Party Earth Review The first licensed coffeeshop in Amsterdam, Mellow Yellow opened its doors in 1967 and remains a must-see for connoisseurs of cultural cannabis. The exterior, with its bright yellow façade and retro black stripe design, still screams 1960s, but the interior is nothing but modern. Sleek tables, cushioned stools, and wraparound ... more
Party Earth Review Thanks to its shameless ocean theme, The Dolphins is one of the most unique and recognizable coffeeshops in Amsterdam. The walls are amusingly painted with one continuous marine mural that features air-brushed dolphins, treasure chests, and scuba divers, as well as three-dimensional foam coral creations that bubble out ... more
Party Earth Review For over twenty years, the small but hip Barney’s Coffeeshop has offered a welcoming bohemian feel and remains a genuine staple of Amsterdam’s smoking culture. The vintage wood trim and smiling sun logo invite patrons in, where they find a rustic tavern with a rather exotic décor featuring golden yellow walls with brick ... more
Party Earth Review Known for producing some of the best weed and hash in the city, Grey Area is one of the most popular coffeeshops in Amsterdam and has won countless High Times Cannabis Cup awards – although, ironically, most of the wins have been for marijuana produced in the United States. Nonetheless, this small coffeeshop and its high ... more
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Party Earth Review Winner of over thirty Cannabis Cup awards, Green House has a stellar reputation for both its quality products and the inviting atmosphere in each of its four Amsterdam locations. The original coffeeshop on Oude Zijds, which displays its successes in a full-size trophy case, has also become a magnet for celebrities, as attested ... more
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Party Earth Review The self-proclaimed "world's first coffeeshop," The Bulldog Coffeshop nr. 90 is an ideal spot for an afternoon of hanging out in the historic Red Light District and sampling the variety of smoking options. The building’s façade – a chaotic mural of Amsterdam’s streets, colorful Red Light District figures, and bulldogs ... more
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Party Earth Review Long before its fame for its part in the film Ocean’s 12 – a scene that is continuously looped on the bar’s flat-screen TVs – De Dampkring was well known for its trippy, hippie Indian vibe and fine list of weed and hash. Swirls of earthy tones and vibrant gold trim adorn the dark wood bar, glossy inlaid tables, and sunset ... more
Party Earth Review It’s easy to get lost in the details at Bluebird, a cool coffeeshop whose mesmerizing jungle theme is rife with lush murals of rain forests and a plethora of leafy green plants. The whole setting calls to mind a sort of tree house bungalow, with swirls of tropical reds, blues, and greens contributing to the soothing vibe ... more
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Party Earth Review A spiritual, earthy, and mildly psychedelic motif distinguishes Abraxas from other coffeeshops, and the interior of this three-story 17th-century building is one of the most beautiful in town. Hand-carved wood, incredible paintings of the night sky, and finely crafted colorful mosaics offer plenty of visual stimulation ... more
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In the Netherlands the term coffeeshop has very little do with coffee, though most coffeeshops in Amsterdam probably have a cup of Joe to go with that brick of weed you just cashed out after bragging to your friends about your lung capacity.
Once you wake up (Amsterdam coffeeshops are known for their high quality product) there is a large assortment of pot purveyors to partake in. Although the total number of venues in the city can fluctuate as coffeeshops come and coffeeshops go, Amsterdam’s roughly 300 coffeeshops differ as wildly in style, approach, and atmosphere as any other type of establishment.
Popular venues include the tourist-packed Rookies, the colorful Coffeeshop Abraxas, the ever-quaint Coffeeshop YO YO, and the warm and friendly Coffeeshop Pinkfloyd. History lovers will also definitely want to hit up Coffeeshop Mellow Yellow, the first coffeeshop in Amsterdam that has been rolling out juicy blunts since the 70s.
Finding a coffeeshop in Amsterdam is never difficult because most major neighborhoods will have several to choose from, so whether you’re in De Pijp, Leidseplein, Nieuwe Zijds, Jordaan, Rembrandtplein, or of course the Red Light District, just look for the familiar COFFEESHOP sign, the red-yellow-green Rastafarian flags, or a depiction of palm leaves to indicate that a place sells cannabis. Once inside, first-timers are encouraged not to order the strongest item on the menu, as Amsterdam coffeeshops are….wait, what were we talking about?
For cannabis connoisseurs looking for a more home-grown experience, there are also a bevy of seed shops around the city to help you get your Breaking Bad experimentation skills in full working order. Companies like Zamnesia Seedshop help sativa seekers find a variety of strains from award winners to classics.