Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

Ambassade Hotel
Any hotel that has its own library is already somewhat more sophisticated than others, and this is especially true of the Ambassade Hotel, which has hosted some very literary guests.
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Conservatorium Hotel
Stylish design-led modern hotel in the Neo-Gothic splendour of the old Conservatory of Music...
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Sir Albert Hotel
Housed within a converted diamond factory, the Sir Albert Hotel retains it's sparkling history, combining it with contemporary luxury and a location to write home about...
Royal Palace
This grand, imposing home of the royals looms over the hustle and bustle of the Dam Square. It'll come as no surprises that the interiors are splendid.
Historisch Museum
A fantastic museum in a city of museums, this one tells the story of Amsterdam from its humble origins in the 1200s to the present day.
De Luwte
Almost a Dutch cliché with a canal-side terrace with rickety tables and chairs, and an interior stocked with bare dark wood and art deco flourishes. Perfect for a sedate dinner.
The Movies
A restaurant inside a cinema, the best reason for coming here is the beautifully-preserved art deco interior. Food ain't half bad either.
Semhar
Restaurant Semhar serves East African flavours with a smile. It might not be in the nicest location, but the food is genuine and tasty.
Vermeer
A uniformly excellent eating experience, which, while it might not surprise, will most certainly satisfy.
Harkema
With good-quality food and service that belies its size, Brasserie Harkema still isn't a place for a long and indulgent meal - better thought of as quick and delicious.
Chocolate Bar
Perhaps surprisingly, the Chocolate Bar does not only serve chocolate and can make up a decent sandwich and a nice glass of wine.
Broodje Bert
Don't judge this little treasure from its exterior, instead, go in and have a bite of their sandwiches, which will power you all day.
Eden Amsterdam American
The chain hotel experience, efficient and smooth, set in the monolithic grandeur of the Hotel American 's art-nouveau confines. Placed well for tourists.
Banks Mansion
A different way of doing hotel packages, this former bank's rates include all sorts of things that are normally charged separately in other hotels, such as in-room movies and a private bar.
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Tjing Tjing
A welcoming (and not too expensive) local hotspot, Tjing Tjing is packed with vestiges of South Africa, serves traditional Cape Town grub, and often puts on live outdoor music (African, of course).
Cornelis Schuystraat
Slighty further out than other shops, Cornelis Schuystraat is beside the leafy green surrounds of Vondelpark.
Bilderdijkstraat
A quirky boutique can be found on this road selling vintage fashion, and of all the things, Barbie dolls.
Tropenmuseum
A well-respected anthropolocial museum set in the beautiful Oosterpark. Good reason to take a break from the centre of Amsterdam.
Rembrandthuis
The former residence of the artist Rembrandt, restored to what it might have looked like when the great man lived there, including many of his and his contemporaries sketches.
Het Muziektheater
Home to both the national opera and ballet, this is the centre of high culture in Amsterdam and the country.
Hermitage Amsterdam
Linked with St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum, this place has an incredible collection of Russian art and works.
Het Concertgebouw
A concert hall with a century and a bit of experience and excellent acoustics. Home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Foam Fotografiemuseum
A gallery of photographic images, where the only linking theme seems to be artistic excellence. Let yourself be captured in frozen moments.
Filmmuseum
Everything and anything to do with film, with screenings, an immense library, a collection of film scores and posters, and best of all, a very nice café.
De Nieuwe Kerk
The New Church hosts not only national ceremonies but also offers a series of exhibitions on topics varying from art to anthropology.
Artis Zoo
A zoo! With animals of all shapes and sizes, and if you are so inclined, there is even a petting zoo.
Anne Frank Huis
The home of the famous diarist, this museum is a moving and poignant experience. Can get very busy, so plan your trip carefully.
Zebra Lounge
Once a pole dancing club in a city of brothels and sex shows, the Zebra Lounge is now a regular club, though it retains the attractive young crowd.
Surprise Bar
This is a local club for local people and is as about as close as you will get to the true Dutch clubbing experience.
Sugar Factory
'A cutting edge multi-disciplinary night theatre.' Why don't you head on down and find out what that means?
Paradiso
Another well-known live music venue - check out the London's Calling nights if you are craving the sounds of the capital.

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