The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world, is located in the city center. Amsterdam’s main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk MuseumHermitage Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House, the Amsterdam Museum, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops draw more than 5 million international visitors annually. It is also one of the world’s most multicultural cities, with at least 177 nationalities represented.

Amsterdam’s name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city’s origin around a dam in the river Amstel. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds.

Amsterdam has a population of 851,373 within the city proper, 1,351,587 in the urban area, and 2,410,960 in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country but is not its capital, which is Haarlem. The metropolitan area comprises much of the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, with a population of approximately 7 million


Amsterdams concentric canal layout (the Amsterdam CS Station being to the North)


Please dont miss Van Gogh Museum , but try for a less crowded time eh?

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Muntplein buzzing


Exterior of the former Heineken brewery in Amsterdam on Stadhouderskade and Ferdinand Bolstraat

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Amsterdams notorious redlight district (a funfair of flesh so they say)

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Amsterdam Coffeeshops Guide

The following pages are for the purpose of education and information only. This should not be considered in any way to condone the use of cannabis, marijuana or other mind-altering substances.

smokey coffee shop outside

Amsterdam counts about 250 coffeeshops and most of them are located in the Red Light District. From psychedelic to hipster-ish but also from very local ones to more touristic places, each of Amsterdam coffeeshops has its own atmosphere. You will surely find one that suits you perfectly. They are not only to smoke weed. They are real social places where you can easily meet people and spend some good times with friends. Watching TV, playing chess or card games and much more can be done here. And always in a very relaxing way.

Due to the allowance of cannabis consumption, the Netherlands are very well reputed to be a very liberal country. This is true but you should be aware of the Dutch law and the rules inside a coffee shop.

Amsterdam weed laws

The Netherlands have a special tolerance policy on soft drugs, but lets look at the laws:
– Possession of drugs is punishable, but with a maximum of 5 grams of cannabis (weed or hash) the police will just seize the drugs. You can give them up and you will not be prosecuted
– If you have more soft drugs than the quantity for personal use (5 gram) you will be fined and risk a prison sentence
– Minors are not allowed to have any drugs, the tolerance policy does not apply to them, so you must be 18 or over to buy drugs
– Growing weed at home is illegal, however 5 plants or less you can give them up and you will generally not be prosecuted
– Hard drugs are not allowed
– Import and export of drugs is illegal
You cannot smoke in public. (often flouted)

You can smoke weed only in Amsterdam coffeeshops

Amsterdam coffeeshop rules

When you enter a coffee shop there are few rules you should be aware of:

  • You must be 18 or older (21 years old in some establishment) and always have your passport or ID with you.
  • You are allowed to come twice a day maximum to the same coffee shop
  • You can buy maximum 5 grams per day
  • Alcohol and cigarettes are forbidden
  • You must not cause any nuisance
  • The use of hard drugs is strictly forbidden


History of coffeeshops in Amsterdam

Amsterdam coffee shops, not to be confused with cafés, have been a part of the city since the 1970s, when the Dutch government made a clear distinction in the law between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ drugs. Unlike Amsterdam’s fully legal smart shops, Amsterdam coffeeshops have always existed in a legal grey area.

Everything started in the 70’s with the growing hippy community. Weed and hashish were illegal at that time, but places like the Paradiso or the Melkweg were famous to have great artists playing and people would enjoy some good music there while sharing a joint. That’s how in those music places we could find some house dealers. The dealers were though tolerated to do their business inside the houses.

In 1972, the first coffee shop opened its doors: the Mellow Yellow. At that time, the place was called a “tea house” and it was the only place where you could buy and smoke weed in an almost legal way. In fact, even if regarding to the Dutch law consuming cannabis was forbidden, the explosion of hard drugs such as heroin and the fast increasing amount of their users led the government and the police agreed that tolerating soft drugs would keep people away from the hard ones..

How to order weed in an Amsterdam coffeeshop

You’ll find about 200 coffeeshops in Amsterdam, so there is always one close to your location. Although Amsterdam coffee shops are not allowed to make any advertising, you will be able to identify them easily. Official Dutch coffee shops have a green and white licence sticker in the window. Just ask the person at the counter for the menu, and they’ll give you what you need. A general rule of thumb is: the more expensive, the stronger the weed. For inexperienced smokers a gram of weed will get you high about 6 times and you should be able to make at least 3 joints nice from a single gram. Ask for advice if you are not sure, these people are here to make sure everything is safe.

Some tips: Tips and hints for buying marijuana and cannabis from Amsterdam coffee shops.



Smokey Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Rembrandtplein 24, 1017 CV Amsterdam

Busy, neon-lit tourist coffee shop set on the teeming tourist and nightlife centre of Rembrantplein. Pool tables and a nice menu make up for the touristy feel and cheesy music.

The Rookies Coffeeshop in Amsterdam


Mellow Yellow Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Vijzelgracht 33, 1017 HN Amsterdam

The first coffeeshop in Amsterdam ever, a smoking reminder of 70s, still an enjoyeable break from the packed tourist places in the centre.

Barney’s Café in Amsterdam


De Graal Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Albert Cuypstraat 25, 1072 CK Amsterdam

Very unusual coffee shop with chess boards on every table and a recording studio in the back. De Graal is one of those hidden gems of the Amsterdam coffee shop scene that it takes a local to find.

Bluebird Coffeeshop in Amsterdam


Hill Street Blues Market in Amsterdam

Nieuwmarkt 16, 1012 CR Amsterdam

With a more welcoming atmosphere than its sister on the other side of the Red Light District, this little coffee shop has a great terrace for sun lounging as well as a comfortable smoking room inside.

The Dolphins Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

The Dolphins Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Kerkstraat 39, 1017 GB Amsterdam

Lively and smoke-friendly cafe conveniently near Leidsplein. Coffee, beer, all kind of drinks. Free wi-fi Internet is also available around. Thought, not selling gear anymore…

The Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

The Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Leidseplein 17, 1017 PS Amsterdam

Bulldog bar (up-stairs) and coffeeshop (basement) is a famous attraction at the Leidseplein, often visited by large organized groups of tourists.

Best Friends II Coffeeshop in Amsterdam


The Kadinsky is a very small but very nice coffee shop in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. A lot of expats and Dutch people are meeting at Kadinsky as it has that special friendly-talkative-atmosphere that makes you stay for hours and enjoy some nice conversations with people. We advise you to go there quite early as the capacity of the place is pretty little, or to wait until Sunday night, when it becomes quieter. Don’t forget to order their hot chocolate. Delicious!
Opening hours: Everyday from 10am to 1am
Address: Rosmarijnsteeg 9, 1012 RP Amsterdam



Amsterdam Ajax Arena


Anne Frank Haus and Museum (1944)


Rijkmuseum (rembrandt plus more)


Amsterdam tram (get on at the front or the back, ding or stamp your ticket)


Amsterdam CS – watch your stuff , alert for pickpockets on trams


Slightly like a butchers shop (Amsterdams oldest pastime) serving the sailors coming into port

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Belgian beer bars………now there is an idea


The train home (or to Schipol airport)


You will wanna go back !


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