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Coffee Shops in Amsterdam

If you are not familiar with the vibe of Amsterdam you may get confused with coffee shop. If you wish to grab coffee then head to a café not to a coffee shop. A coffee shop is the place where they sell legal cannabis. There are many coffee shops in Amsterdam, and they differ as wildly in style, approach and atmosphere as any other type of establishment. 

The regulations

Depending on their influence on human health the Dutch have divided drugs into the groups of soft drugs and hard drugs. Hard drugs as cocaine, LSD, morphine, heroin are forbidden in the Netherlands as in any other country.

Soft drugs as cannabis in all its forms (marijuana, hashish, hash oil) and hallucinogenic mushrooms (so called magic mushrooms or paddos – from Dutch: paddestoel – mushroom) are legal under condition of so called “personal use”. However the sell of most of magic mushrooms (also known as hallucinogenic mushrooms or paddos), has been forbidden since November 1, 2008

Under Dutch drug law, coffee shops are allowed to sell a maximum of five grams of cannabis per person aged 18 years or older, providing identification.

Coffee shops are not allowed to sell alcohol. No coffee shops permit the use of hard drugs and you will find yourself ejected quite quickly should you try to test this.

Coffee shops are not allowed to advertise

Technically is it not allowed to smoke weed on the street or in open and public space. If you are caught by a police man you will be warned.

The Custom

Most coffee shops have a weed menu, from which customers can make a selection. You will then be presented with a plastic bag with your marijuana or hash inside and are free to leave with it or smoke it on the premises. Many coffee shops also have a sealed ‘smoking area’ in order to allow customers to smoke joints containing Customers are welcome to smoke their own weed in coffee shops too, though in this case you will be expected to purchase a drink or something as a courtesy.

Below is a sample of some of the more popular, unique or influential coffee shops to be found in Amsterdam.

Grasshopper
A spacious touristy coffee shop just off Damrak towards red lights, with a terrace in summer, plus a bar and restaurant upstairs.
Address :
Oudebrugsteeg 16

Bulldog -Red Light District
Generally recognised as the first coffeeshop in Amsterdam. Being in the heart of the Red Light District, the view is interesting too.
Address:
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 90

Bulldog – Leidseplein
Probably the best known coffeeshop in Amsterdam. It’s a big place right on the Leidseplein square in a building that was once a police station.
Address:
Leidseplein 17

The Rookies
A unique coffee shop located just off Leidseplein. the Rookies has a woody cafe-bar feel to it. It’s a fairly large room with plenty of tables and chairs.
Address:
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 145-147