Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

7th Heaven Bar
On a balmy summer evening, there are few sexier places to sup a clandestine cocktail than the roof terrace of the Aleph Hotel.
Brancaleone
Now the leading centro sociale in Rome, 'Branca', as it is known, has been providing alternative musical entertainment and social happenings since 1990.
Parco dei Principi
Swimming in 5 star style.
Aspesi
Modern fashion and modern art all in one place.
La Taverna degli Amici
This heavenly refuge sits in the corner of an ivy-clad square behind the traffic hub of Piazza Venezia and just begs summertime lunchtime boozing.
Mezzo
Mezzo is a slinky, stylish, New York-style eatery with white walls and high ceilings.
Santa Lucia
Santa Lucia is a prime example of an excellent restaurant spitting-distance from the square, yet a world away from the caricature cartoon artists and tacky tat.
Fabrica
The best thing to happen to Prati for quite some time is Fabrica, an ex-factory turned patisserie cum bistro cum art gallery.
ReD
This perpetually trendy design bar and restaurant is a great choice if you plan to attend a concert in the same complex of the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome's temple of classical and acoustic music.
Hotel Adriano
A family business for over 40 years, and recently revamped by arbiter of style Barbara Ricci, the Hotel Adriano is certainly worthy of more stellar accolades than it has received.
Inn at the Roman Forum
The Inn looks out over the ruins of Trajan's market yet still feels decidedly off the beaten track.
Palazzo Manfredi
Palazzo Manfredi sits elegantly between historic and modern Rome. While its rooms and restaurant overlook the Colosseum, the interiors of this boutique establis
Freni e Frizioni
The younger, rowdier sister bar to Societe Lutece has found a home in an old garage perched on the Lungotevere just by Ponte Sisto.
Goa Club
Lost nights in some trance-music bubble on the beaches of the Asian subcontinent? The name of this club says it all.
Pastificio San Lorenzo
Set in a renovated old industrial building hosting exhibits, photo shootings and artistic events, this restaurant in the heart of San Lorenzo is one of Rome's best addresses for its upscale New York diner atmosphere with a Roman accent.
Laura Biagiotti
Cuddling up in cashmere is decadent, but when it's been bought from the Roman 'queen' of cashmere, well, that's a whole new level of luxury.
The First Luxury Art Hotel
Perfectly located, effortlessly luxurious and a roof garden with spectacular views of the city. We just can't fault The First Hotel...
Tram Tram
Rooted in the bowels of San Lorenzo, Tram Tram was definitely born on the right side of the bohemian tracks.
Acanto Day Spa
Follow up an exhausting shopping trip with a relaxing treatment at the luxurious Acanto spa...
Vizi Capitali
Don't be put off by the incongruous-looking sign over the door, which gives you the impression that you're about to enter an Eighties steakhouse - this is a genuine find amid the rather mediocre Trastevere tourist trattorie.
Antica Biblioteca Valle
Although predominately a restaurant, this glass box behind the Teatro della Valle drums up more of a crowd for drinks than for dinner.
Boscolo Aleph
A temple to city-slick, decadent design, architect Adam Tihany's creation for the Boscolo chain won the prize for Best Hotel Interior Design in Europe in 2004.
Casa Manni
A posh penthouse apartment in Centro Storico, Casa Manni would have even the most discerning guest feeling right at home.
‘Gusto
Wine bar, restaurant, bookshop, pizzeria - Gusto is all of these things and more.
Oasi della Pace
Go swimming, surrounded by cypress trees.
Da Baffetto
Forget everything you know (or thought you knew) about pizza. For many this is the original pizza romana, served on metal dishes and so thin and tasty it melts in the mouth, without any stodgy aftermath.
Duke’s
This lively bar/restaurant is where the city's young professionals gather.
Candle’s Store
Don't light a candle in this temple. Buy one. Or two. Or eight.
Iceberg
Stand out from the crowd, ladies, with clothes from Iceberg.
Open Baladin
Eclectic, decadent, with the best and largest offer of local artisanal beer in town, in one word: wonderful.
Josephine de Huertas & Co
A favourite with the fashionistas in the know.
Regina Baglioni
If the Italians know one thing, it's style. Case in point is the Regina Hotel Baglioni in Rome, which has lashings of the stuff with a location in Via Veneto that's just a stone's throw away from the world-renowned fashion street of Via Condotti.
Libreria del Cinema
One of the few bastions left in a neighbourhood that's being swallowed up by mass tourism, this bookshop/wine bar can be found on Trastevere's coolest and prettiest street.
Centrale Montemartini
This museum is a fascinating antidote to the well-trodden culture trail and is a good excuse to get out to Ostiense, an up-and-coming (and fashionably gritty) area of Rome.
Bar San Calisto
A veritable Trastevere institution, this bar is a meeting-point and melting-pot of local characters, out-of-work actors and fun-loving criminals.
Classico Village
This former factory is one of Ostiense's most popular nightspots, which, with its restaurant, stage for live bands, club area and courtyard bar (that becomes particularly delectable in the summer), really does resemble a nocturnal village.
Osteria dell’Ingegno
This offbeat, chic dining room has everything it takes for a seriously pleasant evening.
Art Cafè
This spot sums up Italian nightclubs; ever so slightly off the mark but with pretensions of unrivalled urban cool.
TAD Café
There are times when you need therapy away from retail therapy.
Bar à Book
A quirky and happening spot on the edge of the arty San Lorenzo area that comfortably marries the intellectual rigours of books and booze.

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