south to reach this beautiful summer-only venue. With 10 bars, a restaurant, salsa rooms and open-air dance floor, you'll never want to leave.
Stop Madrid
Always bustling, Stop Madrid nestles at the base of C. de Hortaleza, near C. de Fuencarral - Chueca and Malasana's main shopping streets - making it the perfect pit-stop for a quick bite. Warning: its decoration is pitched at the carnivores among us.
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.
Plaza Oriente
Probably the best spot in the city to provide views over Madrid's more stunning grounds. With nearby cafes lining the streets and beautiful gardens, open for the public to bring picnics, this provides an ideal day out to relax and breathe in the mor
Nicolas
Fashion for men and women at Nicolas.
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.
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
Within the city's convenient golden triangle of museums, you will find the Reina Sofia, a huge gallery for contemporary art including Picasso's famous Guernica.
Casa Carola
For those in search of traditional Madrileno cocido"
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.
Suite
Grab one of the cream-coloured leather armchairs or sofas by the front window, and watch the mainly hetero crowd shout above the trance, funk or house music that seems to get louder and harder as the night wears on...
Letango Tours
A licensed travel agency and tour operator in Madrid, Letango specialises in day tours, excursions outside the city, and longer tours for smaller or larger groups that will help you get close to the local flavour and culture.
Almendro 13
This traditional tapas bar is beloved of the local community; the classics (huevos rotos and roscas rellenas) are delicious, and it even serves its very own manzanilla sherry.
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.
Bufalino
A haven in a sea of vice and coffee-chains, this charming neighbourhood bar is a local favourite. Swing by to lunch on its experimental Italian/Argentinian cuisine or just to watch the world go by over a glass of wine or two...
Taberna Maceira
The cheery, bohemian Taberna Maceira is one of the funky tapas bars found along Calle Jesus. True to its Galician theme, the speciality is octopus - and everybody seems to be eating it.
El Barbu
If you're looking for nooks and crannies, this softly lit labyrinthine bar is the perfect place to disappear for an hour or so...
Bravo Bike
The city's oldest and most experienced bike tour company, Bravo Bikes offer cycling tours with a touch of class: they include mini bus support, accommodation in luxury hotels and dining in top restaurants.
El Jardin Secreto
Candle-lit tables and French windows provide a welcome and romantic escape from the busy Gran Via strip. An exotic, ever-changing menu includes the lunch menu inspired by the film 'Like Water for Chocolate'.
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.
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.
Botin
Typical Castillian food includes gazpacho, suckling pig and a delicious cream tart made with a sweet biscuit base, egg meringue and pastel cream.
Citra
The house specials are jacket artichoke soup; salmon slices with vanilla sauce; grilled wood pigeon with sheep cheese (idiazabal); and gnocchi and radish sauce. The most interesting thing is the way in which savoury is mixed with sweet...
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.
Rayo Vallecano
Founded in 1924 and based in the neighborhood of Vallecas, Rayo play in Segunda Division and host home matches at Estadia Teresa Rivero, which is named after female President Teresa Rivero Sanchez-Romate.
Los Gatos
Join locals and tourists alike working their way along the Calle Jesus' string of tapas bars, enjoying a glass of tinto and a bite to eat in each one. Casual and lively, Los Gatos is one of the most popular - and most interestingly decorated.
Club Hípico
A family company with extensive experience in everything related to horseriding and stabling.
Atlético de Madrid
Nine-time La Liga winners Los Rojiblancos (The Red And Whites) are fierce rivals of their more illustrious neighbours Real Madrid, with the yearly contest dubbed 'El Derbi madrileno'. Atlético tends to attract the more working-class fan base fro
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.
Almódovar Apartment
Couples seeking a romantic getaway to the Spanish capital can find ideal accommodation in the Almódovar Apartment, one of the upscale, short-term rental properties offered on Chic-Rentals.com.
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.
Isolée
This super-stylish multi-tasking space is at once a cafe delicatessen and shop - from cutting edge fashion to CDs and magazines. Plastic at-the-ready!
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.
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.
Club de Campo Villa de Madrid
Designed by Seve Ballesteros and Javier Arana and considered to be one of the best golf courses in Spain, Club De Campo offers amazing views of the Royal Palace from its high perch on the western outskirts of Madrid.
Plaza de la Cibeles
Enjoy the buzzing hub of the Centro area, where the popular Paseo del Prado and Calle de Alcala meet, and where you will find one of Madrid's most famous monuments. This spot also offers a celebration spot for Real Madrid football fans upon a big win
Casa de Campo and the Telerifico
The only way to get a real idea of the sheer size of this city wilderness is to take the Teleférico cable car from the edge to the middle.
CaixaForum
This intriguing building, designed to mirror the roofscape of the surrounding buildings, houses several exhibition floors hosting a selection of temporary shows.
Oz Teatro
A cut above back-street peep shows and lap dancing joints, Oz Teatro is as stylish as a strip club can be. To delve further into Madrid's vice scene, head for the Casa de Campo.

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