By Lauren Harmes
The term “coffeeshop” means something very different in Amsterdam than in the rest of the world – as is the culture of smoking weed while enjoying a hot beverage that the city is known for. There is an abundance of coffeeshops in the city known for its cannabis cultures, so it can be overwhelming to know which to choose. We’ve listed our favourites below.
The oldest coffeeshop in the city proudly stands at the top of our list. Opened before marijuana was legal, this homage to cannabis culture slap bang in the middle of the Red Light District should be your first port of call on your weed wanders.
Book Now: https://www.thebulldog.com/
Combining history with smoking, this coffeeshop situated within a 500-year-old townhouse now has several establishments dotted around the city, but the OG Barney’s is filled with marijuana expert staff happy to help you make your choice – even if you’re an expert or novice.
Book Now: https://www.barneysamsterdam.com/
Looking for somewhere popular with both locals and tourists? Blue Bird is a favourite among smokers from far and wide due to its city centre location, comfy couches and psychedelic hippy décor. Their menu is their main unique selling point – with a huge range of strains available.
Where: Sint Antoniesbreestraat 71, 1011 HB Amsterdam
If you like your coffeeshops celebrity-verified, then Grey Area is the place for you. With famous stoner visitors such as Snoop Dogg, Woody Harrelson, Flavor Flav and Deftones, this award-winning coffeeshop is renowned for its quality herb. Be prepared to wait, however, as it has extremely limited seating.
Where: Oude Leliestraat 2, 1015 AW, Amsterdam
If the Amsterdam centre, Red Light District and hustle and bustle has all gotten a little much, head a bit further out to find this gem of a coffeeshop that is a true local haunt. With an open, warm and relaxing atmosphere and large outdoor terrace, this is a place to truly relax.
Where: Linnaeusstraat 83, 1093 EK Amsterdam
Green House United
Time for something a little different. Ever dreamed of sipping a coffee, enjoying a joint and watching exotic fish swim? Well, even if you haven’t, you can do at Green House United! The floor is an actual aquarium which will give your buzz something of a unique edge.
Where: Rijnstraat 75, 1079 GX Amsterdam