Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

Stedelijk Museum
The historic Stedelijk Museum offers up an impressive collection of contemporary and modern art and design in Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Square).
De Hallen
Home to indoor markets, eateries and bicycle shops, Amsterdam’s recently refurbished tram depot, De Hallen, is now one of the city’s hippest cultural hubs.
MacBike
Look for the bright red bikes, and you've found MacBike, which will even take you on a tour if you want to explore an alternative Amsterdam.
Vondelpark
Amsterdamse Bos
A vast green space on the outskirts of central Amsterdam. There's a fair few things to do there, and plenty of space to meander around.
Damstraat Rent-A-Bike
Centrally located with a large range of different kinds of bikes to choose from - like tandems and scooters, you'll find what you need.
Sarphatipark
Probably the prettiest park in the city, Sarphatipark is also one of the few parks that doesn't allow dogs, so leave Rover at home.
Fabulous and Vintage
For something a little off the beaten track, Van Ostadestraat has a sweet Bohemian vintage store that sells clothes and furniture.
Amstelpark
A wonderful park for families with younger kids, with mini golf, pony rides and a miniature train.
Herengracht
Another canal-side street that plays host to the shops with the 'where did you get that' appeal.
Oosterpark
A less crowded park than the more popular choices, Oosterpark has its share of monuments and green space.
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.
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.
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.
Westerpark
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.
Mike’s Bike Rental
A personal and friendly service with bikes to fit all shapes and sizes. Mike is the man.
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 Brandon
Cosy, retro brown café with the added treat (for some) that it often ignores the rules for indoors smoking.
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.
Bilderdijkstraat
A quirky boutique can be found on this road selling vintage fashion, and of all the things, Barbie dolls.
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 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.
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.
Gollem
Go on a hops-flavoured taste adventure at Gollem, which is stocked with hundreds of different ales. For people who really appreciate beers.
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.
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.
‘t Hotel
Set on one of the prettiest canals in Amsterdam, 't Hotel is the very epitome of comfort and cosiness.

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