Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

Barney’s Coffeeshop
If you are going to try puffing on a spliff in Amsterdam than the venues that Barney's runs are the best place to crash and get the munchies.
Morlang
A slightly trendier eatery that has spent some time concentrating on its aesthetic appeal. Usually quite busy.
Foodware
Good takeaway food that changes with whatever fresh ingredients the shop has got in that morning.
Foodism
A snack place that morphs into serving dinner when the sun goes down, Foodism has a brash, artsy style that is very welcoming.
De Vergulde Gaper
Not just a good place to grab a snack, De Vergulde Gaper can rustle up a proper dinner for those who want to spend some more time lounging in the sun.
De Drie Graefjes
In the shadow of the looming Nieuwe Kerk, De Drie Graefjes offers the usual lunch fare but allows you to escape the crowds of Dam Square.
De Bakkerswinkel
Cake! And scones and pastries and anything else that has to be baked, this place is worth fighting through the Red Light District for.
Da Portare Via
A pizza place, to put it at its most blunt, but a place that makes very very good pizza, bursting with flavour and reasonably priced.
Cote Ouest
The best place to eat on the Dam Square, which means you should certainly give it a try, especially if you are hankering for some mussels.
Burgermeester
A burger-shaped delight, with meats from tuna to deer and an unhealthy slathering of sauces. Burger making done by people who clearly love burgers.
Bern
There are few pleasures quite so indulgent as melting up a big pot of cheese and dipping bread into it - and Bern is one of the few places in Amsterdam that does a good fondue.
Barney’s Uptown
Something of a smoker's joint, so don't be surprised if someone blazes up next to you, but also has surprisingly good food and drinks on offer.
Bagels & Beans
Delicious bagels and coffee beans basically, though the beans are usually in the form of a drink by the time you pay for them. Better than your average coffee joint.
Gollem
Go on a hops-flavoured taste adventure at Gollem, which is stocked with hundreds of different ales. For people who really appreciate beers.
Het Schuim
A chance to look cultured and enjoy a sip of your favourite alcohol, Het Schuim is a combination of art gallery and bar.
Kingfisher
A mainstay of the hip and fashionable area of De Pijp, Kingfisher doesn't get wrapped up in its own coolness that mixes a good cocktail.
Lime
A change from most of the other Red Light District offerings, Lime is modern and perfectly pleasant.
Nel
Though the leafy, laid-back square might suggest a more garden-like atmosphere, Nel is a slick bar that plays and hosts good music.
Suzy Wong
Unashamedly chic, but managing to avoid pretentiousness, Suzy Wong is a place for hedonist's to let their true colours show.
Classico
There's been a mediterranen menu update for a much loved relaxed foodie venue.
Door 74
This is an appointment only bar dedicated to late night drinking and the perfection of the art of cocktail making and consumption.
De Nieuwe Anita
Hard to describe, De Neiuwe Anita is not just an anarchic bar, but also a cinema and a performance space. Something very different.
De Engelbewaarder
This a delightful old gem of a brown café, with an air of literary charm. A chance to get away from the bustle of the more touristy spots.
Bubbles & Wines
This tucked away little bar that is dedicated to the fruit of the vine is an excellent place to kick off the evening, with an excellent selection that can be accompanied with a tasty range of snacks.
Yamazato
The only Asian restaurant in the Netherlands to have a Michelin star. A refined and classy Japanese eating experience in the heart of Amsterdam.
Visaandeschelde
Really, one the best plaices for seafood in Amsterdam. Ahem. Plenty of variety, all of consistently high quality. A real catch.
Tasca Bellota
Tapas that compares to the best you would get in Spain, with high quality ingredients and careful presentation.
Segugio
Perhaps the best Italian restaurant in Amsterdam, Segugio serves up big flavours in big, airy feeling space that you will want to linger in.
Pata Negra
Permanently busy, which goes to show how much people go for the authentic spanish feel Pata Negra is selling. Expect to be jostled.
Mazzo
Housed inside a former Amsterdam nightclub, Mazzo is the latest venture from restaurant and hospitality group IQ Creative.
Looks
Not in the place you would expect to find it, Looks is trendy dining at its best with a menu that changes week on week.
Le Ciel Bleu
The only Amsterdam restaurant with two Michelan stars, this is the ultimate in hedonism - luxury married to pleasure.
La Rive
All the fuss and fabulous food you should expect from the Amstel Hotel - the opulent service and surrounds only serve to accent the Michelin-starred food.
Envy
At Envy, your meal will be built up from tiny but exquisitely formed dishes, sort of like a premium tapas place. Great food in a great location.
De Struisvogel
A treat of a dining experience with a rich, pan-European menu. Look past the fact that the diners are squeezed into a small cellar and enjoy the stylish rustic décor.
De Kas
To put it bluntly, one of the most revered restaurants in the country, you can sit in the glasshouse from which it is named and enjoy the surprise of your meal.
De Belhamel
A converted grocer's shop, De Belhamel serves high-end European dishes in beautiful art-deco surrounds.
D’Vilff Vlieghen
A chance to taste really high-end Dutch cuisine in a grand old building. Never mind the name translates as 'the five flies,' this place is worth investigating.
Chez Georges
In a world full of concept restaurants and experimental flavours, Chez Georges is a breath of fresh air serving high-end Franco-Belgian fare in a homely little restaurant.
Bridges
A newly opened restaurant (as of 2010), Bridges serves some spectacular seafood with wildly diverging influences, from France to India.

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