if you come across the blue velvet coffeeshop which is located on the same street as barney's you can meet the house stoner cat..he's usually laying down on the counter just to the right of the dealers area..you can pet him and if you ask you can take a picture..he's not the prettiest cat but he seems really happy..
“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.
Freeworld is a coffee shop / internet cafe, but a bigger emphasis on coffee shop. One budtender was far cooler than the other, but its a cool place to just come, grab either a joint or a bag (1.3 grams of great product cost only 12 Euros) and relax.
The vibe is awesome with cool music and tons of alien decorations. If you can, run to the back right away where they have comfortable couch-type things, and try the coffee. Its great!
Definately one of the coolest and most laid back coffee shops I've seen.
Our favorite cafe by far...in all fairness when we really like something we stick with it....oh ya, me being the hitch and myself......anyway, Rookies Cafe is a place weve hung out at quite a lot...and the three times weve been to Amsterdam Rookies was always the first stop and the last stop....well and a few in between..
Given the fact they are one of the few who serve both smoke and booze it has been a good place for us...the atmosphere is quite chill (which coffee shop isint?).....but there is certain combination of laid back pub and smoke shop...the tunes ease into the walls and range depending on how hte bartender feels.......they do though play full albums in the afternoons....we got stuck into some Floyd one day...the crowd is mixed with many coming and going after a drink but also core people who are around for a couple hrs...clientelle...ranges .....mostly locals or return visitors...there are though, tourists too...a good blend though, and the atmosphere eazes everyone into one big melting pot. Play a game of pool or grab one of the many table games for patrons to use....prices are decent...smoke is excellent...and they let you check out a couple types before purchase...pre rolleds are available and meaty!
Ive put some more pics in Rookies Pt#2.
oh and where it is???......just off Leidersplien...15 minute walk from the square...look it up on a map...easy enough..there is only one of them.
Get yourself to Rookies. I go EVERY year around November and will be returning this Friday.
The Rookies is situated just off the Leidseplein (or Led Zep as one of the guys once put it to a taxi drivert!) on the road between Burger King and the Sports Cafe.
There is a pool table and a wicked atmosphere. Get the chess set out, buy a freshly squeezed OJ and roll yourself a phat one :-)
An honour mention to the first Amsterdam's coffee-shop;The Bulldog.
There are several shops,but I've seen only that
in my district...
Quite local but....rock music and grass I think
it's not the best double....de gustibus!
Good choise of hash and grass,with some excellent
Then...it's really little and with a DANGEROUS ladder.
Crowded with tourist
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!! :)
No kidding this is THE Coolest website. Anyone going to Amsterdam to try the Coffee Shops needs to check with this site for the low-down :
This site is a vast directory of over 1000 coffeeshops, smartshops, growshops and headshops throughout the Netherlands. Featuring a detailed map of Amsterdam locating the popular and best coffee shops. Last Updated: 30th May 2005.
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
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!
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 :-)
The infamous Green House is a good place to "chill". The front bar is serving soft drinks and beers...no alcohol drinks but that does not seem to hurt the business for any bit. The bar at the back is serving..."you know what" for you to chill in the Dutch way :p Well, the place is cozy, service is decent...people there are....very laid back ;)
This is the main reason I came to this lovely place. The "Coffeeshops" Yes, it is TRUE!!! you can smoke in a "coffeeshop" and not be freaked out (yeah! you will be at first because your just not use to it and its just weird). It's simple just go in ask for a menu and select your "weed" LOL and your done. You can smoke it there or take it with you, you are allowed to carry up to 5 grams per person. They alsi offer Hash and Spacecakes even pre-rolled.
The best advise is..... Don't go there just for the weed, I mean buy something else, like a drink or even coffee if your a coffee head and a pot head.
Alot of shops don't like when you come in with drinks from outside so just have a little respect.
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. ;)
It's hard to describe the intial feelings of opening a menu showing all the varieties of marijuana available to go with your cappucino. 20 years ago, the feeling would have been euphoria, but sadly, I don't think 'it was legal where I smoked' would be an acceptable answer for a failed drug test. My wife and I bounced from cafe to cafe enjoying a relaxing afternoon.