Amsterdam Coffeeshops

Tcoffeeshophe following pages are for the purposes of education and information only. This should not be considered in any way to condone the use of cannabis, marijuana or other mind-altering substances. Coffee shops news 2014.

Coffeeshops, not to be confused with cafés, have been a part of Amsterdam since the 1970s, when the Dutch government made a clear distinction in the law between 'hard' and 'soft' drugs. Unlike Amsterdam's fully legal smart shops, coffeeshops have always existed in a legal grey area. Today, Amsterdam's City Council, through agreement with the coffeeshop union Bond van Cannabis Detaillisten (BCD), allows coffeeshops to operate with the provision of set, non-transferable licences – shown by the display of an official, green and white sticker in the window.

smokey coffee shop outsideOne of the major events for coffeeshops in Amsterdam is the High Times Cannabis Cup, which takes place towards the end of November, during the week of Thanksgiving. This major smoking event usually leads to coffeeshop crawls and cannabis clouds throughout the city.

Amsterdam Drug Laws

The Netherlands has a special tolerance policy on soft drugs, but if we look at the laws:
- Possession of drugs is punishable, again, with a maximum of 5 grams of cannabis (weed, marihuana or hash) the police will seize the drugs, but you can give them up and you will not be prosecuted.
- If you have more soft drugs than the quantity for personal use (5 gram) you will be fined and risk a prison sentence
- Minors are not allowed to have any drugs, the tolerance policy does not apply to them, so you must be 18 or over to buy drugs
- Growing weed at home is illegal, however 5 plants or less you can give them up and you will generally not be prosecuted
- Hard drugs are not allowed, import and export of drugs is illegal,
- You cannot smoke in public, and use of soft drugs like smoking weed is not allowed either

Coffee shops

You must get to a coffee shop to buy weed. You’ll find about 200 coffee shops in Amsterdam, so there is always one close to your location. Although coffee shops are not allowed to make any advertising, you will be able to identify them easily. Official Dutch coffee shops have a green and white licence sticker in the window. In order to enter a coffee shop, you must be 18 or over and have an ID. Coffee shops are not allowed to sell alcohol.
Most coffee shops have a menu. Since coffee shops are not allowed to do any advertising, you will generally not find any details posted on the door or even inside. Just ask the person at the counter for the menu, and they’ll give you what you need. A general rule of thumb is: the more expensive, the stronger the weed. For inexperienced smokers a gram of weed will get you high about 6 times and you should be able to make at least 3 joints nice from a single gram. Ask for advice if you are not sure, these people are here to make sure everything is safe.

Some tips

Tips and hints for buying marijuana and cannabis from coffee shops in Amsterdam.

Weedpass

To round it all off, we have or I should say had the “Wietpas”? What was it? Up to 19 November 2012, many of the coffee shops in the Southern provinces of the Netherlands required you to have a “weedpass”, an official membership card which allowed you to buy drugs. These would be issued only to the locals. The idea was to stop the drug tourism. Nowadays an ID and the proof of residency (extract from the Municipal Personal Records Database) suffice and “Wietpas” does not exist anymore. Amsterdam has always been an exception, so any tourist could enter a coffee shop and buy some weed.

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Get Down To It Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Get Down To It Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 77-79, 1017 PW Amsterdam

Almost at the Leidseplein, this is the Internet coffeeshop, but also has a bar and pool tables.

Smokey Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Smokey Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Rembrandtplein 24, 1017 CV Amsterdam

Busy, neon-lit tourist coffee shop located on the teeming tourist and nightlife centre of Rembrantplein. Pool tables and a nice menu make up for the touristy feel and cheesy music.

Baba Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Baba Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Warmoesstraat 64, 1012 JH Amsterdam

Energetic tourist coffee shop in a great location on the edge of the Red Light District. Loud music and large windows make this a place for people watching rather than conversation.

Pink Floyd Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Pink Floyd Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Haarlemmerstraat 44, 1013 ES Amsterdam

A pink pig marks the entrance to this warm and friendly coffeshop where Pinkfloyd music is often on play. Here you can surf the Internet while enjoying a sandwich - just short walk from the central station.

420 Café in Amsterdam

420 Café in Amsterdam

Oudebrugsteeg 27, 1012 JN Amsterdam

Laid back coffee shop with a pub atmosphere, friendly staff and a very central location. Alternative music and David Attenborough documentaries help make this a place to spend all day in.

The Rookies Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

The Rookies Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 145 - 147, 1017 PZ Amsterdam

A unique coffeeshop and hotel located just off Leidseplein. Lively crowd of tourists, expats and locals, with a publike atmosphere and a large smoking lounge.

Grasshopper Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Grasshopper Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Oudebrugsteeg 16, 1012 RD Amsterdam

A spacious touristy coffeeshop just off Damrak towards red lights, with a terrace in summer, plus a bar and restaurant upstairs.

Mellow Yellow Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Mellow Yellow Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Vijzelgracht 33, 1017 HN Amsterdam

The first coffeeshop in Amsterdam ever, a smoking reminder of 70s, still an enjoyeable break from the packed tourist places in the centre.

Barney’s Café in Amsterdam

Barney’s Café in Amsterdam

Haarlemmerstraat 102, 1013 Amsterdam

Famous family of Amsterdam coffee shops and cafés mostly found on the same street corner. The award-winning Barney’s Coffeeshop offers high quality, and high priced, products and a busy atmosphere, as well as tasty food in the Barney’s Uptown sister location.

De Graal Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

De Graal Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Albert Cuypstraat 25, 1072 CK Amsterdam

Very unusual coffee shop with chess boards on every table and a recording studio in the back. De Graal is one of those hidden gems of the Amsterdam coffee shop scene that it takes a local to find.

Bluebird Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Bluebird Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Sint Antoniesbreestraat 71, 1011 HB Amsterdam

Popular with backpackers, the coffee shop is crowded on the weekends, so show up early or prepare to fight for a seat.

Hill Street Blues Market in Amsterdam

Hill Street Blues Market in Amsterdam

Nieuwmarkt 16, 1012 CR Amsterdam

With a more welcoming atmosphere than its sister location on the other side of the Red Light District, this little coffee shop has a great terrace for sun lounging as well as a comfortable smoking room inside.

Abraxas Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Abraxas Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Jonge Roelenstg 12 -14, 1012 PL Amsterdam

Chilled out, rambling coffeeshop with two locations in the city centre. Colourful mosaics and large couches dominate, giving Abraxas a real hippy feel.

The Dolphins Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

The Dolphins Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Kerkstraat 39, 1017 GB Amsterdam

Lively and smoke-friendly cafe conveniently located near to Leidsplein. Coffee, beer, all kind of drinks. Free wi-fi Internet is also available around. Thought, not selling gear anymore...

Little Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Little Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Vijzelgracht 47, 1017 HP Amsterdam

Very little basement club, just downstairs from the sidewalk, don't bump your head. Not a tourist place (what is also good for tourists of course!), but a quite friendly crew, stuff at little prices.

The Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

The Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Leidseplein 17, 1017 PS Amsterdam

Bulldog bar (up-stairs) and coffeeshop (basement) is a famous attraction at the Leidseplein, often visited by large organized groups of tourists.

Amsterdam Coffeeshop Directory
The most comprehensive web site on coffeeshops in Amsterdam.