Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

Café Smit & Voogt
If wolfing down on thickly sliced bacon in a delicious BLT whilst looking over Amsterdam's green spaces on a lazy Sunday afternoon sounds up your street, check out this café.
Café de Jaren
A large, airy café that is a great spot to prepare, or refresh, yourself for the throng and hubbub of the RLD.
Café do Koe
Everything you need for an evening out in one place, with a competent restaurant, a bar and even a hash café next door.
Café Shiller
A superior art deco bar with a comfortable, luscious interior that is a step above the usual tourist traps.
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 van Zuylen
This brown café's bridge terrace can sit a hundred customers and give them all a stretch of sun. Bask and enjoy a slow glass of Dutch beer.
Café Brandon
Cosy, retro brown café with the added treat (for some) that it often ignores the rules for indoors smoking.
Chocolate Bar
Perhaps surprisingly, the Chocolate Bar does not only serve chocolate and can make up a decent sandwich and a nice glass of wine.
Foodware
Good takeaway food that changes with whatever fresh ingredients the shop has got in that morning.
Foodism
A snack place that morphs into serving dinner when the sun goes down, Foodism has a brash, artsy style that is very welcoming.
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 Drie Graefjes
In the shadow of the looming Nieuwe Kerk, De Drie Graefjes offers the usual lunch fare but allows you to escape the crowds of Dam Square.
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.
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.
Barney’s Uptown
Something of a smoker's joint, so don't be surprised if someone blazes up next to you, but also has surprisingly good food and drinks on offer.
Tasca Bellota
Tapas that compares to the best you would get in Spain, with high quality ingredients and careful presentation.
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.

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