Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

4 de Tapas
At 4 de Tapas, you can enjoy the selection of tostas, salad and stews either at the bar or in the modern and stylish restaurant at the back.
AC Santo Mauro
A-list guests could be forgiven for barely venturing from the grounds of this classic palacette set in sumptuous gardens. Regal grandeur rules in the public spaces, giving way to cutting edge modernity in the bedrooms...
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.
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.
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.
Anticafe
Despite the name of the place, don't worry: coffee is served at Anticafé, as are a selection of cocktails. The café doubles as a showroom for the owners' fashion designs, as well as offering a pool table in the basement.
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
Balmoral
You would be forgiven for thinking you were in a remote castle in the Scottish highlands at Balmoral, where the atmosphere is refined and civilised and the queues non-existent.
Bar Cock
This long-established cocktail bar has an atmosphere of professional drinking, and is a Madrid institution.
Bar Museo Los Gabrieles
Despite a soundtrack that is slightly incongruous with the décor, which harks back to its famous flamenco past, this bar caters for all. You can even still catch a flamenco show some nights of the week...
Bicimania
Providing carefully and creatively planned itineraries, Bicimania's specialist cycle guides get you right to the beauty of rural Spain.
Bike Spain Tours
Offering tours complete with experienced guides, additional sag van support, detailed maps and documentation as well as top-of-the-line bikes. Bike Spain also offers independent, self guided tours and the choice of road cycling or city tours.
Botin
Typical Castillian food includes gazpacho, suckling pig and a delicious cream tart made with a sweet biscuit base, egg meringue and pastel cream.
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.
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...
Cacao Sampaka
This shrine to all things crumbly and meltable is simply irresistible for chocoholics - but if you're worried about the sugar shakes, there's also a menu of salads, sandwiches and soups too.
Cafe Acuarela
The decoration may be kitsch, but this is Chueca after all... A mature crowd comes here to enjoy a tipple or a tea, and it's a great place to warm up an evening.
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 los Austrias
Enjoy the simple charm of this establishment close to the Teatro Real and the royal palace. A full menu is on offer, but you're better off coming for a snack or to try one of the 48 teas or 32 hot chocolates.
Cafe Jazz Populart
Jazz aficionardos should look no further than Cafe Jazz Populart. A perennial favourite, this small, intimate bar provides an exceptional mix of atmosphere and live music.
Cafe la Palma
A great alternative to Madrid's Cavalli-clad, see-and-be-seen clubs, Cafe La Palma is all about fun. Come for great music with plenty of variety.
CaixaForum
This intriguing building, designed to mirror the roofscape of the surrounding buildings, houses several exhibition floors hosting a selection of temporary shows.
Calmera
Just off the Paseo del Prado, this bike shop has been in operation since 1942.
Casa Carola
For those in search of traditional Madrileno cocido"
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.
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 Labra
In the heart of Madrid's shopping district, Casa Labra provides the perfect opportunity to refuel with a quick tapa before returning to the fray, so don't be put off by its slightly drab appearance.
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.
Celso y Manolo
A contemporary tapas joint in Madrid’s Justicia area, Celso y Manolo has a neighbourhood vibe and a prodigious selection of delicious, creative dishes.
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.
Chocolateria San Gines
Within easy distance of Centro's high-street retail jungle, this is a popular spot for tourists to take a snap because of its renowned Chocolate con Churros. In contrast, it is also an obligatory pit stop for locals in search of a post-clubbing fix.
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...
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.
Club Hípico
A family company with extensive experience in everything related to horseriding and stabling.
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.
Costello
Aside from specialising in an impressive array of live music of all genres, there are even nights of stand-up comedy and short-film seasons. A hip bar for any night of the week.
Dassa Bassa
This stylish, vaulted white-brick basement restaurant is popular with models, aspiring actors and general jet-setters.
Delic
Delic is the epitome of the La Latina vibe; it's also so oversubscribed on Sunday afternoons that a one-in, one-out policy is regularly employed. Patrons are impressively diverse.
Demode
Formerly a bar de putas (a hooker bar to you and me), Demode has been transformed into an electronica club that has become popular as the first venue of the night.
Do Design
A destination for art, design, fashion, and more, Do Design's ever-shifting inventory and exhibitions ensure visitors will see something new every time.

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