Lighting up a joint or trying the space cake in an Amsterdam coffeeshop is one of those bucket list experiences that attracts thousands of tourists each year !!! (it was on mine too)
One of the most fascinating things in Amsterdam is to visit the well known “coffeeshops (cannabis cafes)”. Oh yes!! You heard it right, the term coffeeshops in Netherlands is used to define as an establishment where one can legally buy and consume soft drugs for personal consumption, eat space cakes and enjoy coffee/beer along with it. The name “coffeeshop” was earlier kept before the government had officially decriminalized it in 1976 to avoid raising suspicions in selling illegal cannabis. This city offers about 150 of these coffeeshops, mostly located in the city center.
PS. If you’re actually searching for a normal coffee shop, search cafes or coffee house on Google Maps (don’t get confused with coffeeshops).
What to Expect?
There’s a coffeeshop to suit everyones taste, from hipster cafes/restro bars to normal cafes with delicious food, you can smell the weed around any coffeeshop to recognize one easily. The décor is usually very innovative, colourful and has green/white sticker on display window (legalized symbol). A few popular coffeeshops are: The Bulldog, Abraxas, Baba, Barney’s, Amnesia and Dampkring. I was eager to try the oldest and most renowned coffee shop called the Bulldog, which has many branches of it.