Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum
One of Amsterdam's most famous museums, this is an art museum with many high points, from the Rembrandt collection, to Hals' The Jolly Drinker.
Maison De Bonneterie
On Rokin is De Bonneterie, an old-fashioned department store which remembers the importance of personal service.
Oosterpark
A less crowded park than the more popular choices, Oosterpark has its share of monuments and green space.
Webers Holland
Sweeping down the Red Light District, you can find every description of sex-related device and costume in Webers Holland.
StarBikes Rentals
Perfect for taking out for a picnic out in one of Amsterdam's many parks, with a little basket and with its own cute little café on the side.
Bike City
Biking is a great way to get round Amsterdam, and Bike City lets you do it discreetly and in an eco-friendly way.
Eerste Tuindwarsstraat
If you can squeeze yourself onto this narrow road, then you have the chance to pick up some one-off interior designs.
Spuistraat
Another fantastically named shop, United Nudes - which is actually a shoe shop - sits smugly on Spuistraat.
Amsterdamse Golf Club
Tamago
Exclusive little boutique offering vintage and undiscovered Japanese designs.
Holland Business Limo
Hartenstraat
Part of a network of good shopping streets, get your monkey-branded clothes here.
Van Delden
Wolvenstraat
Vintage wares and a store with a Demin Bar so you can consider your choices over a thoughtful coffee are some of what you get on Wolvenstraat.
Runstraat
Where you will find the fabulously named Mensocks, where they sell socks...for men, amongst other high-end stores.
Oriental Pearl
Cheap, no-frills and the real deal, you'll get a proper hands on massage that'll have you feeling relaxed and stress-free in as little as twenty minutes.
Beatrixpark
Perfect for those sunny days out when all you want to do is lounge around and appreciate the surrounds, Beatrixpark is tranquil and relaxing.
Westerpark
Jewel Cruises
A different way to enjoy the sights and flavours of Amsterdam, you can book evening dinner cruises with Jewel Cruises.
Magna Plaza Shopping Centre
Right by a canal and chock full of luxury and well-known names, a very central and convenient shopping centre.
PC Hooftstraat
Walking up and down PC Hoofstraat will take you past all the high-end fashion brands you need, including DKNY and Tiffany's.
Utrechsestraat
Well known names like American Apparel compete with local stores like Leuk on Utrechsestraat.
Rozengracht
Very easy to come out the other side of Rozengracht looking cool if you take the time to shop there.
Elandsgracht
A broad, tree-lined street that is a good place to pick up some denim outifits.
Mike’s Bike Rental
A personal and friendly service with bikes to fit all shapes and sizes. Mike is the man.
Nana
Follow the sound of buzzing down Warmoesstraat to find 'the most vibrating shop in town.'
Prinsengracht
Amongst over high-profile stores, Prinsengracht is also where you will find the part-museum-part-boutique Denham the Jean Maker.
Lola’s
Cinema Pathé Tuschinski
An impressive old art-deco theatre that still functions in its original capacity as a cinema.
Hotel Amrâth
Don't let the intimidating exterior put you off, this hotel hides some of the best art deco interiors Amsterdam, all done up with a nautical twist.
Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina
This club sits right on the cutting-edge of Amsterdam's club scene with live music all the way through to drum n bass beat poets.
Café Smit & Voogt
If wolfing down on thickly sliced bacon in a delicious BLT whilst looking over Amsterdam's green spaces on a lazy Sunday afternoon sounds up your street, check out this café.
Café de Jaren
A large, airy café that is a great spot to prepare, or refresh, yourself for the throng and hubbub of the RLD.
Café do Koe
Everything you need for an evening out in one place, with a competent restaurant, a bar and even a hash café next door.
Café Shiller
A superior art deco bar with a comfortable, luscious interior that is a step above the usual tourist traps.
Café Thijssen
A nice large terrace here means you have a good shot at getting a seat and taking advantage of Café Thijssen's enviable location.
Café van Zuylen
This brown café's bridge terrace can sit a hundred customers and give them all a stretch of sun. Bask and enjoy a slow glass of Dutch beer.
Café Weber
The place for late night drinking, staying open beyond the usual for Amsterdam bars. Despite its large size, you'll have to get there (relatively) early to catch a seat.
Café de Pijp
If you want to spend an evening exploring De Pijp, then this retro-styled Café is a good place to start.
Café Brandon
Cosy, retro brown café with the added treat (for some) that it often ignores the rules for indoors smoking.

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