The most common misconception about Dutch people is that they smoke all day. This is usually caused by the prohibition of marijuana around the world which makes people think that if cannabis was allowed, everyone would be high all the time.
As an expatriate myself, I was left surprised when literally none of my Dutch friends smoked regularly. You will not be wrong if you consider cannabis as a part of Dutch culture nowadays but you will rarely find anyone that abuses its use.
Another common misconception is that marijuana is legal. In reality, it is not legal but it is widely tolerated. In Amsterdam, you can consume it freely as long as you are 18 years old but there are certain rules and regulations that need to be followed.
For instance, you can only buy up to 5 grams in a coffeeshop. Of course, that does not mean that you cannot go to several places and get 5 grams from each but you will, of course, not need that much if you are a tourist.
In addition, you can only carry up to 5 grams in your pocket outside. This means that if you get stopped by police and you carry over that amount, you will get fined. For an amount of up to 30 grams, you will get an unpleasant fine of up to €75.
Carrying over 30 grams, however, is considered a serious crime and could lead to a devastating fine of up to €67.500 and even up to 4 years in prison. Nevertheless, if you live in the Netherlands, you can keep up to 500 grams at your home for personal use. The amounts that coffeeshops are limited to are also 500 grams.
If you are in Amsterdam to party and have fun, then you would most certainly go clubbing at night, correct? In this case, you need to know that you will not be allowed in any club if you are completely high.
Therefore, our advice is to smoke during the day and give your head a couple of hours to clear out before you go to the club. Do not underestimate the effects of high-quality marijuana in Amsterdam.
Since we mentioned clubbing and nightlife, you should already know about the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket if you are on this page. If you are yet unaware, it grants you free entrance to over 30 of the best clubs and venues in town for only €10. If this is your first time in Amsterdam, you will be left surprised by how expensive partying can be.
With this said, let’s take a look at the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam.
Tweede Kamer is one of the oldest coffeeshops in Amsterdam. Its history began in 1985 less than 10 years after cannabis was allowed for recreational use. It is known as the first coffee shop that gave customers the opportunity to feel and smell the products before making a purchase, as well as weighing and packaging everything after someone has decided to buy.
As for the coffeeshop today, it has kept its traditions for making the customers feel like home. If you are not a regular smoker and would like to try out new things, you should definitely ask the staff for help. The only problem with Tweede Kamer is that it is really small and you will hardly find a place to sit if you are not lucky.
The Bulldog is one of the most well-known coffeeshops in Amsterdam for more than one reasons. Before anything else, there are actually five locations scattered around Amsterdam and the city center. We can safely call it a brand as they also have a hotel, locations in Canada, and even a merch line.
What makes The Bulldog even more special is that its first location was the first coffeeshop in Amsterdam in 1975. Of course, each of the five coffeeshops is worth visiting but in order to get that historical feeling, you should go to The Bulldog No.90 which was the original place and is still open today.
It is a great place to experience the history of cannabis smoking in the Netherlands, try out new things, and even watch a football game on the weekend.
Grey Area is another coffeeshop in Amsterdam with decades of history. This particular spot here, however, has welcomed quite a few of the most popular celebrity smokers in the world – Snoop Dogg, Woody Harrelson, Ty Dolla $ign, and so many others. Keep your camera ready as you may stumble on a celebrity here.
The Grey Area itself is small and cozy and always full of customers which unfortunately decreases your chances of finding a place to sit. The entrance itself is easy to find – look for the grey wall that is covered with hundreds upon hundreds of stickers.
Once you find it, all you have to do is ask the staff for assistance in choosing the most fitting weed for yourself, and dive into relaxation and happiness. As one of the coffeeshops in Amsterdam with the richest history and its own distinctive atmosphere, it deserves a visit even if you already smoked.
Unlike every single coffee shop we discussed above, Coffeeshop Amsterdam is large and spacious and has enough sitting space for over 90 people. If you are looking for a good place to sit and chill, then you should definitely give it a chance.
Besides the beautiful and relaxing decor, interior, and great music, Coffeeshop Amsterdam also offers some of the best weed in town. In addition, you should definitely try their incredible cakes. Quite conveniently, it is located just a few minutes on foot away from Central Station and the city center.
Last but not least, even if Coffeeshop Amsterdam is full, they have their own pub just a minute away on the neighboring street. It is a great option for football fans as well as they often screen games.
Coffeeshop Siberie is the kind of place that makes you not want to leave. Besides the incredible cannabis menu and the outstanding non-alcoholic beverages, this place offers something new every day.
Don’t forget to bring friends to Siberie with you and try some of their fun board games. As for the extraordinary events for a coffeeshop that you can participate in, take a look at their calendar. There are open mic nights, exhibitions, horoscope readings, and many other events. On the weekends, they also have a DJ in the house.
Coffeeshop Siberie is the perfect location for expatriates that want to make new connections while actually doing something fun or unusual. After all, getting high goes hand in hand with making new friends. Or does it?
420 CoffeeShop has a special location which gives it a different type of atmosphere. It is located on the side of a canal and just next to Spui Square which is also known as the cultural center of Amsterdam and where some of the largest and best restaurants and cafes are located.
If you love being surrounded by people, then you should absolutely take a sit at 420 and smoke something from their excellent cannabis menu. If you are not lucky enough to find a sitting place outside, take a seat inside but not before you get a closer look at the unusual interior and furniture. Will you find the two rows of old movie theatre fold-down seats?
In terms of their cannabis menu, it is quite small with less than a dozen items available but everything is high-quality. It will not be suitable if you want to smoke something unique and extraordinary but is a great option if you want to have a good smoke and relax at one of the loveliest parts of the city center.
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You now know which the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam are but did you already hear about the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket? Honestly, we do not believe that you would come to Amsterdam to smoke good weed and miss out on the incredible nightlife.
Unfortunately, while Amsterdam can definitely be placed among the best party locations in Europe, the prices to have fun are often too inflated. On this note, you should definitely consider getting a Nightlife Ticket for the dates that you will be in Amsterdam.
For only €10, you will get free access to over 30 of the best clubs and venues in town. It certainly sounds better than paying an entrance fee every time you decide to switch places. After all, the diversity of party opportunities in Amsterdam is endless and there is no way to experience it entirely if you stay in one place.
Even if partying is not your priority, the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket will give you many other fun opportunities. For example, you can take advantage of the two for one on tickets at Aloha Amsterdam where you can play Bowling, Glow Golf, or Laser Tagging. You can also take a friend to Amsterdam Dungeon with the two for one on tickets and experience the darkest ages of Dutch history in an interactive horror comedy adventure.
Not to mention the other advantages of the Nightlife Ticket such as a 2 for 1 on all cocktails in Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam (you know that you want to go there and we know it too), a double-up your beer at Sportsbar Heffer, and 2 for 1 on all dishes at TopKapi Leidseplein. If you need more convincing, check out all the remaining extras of the Nightlife Ticket as well as the list of clubs that are part of the package. Once you purchase your ticket, you will receive access to our special calendar of events. There, you can see everything that will happen in the city and choose the venue that has the best event for you!
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