Coffee Shops In Amsterdam

Planning to visit the notoriously famous coffee shops in Amsterdam? Here are a few things you should know…

It all started back in the 70’s, when the Dutch government decided to create a distinction between hard and soft drugs – and so the famous coffee shops were created. As you can imagine, these coffee shops meant a big boom for Amsterdam tourism! In order to buy cannabis in a coffee shop, you will have to prove that you are over 18 years old. Be aware that the hash and the marijuana (wiet in Dutch) available in the Netherlands could be much stronger from what you might be used to, so take it easy! Finally, please remember that coffee-shops are tolerant with soft drugs, but do not allow the usage of hard drugs, so don’t test their patience. In the last few years, there has been a lot of discussions about banning cannabis altogether, so if this is your main reason for visiting Amsterdam, you might want to check the current situation before booking your ticket…

Amsterdam’s best coffee shops

Probably one of the most famous coffee shops is the Bulldog, which started off as an underground smokers scene and is now an international business with its own merchandise sold worldwide. Another favorite coffee shop is the Greenhouse, in the Red Light District. With its laid back decor and wall of celebrity photos, it is a very popular place. Abraxas coffeeshop, down a narrow alleyway just south of Dam Square, is not just well known for its quality cannabis; it also sells some of the best hash brownies in the city. Remember to listen to their advice carefully, before you chew up a whole brownie – it can be quite strong! Then there’s the Dampkring, a multiple award winner. Its trippy mellow vibe made it a great location for the movie Oceans 12. And it is still a great location to visit for tourists today.

Since hallucinogenic mushrooms were banned in 2008, Amsterdam’s smart shops were left without their main product. And many closed down. Many of them replaced mushrooms with other ‘not yet illegal’ products, such as special truffles, for customers in search of a new high.

Check out our nightlife video for more tips about Amsterdam’s coffee shops. If you want tips for top 10 things to do in Amsterdam, museums or other top activities, you’re in the right place – watch our videos for information and budget tips.

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