Hg2 : The Hedonist


This trendy and perennially busy eatery is also a welcome stop for those in search of a drink who don’t fancy the stag-do revellery of nearby Leidseplein. They’ve thought very carefully about the aesthetics here, from the impossibly pretty bar and waiting staff, to the spiral staircase at the rear, which descends past a vast, curved window onto a courtyard decorated with giant, skillfully crafted portraits. The food is above average and reasonably priced modern pan-European (Penne arrabiata with chorizo apple capers and pecorino cheese at dinner, or Salad with goat’s cheese, wild spinach, fried oyster mushrooms and pistachio pesto at lunch). The range offers something for most tastes, whether you’re after a fancy sandwich or a high-end take on old favourites. There are also good curry and sushi dishes.

Keizersgracht 451,
Canal Belt
+31 20 625 2681
Opening Times
Daily, 11am-1am (Fri-Sat 2am); Lunch until 5.30pm; Dinner 5.30pm-11pm.
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