Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

‘t Hotel
Set on one of the prettiest canals in Amsterdam, 't Hotel is the very epitome of comfort and cosiness.
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.
Amsterdam 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.
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.
Beaufort Jewellers
Looking for that special ring for that special person? Make a statement with a ring from Beaufort.
Blue Boat Company
A long running company that cares about the environment as well, there is very little you can fault about these guys.
Bridges
A newly opened restaurant (as of 2010), Bridges serves some spectacular seafood with wildly diverging influences, from France to India.
Café Brandon
Cosy, retro brown café with the added treat (for some) that it often ignores the rules for indoors smoking.
Café De Duivel
This club celebrates everything to do with hip-hop, from Dutch Nederhop, to beats from around the rest of the world. A different rhythm from the rest of the city's clubs.
Café Weber
The place for late night drinking, staying open beyond the usual for Amsterdam bars. Despite its large size, you'll have to get there (relatively) early to catch a seat.
Cinema Pathé Tuschinski
An impressive old art-deco theatre that still functions in its original capacity as a cinema.
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.
Daniel Stalpertstraat
Unique interior designs straight from the heads of the Netherlands best hide somewhere on this street.
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.
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.
De Toren
The perfect place to retreat to for a romantic, sumptuous weekend. Try not to wallow in the included Jacuzzis the entire stay.
Gollem
Go on a hops-flavoured taste adventure at Gollem, which is stocked with hundreds of different ales. For people who really appreciate beers.
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.
Hotel Amrâth
Don't let the intimidating exterior put you off, this hotel hides some of the best art deco interiors Amsterdam, all done up with a nautical twist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rijksmuseum
One of Amsterdam's most famous museums, this is an art museum with many high points, from the Rembrandt collection, to Hals' The Jolly Drinker.
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.
Scheel & Melkonian
Notable shop in the museum quarter Scheel & Melkonian sells authentic Chinese furniture and bric-a-brac.
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.
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.
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...
Smart Fetish & Fantasy
Smart Fetish and Fantasy is Agent Provocateur-meets-sadomasochist-bondage-shop.
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.
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.
Tropenmuseum
A well-respected anthropolocial museum set in the beautiful Oosterpark. Good reason to take a break from the centre of Amsterdam.
Vermeer
A uniformly excellent eating experience, which, while it might not surprise, will most certainly satisfy.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is a sophisticated, timeless and elegant property housed in six old canal palaces in the centre of Amsterdam...

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