Let’s be honest: You’re in Amsterdam for a “good time.” And what better place to begin than the famous coffee shops? One of the few cities in the world where you can sit in a public establishment and smoke a joint without offending anyone, Amsterdam attracts millions of tourists who are looking for a great trip in more ways than one! Lawmakers, citizens and shop owners continue to debate the future of this great Amsterdam institution, and its future is uncertain. But if, like about 70% of the guests of Amsterdam, you are planning to drop in at one of the coffee shops soon, let us help you pick from what we think are the 10 best coffee shops in Amsterdam. Also make sure you have a safe trip by checking out our page with Drug Advice for Amsterdam.
Who says you can’t hang out with or even be George Clooney or Brad Pitt? Just head over to DampKring
, as immortalized in Ocean’s Twelve, and claim your share of fame! Even if Hollywood does not drop in for shooting a sequel, you can be sure of great atmosphere, psychedelic walls, trippy art and tables, and the true Amsterdam coffee shop experience! If there’s no other company you want, there’s a lazy resident cat who enjoys silent contemplation.
Dampring Coffee Shop - Amsterdam
Cannabis laws might be something of a grey area in Amsterdam, but there’ no grey cloud of doubt about how awesome the Grey Area
coffee shop off Dam Square is. An American favorite, the joint (pun intended) has been around for 15 years and offers great ambience and company, and its punk music obsession ranges from the famous to the obscure. It’s a celebrity hotspot in its own right, and you must drop by to smoke what the cool kids are smoking.
Coffee shop snobs (yes, they exist) might scoff at the wildly popular tourist attraction that is Bulldog
, but there’s a reason the coffee shop has grown from a small cellar to five branches and a hostel in Amsterdam, and even has a presence abroad. Stop by at any Bulldog in the city centre for great ambience, a dazzling menu and to top it off, stay at their hostel, which they claim is the “highest rated” 5-star hostel in the world!
Lit in trademark green at night and abuzz with activity all day long, the Grasshopper
offers four floors of pubs, dining and the all-important coffee shop. Hop over for a great coffee shop experience and slightly overpriced food and drinks, and don’t forget to take in the quirky grasshopper murals and imagery that pervade the joint.
Grasshopper Coffee Shop - Amsterdam
Known for their truly relaxing atmosphere, great selection of beverages including teas and juices, the ever-popular Rokerij
is a must-visit. Enter the cave-like interiors to place your order, and relax on Moroccan cushions as trance music fills the air. With many branches across the city centre, you’re sure to find your bliss at this chain.
Many years and many name changes down the road, Café 420
, or the Cannabis Coffee, or De Kuil (pronounced “cowl”) promises loyal customers a rocking time, and a great “brown bar” experience with loads of wood décor. If you’re looking for rock music and a good time, this is the best place for you. An impressive menu and helpful staff ensure you will come back like most of their customers do!
The recently-redecorated Barney’s
is located in a 500-year-old building and has been the most popular coffeeshop on Haarlemmerstraat for over 20 years. The modern interiors are like no other coffee shop, and the place merits one visit just for the atmosphere! Videos playing on every table, milkshakes that much more than health food, and the promise of a great time (backed by multiple High Times Cup wins) await you at Barney’s.
Barney's Coffee Shop - Amsterdam
Tucked away in the famous Albert Cuyp Market, the amazing experience that goes by the name of Katsu
is easy to miss. However, it offers an un-missable experience, which is why you should make sure it’s on your itinerary. Sample some space cake, hang out in the games corner, or just sit back and admire the fun interiors. Being off the centre of coffeeshop action, the place is great for hours of undisturbed hanging out.
There are no tulips growing in the Green House, located conveniently between Dam Square and the red light district. What you get at this establishment, however, is a great vibe, a perpetual crowd, and some prize-winning weed. Check out the mosaic patterns and settle into one of the quirky chairs to unwind with a beer and a smoke.
If you’re looking to beat the tourists and hang out with the locals, find your way to Trinity, off the city centre. With pool tables, a television and a dedicated smoking room, this coffee shop offers great ambience at remarkably low prices. Being off most tourist itineraries, it’s not as packed as most similar establishments, and gives you a chance to strike a conversation with a real Amsterdammer!
Stoned Super Mario - Amsterdam
Amsterdam attracts millions of tourists who are looking for a great trip in more ways than one!