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9 Best Coffeeshops in Amsterdam

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Updated: 23 April 2018

Amsterdam shares a long history with cannabis, and against all odds, has come to accept the little green plant as a permanent resident. This tumultuous relationship has often revolved around the city’s iconic coffeeshops—smokey cafés where cannabis can be exchanged legally. These establishments are spread throughout Amsterdam, with most of their numbers concentrated inside of De Wallen. To help you navigate the city’s countless coffeeshops, we’ve compiled a list of some its more memorable cannabis vendors.

The Bulldog
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The Bulldog started selling weed in the 70s and has steadily grown into an international brand. While the company has several locations around Amsterdam, its original and most frequented coffeeshop is in the center of the Red Light District. This mainstay is world-famous, and is frequented by a host of celebrities. Inside, the coffeeshop is covered with vibrant murals and graffiti, while outside guests can smoke on the banks of a canal.
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1e Hulp
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This coffeeshop is padded out in Middle-Eastern themed décor and its smoking room has several full-sized hookahs. It was established by two friends in the mid-90s as a place where pot lovers could relax among likeminded patrons. One of 1e Hulp’s main draws is its impressive cannabis menu that includes the particularly euphoric strain, Moon Rock.
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Dampkring
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Dampkring is tucked behind Amsterdam’s famous floating flower market and earned a name for itself after the cast of Ocean’s Twelve were filmed sampling its wares. The coffeeshop has a cosy layout and offers a selection of drinks including creamy Belgian hot chocolate. Its feline mascot, Bowie, is something of a local celebrity and will happily pose for a photograph.
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Green House United
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Green House knows its clientele and has created a coffeeshop that will ease you into mellow high. Its floor contains a huge aquarium that spans half of its seating area, meaning that its premium strains can be enjoyed while watching fish swim underneath your feet. Green House’s food menu goes well beyond standard coffeeshop fare, offering sirloin steaks and hamburgers.
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9:00 am - 1:00 am

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Coffeeshop Paradox
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The exterior of Coffeeshop Paradox | © Michael Delaney / Flickr

This low-key, neighbourhood coffeeshop bakes and sells some of the finest space cakes in Amsterdam. Aside from tasty, THC-laced treats, Paradox also features a cosy smoking room complete with paintings and other decorations created by local artists. The coffeeshop is located in a popular, laid-back neighbourhood in western Amsterdam called de Jordaan, which lies just outside the city’s historical canal belt.
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Smoke Palace
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If you’re in the east of Amsterdam, be sure to check out this subterranean coffeeshop. Smoke Palace is built underneath Linnaeusstraat, a street that runs adjacent to Oosterpark. Its spacious smoking room is a favorite among locals, and its distance from the city center means that Smoke Palace is almost exclusively patronised by true Amsterdammers. Above ground, Smoke Palace has a large patio area that looks over the tramlines flowing out of Amsterdam’s periphery.
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Barney's Coffeeshop
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The interior of Barney's Coffeeshop | © Courtesy of Barney's Coffeeshop

Barney’s is built inside of a 500-year-old townhouse in Amsterdam’s Westerpark neighborhood. Its owners have been selling cannabis for decades and have established several other Barney’s around the district. While these other locations have a more modern feel, the original site is designed to resemble an old fashioned apothecary. Barney’s employs a dedicated staff of cannabis experts to help its guests choose between its wares, making it a great place to sample Amsterdam’s best strains.
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8:30 am - 1:00 am

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420 Cafe
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Even though this super central coffeeshop lies in between two of the busiest shopping streets in Amsterdam – Damrak and Nieuwendijk – its smoking lounge is considerably more laid-back than its surroundings might suggest. The whole coffeeshop is decked out in old-school, brown furnishings that make it look more like a traditional, Dutch pub rather than a cannabis dispensary. There’s a wide range of strains available inside, alongside space cakes, snacks and fresh coffee. It is also among the few coffeeshops in the city that mainly plays classic rock, making it perfect for stoners that prefer heavier guitar music.
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There are dozens of tourist stores on Damrak in Amsterdam | © pixabay

There are dozens of tourist stores on Damrak in Amsterdam | © djedj / Pixabay

Grey Area
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This prize-winning coffeeshop is just outside of Dam square and is frequently visited by a number of celebrities. Its limited seating gives Grey Area an exclusive feel, which is best enjoyed with a group of small friends. Grey Area is run by a team of U.S. born specialized experts who extensively sample and test their products before selling them, ensuring that their cannabis is of the highest quality.
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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