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Like all Dutch cities, Eindhoven is where you’ll find licensed coffee shops that can legally distribute weed, hashish and cannabis-infused edibles in small quantities to eat or smoke in, or to take away. Here is our selection of the best.
The idea of getting high in a Dutch coffee shop enjoys legendary status among smokers from countries where drug laws may be more rigidly observed. There are around a dozen places in Eindhoven, most of them outside the city centre, but all are worth visiting for their laid-back ambience and strain selections. As the name suggests, you can order coffee here, but premises are not allowed to sell alcoholic drinks or any other drugs. Tobacco has also been banned in coffee shops since April 2020, except in separate specially designated rooms.
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Unlike most coffee shops across the Netherlands, Meetpoint opens its doors at 9am, which means smokers can drop in here to hang out early or pick up supplies before starting their day. There is funky modern art on the interior walls, mirrored ceilings and discreet but cool music playing in the background. The friendly, welcoming establishment also stocks many potent strains of cannabis, including White Widow. There is good coffee among the drinks on offer, and a selection of board games for passing the time.
This down-to-earth coffee shop is just a minute on foot from PSV Eindhoven’s world-renowned Philips football stadium, which makes it one of the best spots in the city to pick up some cannabis before or after a game. It’s also predictably popular at those times, so expect long queues to form. The interior décor is basic, although a film poster on one wall makes a cheeky nod to the classic movie that shares this place’s name. There’s always a decent selection of strains available, even as pre-rolled joints, and a separate smoking room where tobacco is allowed.
Coffeeshop Cool is a small suburban shop, north of the city centre in Woensel, selling several varieties of cannabis with a friendly and welcoming vibe. While the range is not that large compared to other spots, the quality is generally good and the prices decent. Vinyl bench seating down one wall and the skyscraper mural behind give the smoking area the cosy feel of an American diner, without the food.
The Wall opened its doors in 1991 and has been selling cannabis to a loyal clientele ever since. The rather drab façade offers few clues as to what lies within. There’s a pool table, but what makes this place special is that the whole bar is decked out in psychedelic decor. The theme borrows a great deal of its funky styling from the Pink Floyd album that inspired its name. If nothing else, the rear mural mimicking the sleeve design will remove any doubt.
De Highlander is a cannabis dispensary that sits on the corner of a quiet residential street in the eastern suburb of Tongelre. It’s a politely discreet affair, with a plain exterior and only a small sign announcing its presence. Nevertheless, the quality of the goods on offer is highly rated, and the prices are pretty reasonable. However, It only sells takeaway weed for home consumption as it doesn’t have an indoor smoking room.
Euro-Garden is a popular place that sells a wide variety of high-quality strains at affordable prices. This street-corner coffee shop, just south of the city centre in Stratum, is still within walking distance from many of the city’s biggest attractions, including the Van Abbemuseum, a gallery that houses one of the Netherlands’ finest collections of modern art. The distractions on offer in Euro-Garden’s bright, modern, tiled-floor interior smoking room include table football, and the coffee is good here, too.
This popular coffee shop, 2km to the south of central Eindhoven in Stratum, looks discreet from the outside, and the only clue about the shop’s wares is its less-than-cryptic name, but it’s renowned for stocking a varied selection of high-quality strains, including Sour Diesel. The furnishings here are simple, but there is a pinball machine, as well as a pool table and a classic arcade-style video game. High Times also sells cannabis-laced space cookies.
Indian Coffeeshop’s smoking room is equipped with five TV screens as well as a pool table, making it a perfect spot for a lazy afternoon session. It sells several popular strains, including Silver Haze and Northern Lights. It’s a short way out of the centre to the southeast, in a line of local shops near the city’s ring road. It gets very busy at weekends and there may be a queue, but the service remains brisk and friendly at all times.
New Wave has a bar area at the front for coffee, and a spacious smoking area at the rear decked-out with comfy bench seating. The latter also features several large-screen TVs, as well as a pool table and table football. The coffeeshop is quite central and located close to Stratumseind, famous as the home of more than 30 pubs and often called ‘the longest bar in the Netherlands’. It’s also handily placed just around the corner from the Van Abbemuseum contemporary art gallery.
Pink sells everything commonly associated with the Dutch cannabis industry, including particularly potent space cookies. The smoking room is dominated by a brightly coloured nature-themed mural on one wall. It’s well known for its welcoming ambience, fast service and excellent strains. Another big selling point is that it’s the closest coffee shop to Eindhoven’s central railway station, making it a popular first port of call for new arrivals in town. Long queues can form outside at busy times.
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