Coffeeshops in Holland are joints licensed to sell weed. These coffeeshops can sell weed but not alcoholic drinks.
Warning!! Dutch coffee shops are licenced to sell small quantities of cannabis to adults over 18 ! In case of doubt you will be asked for your ID to check it.
It is funny to see guys puffing away on their joints while sipping cocacola/fanta :o)
The myth that drugs are legal in the Netherlands is just that, myth. Soft drugs are tolerated, and that's all. This means you can buy weed or hash without risking arrest, that you can carry a small amount of soft drugs with you, that you can grow a small number of plants at your place for personal use, that you are free to roll one and enjoy it inside a coffeeshop or at your place, but this does not mean you can behave like a teenager on his first booze run and behave like a jerk.
Smoking dope in public places is not ok, and even some nightlife locales will discourage you from rolling and lighting up a phat one. Smoking on the street is also not regarded in a good way by the honest hardworking folks, so do not do it unless you are alone. If you think you won't bother anyone with your joint, then smoke it, otherwise find a suitable place for the recreational break. This is sane advice, it's meant to help you avoid trouble with your neighbours or with the police. Also, some hotels are not too fond of smoking guests, so better ask beforehand in case there are no ashtrays in your room.
Here more about the COFFEESHOPS! The Netherlands Coffeeshop Guide, the home for Coffeeshops information on the Net.
Fondest memory: SOME COFFEESHOPS IN AMSTERDAM:
It's not well known to tourists, but the friendly staff and cozy interior, along with a full bar, make this coffeeshop with the unforgettable name one of the local favourites.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 191
One of three sister shops, the others are located at Tolstraat 91, and the Waterlooplein 345. They grow their own here, in their own greenhouse, and the hybrids and mutations that they develop rank consistently high in various categories in the yearly Cannabis Cup.
De Tweede Kamer
A small and friendly coffeeshop just around the corner from Cafe Luxembourg, off the Spui.
De Rokerij II
Now this is a cool place, probably one of our favourite places in Amsterdam. The music, mainly chill-out sounds, is tasteful.
Two sister coffeeshops, one on the Amstel close to Rembrandtsplein and the other off Leidseplein.
Jonge Roelensteeg 12-14, off Nieuwe Zijds Voorburgwal
A small, nice, conveniently located place.
Simple small interior, no bar, excellent coffee.
Around the corner from the Doors, Bulldog and Rokerij II,
Just off the Damrak, a short stroll away from Centraal Station and the RLD.Another is located on the Spui, near Hotel Cok City.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 90
They claim this is the original coffeeshop of Amsterdam, dating back to the 70s. Like Amsterdam's Hard Rock Cafe.
As most people are aware, Amsterdam offers an unusual delectable on their coffee shop menus: anything from bubblegum weed to mushroom tea. I was rather satisfied after coming out of a coffee shop in Amsterdam!
I was a bit apprehensive at first to walk into a coffee shop and ask for weed but it's a normal thing to do there so don't be shy, ask for a menu!
Fondest memory: The food and the Smoke Palace - Refer to the 'dangers' page
Drink something when in a coffee shop and have some good time. It's not just a smoke trade place.
To have a smoking-day :) in Amsterdam can be very pleasant, but even a nightmare if you abuse with smoke or spacecakes. At coffeeshop Homegrown Fantasy they have some skunk-based cakes that starts gaming with your mind after an hour or even 2 hours depending on what have you eaten before.
Beware, if the effect is too strong for you than is better to sit down somewhere and drink or eat something sweet.
Cakes (not spacecakes. :) are good for recovering yourself but don't eat too much. If you're really in trouble than is much better to stay inside.
Getting around with some smoke in your pocket is not a big problem here. If you don't do stupid things everything will be o.k. (and if you are not too stoned ;). Take it easy :)
Beware at the passing bikes and trams(everything moves so fast and you are very very slow when stoned, so take care..).
Refuel your car before entering the Netherlands is a good idea. The price of the gasoline is about 1.4usd/liter. In Amsterdam's center there are some car parking houses, but they cost about 2.5usd/hour. If you are thinking about parking out of the center is a good idea to use the AmsterdamArena car parking (under the Arena stadium, the symbol of this parking is the "P+R" signboard) and it cost about 6usd/day (with a tram ticket).
The centruum is full of restaurants, but they are so expensive, like the hotels.
To save some money check the camping sites out of the city (nice bungalows available).
buy the smokers guide to amsterdam available in most coffeeshops, this will be the only guide for marijuana and hash you will need. it gives lot's of information on everything you'll need to know about coffeeshopping or smartshopping ( mushrooms,peyote,etc...)
Fondest memory: good book to own, it helped us out at times.
My fascination with mushrooms goes back to seventh grade when I read 'The Purple Pileus' by H.G. Wells. In Brussels, one of the Irish boys at my hostel advised me to try mushrooms in Amsterdam and my seventh-grade craze was reawakened. In Amsterdam, Jill introduced me to mushrooms formally. 'shrooms, shall we say. Mexican, Thai - take your pic. I had Thai the first night - which the guy at the Smart Shop said are supposed to make you contemplative and observant. My contemplation and observation that night comprised mostly of thinking up ways to harass the Japanese tourists that seemed to be walking round in circles.
We pretended to have deep philosophical conversations and make meaningful observations. Lol. The only remotely observational aspect of the evening was noticing that there are two types of people at Dam Sqaure: weird people and normal people acting weird. I don't know how meaningful this observation was, but we sought comfort in putting ourselves in the latter category.
Jill and myself outside one of Amsterdam's gazillions of 'smart shops' Okay, it was the tackiest, most touristic things to have done, but I would go back and do it everytime. Mushrooms did for me what no joint ever did.
My last afternoon in Amsterdam, we had a picnic in the park outside the Van Gogh Museum, mushroomed ourselves for one last time and got caught in the rain - stranded under a bridge with dozens of other tourists, with the buskers playing all sorts of exotic music and the mushroom effect kicked in making everything totally surreal.
Need I say more? This dude signifies the Amsterdam experience for most tourists. Jill and I were luckily able to scratch beneath Amsterdam's sex, drugs and booze veneer and it will take another day to write all of what we experienced in Amsterdam. Not that we overlooked the sex, drugs and booze bit, that is. :)
The last night in Amsterdam, there were no beds in any of the hostels, but I stuck around instead of catching a train back to Brussels where there will always be a bed. I wonder why. Hehehe. I knew something would work out and it did. Haley and Paul from Jill's dorm decided to spend the night in Paul's bed and I got to sleep in Haley's. Thankyou Amsterdam.
Jill and I walked around the city doing pretty much nothing that day. Nothing but taking in the sights, the sounds and the smells. We stumbled upon a flower market and a book market later on. We found ourselves in a tiny little Christmas decoration shop, that was just so beautiful. We spent ages sifting through the little curios. Just enough time to get the shopping done: 185 more days till Christmas!
There are many coffeeshops in Amsterdam. The signs are usually neon lights with a coconut tree and very colourful. These are not places that only sell coffee, but more than that. They have menu for different types of "herbs", such as Cannabis, for you to smoke.
I am a non-smoker, so I did not enter any of the coffeeshop cos the smell from outside already puts me off. I will never forget that strong stench.
Okay I do not advocate drug use. In fact I have not been a regular user of marijuana in quite some years. But when in Rome....
Anyway visiting a smoking coffeeshop is something that you should give a try if you are open minded towards such activities. Besides pot, beer, coffee or tea are also served.
Fondest memory: My only trip to a smoking coffee was to a place just one block Northeast the Leidseplien. It had an Indian motif(always a draw for me) but I cannot remember. I got so high I think that it might have been just a dream. All I can remember was that it was across the street from a really good Mexican restaurant. I cannot remember the name of that place either. Thank God my hotel was nearby or I would have never have found my way back.
This place has odd hours so don't go early or late or it will surely be closed! Hours are 2-8 and it is closed on a weekday, seems to change sometimes but usually it is Wednesdays. As for their rather eclectic hours of operation well, just chalk it up to the rights of the self employed:))
The gear here is what makes them popular. The "grey mist crystals" or trichromes as they first called them is top notch smoke. The Grey Area is not really a place to hang out mainly because it is very small and usually crowded anyway so it is better to just score and head somewhere else to chill and burn. The seats at the tables are pretty uncomfortable which alse makes it not so inviting to stay.
Now it depends on who you find working that makes the impression when it comes to service. If you you get the American guy the experience should be a pleasant one because I have met him several times and only had positive vibes from him, his name is John. If the other guy is working however the experience could very well be negative and I have heard many comments about him in that way from others. I too have had negative responses from him, his name is Steve.
Fondest memory: They do have real strange hours but if you are lucky enough to catch them open the crystals are most definitely worth sampling. I also very highly recommend the Yellow Cab buds which have been surpurb each time I purchased some. So just score some killer buds and crystals and jet outta there!
Go to their website and get a free drink voucher for your next visit!
Nice laid back atmosphere with friendly staff. There is a cool pinball machine and they have internet access.
The shop offers a large selection of marijuana and hash at low prices. The stuff is weighed in front of you, so any amount is available. The pick-your-own-buds plan when buying bigger amounts is extra cool.
Fondest memory: The Siberien Tiger
Brouwersgracht 11, 623-5909.
Open Sun.-Thur 11 AM-11 PM; Fri.-Sat 11 AM-midnight
Web site: www.siberie.nl
Some interesting information from the Website:
The founding members of Siberie have their roots in one of Amsterdam's first Coffeeshops, Rusland which dates from the early 1970's. Coffeeshop Siberie was established on the beautiful Brouwersgracht in 1984. Compared to the year 2002, in the early 80's there were very few coffeeshops in Amsterdam. But since then however the Siberie has grown and continued to flourish. From its genesis, the coffeeshop has catered both to local people and tourists alike to provide a welcoming atmosphere.
Siberie has always had a policy of supplying a varied menu of hash and marijuana at very reasonable prices. Many customers, both local and foreign, have continued to return to Coffeshop Siberie for the past 18 years because of the reliably high quality of a connoisseurs product. Siberie has also participated for many years in the Cannabis Cup, winning one gold cup and two bronze medals. All of this is why Coffeeshop Siberie has earned a worldwide reputation as one the coolest coffeeshops in Amsterdam.
The coffeeshop is open 365 days per year,and providing helpful and friendly service
One of my favorite places to hang out - De Kuil has a full bar and it is a nice place to hang out, has good local feel to it. Also, it is very clean- even the toilets! And the staff are very freindly and helpful. There is a pool table and they have board games you can use. They have killer vaporizor available to use that will kick your ass!
Fondest memory: Their Shiva bud rocks, absolutely killer stuff!
The BEST place to use the vaporizor is the De Kuil coffeeshop. It is near Central Station, heading down Damrak and take a right at Oude Burgsteeg or Pizza M Slice and it is couple of doors down on the right with a green 4:20 sign above the door. It is a great
place to chill and smokeout:))
Hash Brownies from the Abraxas Coffeeshop
Fondest memory: The brownies at the Abraxas are very good but to me are not strong enough. My tolerance level is pretty high so I don't get much effect on them. Everyone's tolerance is different though so it is better to start with a small amount and determine the effects before eating more.
The space products offered at all coffeeshops will only have hash or marijuana in it so there won't be any psycho effects, only a more intense body buzz, like laziness or sleepiness.
Nice roomy place with three long couches lining the walls, a great vibe, and friendly atmosphere. I really like this place and I plan to return on my next visit to mecca:))
Fondest memory: Awesome deal on hash, I got 5 grams of excellent quality Honey Maroc for only 30 euros.
Not a very big place but the dealers here are so nice and helpful, especially Igor, who is also very cute and nice to look at:)) They have one table outside and I believe and upstairs but I never ventured that far and didnt see anyone else do so either so I am not sure, it may only be the toilets up there!
Fondest memory: This place had the best stuff I smoked this trip, that being the Stella Blue bud, WOW is all I can say. This is some real kick @$$ stuff without a doubt the strongest this trip and I smoked a lot of different strains. Top Notch Killer Weed, a must try for any connoiseur!