Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage and elaborate canal system. From canal-side café’s to its raging nightlife, its one place where you can find it all. A lot of people visit Amsterdam with the thought that everything is legal here. That is incorrect. It is true that one is free to smoke cannabis but all other drugs are illegal. The city is renowned for its roughly 250 “coffee shops” and hence it is difficult to find the best one. In the Netherlands, the term coffee shop is associated with alcohol free establishments where cannabis (marijuana, hash and edibles) are sold and consumed legally. In terms of ambience, each one is unique with their location, menu options and décor. Some offer great food & drinks while others are ideal for lounging.
Coffee-shops in Holland are not allowed to have their own websites. Before one makes their visit, it is important to understand the different strains of marijuana available in the city. Buds range from pure Sativa’s to pure Indica’s. The Indica weed is most commonly smoked by medical marijuana patients in the late evening or even right before bed to ensure a good nights rest. It is a low and mellow high and is recommended towards the end of a night out in the city. The most popular strains include OG Kush, Candy Kush and White Widow. Sativa dominant marijuana provides a more uplifting, energetic and “cerebral” high that is best suited for daytime smoking. It is filled with focus creativity and many artists take advantage of its powerful high. The most popular strains include Lemon Haze, Amnesia and Super Silver Haze.
One should definitely check out the famous Bulldog, Amsterdam's first coffee-shop. What started off as a living room where friends secretly met to smoke a joint, Bulldog now boasts five locations and a hotel. When your done there, here's a list of famous and hidden coffee-shops in the city and what to expect. Remember - you can only smoke indoors at these coffee-shops, not on the streets by the canal!