Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

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.
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.
Lateral
Don't think that Lateral's location right next to the super-cool Mercado de Fuencarral shopping mall means it isn't worthy of its success: on the contrary, this tapas bar, which is one of four, is well worth the visit.
Laydown
Hake steaks marinated in lime juice or succulent ribbon fish go down perfectly between sips of an amazing list of stimulating cocktails. Look out for troupes of belly dancers who come out on certain Las Mil y Una Noches theme nights.
Le Cabrera Cocktail & Gastrobar
Le Cabrera Cocktail & Gastrobar is a sleek and trendy joint in Madrid specialising in cocktails and tapas, with an extensive selection of spirits on offer.
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.
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 Marquis
The food may be so-so, but the decor sets Le Marquis apart - nowhere else in Madrid will you find a chair trussed up in a corset. Fetishism needs darkness to thrive, so definitely a dinner-only option.
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.
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.
Loft 39
The wallets of the clientele are bulging and the quality of the stock behind the bar is high enough to meet their expectations. A very exclusive vibe and a range of ages and fashion styles in evidence.
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.
Luna Mulata
A sophisticated, multi-use space. Head chef Inés Montiel has gone for fresh and imaginative creations, such as pineapple shrimp rolls or duck magret with mango.
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Madrilia
Madrilia provides high-quality Italian cuisine suitable for either a light lunch or a romantic dinner. Any of the pasta from the mains are recommended, with the chef particularly noted for the magret duck tagliatelle with vegetables.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Matilda
The most feminine restaurant in Madrid, Matilda is decorated with Robert Garver photos and fresh aromatic flowers on every table. A fusion menu has spicy Cajun sirloin steak (solomillo) and an exquisite coconut shrimp dish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moma56
One of Madrid's most popular (and sexy) clubs, Moma's slightly out-of-centre location ensures it is full of smart locals and only the most clued-up tourists.
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.
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Mui Bar
Traditional Spanish dishes with a modern twist, this New York speakeasy inspired bar is reinventing the Madrid tapas experience. 
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.
Museo Chicote
This hangout was put on the map in the 1950s. Once attracting the likes of Hemingway, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly, today Chicote draws an older crowd who like to see and be seen sipping on gin tonics and martinis.
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...
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.
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.
New venue reviews for April!
Every month, we strive to keep our city guides fresh, relevant, and ahead of the curve. April was no exception - here's the month's new venue reviews.
Nicolas
Fashion for men and women at Nicolas.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Olivera
This Serbian-run venue is popular with artistic types and their beautiful muses who kick back and relax in the subtly lit space to listen to jazz, electro funk and bossanova, as well as music from the Balkans.

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