Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

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.
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
The Hoxton, Amsterdam, is a trendy and laidback canalside hotel, with chic interiors and a noteworthy on-site Italian eatery.
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.
Kalvertoren Shopping Centre
Large shopping centre that hosts a whole bunch on famous brand names from around the globe.
Reestraat
Your typical paved Amsterdam street that makes for lovely pavement-pounding in the sunshine.
SOAP Treatment
Want to step into a shop and step out looking younger, less stressed and smoother? SOAP has all the modern treatments to get you looking your best.
Keizersgracht
A chance to see what some Dutch designers have to offer while enjoying the sights and smells of Amsterdam.
Huidenstraat
One of the Nine Streets, the shops here won't disappoint and vary from interior decorating to cosmetics.
Kalverstraat
From books to clothes to DVDs, this picturesque little street is a good one for an afternoon's wander.
Smart Fetish & Fantasy
Smart Fetish and Fantasy is Agent Provocateur-meets-sadomasochist-bondage-shop.
Daniel Stalpertstraat
Unique interior designs straight from the heads of the Netherlands best hide somewhere on this street.
Haarlemmerdijk
Buy some funky frocks and tops and then catch a flick at the Movies Art House down on Haarlemmerdijk.
Spa Zuiver
If you can handle the sheer nakedness of Zuiver than it is full of good and wonderful things, a temple to personal relaxation.
Dam Square
Not only a very pretty square surrounded by monuments, also contains the biggest luxury department store in the city.
Spuistraat
Another fantastically named shop, United Nudes - which is actually a shoe shop - sits smugly on Spuistraat.
Wolvenstraat
Vintage wares and a store with a Demin Bar so you can consider your choices over a thoughtful coffee are some of what you get on Wolvenstraat.
Nana
Follow the sound of buzzing down Warmoesstraat to find 'the most vibrating shop in town.'
Prinsengracht
Amongst over high-profile stores, Prinsengracht is also where you will find the part-museum-part-boutique Denham the Jean Maker.
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 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.
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.
Banks Mansion
A different way of doing hotel packages, this former bank's rates include all sorts of things that are normally charged separately in other hotels, such as in-room movies and a private bar.
Dutch National Opera and Ballet
Home to both the national opera and ballet, this is the centre of high culture in Amsterdam and the country.
Panama
A major force in Amsterdam's club land, don't let the retro industrial exterior fool you, Panama is a slick, polished experience.
NL
A club that attracts the beautiful and famous, including some actors, musicians and Dutch football players. Good-looking crowd at a good-looking venue.
Melkweg
One of the best-known venues in Amsterdam and a great place to mix raving to a visiting band and then dancing wildly to the club tunes.
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.
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.
Barney’s Coffeeshop
If you are going to try puffing on a spliff in Amsterdam than the venues that Barney's runs are the best place to crash and get the munchies.
Foodware
Good takeaway food that changes with whatever fresh ingredients the shop has got in that morning.
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.
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.
Kingfisher
A mainstay of the hip and fashionable area of De Pijp, Kingfisher doesn't get wrapped up in its own coolness that mixes a good cocktail.
Door 74
This is an appointment only bar dedicated to late night drinking and the perfection of the art of cocktail making and consumption.
Visaandeschelde
Really, one the best plaices for seafood in Amsterdam. Ahem. Plenty of variety, all of consistently high quality. A real catch.
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 Belhamel
A converted grocer's shop, De Belhamel serves high-end European dishes in beautiful art-deco surrounds.
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.
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.

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