Amsterdam, as most people know, is synonymous with cannabis. The city shares a long history with the little green plant, and it has firmly established itself here as a permanent resident. The city’s iconic coffeeshops – cafés where cannabis can be bought legally – are spread throughout Amsterdam, with most of their number concentrated inside of De Wallen (Better known to visitors as the Red Light District). Here we’ve compiled a list of some the more memorable establishments.
Barney’s is located in a 500-year-old building in the Haarlemmerstraat and is one of the most popular Amsterdam coffeeshops. Barney’s is the renowned winner of multiple “High Times Cup” awards. Decent breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here as well.
This great coffeeshop on the Hanboogstraat is world famous because the crew of the famous film “Ocean’s 12′ spend time here during filming in Amsterdam. What makes Dampkring different is its spacious feel and gorgeous interior.
This coffeeshop in the Marnixstraat features Middle-Eastern themed décor and its smoking room has several full-sized hookahs. It was established by two friends in the mid-90s as a place where pot lovers could relax among likeminded patrons. One of the main draws of 1e Hulp is its impressive cannabis menu.
The Bulldog started selling weed in the 70s and has steadily grown into an international brand. The company has several locations around Amsterdam, but its original and most frequented coffeeshop is on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal in the centre of the Red Light District.
Previously known as “Whootsie Tootsie”, is a small coffeeshop with dark red interior, nice hanging red lights and mellow music that sets the mood. On a sunny day, it’s a great spot to sit outside and watch the boats on the Herengracht. It has an interesting menu and friendly staff who will take time to explain.
If you want to go to a high-end coffee shop that has the most skilled personnel, you should definitley visit Boerejongens. In the shops of west Amsterdam the staff wears neat white pharmacy coats, and in the shop in the city centre everyone wears white shirts with black braces and neat pants. Very enjoyable.
Grey Area (Oude Leliestraat) is a tiny place with a big reputation. It has some of the finest weed. The place is an American favourite. It does not offer much in the way of seating, but has really friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff and is a bit of a celebrity hotspot.
Kadinsky is located in Rosmarijnsteeg, and it’s popular with locals because of its talkative social atmosphere and staff. It has a modern interior on three small levels. You can smoke, sip coffee or hot chocolate, and watch the traffic go by.
The dark, wooden interior of the 420 Café looks more like one of the city’s famous brown cafés than a typical Amsterdam coffeeshop. The 420 Café is located on Oudebrugsteeg, a narrow street leading off the busy Damrak, and offers juices, coffees and teas.
If you’re in the east of Amsterdam, make sure you check out this subterranean coffeeshop. Smoke Palace is built underneath Linnaeusstraat, a street that runs adjacent to Oosterpark. Its spacious smoking room is a favourite among the locals.