Red Light District Tours

Coffeeshop The Jolly Joker

Posted on: June 1, 2014

Amsterdam's Coffeeshop The Jolly Joker

Coffeeshop The Jolly Joker is one of the best ones in the Red Light District!

The staff at coffeeshop the Jolly Joker are real nice. The smokes are okay, but its just the feeling of this coffee shop which is really nice. In summer when its warm, you can get the seat by the open window. The view down the street is awesome. Coffeeshop The Jolly Joker is a people watchers paradise! You’ll have a great view on Amsterdam’s New Market and The Waag. Which is the oldest non-religious building of Amsterdam. In this area of Amsterdam’s Red Light District there’s always something happening. And the little upstairs is cool too.

Amsterdam Red Light District Zeedijk Coffeeshop Jolly Joker 1963
This is what it used to look like. This amazing photo was shot in 1963. Photo by Koen Wessing.

Did you know that the Red Light District is actually the oldest area of Amsterdam?
Here’s how coffeeshop the Jolly Joker looked like before it was a coffeeshop:

This is how the Zeedijk street in Amsterdam looked like in 1963. This is now the place where coffeeshop the Jolly Joker is located.
This beautiful photo was shot in 1963. You’re looking at a bunch of people on the Zeedijk street.

Coffeeshop the Jolly Joker used to be a so called coffee house (or in Dutch: Koffiehuis). It was a social place where people met each other, while they enjoyed a cup of coffee or tea. The picture below was taken in 1973 by Maya Pejic. It shows the inside of this coffee house on the Sea Dyke street.

Amsterdam Red Light District. The inside of a coffee house in 1973.

You know what’s weird about some shops in Amsterdam? Some of them do not accept payments by card. We really do not understand that, it’s 2015 for crying out loud! Some people don’t even carry cash money anymore, as they are so used to pay by card. It could be that some coffeeshops in Amsterdam don’t want to register the number of weed transactions, because they are afraid for the local authorities. We are not quite sure, though.

Anyway, the good thing about coffeeshop The Jolly Joker is that they do offer payments by card! Thank you for that, Jolly Joker! You’re one of the few who haven’t been living under a rock. Thumbs up!

And this is what this street looked like in 1980:

Amsterdam Red Light District Zeedijk Street 1980

In front of the Jolly Joker there is also Cafe de Zon, one of the oldest cafes in this area.

During our tours we will pass by Coffeeshop The Jolly Joker. It’s located in Chinatown, one of the highlights during the Red Light District Tour. An area which may not be missed, as it has much history which you’ll find very interesting. Find out why this street used to be a no-go area. CLICK HERE to join our tours.

We’ve listed most of the coffeeshops in the Red Light District. CLICK HERE to see them all.


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