Posted on: November 7, 2023
When in Holland, it’s important to know where to find the best coffee shops in Amsterdam. Having a bad experience can ruin your trip, and that’s especially true if you’re looking for cannabis. Unfortunately, there are many companies in Amsterdam that offer poor quality products at high prices, and the same goes for some of the city’s coffee shops.
At a terrace of an Amsterdam coffeeshop.
We have the solution for you! An overview of the 10 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam created by frequent coffeeshop visitors. Votes from 224 cannabis lovers.
This list with the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam was based on 224 votes from members of the Dam Jam – Amsterdam Coffeeshop Culture Facebook group and the Amsterdam Coffeeshop Directory Facebook group.
The Facebook group Dam Jam has currently 14.401 members and is described as: “A page about Amsterdam, its coffeeshops and a cheeky bit of culture all rolled into one“.
The other one currently counts 60.612 members and uses this description: “A place for members of the ACD forum and fans of ACD to come on Facebook to discuss current coffeeshop culture and share info”.
Some of the members prefer to lounge whilst others only vote for the quality of the cannabis.
With this top 10 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam you can’t go wrong during your visit.
Number one on our list with a total of 31 votes out of 224 is coffeeshop Grey Area. This coffeeshop is a regular cannabis-cup winner and the staff is really knowledgeable. It’s named Grey Area because the Dutch law on using weed isn’t exactly clear-cut.
Snoop Dogg has visited this coffeeshop as well in 2013:
Picture by Nick Bieneck in Grey Area.
It also turns out that this is one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam because Grey Area is frequented visited by famous people. Snoop Dogg, Kelis, Cypress Hill, Woody Harrelson and many others have been here.
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The shop is located in the center of Amsterdam and is world renowned for the quality of their weed. Most visitors go there to buy their weed but not to chill as the coffeeshop itself is quite small. Due to the central location and popularity of the coffeeshop, it can get busy so expect to have wait in line.
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This coffeeshop in Amsterdam came in a close second with 28 votes out of 224. Coffeeshop 1e Hulp (translated: First Aid) is located at the outskirts of the city center making it relatively quiet. A really relaxed, very comfortable and cozy coffeeshop perfect for chilling.
Oh, and the weed is great too! This isn’t the cheapest coffeeshop in Amsterdam but they serve some unique and excellent strains. The staff is also really friendly and will help you out with making your selection. This is one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam and is well known for their moon rocks.
Boerejongens is without a doubt one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam. This is a very modern coffeeshop with a touch of class. Boerejongens got a total of 20 votes out of 224. It’s very easy to reach due to it being located close to Rembrandt Square, on the Utrechtsestraat 21.
The staff wear crisp white shirts combined with black bowties and white aprons. They are also very friendly and knowledgeable. Expect a great selection of strains and to wait in line as this is a really busy shop. You can sit and chill in the cozy upstairs however most people just go here to get some of the best cannabis in town, and leave. This is because the upstairs is quite small.
Het Ballonnetje attracts a wide variety of guests, including tourists, musicians, artists and students. The staff here is friendly and they sell their top quality weed and hash for reasonable prices. Het Ballonnetje is located in Amsterdam Oost (east).
Tip: get your supplies at het Ballonnetje and visit Artis Zoo located just around the corner. It can be a fantastic experience to see all the wild animals stoned.
Number five on our best coffeeshops in Amsterdam list is The Plug. This place was formerly Coffeeshop Utopia but has merged with The Plug in Barcelona back in May 2018. This has greatly improved their original selection and menu. It is a small coffeeshop with the option to sit outside in the sunlight. The staff is friendly and patient. They also serve great coffee here. Come for the weed, stay for the coffee ?.
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This is another shop on our list that is located at the outskirts of Amsterdam’s city center. The Stud was established back in 1982 and serves a good mixture of local regulars and tourists. It’s a small shop so seating is limited. Expect the best herbs for a fair price served by friendly staff. Coffeeshop The Stud also has a few (“old dated”) computers that visitors may use. The shop is located close to the Amsterdam Muiderpoort train station – in the more eastern part of the city. At Cannabis Liberation Day 2018 The Stud was nominated for the best coffeeshop in Amsterdam!
The atmosphere in Green House is completely unique. Green House has four separate locations spread out over Amsterdam. We’re talking about the Green House at the Oudezijs Voorburgwal located in the Red Light District. Great central location. All Green House coffeeshops have a high quality reputation and great quality products. One of those places where you can buy with your eyes closed.
Located in the heart of Amsterdam close to Spui Square and Rokin street, this is one of the oldest and the best-known coffeeshops in Amsterdam. Coffeeshop Abraxas is also known from a scene in a famous movie.
The interior is really unique and “mind expanding” by itself. The place is really hospitable and they serve a nice selection of high quality coffee and tea. A fantastic coffeeshop to enjoy a relaxing joint.
This is one of the more larger coffeeshops on our best coffeeshops in Amsterdam top 10. The vibe here is good and relaxing with plenty of comfortable seating for everyone. They also have some canal side tables outside for when the sun is shining. Besides serving up some great bud they also play quality music. Right next door are a McDonalds and Burger King for those who get the munchies.
Coffeeshop Voyagers in the Red Light District.
This coffeeshop is actually a hotel and coffeeshop in one. Its location is great! It is situated at one of the entrances to the Red Light District from Amsterdam’s Central Station. This is a great place to start your adventure. The staff is really friendly and the weed selection is good. It is a cozy coffeeshop, surrounded by two canals, with limited seating so not ideal for long chill sessions, unless you also booked a hotel room there.
On the 11th of February, 2020, we posted a poll on our Facebook-page.
We asked whether the content of cannabis should be checked by the Dutch government. This is what 294 respondents answered:
We listed all the 10 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam in Google Maps (below) so that you can easily find them.
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While it’s true that cannabis is widely available and consumed in Amsterdam, it’s important to note that it’s not completely legal. Rather, the government has adopted a policy of “tolerance,” which means that while cannabis possession and consumption are technically illegal, they are not actively prosecuted in small amounts.
The sale of cannabis is regulated and taxed, and coffeeshops are subject to strict regulations to ensure that they operate within the bounds of the law. Visitors to Amsterdam should also be aware that while cannabis consumption is tolerated in some public spaces, it’s illegal to consume cannabis in other areas, such as parks, on the street, or in public transportation.
It’s also important to be mindful of your surroundings and to avoid consuming cannabis in areas where it’s not allowed. While cannabis is tolerated in some public spaces, it’s important to be aware of the laws and regulations in Amsterdam to avoid getting into legal trouble.
Finally, it’s important to remember that cannabis consumption can have different effects on different people. Some people may feel relaxed and euphoric, while others may experience anxiety or paranoia. If you do experience negative side effects, it’s important to seek medical help or to talk to a healthcare professional. Overall, by following these tips and being mindful of the laws and regulations, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience exploring the cannabis culture in Amsterdam’s top 10 cannabis coffeeshops.
Visiting a cannabis coffeeshop can be a unique and enjoyable experience, but it’s important to do so in a responsible manner. Before you visit a shop, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations, and to be aware of the potential risks and consequences of cannabis consumption.
When visiting a cannabis coffeeshop, it’s important to be respectful of other patrons, and to consume cannabis in a responsible manner. This means starting with a small amount and waiting to see how it affects you before consuming more.
Tourists have long flocked to Amsterdam’s world-famous coffee shops, where they can purchase and consume cannabis. However, the current mayor of Amsterdam – Femke Halsema – is proposing a ban on tourists visiting these establishments.
The rationale for this proposal is that tourists cause too much crowds in the center of Amsterdam. The left mayor wants fewer domestic and foreign tourists in the city. Additionally, the mayor argues that tourism is putting a strain on Amsterdam’s infrastructure, and that restricting access to coffee shops would help to alleviate this problem.
While it remains to be seen whether this proposal will be enacted, it highlights the complex issues surrounding tourism and drug policy in Amsterdam. Many Amsterdammers and other political parties do not want a coffee shop ban for tourists.
Here are some Amsterdam coffeeshop FAQ’s.
For some this is a superfluous question, but many wonder what a coffeeshop means in Amsterdam.
Meaning: A coffeeshop in the Netherlands is a company where cannabis (weed and hash) can be offered and sold.
When the Dutch refer to coffeeshops, this expressly means that it concerns drug-related matters. If a Dutch person says that he or she is going to visit a coffee shop, then the person will buy weed or hash. No coffee or tea.
The Netherlands works with a tolerance policy (Dutch: gedoog-beleid), which simply means that it is allowed to sell and buy soft drugs (= weed & hash) in coffeeshops. However, it is illegal to produce cannabis commercially in the Netherlands.
This means that almost all coffeeshops in Amsterdam obtain their cannabis from illegal sources, or criminals. In that respect, the Netherlands works with a strange, clumsy and old-fashioned drug policy. This Dutch drug policy has been active in this way since the 1970s.
Amsterdam has currently 164 coffeeshops (source). 14 of them can found in the Red Light District. There used to be more coffeeshops in Amsterdam, but the government has closed many.
In the 1990s, the Dutch capital even had more than 400 coffeeshops, reported Dutch newspaper Parool (source). Most coffeeshops in Amsterdam were closed because of criminal activities. With such a complicated drug policy, that is almost unavoidable.
Yes, Amsterdam coffeeshops allow tourists! Only a few coffeeshops close to the border with Germany and Belgium are prohibited for tourists. Coffeeshops in Amsterdam can let everyone in as long as they are 18 years old.
Yes! All coffeeshops in Amsterdam sell weed and hash in pre-rolled joints and small seal-bags. Almost all shops have pre-rolled joints in stock. If not, you can always ask the staff to work for you. They will do this for you – if it’s not too busy.
Almost all coffeeshops in Amsterdam get cannabis via illegal suppliers and illegal growers. This is because it is prohibited in the Netherlands to cultivate cannabis for commercial purposes.
An exception to this is the so-called closed ‘coffeeshop chain experiment’ to clarify whether legal delivery, purchase and sale of cannabis is possible. The quality of this cannabis is also checked. This new experiment is also called the weed experiment or weed trial, in which growers will produce cannabis under the supervision of the Dutch government.
Although the effects of weed only last for a few hours, the plant itself can stay in your system for much longer. THC, the active ingredient in weed, is detectable in urine for 5 days to 3 weeks after use. This wide range is due to a number of factors, including frequency of use, body fat percentage, and metabolism. In occasional users, THC may only be detectable for a few days. However, in heavy users, THC can build up in fatty tissue and be detectable for several weeks. So if you’re worried about a drug test, it’s best to err on the side of caution and assume that weed will be detectable in your system for at least a week.
It is no secret that smoking weed has both short term and long term effects on the human brain. These effects can be both mental and physical, and they are not always pleasant. Some people find that they need to smoke weed in order to cope with anxiety or depression, while others use it recreationally. However, there are many ways to stop smoking weed, and it is important to find the method that works best for you. One way to stop smoking weed is to write down your triggers. What situations make you want to smoke? Once you know what your triggers are, you can work on avoiding them. If you are struggling to do this on your own, there are many support groups available to help you quit smoking weed. Another way to stop smoking weed is to exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which can help to reduce stress and improve your mood. It can also help to take your mind off of smoking weed. There are many different ways to stop smoking weed, so it is important to find the method that works best for you.
Most of the coffee shops in Amsterdam will have a grinder available for use. This is because most coffee is roasted and then ground right before brewing. This helps to ensure that the coffee is fresh and flavorful. If you’re not sure whether or not a particular coffee shop has a grinder, just ask. The staff will be happy to let you know.
Amsterdam is a city that is well known for its coffee shops. tourists from all over the world come to experience the unique atmosphere and try the various strains of cannabis. However, what many people don’t realize is that no coffeeshop in Amsterdam is open past 1 AM. The Municipality of Amsterdam has made this coffee shop policy such that all coffee shops close at 01:00 at the latest.. As a result, if you’re looking for a late night cannabis fix, you’ll need to find an alternative source. Whatever you do, just be sure to plan ahead so you don’t end up being caught out after last call.
The age limit for entering coffee shops in Amsterdam is 18 years old. Visitors will need to provide a valid form of identification, such as a passport or driver’s license, to prove their age.
No, it is not legal to sell alcohol in Amsterdam coffee shops that also sell cannabis products. However, some coffee shops may sell non-alcoholic drinks or snacks.
1 | “Only” 7.2% of the Dutch adults used cannabis last month (source)?
2 | >95% of all cannabis in the Netherlands is produced illegally. Here it’s only tolerated to buy and sell cannabis. The commercial production of cannabis is not legal.
(It’s only legal when done via the new so called ‘weed-experiment’ or ‘weed test’ what goes through the Dutch government and in which only a few coffeeshops may participate).
3 | Ever heard of the Dutch Cocaine Factory that legally produced cocaine in Amsterdam? From 1870 till 1919 cocaine was a legal product in the Netherlands. In the 1910’s the Netherlands was actually a global market leader in the production of cocaine.
4 | The Netherlands is one of the biggest XTC producing countries in the world.
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