Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beaufort Jewellers
Looking for that special ring for that special person? Make a statement with a ring from Beaufort.
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.
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.
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.
Blue Boat Company
A long running company that cares about the environment as well, there is very little you can fault about these guys.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Casa Rosso
If you must see a sex show in Amsterdam (and why else are you there really?) than Casa Rosso offers the least seedy and best-known location.
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.
Cinema Pathé Tuschinski
An impressive old art-deco theatre that still functions in its original capacity as a cinema.
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.
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.
D’Vilff Vlieghen
A chance to taste really high-end Dutch cuisine in a grand old building. Never mind the name translates as 'the five flies,' this place is worth investigating.
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.
Dam Square
Not only a very pretty square surrounded by monuments, also contains the biggest luxury department store in the city.
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.
Daniel Stalpertstraat
Unique interior designs straight from the heads of the Netherlands best hide somewhere on this street.
De Belhamel
A converted grocer's shop, De Belhamel serves high-end European dishes in beautiful art-deco surrounds.
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 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.
De Kas
To put it bluntly, one of the most revered restaurants in the country, you can sit in the glasshouse from which it is named and enjoy the surprise of your meal.
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.
Door 74
This is an appointment only bar dedicated to late night drinking and the perfection of the art of cocktail making and consumption.
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.
Egelantiersstraat
You can never have enough handbags, and on Egelantiersstraat you'll find the perfect one to add the collection.
Elandsgracht
A broad, tree-lined street that is a good place to pick up some denim outifits.
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.
Foam Fotografiemuseum
A gallery of photographic images, where the only linking theme seems to be artistic excellence. Let yourself be captured in frozen moments.
Foodism
A snack place that morphs into serving dinner when the sun goes down, Foodism has a brash, artsy style that is very welcoming.

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