There are a plethora of awesome coffeeshops to chill out at and Double Reggae is one of them. I personally love the front of this bar and the no under 18 sign. One can also buy practically any type of indica or sativa that you can think of in the city of Amsterdam. Much of their stuff comes in a variety of forms and is available and in a variety of potencies so the Amsterdam traveller can experience that unique high normally unavailable in other places of the world. Somehow these coffeeshops have the ability to get stuff from all around the world as well as selling their own stuff. Each coffeeshop sets up a unique atmosphere. The Double Reggae has that bar type atmosphere with Bob Marley on the speakers. The Blues Brothers is nothing special but I had to check it out. The Grasshopper looks cool at night with all those green neon lights. Abraxas has that cool vibe feel to it and Internet surfing at Pink Floyd Umma Gumma has never been so good. Who knew surfing the web could be so fun. So for a good time come to Amsterdam!
Cannabis/Marijuana/Grass/Hash... the nicknames go on.
Found all over the city, they apparently are legal by law. I'm sure you already knew that, but this is to fill up my writing space *grin*
So, I ventured into most of these places to just check out what's inside. To my supprise, these guys cultivate the cannabis plant, use them for medicinal values and so on besides getting high on it. Amazing eh? I learnt more stuff in a day than the last 10 years of *knowing* about it. :)
As you may or may not know, marijuana and hashish are legal substances in Holland and have been so for several years. Coffee shops are licensed and taxed. Pot is sold in licensed shops called coffee shops. There are approximately 500 or so in Amsterdam and many others throughout the country. Coffee shops serve good coffee made right in front of you, but don’t confuse them with cafes. ☺
People usually go right up to the counter where pot is sold and take a look at the “menu”. Categories range from hash, black from Afghanistan or Nepal or blonde from Morocco and Lebanon, Marijuana of both Indica and Sativa varieties grown indoors and outdoors and of course brownies and space cakes, usually containing 2 grams of the substance can also be found. Seeds can also be purchased at many coffeehouses for ten to twenty Euro per seed.
Coffee shops usually have an eclectic blend of lounge music or rock. People sit around making long joints (they usually mix tobacco with their hash or pot). People are very pleasant. Nobody forces you to make conversation if you don’t feel like it. The environments are quite pleasant and conducive. You will see people from all over the world coming and going.
Ok, here's a list of the kind of Coffee Shops and whats available.
(cannabis, hashish, marijuana)
(mushrooms and smart drugs)
(pipes and paraphernalia)
WARNING:* Attempting to smuggle drugs out of Holland is a criminal offence, no matter how insignificant the amount. It's no good arguing that you were bringing some home as a 'keepsake', the customs officer will be snapping on the glove in no time.
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.
Coffee-shops are everywhere and cater for all: for the serious smoker there is a menu with big choice of smokes, while for the curious (like us) they provide the pre-rolled stuff. I did notice that the quality varies depending on where you go. We smoked in a different place each night and the best place was a quiet, dark place in the red-light district (where even the fumes would get you going), while the stuff we smoked at the big touristy place on Rembrandtplein had little effect.
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!
'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.
this shop has the largest menu i saw in amsterdam, they sell what they call the " fair smoke label " which means they only supply from smaller growers who only use natural and biological growing means..one of the more known growers of amsterdam SOMA sells his gear here and at a few other locations.. you can buy a souvenier menu at damkring for 5 euro which makes a great conversation piece when you get back to the states or wherever. the dampkring also sells quality hash which was some of the best we smoked while in amsterdam..also check out the frites store right next door the frites are very tasty.
this is one of few shops in amsterdam that don't play techno or rap music, they are a classic rock joint ( no pun intended ) this is a must see activity for me once i get back, cause i really didn't get to enjoy this place like i should have...
located just steps from the leidseplein this shop is a MUST SEE, the vibe is very laid back and the service is top notch! each of the strains i tried here were amazing but i reccomend the heaven's delight if they have it! also try the strawberry orange juice..
this shop was one of the more comfortable shops we went to, and they have great hot tea.. the seating is all floor level low seats with lot's of pillows and cushions. they specialize in nederhash which i found to be very tasty and smooth..they sell a variety called dutch delight and i can attest it's very delightful.
siberie which means siberia in dutch is a very cozy shop with a laid back vibe..they display a lot of artwork in this shop..even during the time i was here( cannabis cup ) there were more locals than cuppers! thats a sign of a good shop!
this shop has a tourist like vibe going on, but it's not a bad shop..we only bought the strain that they entered, but we smoked here on a couple different occasions..the upper level is nice it looks out onto the street below. the ceiling fans make sure fresh air is always there. they also have good orange juice..
Get a whiff.....
of what life is like after the ridiculous "war" (?) on soft drugs reaches a truce.
Not legal, but tolerated .. 'decriminalized' ... ( gedogen -- "turning a blind eye")
are the many coffeeshops in Amsterdam that sell world-class weed and hashish.
The Dutch have perfected growing & genetics to provide the best in the world
( though some of the talented breeders & growers of the great sativas of California would be up for taking the "pepsi challenge" on that statement.)
Imported hashish from Nepal, India, Morocco, all over the world is also available, along with the new extremely potent and overpriced Iceolater Dutch nederhash / jellyhash / "bubble-hash" strains.
Recommended shops(in no particular order):
Styxx, Anyday, Dutch Flowers, De Kuil, Siberie, the Noon, Softland (for Internet), Dampkring, Abraxas (tourist-friendly hash milkshakes); Greenhouse Tolstraat in Oud Zuid; Old Church, Tweede Kamer, .... It seems like there are thousands of them, and very quickly imho they become
zzzzzzzzzz boring boring boring boring boring.......
Grey Area across from Puccini's in area of Anne Frank Huis also has excellent product, but can sporadically be a little cramped and crowded with stoned, bong-sucking americans,
though Jon the bar/dealer seems to be a very cool dude (party on, Garth!).
Touristy ones to avoid include any named "Bulldog."
Grey Area is a tiny place with a huge reputation. It has some of the finest weed anywhere in the known universe. Popularity and limited space, however, frequently conspire to fill it to capacity. Persevere and you'll discover its virtues are also many. Glass bongs are available for your pleasure and indulgence and a conversation with the guys at the bar may well remind you how stoned you are - these guys smoke more than my chimney. Its run by two American enthusiasts, it's a mecca for American tourists visiting Amsterdam. On the wall is a clock to show that it's always 4:20.Of the available buds, you need to try 'Double Bubble Gum' which is very strong and tastes like Bubble Gum...kinda. My personal favourite is 'Grasstasy' because it tastes delicious and delivers a colourful, euphoric high.