Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

Bird
The standout of the many Chinese and Thai restaurants that line Amsterdam's Chinatown - decent food and a nice atmosphere.
Bitterzoet
A place for people who love to dance, it gets quite sweaty in the club area. Plays an eclectic and intriguing range of music that will, eventually, suit all tastes.
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.
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.
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 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 Shiller
A superior art deco bar with a comfortable, luscious interior that is a step above the usual tourist traps.
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.
Classico
There's been a mediterranen menu update for a much loved relaxed foodie venue.
Club 8
You get a slightly younger, less polished feel from Club 8 than some of the other, bigger clubs.
Cornelis Schuystraat
Slighty further out than other shops, Cornelis Schuystraat is beside the leafy green surrounds of Vondelpark.
Dam Square
Not only a very pretty square surrounded by monuments, also contains the biggest luxury department store in the city.
De Belhamel
A converted grocer's shop, De Belhamel serves high-end European dishes in beautiful art-deco surrounds.
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 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.
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 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.
Foodware
Good takeaway food that changes with whatever fresh ingredients the shop has got in that morning.
Gasthuismolensteeg
Glittering gold jewelry and beautiful shoes will vie for your attention as you wander down Gasthuismolensteeg
Haarlemmerdijk
Buy some funky frocks and tops and then catch a flick at the Movies Art House down on Haarlemmerdijk.
Hartenstraat
Part of a network of good shopping streets, get your monkey-branded clothes here.
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.
Hôtel Droog
More than just a stylish place to stay in Amsterdam, Hôtel Droog is an expanded hotel experience, equipped with its own gallery, library and spa.
Hotel Estherea
Somehow managing to retain the cosy feel of a family run establishment while having the size and amenities of a chain hotel, this hotel has a vintage, luxurious charm.
Kalverstraat
From books to clothes to DVDs, this picturesque little street is a good one for an afternoon's wander.
Lime
A change from most of the other Red Light District offerings, Lime is modern and perfectly pleasant.
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.
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.
Magna Plaza Shopping Centre
Right by a canal and chock full of luxury and well-known names, a very central and convenient shopping centre.
Mazzo
Housed inside a former Amsterdam nightclub, Mazzo is the latest venture from restaurant and hospitality group IQ Creative.
Miauw Suites
Spacious holiday-let apartments that are a step above what you will find in other European cities.
Prinsengracht
Amongst over high-profile stores, Prinsengracht is also where you will find the part-museum-part-boutique Denham the Jean Maker.
Reestraat
Your typical paved Amsterdam street that makes for lovely pavement-pounding in the sunshine.
Runstraat
Where you will find the fabulously named Mensocks, where they sell socks...for men, amongst other high-end stores.
Singel
Shop while walking alongside a beautiful canal and take the opportunity to pick up some fine Dutch cheese.
Sugar Factory
'A cutting edge multi-disciplinary night theatre.' Why don't you head on down and find out what that means?
Sukha Amsterdam
The chic, all-white warehouse space that is Sukha Amsterdam is stocked with a carefully curated selection of ethical, Dutch-made fashion and lifestyle pieces.
Tasca Bellota
Tapas that compares to the best you would get in Spain, with high quality ingredients and careful presentation.
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.

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