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Coffeeshops are a huge part of Amsterdam’s culture and something that you should certainly experience if you wish to.
Did you know that Mellow Yellow was the first (cannabis) coffeeshop in the world? It was founded in 1972 in a former bakery on the Weesperzijde street in Amsterdam. The name comes from a song by Donovan, which refers to the time when it was said that you could get high by smoking banana peels. The 2nd coffeeshop in the world is Rusland (translated: Russia), which was founded in 1975. It’s located on a street called Rusland in Amsterdam. A few months later coffeeshop The Bulldog opened its doors in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal number 90. The first coffeeshop in the world – Mellow Yellow – doesn’t exist anymore, as it got destroyed by a fire. Did you know that there are currently 167 coffeeshops in Amsterdam? In 1995, Holland’s capital still had 350 (cannabis) coffeeshops.
We’ve listed a few of the coffeeshops in Amsterdam – Happy smoking!