Coffee Shops, Amsterdam
Even if the purpose of your trip is for the decriminlized drugs, don't get stuck in just the coffeeshops and the SmartShops. These places can easily suck you in, and you will miss all the attractions the city has to offer. These places are generally in the same place, in the old section of town, make sure you get out and explore all areas of the city. There is more to Amsterdam then coffeeshops and the red light district.
In Amsterdam you can buy "vitamin"-pills, smoke hash, go into the RLD, get drunk and more.....
It's up to you; I rather stay healthy.
For your information: the next list indicaties the likelyhood of trouble vs. cause:
1 - Spacecake (Many tourist confuse this with "normal" cake)
2 - Mushrooms (The strong [negative] effects are not well-known to many)
3 - Cannabis/Soft drugs (Overdosis is a likely cause of trouble)
4 - GHB/XTC (Pills are related to dance parties, but sometimes they are used to seduce victims. Keep an eye on your drink in an unfamiliar place!)
5 - Cocaine/Heroine (only in the illegal circuit and always good for trouble)
6 - Alcohol (Dutch beers contain more alcohol than US ones and drinking too much ...)
I have never been to the restuarant upstairs but the coffeeshop downstairs is a totaly rip off. The dealer and the servers were rude as hell and very arrogant. The weed was wet and wouldnt burn and tasted like ***, I will never go there again.
Very unpleasant experience!
Across from Centraal Station
This just in...The Associated Press is reporting that starting in January 2005 "under a proposed ban on smoking in public places, Dutch coffee shops will be allowed to sell joints, but their customers will have to go outside to smoke them...The law to ban smoking in public places is targeted at tobacco users, not marijuana smokers, and has met fierce resistance from eating and drinking establishments." Stay tuned for further developments.
if you make it to the bushdoctor coffeeshop ask for the killer hash known as daisey cutter. the name daisey cutter refers to the bomb that the united states air force dropped on afganistan cave buster bombs..well imagine what the bomb does, that's what your brain feels like after you smoke this stuff.. i broke it up into pieces and topped off a bowl of grey haze and blew my mind away! i wish i had bought 5 grams of that hash. at 25 euro a gram it's well worth it..100 X better than the moonshine from dampkring. in the picture it's on the bottom left of the pic labeled accordingly.
what's with the humbolt connection in amsterdam well i guess humbolt weed is as good as it gets in america, so the dutch had to go and make it better. for example stella blue from the any day coffeeshop it was introduced in an odd way two female babies were smuggled from humbolt to amsterdam it's 100% organic and 70% sativa and 100% sweet!!! i really enjoyed this marijuana!
These are Hash Brownies from the Abraxas coffeeshop. Many coffeeshops have sweet delites to try like bonbons, muffins and cake. When marijuana and hash are injested it will have more of a body high than just smoking. One must be careful not to intake more than body weight can accommodate, also taking into consideration one's tolerance to THC.
The Greenhouse coffeeshops can be very expensive, moreso than other places. Just to get into the place to smoke you have to buy some weed or hash. If not, then you can't get past the rotating lock bar located right when you come inside.
There are 3 locations thoughout Amsterdam, Natmase near the RLD, Waterlooplein near the market, and Tolestraat in the De Pijp area.
Everyone may of course freely decide what to do with him- or herself in this free world, but for those who don't and do not want to start to use drugs:
If you are looking for coffee/tea or corresponding, please do not enter places called Coffee Shops. They are mainly for offering and selling all kinds of drugs. Pass by one and smell; take a deep breath inside - you can smell it yourself.
Look for places with no smell, and logos like everywhere else in the world: Café, Cafeteria etc. They are the right places for just pure normal coffee.
Don't use too much!!!!!!!!
Dutch cannabis is a lot stronger than US or UK, so be careful! I see a lot of foreign tourists throwing up, walking around like the living dead or just messing up their whole vacation because they just think that they can handle the Dutch Grass!! Take it easy is my advice!!!
It is not a strange thing for local dutch kids to smoke all day long...so dont try to compete with them!
I Don't Smoke at all.
In Amsterdam there are coffee shops that sell soft drugs - marijuana and Hashish.
You can smoke inside the coffee shop but not outside.
Although you will find people that smoke outside that it is still illegal.
If you are wearing a hat or sunglasses when you enter a coffeeshop, don't be surprised if you are asked to remove the offending clothing item. Many coffeeshops require all hats and sunglasses to be removed when inside the shop. I have been told it is for security reasons...as the shops have video cameras running to record all activity.
Coffee shops. If you're not careful, your entire trip to Amsterdam could be eaten up by the lure of permitted smoking of cannabis! Relax guys, it's not that big a deal, and there's so much else to see!
Be very careful if you go into a 'Coffee SHop' and partake in a small slice of the tasty looking cake on offer. It is jam packed with cannabis and will leave you feeling rotten if you find it too irresistable, so just a small piece, eh?!?
When you are visiting coffee shops, you can see that they have something like menu. But if you want to try grass, than buy pure grass, dont go experimenting with things you don't know what are they.
For example avoid white widow, becouse it is halucinogen and it could be dangerous for you.