Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

Viva La Vida
All is calm and zen at this yin-yang inspired restaurant with both a sunny outdoor terrace and an indoor patio garden, where house specials include a rich-flavoured gula fish salad.
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.
The Roof at Me
Panoramic vistas around urban Madrid and an elite and trendy crowd make this an ideal hang-out for an hedonist.
The Principal Madrid
With a rooftop terrace complete with swaying olive trees and luxurious interiors, The Principal Madrid is a luxurious hotel on Madrid’s Gran Via.
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.
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 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.
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
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...
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.
Stars Dance Cafe
If you're out to have a good time, Stars is a safe bet; a café, restaurant and hang-out zone during the day and a great party venue by night, it is all things to all men.
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
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.
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.
Ramón Freixa Madrid
A two-Michelin-starred restaurant found within the Hotel Unico, Ramón Freixa Madrid serves artful cuisine with Catalan influences and undeniable flair.
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
Plaza Mayor
The town square is used for several purposes, from coronations to bullfights. In addition to the vibrant entertainments hosted here, tourists enjoy the charming cobbled streets and terrace cafes, perfect for a spot of people watching over the market
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
Piscinas Casa de Campo
The large urban park of Casa De Campo has long been a recreational retreat for the people of Madrid, with the open-air and indoor swimming pools proving immensely popular.
Parque del Buen Retiro
This stunning open park retains an elegance brought by its former role as part of the palacial grounds. Now open to the public, families, couples and friends enjoy the tree-lined avenues and fantastic people-watching opportunities. Walk of a large
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.
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.
Oui
Oui, with its original set-up, dark and atmospheric vibe and experienced management, is well worth a look.
Ojala
Ojala is all about fun: those who eat downstairs will find themselves perched on cushions in a large sandpit. The waiters are hunky, customers write in chalk on the bathroom walls and everyone tucks into tasty tapas to a clubby soundtrack.
Nietzsche
Cool has come to La Latina in the form of this laid-back exhibition space-cum-bar. Come to watch the weirdness unfold as live acts performance art and projection screens make for a distinctly surreal-feeling evening...
Nicolas
Fashion for men and women at Nicolas.
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.
Museo Thyssen Bornemisza
Forming part of the golden triangle of museums, the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza houses a relatively small collection, but its arrangement allows for a visual understanding of how art developed from the dark ages to the present day.
Museo del Prado
The Museo del Prado is, quite simply, one of the best galleries in the world; it is also the largest, something you will notice the minute you enter its cavernous interior...
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.
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.
Mas Gourmets
The Madrid outpost of Mas Gourmets can be found in the historic Mercado de San Miguel, offering delicious hams, sausages, and other gourmet treats.
Marula
Cramming an enormous amount of fun into one of the smallest possible places, Marula hums with funk and soul, and everyone gets their groove on...
Mama Campo
Found in the Plaza de Olavide area, Mama Campo encompasses a restaurant, a cantina, a shop and a space devoted to encouraging kids to eat healthily.
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.
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.

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