Coffee shops are establishments in the Netherlands where the sale of cannabis for personal consumption by the public is tolerated by the authorities.Under the drug policy of the Netherlands,the sale of cannabis products in small quantities is allowed by licensed coffee shops.The majority of these also serve drink and food but no alcohol and generally no smoking of tobacco(which i find totally bizarre).The idea of these shops was introduced in the seventies for the explicit purpose of keeping hard and soft drugs seperated.In the Netherlands,105 of the 443 municipalities have at least one coffeeshop(all one word in Dutch).A Dutch judge has ruled that tourists can be legally banned from entering cannabis cafe's,as part of new restrictions which come into force in 2012.There are hundreds of coffeeshops throughout the Amsterdam area.Over 18's only.
Hey, its aallllll good man.... most are pretty good... While I was there, I went to Bulldog, grey area, blues brothers, grasshopper.... all were good... Grey area might be my favortie, and by far the smallest i went to..... Best thing about it, they can lone you a piece, and you can sit there and watch tourists go by 10 feet in front of you, while puffin on some killer.
“Amsterdam, by its much-admired growth, prospers from all that freedom can give. For here all people of all creeds live together in peace.”
— Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677)
PEACE. LOVE. AND HAPPINESS. Know in Amsterdam as smartshops, these soft drug stores sell hallucogenic mushrooms and related products. As in the Middle Ages, when the populous was largely illiterate, a mushroom-shaped sign mark there space.
Not to be confused with coffeeshops, these smartshops are part of the economic landscape, attracting native Netherlanders and tourists alike.
“Apparently, in Amsterdam where use of illicit drugs is made possible due to the hassle free (illicit) availability of that type of drug, the use of cannabis satisfies almost all curiosity. Small numbers of experienced cannabis users try other illicit substances, mostly cocaine and ecstasy.”
— from ‘Cannabis Use, A Stepping Stone to Other Drugs? The Case of Amsterdam.’ by Peter Cohen and Arjan Sas
In the Netherlands the sale of cannabis, marijuana, in small amounts for personal use is permitted and tolerated by the authorities. Licensed coffee shops, or coffeeshops as the Dutch spell it, sell grass in the form of joints, for smoking and in baked goods for eating. Most of these coffeeshops also serve drinks (even coffee!) and food. Coffeeshops are not allowed to serve alcohol or other drugs. Sales to minors is prohibited, as is selling without a license or selling hard drugs.
The sale of grass in coffeeshops was introduced in the 1970s with the explicit goal of separating hard and soft drug usage. Dutch coffee houses that do not sell marijuana are called koffiehuis, translated as coffee house.
Most have a price list with items for sale such as marijuana, hashish, rolled joints and the like---most behind the counter are friendly and helpful to those who have not tried smoking----
as you can tell from the photo, this is an old picture from when the Guilder was still being used.....
Located in the Red Light District, nice location on a canal with umbrella tables outside----The original Ricks Cafe is in Negril Jamaica---no smoking at the bar there, though!
La Canna is like the Chuck E. cheese for potheads, I loved it so much that I even swiped a menu to show my buddies. SORRY GUYS. You don't have to just smoke here either like most of the Cafes. you can drink beers , laugh, play a video game , and even jam out to some classic tunes. They say it's a big superstar hangout, but the only one there that night was ..........................Mish
wow i believe we visited rookies about 4 times in 11 days, it wasn't my favorite shop but it was very nice. they have many different tablegames you can play and a pooltable. the vibe is that of cheers, a place where everyone knows your name..they also have a souvenier shop across the street, which sells rookie lighters which are the most similar to bic lighters for all of us americans..i bought 2!!
A lot of people are going to Amsterdam for the coffee shops. Coffee shops in Amsterdam are not places where you can go for a coffee or pie. But for the legal drugs. Yep, drugs are legal up here (only in these coffee shops). So, there are a lot of them. You can't miss them. I don't like drugs, but I would say to you: peace man!! :)
Located in the Jordaan, this is a dream come true for antique loving stoners! 1 and 1/2 floors of items, all for sale, ranging from african figures to porcelain dishes to plastic dolls and everything else in between, with a really friendly group in charge----of course hash and herbs for sale with teas and coffees as well----I had a blast sitting and talking with the young lady behind the counter and an older man and his son(?) sitting at one of the tables---they all seemed to be connected to the place somehow and were very nice to me while I was there---the old man spoke only Dutch but understood every word I said---wish I could have talked to him more directly!
Another of the great Rokerij spots---I like the one near the Leidseplein, but they no longer serve alcohol like they used to----this one is smaller but still famously friendly with gorgeous staff usually----the earl grey is always hot and sometimes fresh orange juice!
grab a tshirt if they have them!
You will miss this small place if you look twice---hard to find even when you know where it is! Definitely worth a checkout if in the area---near Dutch Flowers if makinga search of CS's in the area---also near the Beginhof.....
I love this place for its ease and its openness---you can sit at a table right on the edge of the famous Leidseplein and watch all the artists, cyclists, musicians, and much more for the price of a very nice Jenever (Dutch gin--MMMM!) or a local beer with your favorite smoke. The Leidseplein itself is an amazing sight, sort of like a small-size Time Square, but much older and more confident. You can sit in one of the "patio" seats inside and heated, or outside if it's nice---the shop is down some steep steps so watch your head (in more ways than one!). The bar staff is pleasant most days and the Earl Grey is served hot! Gift shop located next door along with the main bar....
Updated 9/2010---the Bulldog still rules for being able to have a Jenever and a beer and a smoke all together watching the square!
Nearby to where I was staying, the Grey Area was a good choice for me----the American guy hosting the herb booth was a pleasure---knowing where I was from saying he trained at a base (soldiering) nearby to where I live--- he told me a story of a green beret coming in not too long ago for some herbs----wow, a stoner green beret---not something I would have figured in a million....anyways he was a very nice guy and rolled some rightious joints for an american couple in front of me----therefore the pix---with his compliments
try the grey haze
Since It's not a big deal in Amsterdam we wanted to go to a Coffeeshop and smoke some marihuana. We were closed to red light district in the afternoon around 5 pm tired from walking a lot. We set in one called "BaBa". It was recommended by a friend but we found it very touristy. I asked very mild type "roled" one and it was a good chill for us. (cost 3,50€)