Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

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.
Nevy
Nevy is a concept restaurant, so expect style in abundance. They serve seafood done to the customer's exact specifications.
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.
Fyra
Although relatively new to the food scene in Amsterdam, this restaurant has a solid reputation and serves a dinner that is worth seeking out.
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.
CousCousine
A Moroccan restaurant that is a cut above most of the others. Manages to infuse its North African dishes with Mediterranean influences.
Christophe
Now serving a more imaginative and exciting menu than previous years, including classic dishes with modern twists, Christophe is a special place.
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.
Blue Pepper
Blue Pepper is an Indonesian restaurant that refuses to soften its flavours for the European palate, resulting in a much more genuine, and not to mention delicious, dining experience.
Blauw aan de Wal
Hidden away in the Red Light District like an oasis of gastronomic serenity, Blauw ann de Wal serves classic, conventional fare done very very well.
Bird
The standout of the many Chinese and Thai restaurants that line Amsterdam's Chinatown - decent food and a nice atmosphere.
Beddington’s
Beddington's is a place for something a bit different, with menus that are fusions of fine French dining and whatever else happens to take the chefs fancy at the time.
Vondel Hotel
Small but perfectly formed and with a garden that is a delightful getaway from the otherwise busy tourist area. A calming influence.
The Park Hotel
The Park Hotel has reinvented itself with a recent refurbishment and is now full of 21st century design, turning itself into a far more welcoming hotel.
The Dylan
Not for no reason is the The Dylan considered one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. Sleep in the decadence of Amsterdam's golden age.
The Convent Hotel
Oddly enough, the Convent Hotel, once the site of some monasteries, it ideally placed for getting up to some nights of hedonistic excess.
The College Hotel
An interesting concept, the College Hotel is run by interns from various hotels schools, but that doesn't detract from its comfortable and contemporary design.
Sofitel the Grand
One of the best places to sleep in Amsterdam, with modern luxuries blended seamlessly with a building dating back to the 16th century.
Seven One Seven
Some olde world Dutch charm at Seven One Seven, which is indulgent and swanky in equal measure. An aristocratic but not austere embrace.
NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Sharing space with the Amsterdam residence of the Queen of Holland, Krasnapolsky sits in one of the best locations in the city - between the Red Light District and the Canal Belt.
Miauw Suites
Spacious holiday-let apartments that are a step above what you will find in other European cities.
Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy
A hotel that is almost impossible to sum up or catergorise. The rooms go from one to five stars and have been created by the finest minds in Dutch design. Worth finding out what the fuss is all about.
Intercontinental Amstel Hotel
It's telling that the Amstel Hotel is accessible by boat, given the famous names that have stayed there. Simply top of the range.
Hotel V
An explosion of different designs and tastes results in a unique feel at Hotel V. A comfortable stay in a prime location.
Hotel Toro
Stateliness from a different era, the Hotel Toro is an excellent example of 19th century art-nouveau grandeur.
Hotel Roemer
A little different from the other hotels on this list, Roemer is a slick and modern boutique hotel.
Hotel Orlando
With only five rooms in the whole of this hotel, you really do get 'a room of one's own.' Like living in a Dutchman's old-fashioned canal side home.
Hotel Okura
You get what you pay for at Hotel Okura, from views of the street to rooms with their own cinema and meals cooked by a private chef.
Hotel de l’Europe
Walk through the door of the Hotel de l'Europe and walk into the past, with old age opulence and class accented with all the modern conveniences.

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