Coffeeshops in Amsterdam – The Ultimate Guide

A coffeeshop is a shop where you can buy pot or hashish. Here you will learn everything about the coffeeshop culture and the best 11 coffeeshops in Amsterdam.

There are more than 150 coffeeshops in Amsterdam

You are sitting in a cozy café and roll a joint – light it and take a long drag. It crackles, and the sweet scent of finest marijuana fills the room. You relax and watch the people on the street. This wouldn’t be possible at home.

Smoking pot in Amsterdam is perfectly normal

You can choose from many kinds of hashish and weed at the coffeeshop. Everything is listed on a menu, as in a restaurant. Usually, there are 5 -10 different types of weed, and various types of hashish.

Weed is loosely stored in boxes, weighed, and sold

One gram of hash or weed costs between 10€ and 20€. You can only buy 5 grams per shop as a tourist. Prices vary according to quality. Do you want to relax or party? The people who work in the coffeeshops (budtender) are real experts and are always happy to explain the effects of your desired dope.

Important note!

Cannabis in Amsterdam is very strong. If you’re not used to that, you should take it slow and not smoke too much at once. This guide only offers information, and we do not want to encourage the abuse of illegal drugs. Never buy drugs on the street.

Super-Skunk, Master Kush or White Widdow? You can quickly lose the overview with this selection. Once you’ve made your choice, you can just go to the counter and buy a bag of weed. You can find out more about the different varieties below in our small cannabis dictionary.

A pre-rolled joint at a coffeeshop in Amsterdam

If you are already too high to roll yourself, you can buy a ready made Spliff. The perfectly rolled joints are called “Pre-rolled.”

Amsterdam – welcome to smoker’s paradise

Besides all kinds of smoking utensils, you can also rent a bong (water pipe). That sounds disgusting, but most coffeeshops clean those things after every use. As a gourmet or non-smoker, you can enjoy delicious milkshakes, brownies or cookies (space cakes).

Note – you should keep in mind:

Alcohol is prohibited in almost all coffeeshops. The use of tobacco is prohibited in many shops due to the non-smoking laws in the Netherlands. This means: you can only smoke pure or use a smoking-mixture without tobacco. Some shops have extra smoking rooms.

Conclusion: Amsterdam is great place for cannabis lovers. The wide selection is perfectly suited for a relaxed and legal smoking experience. Read on and learn about the 11 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam.

The 11 Best Coffeeshops in Amsterdam - Our Favorites

There are more than 150 coffeeshops in Amsterdam. More than 20% of tourists visit a coffeeshop during their stay. We have tested many shops and will reveal, where you can get good quality at fair prices.

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With this many shops, there are a few black sheep. Recently we have heard some scary stories about stretched or artificially flavored weed. Small tip: Don’t buy "Strawberry Haze".

Coffeeshop and Coffee Shop - do not confuse!
In Amsterdam there are also hundreds of coffee shops. They serve delicious coffee and cake but not cannabis. You can recognize a real coffeeshop by the white-green sign on the entrance door (see left).

Friendly service, outstanding quality and fair prices - We have personally tested the following shops and found them to be very good.

Bulldog Amsterdam – A Legend in the Red-Light District

The Bulldog Coffeeshop in the red-light district was one of the first coffee shops in Amsterdam in the early 1970s. The colorful cult shop is usually packed, and it’s hard to find a place to sit.

Bulldog – The first coffeeshop in Amsterdam - Photo: Sherpas 428 - CC

As an important part of Amsterdam's history, the First Bulldog is definitely worth a visit. There are now several subsidiaries in Amsterdam and even a small hotel.

Business hours: 10am to 10pm, Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 88, 1012 GG Amsterdam, Show on map

De Dampkring – The Best Coffeeshop in Amsterdam?

The shop with its attractive wooden façade is one of the most popular coffee shops in Amsterdam. Even several Hollywood celebrities have already had a smoke here.

De Dampkring – The best coffeeshop in Amsterdam? Photo: M. Delaney - CC

It’s always clean and has a nice atmosphere - the Dampkring is often presented as a showcase coffeeshop during guided city tours.

On the Dampkring’s menu, you will find not only a huge selection of pot and hashish varieties but also delicious milkshakes, cookies, and brownies. The prices are a little higher - but you only get first-class quality at the Dampkring.

Business hours: 10am to 01am, Address: Handboogstraat 29, 1012 XM Amsterdam, Show on map

Mr. K & Co. – Insider Tip at the Jordaan District

Finally, a coffeeshop that doesn’t look like an old bar. The two floors are furnished in a very cool way. Furthermore, Mr. K & Co. is located in the beautiful Jordaan district.

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Grab a seat by the window and watch life on the street – it’s very comfortable. Space cakes and a good selection of dope ensure your physical well-being. This place comes very close to the perfect coffee shop. A visit can be combined with a stroll through the 9 Straatjes.

Business hours: 10am to 1am, Address: Tweede Laurierdwarsstraat 44C, 1016 RB Amsterdam, Show on map

Central Coffeeshop Amsterdam – Cheap and Central

The location, directly across from the main station, is really ingenious. The shop attracts many newcomers who want to stock up on weed as soon as they arrive in Amsterdam.

The Central Coffeeshop, directly across from the main station - Foto: Google

Smoking is prohibited in the shop. That’s why it’s always quite crowded outside. The selection is normal, and the varieties are more standard. But the prices are more than okay. The White Widdow is especially recommendable.

Business hours: 7am to 9pm, Address: Prins Hendrikkade 89, 1012 AE Amsterdam, Show on map

Abraxas – Witch’s Cauldron with feel-good Atmosphere

One of Amsterdam's most famous coffee shops is located in a tiny alley, not far from Dam Square in the center of Amsterdam.

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As soon as you walk through the door, you are surrounded by a warm atmosphere. The two floors are lovingly furnished and decorated with wood carvings. A wonderful place to relax with a cup of hot chocolate after sightseeing.

Our tip for your first coffeeshop visit

Abraxas is perfect for newbies – the friendly stall will be happy to advise you, and it is so cozy and clean that you won’t even want to leave.

The extensive menu includes a wide range of cannabis strains - from the legendary Amnesia Haze to classics like the Orange Bud. The Abraxas is very popular among tourists and locals. That is why is pretty busy in the evenings. You will most likely find a free table there during the day.

Business hours: 8am to 1am, Address: Jonge Roelensteeg 12-14, 1012 PL Amsterdam, Show on map

Grey Area – A Paradise for Ganja Nerds

If you're a real weed gourmet, you can't get past the Grey Area. This coffee shop is famous for the exceptional quality of its products.

Grey Area – Finest quality by experts - Foto: M. Delaney - CC

The walls of the shop are completely covered with stickers, photos, and notes. Even Snoop Dogg was a guest here. The Grey Area Coffeeshop is very small, and there are only a few seats. If you don't want to wait in line, you should stop by at noon.

The staff really has excellent knowledge. On the menu, you will find many award-winning top-quality ganja varieties - a shop for stoners by stoners.

Business hours: 12pm to 8pm, Address: Oude Leliestraat 2, 1015 AW Amsterdam, Show on map

Barneys Coffeeshop – A Classic in the Haarlemerstraat

The Haarlemerstraat is well worth a visit because of the many cool clothes shops, cafés, and restaurants. The long street near the main station is also known as a coffee shop hotspot.

Barney runs three shops in Amsterdam - Foto: M. Delaney - CC

Barney's coffeeshop is located in a historic building with a green façade. The highlight here is the extensive range of selected weed and hash varieties. Barney's dope has won several awards from High Times magazine. That’s also why it’s a little more expensive.

"Barney's Uptown", a smoker-friendly bar, is located just across the street. If there is no room in the small coffee shop, you can go across the street and enjoy your purchases there.

Business hours: 9am to 1am, Address: Haarlemmerstraat 102, 1013 EW Amsterdam, Show on map

"Barneys Lounge" is another shop we highly recommend. Situated directly on an idyllic canal, it is a wonderful place to chill out.

Business hours: 9:30am to 1am, Address: Reguliersgracht 27, 1017 LK Amsterdam, Show on map

Bluebird – Away from all the Hustle and Bustle

This delicatessen shop for stoners supplies you with specialties from all over the world - excellent ganja at fair prices. Our favorite is the incredibly good Lemon Haze.

Bluebird - Foto: M. Delaney - CC

The Bluebird Coffeeshop is a little further away from the masses of tourists, but still central, close to Nieuwmarkt. It is a 15-minute walk from the main station.

You like to smoke old-school with tobacco? No problem. The Bluebird is one of the few coffeeshops with a smoking area. Just go up the narrow stairs to the first floor.

In addition to pre-rolled joints, the super friendly and attentive team also serves delicious muffins and smoothies.

Business hours: 9:30am to 1am, Address: Sint Antoniesbreestraat 71, 1011 HB Amsterdam, Show on map

Happy Feelings - Only 5 minutes from Leidseplein

Clean, uncomplicated, and modern – at Happy Feelings you feel more like in a cocktail bar than in a coffee shop. With one difference: The menu includes White Widdow and Happy Haze instead of Mojito and Sex on the Beach.

Happy Feelings Coffeeshop in Amsterdam - Foto: Google

You can borrow a vaporizer for evaporation, which is really nice because it's not so smoky. The atmosphere here is great. The staff is incredibly nice and helpful. Here you don't feel like such an idiot being in a coffee shop for the first time.

Happy Feelings is only a few steps away from Leidseplein. After your visit, you can explore the hip area around Vondelpark and the Museumsqwartier.

Business hours: 9am to 1am, Address: Kerkstraat 51, 1017 GC Amsterdam, Show on map

Katsu – Hippie Coffeeshop in De Pijp Quarter

Like many others, we would like to keep this shop for ourselves, so that we can avoid too many tourists. The Katsu Coffeeshop is one of the best-kept secrets in Amsterdam.

Katsu - Photo: M. Delaney - CC

This is a shop as we imagine it. Creative furnishings, a superb selection of Haze varieties, nice people and the great location in the popular district of De Pijp.

Perfect after a stroll through the city: Smoke some mango haze, put on your sunglasses, and go to the nearby Sarphati Park to chill out - sweet! Life is beautiful.

Business hours: 11am to midnight, Address: Eerste van der Helststraat 70, 1072 NZ Amsterdam, Show on map

Coffeeshops in Danger – No Weed for Tourists?

The absolute nightmares for liberal Amsterdamers are the "Project 1012" and the "Wietpas". Many coffee shops in the city center had to close due to these new regulations. Among them were legends such as the Mellow Yellow.

Mellow Yellow – was recently closed - Photo: M. Delaney - CC

Project 1012 (the postcode of the red-light district) was launched by the city council to ban coffeeshops, prostitutes and other "dirty" things from downtown.

The Wietpass was approved by the conservative government of the Netherlands. Coffee shops are to be converted into private clubs, which can only be entered with a membership card. ID card and membership are only available for Dutch citizens.

You can still visit coffeeshops in Amsterdam as a tourist

The cannabis trade and coffeeshops are estimated at around 100 million euros in annual sales. Many visitors only come to Amsterdam to smoke pot. This is a good source of income for the city. As a result of the intensified drug policy, tourism companies fear for their existence. Another reason why the new laws are so controversial:

When coffeeshops disappear, street dealers take over

Street dealers are already lurking at every corner. If the shops have to close, it drives the tourists directly into their hands. This is too dangerous, say the opponents of the new laws - because the dealers on the street also sell hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

We continue with the cannabis dictionary. You will learn everything about the varieties, cultivation, and consumption of the amazing green plant.

Cannabis Dictionary - Become a Ganja Expert

In our cannabis dictionary, we explain basic terminology so that you won't look like an idiot when someone asks you what Kush is.

Indoor marijuana garden with artificial light

Hemp is an ancient cultivated plant, which even our ancestors liked to use for their rituals. Only the dried flowers of the female plants are smoked. This is where the concentration of THC is highest.

Tipp - Cannabis College

Visit the Cannabis College in the red light district if you are interested in breeding and growing cannabis under artificial light. For a small donation, you can visit the cannabis garden in the basement.

The effect starts shortly after smoking: You feel intoxicated and "high". Depending on the variety, this can feel very different.

  • Gras, Wiet, Weed, Ganja: These are all terms for the dried flowers of cannabis plants. The Dutch name for grass is Wiet. Ganja is the Indian name and is often used.
  • Dope, Hashish, Marok, Polm: Offered alongside weed in coffeeshops. The light brown to black, sticky substance consists of the pressed resin of cannabis plants. Marok is an abbreviation for Moroccan hash. Polm or Pollum is made from pollen.
  • THC: Abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the intoxicating active agent in the cannabis plant.
  • Sativa: One of two hemp species. Cannabis Sativa is more stimulating, euphoric and psychedelic - it makes you high. Typical varieties: Purple Haze and Jack Herer.
  • Indica: The other important cannabis species. Indica weed is more relaxing and anesthetic - it makes you stoned. You should avoid it if you are planning on strolling around town afterward. Typical varieties: Super Skunk, Cookies Kush, Northern Lights.
  • Kush: The name comes from the Hindukush Mountains in Afghanistan. This is an old indica variety with a, particularly high THC content. Very suitable for use as medical marijuana. Typical varieties: Master Kush, OG Kush.
  • Joint, Spliff, Reefer: This hashish or marijuana cigarette is produced by rolling a mixture of tobacco and cannabis into a paper (cigarette paper). Can also be rolled with weed only.
  • Vaporizer: A device used to vaporize weed. The advantage over smoking is that only the active ingredient is evaporated. Less harmful by-products are produced. During evaporation, the vaporizer inflates a plastic bag from which you can inhale.
  • Grinder: Round, flat metal grinder for grinding up weed.
  • Bong: Water pipe made of glass or acrylic. You can borrow one for free in many coffee shops.
  • Space-Cake, Space Brownies:: When eating cannabis, the effect does not take effect until later. So be careful and only eat half a cookie first.
  • Seeds: Amsterdam is known as the home of the world's best seed banks. Manufacturers such as Sensi Seeds, Dutch Passion, and Barneys Farm are constantly breeding new strains and selling the seeds in their shops.

Thank you for reading our Amsterdam coffeeshop guide. We hope you're now an expert in weed and that you enjoy your coffeeshop tour. If you have any further tips and information, we are looking forward to your comment.

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