Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

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.
Blue Boat Company
A long running company that cares about the environment as well, there is very little you can fault about these guys.
Egelantiersstraat
You can never have enough handbags, and on Egelantiersstraat you'll find the perfect one to add the collection.
Walsoordensestraat
It comes as no surprise that this street in the Red Light District plays host to shops that are veritable hoard of sexy treats.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is wonderful way to gain an appreciation of the art and importance of possibly the most important artist of the 19th Century...
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.
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.
Amsterdam ArenA
Up the Orange! This stadium is the heart of football in Amsterdam, and is where Ajax and the national team play. Also has a museum and is open for tours.
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.
Westerpark
Mike’s Bike Rental
A personal and friendly service with bikes to fit all shapes and sizes. Mike is the man.
Elandsgracht
A broad, tree-lined street that is a good place to pick up some denim outifits.
Cinema Pathé Tuschinski
An impressive old art-deco theatre that still functions in its original capacity as a cinema.
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.
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.
The Movies
A restaurant inside a cinema, the best reason for coming here is the beautifully-preserved art deco interior. Food ain't half bad either.
Semhar
Restaurant Semhar serves East African flavours with a smile. It might not be in the nicest location, but the food is genuine and tasty.
Broodje Bert
Don't judge this little treasure from its exterior, instead, go in and have a bite of their sandwiches, which will power you all day.
Tropenmuseum
A well-respected anthropolocial museum set in the beautiful Oosterpark. Good reason to take a break from the centre of Amsterdam.
Rembrandthuis
The former residence of the artist Rembrandt, restored to what it might have looked like when the great man lived there, including many of his and his contemporaries sketches.
Foam Fotografiemuseum
A gallery of photographic images, where the only linking theme seems to be artistic excellence. Let yourself be captured in frozen moments.
Anne Frank Huis
The home of the famous diarist, this museum is a moving and poignant experience. Can get very busy, so plan your trip carefully.
Surprise Bar
This is a local club for local people and is as about as close as you will get to the true Dutch clubbing experience.
Paradiso
Another well-known live music venue - check out the London's Calling nights if you are craving the sounds of the capital.
Foodism
A snack place that morphs into serving dinner when the sun goes down, Foodism has a brash, artsy style that is very welcoming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CitizenM
A concept hotel, which we think means quirky design and strange features that will make you feel cooler by the minute. Good value for money and with easy links to the city centre.

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