Amsterdam Coffee Shops

Disclaimer: The information here is meant primarily to entertain and educate people about what is already happening in Amsterdam coffee shops. It is not an endorsement of what already goes on.

Amsterdam coffee shops feature some of the most potent strains of marijuana in the world. THC percentages of Dutch marijuana typically range from 15 to 20 percent, and can be higher or lower depending on the strain, growing conditions, and treatment after harvest. The cost per gram of Amsterdam marijuana usually ranges from five to 15 euros, depending on quality. The maximum amount that can be purchased is five grams, which is considered the maximum amount for personal use.

Amsterdam Coffee Shop.

The strains of marijuana in Amsterdam coffee shops are typically a cross between Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. Connoisseurs may prefer, based on their individual tastes, a sativa or an indica high, and so may select a pure strain. Connoisseurs may also prefer cannabis grown in soil and without fertilizers and pesticides: this is referred to as “organic.” Organic weed is said to have a different “taste” and effect. However, organic weed is less commonly found in Amsterdam, since coffee shop owners know that most tourists can’t tell the difference.

The sativa high is said to be an energetic high, whereas the indica high is said to be a stoned high in which a person may become more withdrawn and sedated. However, everyone is different and so the effects may differ greatly between two individuals.

Some Amsterdam coffee shops offer pre-rolled joints, so that a customer not knowing how to roll them won’t have a problem getting high. Many coffee shops also offer hash from North Africa and Asia as well as Nederhash — potent hashish from the Netherlands. Nederhash can have a THC content as high as 80 percent! Many of these shops sell “space cakes”: cannabis- or hash-filled cakes or cookies. One must not underestimate their potency, as it may take one to two hours to begin feeling their effects.

Usually the coffee shop will have a lounge or a place to sit back and relax, to talk to friends or some of the other visitors. Some coffee shops are more spacious than others, and some have a reputation for particularly potent or pleasant strains of marijuana.

In Amsterdam marijuana is tolerated. If a tourist is going to purchase marijuana, however, he should not smoke it out on the streets as this may annoy the locals or be frowned upon by the authorities. While coffee shops are scattered all over the city of Amsterdam, they tend to be particularly concentrated in the Red Light District.

Hemp products at Amsterdam coffee shop.

Amsterdam Coffee Shops in the Red Light District

Hill Street Blues

Location: In Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Daily 9 am-1 am

This coffee shop not as close to the window girls as the more touristy Bulldog, although there are some stunners nearby, but it has good quality weed and excellent milkshakes. If milkshakes or sweets are one’s thing, this peaceful coffee shop can be enjoyed before or after the banging. It also offers good quality hash and very potent “space cakes” (cakes or cookies made of cannabis or hash). It has comfortable sofas where customers can relax.

Old Church

Location: Oudezijdes Voorburgwaal 47, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Daily 10 am-1 am

This one is also located right by the prostitutes, and is right across from the Oude Kerk (Old Church).

The Bulldog

Location: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 90, 1012 GJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Daily 9 am-1 am

Smack dab in the middle of the Red Light District is the Bulldog, which is regarded by some as too touristy. Whatever one’s opinion, it cannot be denied it is right by some nice-looking hookers. The Bulldog has been around since 1975. It is right next to one of the main canals.

Amsterdam Coffee Shops Outside of the Red Light District

Barney’s Lounge

Location: Reguliersgracht 27, 1017 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Daily 9 am-1 am

This franchise has won numerous Cannabis Cups, so they are worth a mention. Their weed is of apparently very high quality for sophisticates. They are particularly known for their “Willie Nelson” and “G-13 Haze,” Cannabis Cup winners in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

De Dampkring

Location: Handboogstraat 29, 1012 XM Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Daily 10 am-1 am

This coffee shop is located south of the Red Light District. The chain is noteworthy for winning two Cannabis Cups in the ’90s.

Gray Area

Location: Oude Leliestraat 2, 1015 AW Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Daily 12 pm-8 pm

This is a small shop owned by an American, and it is known for very potent, high-quality weed and friendly service. In particular, it’s known for the “Martian Mean Green” and the “Silver Bubble” strains. It’s a little outside of the action toward the west.

Green House

Location: Tolstraat 91, 1074 VG Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Daily 9 am-1 am

Green House’s sativa “Super Lemon Haze” has won a couple of Cannabis Cups, with a THC content of 22.9%! It is also known for its other sativa strain “Arjan’s Ultra Haze #1.” The coffee shop is located south of the Red Light District and other attractions, but isn’t too far from the Heineken Brewery and the “privehuis” Park 118.

Homegrown Fantasy

Location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 87 A, 1012 RE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Mon-Thu 12 pm-11 pm, Fri-Sun 12 pm-12 am

This coffee shop is not too far from Dam Square, and lies west of the Red Light District. It offers pre-rolled joints and is said to have a cool restroom with black lights.

Mellow Yellow

Location: Vijzelgracht 33, 1017 HN Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Mon-Thur 9:00 am-12 am, Fri-Sun 8:00 am-1:00 am

This is a nice coffee shop if one is staying at a hotel close to the Heineken Brewery. It has a large, comfortable sofa to relax and enjoy one’s weed. It also has a foosball table. The weed is of excellent quality. It is known for its “Blueberry,” which is quite potent.

The Doors

Location: Singel 14, 1013 GA Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Tues-Sun 10:00 am-1:00 am, Mon 11:00 am-1:00 am

This coffee shop is a bit out west of the Red Light District, and is a good place to go if one is staying at a place nearby. It’s not too far from Central Station. It has two pool tables upstairs and plays plenty of Jim Morrison. The weed here is considered good-quality.