Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

Westerpark
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.
Vondelpark
Vondel Hotel
Small but perfectly formed and with a garden that is a delightful getaway from the otherwise busy tourist area. A calming influence.
Vijzelstraat
This road crosses at least four canals and will take you from the centre of Amsterdam all the way down to De Pijp.
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...
Tropenmuseum
A well-respected anthropolocial museum set in the beautiful Oosterpark. Good reason to take a break from the centre of Amsterdam.
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.
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.
Stedelijk Museum
The historic Stedelijk Museum offers up an impressive collection of contemporary and modern art and design in Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Square).
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.
Shanghai Beauty Massage Center
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.
Sarphatipark
Probably the prettiest park in the city, Sarphatipark is also one of the few parks that doesn't allow dogs, so leave Rover at home.
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.
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.
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.
Pata Negra
Permanently busy, which goes to show how much people go for the authentic spanish feel Pata Negra is selling. Expect to be jostled.
Paradiso
Another well-known live music venue - check out the London's Calling nights if you are craving the sounds of the capital.
Oriental Pearl
Cheap, no-frills and the real deal, you'll get a proper hands on massage that'll have you feeling relaxed and stress-free in as little as twenty minutes.
Oosterpark
A less crowded park than the more popular choices, Oosterpark has its share of monuments and green space.
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.
Mike’s Bike Rental
A personal and friendly service with bikes to fit all shapes and sizes. Mike is the man.
MacBike
Look for the bright red bikes, and you've found MacBike, which will even take you on a tour if you want to explore an alternative Amsterdam.
Hotel V
An explosion of different designs and tastes results in a unique feel at Hotel V. A comfortable stay in a prime location.
Hotel Arena
Out of the centre but with enough nearby to explore, Hotel Arena makes up for its location with very reasonable prices.
Het Concertgebouw
A concert hall with a century and a bit of experience and excellent acoustics. Home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Hermitage Amsterdam
Linked with St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum, this place has an incredible collection of Russian art and works.
Herengracht
Another canal-side street that plays host to the shops with the 'where did you get that' appeal.
Gollem
Go on a hops-flavoured taste adventure at Gollem, which is stocked with hundreds of different ales. For people who really appreciate beers.
Foodism
A snack place that morphs into serving dinner when the sun goes down, Foodism has a brash, artsy style that is very welcoming.
Foam Fotografiemuseum
A gallery of photographic images, where the only linking theme seems to be artistic excellence. Let yourself be captured in frozen moments.
Fabulous and Vintage
For something a little off the beaten track, Van Ostadestraat has a sweet Bohemian vintage store that sells clothes and furniture.
Elandsgracht
A broad, tree-lined street that is a good place to pick up some denim outifits.
Egelantiersstraat
You can never have enough handbags, and on Egelantiersstraat you'll find the perfect one to add the collection.
De Vergulde Gaper
Not just a good place to grab a snack, De Vergulde Gaper can rustle up a proper dinner for those who want to spend some more time lounging in the sun.
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 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 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 Bakkerswinkel
Cake! And scones and pastries and anything else that has to be baked, this place is worth fighting through the Red Light District for.

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