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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lamiak
One of La Latina's most popular hangouts, Lamiak offers the chance to see the neighbourhood at its best, with a constant stream of afternoon drinkers coming and going.
La Trucha
Trout is just one of the delicacies on offer at this fabulous, traditional restaurant. Pop in for dinner or to nibble on some authentic Andalusian tapas...
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.
Juana La Loca
An extensive menu is available from a chef who take his tapas seriously; the large TV in the corner may be a little distracting, but the excellent food certainly provides strong competition...
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!
El Tempranillo
A favourite of the locals as well as the odd celeb, keep an eye out for the reaction of your fellow customers to work out whether a star has just walked in. A very Spanish, rustic interior.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.

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