Coffee Shops, Amsterdam
Smartshops in Amsterdam sell herbal drugs that "open the mind" such as Skullcap, Valerian, Puama, and magic mushrooms among others. I personally have not tried these since the 70's but I have spoken to folks who have and they say it is safe and fun, so long as you are knowing what you are doing. Be careful what you put in your mouth---it may come back to bite you!
I don't say which brand is better, because I really don't have the knowledge needed to define differences in smoke---suffice to say, this is a nice shop with friendly folk behind the counters...If they have Earl Grey, I am happy, and they did.
Nice little table setup out front, too.
I ventured inside this cozy coffee shop and was amazed at what I saw. I bellied up to the bar and ordered some coffee, next to me was a guy from Florida taking a hit from a bong. The barrista after bringing my coffee to me lit up a joint and stating crocheting a necklace. It felt like this was perfectly normal activity. The barrista and guy from Florida were great people to talk too.
3 top coffee shops that are a must while visiting Amsterdam.
1)The Greenhouse (Very friendly, great weed, place to camp outside & smoke)
2)The Dolphins(Very friendly, cool decore, great weed, upstairs is pure only, but downstairs is a lounge are where you can also smoke cigs)
3)Barney's Lounge(Very friendly, great weed(I suggest the Blue Cheese strain) a tad bit small, but never really over packed/crowded)
Here is the list you need to find coffeeshops and bars where you can still smoke in since the smoking ban came in ENJOY
Dolphins - Kerk Straat - Tobacco smoking downsatirs
Rookies - Korte Leidsedwarsstraat - Tobacco smoking room to the right
Dampkring II aka Pink Floyd - Haarlemmerstraat - Tobacco upstairs
Rock-It - Mieuwmarkt
Route 99 - Opposite Prix D`ami off Damrak
Relax - Sittard
Balou - Halvemaansteeg - Near rembrandtplein
Sheeba - Warmostraat
Siberie - Singel
+ the coffeeshop directly oppsite Sheeba .(Jungle/Oerwoud)
De Kroon - Off Damrak opposite De Kuil 420
Route 66 - Warmostraat - Near Sheeba
The Grasshoper - Nieuwezeids Vorrburgwal
Coffeeshop Reefer - Next to Bluebird
The Green Place - Off Nieuwmarkt
Resin - Hekeveld (near Old Style on the map)
Andalucia - tobacco smoking area on the 1st and 2nd floors (ground floor is pure only)
Rastababy - inside (bar area) is pure only - conservatory area is tobacco
Freeworld Coffeeshop - on the Nieuwendijk
Bars that sell Alcohol, but allow tobacco or/and weed
Nes Cafe - allows tobacco or joint smoking in entrance room and pure cannabis smoking in rest of bar
Susies Saloon - Next to Ricks cafe cannabis and tobacco allowed
Stones Cafe - Tobacco smoking allowed out the back
Red Light Bar - smoking on 3rd floor, tobacco etc, and tasty extra cold heineken
Excalibur Bar - RLD Tobacco Smoking Upstairs
The Bar next to De Kuil 420 - Pure joints allowed with your pint
Winstons Hotstel/St Christopher's - Tables out the back for smoking tobacco and weed
Hunters Vodka Bar - Pure reefers allowed - no tobacco
Hemp Hotel Bar - Alcohol served, and pure joints allowed too..
All u wanna know about joints tour with guide
Beside Amsterdam u can get stuff in any other city in Holland.
map of coffeeshops in the Netherlands
Weed might well be obsolete.
During my recent stay in Amsterdam I learned that the trend nowadays in Holland is for "paddos", Dutch word for "paddestoel" or mushroom.
Hallucinogenic mushrooms are now a must in Amsterdam.
The Dutch newspapers reported already deadly casualties with "magic mushrooms" among tourists.
Owners of coffee shops will be obliged to hire skilled botanists in order to avoid further lethal cases.
Although I have not a Ph.D. in mycology, I feel I could recommend "Funghi Porcini" as a magic mushroom. I had some in Verona (Italy, where this "paddo" is grown) together with tagliatelle and I can tell you that I reached the seventh heaven.
There are now rules in preparation by the authorities of Amsterdam on the sale of paddo's in what they call "smartshops":
"Kopers die voor het eerst in een smartshop komen en paddo's willen aanschaffen, krijgen de drugs pas minimaal drie dagen later. In de tussenliggende periode kunnen ze informatie vergaren over de werking ervan."
Translation : Buyers who are coming for the first time in a smartshop and want to buy hallucinogenic mushrooms will receive the drugs after a minimum delay of 3 days. In between they can get information about the action of these paddo's.
Last year there were 124 incidents in Amsterdam, some deadly, with hallucinogenic mushrooms mostly with young tourists.
Since December 1st, 2008 paddo's (hallucinogenic mushrooms) are prohibited in the Netherlands.
The "smartshops" organisation "De Vereniging Landelijk Overleg Smartshops" (sic) is furious.
Great little coffeeshop know for its quality weeds,also a cannabis cup winner 2007 for there chocolope.They have large bongs to use, this i find does the trick.As for the size of the place its tiny, enough room for a table a couple of chairs and a small shelf along the wall with bar stools,so all in all it has everything you need *UPDATE Nov 2008* Try the Yellow Cab WOW!
pictured is a typical "coffee shop" in amsterdam. these are business that sell marijauna. there are about fifty of these establishments in central amsterdam. drugs per se are illegal in holland but these establishments are condoned by the dutch government. another interesting aspect of dutch culture.
here is an update, in may 2008 the dutch government has banned cigarette smoking in all public buildings in holland. however the "coffee shops" of amsterdam have been given an exception.
Yes, its all true about amsterdam. Whats more is that seated next to you, youll find locals who are great patrons of the green plant, and do it just like they're cigarettes. A little shocking, but almost guarantee a chillout atmosphere. haha
A very popular coffeeshop is called the Grasshopper, where you can find mostly tourists. But choose any old shop! be creative. I think it is rather expensive as well, accounting for all the fast food you be purchasing soon afterwards. ;)
In their own words:
"In the steamy summer of 1992 The Greenhouse Effect was born. We wanted to give the discerning smoker an alternative to the stereotypical ´dark and seedy´coffeeshop and set about doing it our own way."
Well, that's exactly what they've achieved here... it's a lovely light space, full of lush green plants and bamboo floors and walls... if you're looking for a place to light up, make this your stop off point. The space cakes are nice too :) (just remember the effects may be stong!)
There is also a friendly-looking hotel attached, although I've not experienced it personally.
Drugs are legal everywhere. In the U.S., caffeine, niccotine and alcohol are the major legal drugs. In Amsterdam, I guess most people probably know that some other drugs are legal. And you should know that a coffeeshop in Amsterdam is not so much a coffeeshop as it is a place to sample different types of marijuana.
Cheech and Chong's is not as famous as The Bulldog (the first and most spoken-of Amsterdam coffeeshop), and it's not in the red-light district.
I guess that's about all there is to say about it, except that...
when in Amsterdam... :)
Smokeys coffee shop is a fair walk from the red light district, but its definitely worth making the effort to get there! Pool tables, a fussball table in good condition, excellent latte's, and very good weed... throw in friendly and helpful staff, recipe for success!
Just across the street from our local :-P coffee shop, lies the Extase Coffee Shop... slightly more upmarket in appearance, and slightly more expensive... still a very nice atmosphere, though no fussball table. Oh, and they have very nice coffee too :-)
'Pick Up The Pieces' was the first coffee shop we stopped at, and we came back here a few times... probably because it was right underneath our hostel, but also because its quite quaint, and pretty cheap in comparison with a few of the others we visited... Its got a fussball table downstairs too, although its not in great condition. Single joints cost about 4 Euros, and you can buy weed (1.5 - 3 grams) for 14 Euros.