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... ... read full review
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 90
Red Light District, Amsterdam –
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 – leads patrons into a pleasant café environment perfect for lingering over a cup of coffee, playing a game of chess, or catching up on e-mails.
Paper currency dangles from the low wooden beams, while walls are decorated with old black-and-white photos of the Red Light District, former Bulldog-sponsored athletic teams, and dozens of posters and framed awards. Long cowhide booths occupy most of the limited space and provide a cozy retreat for visitors.
Downstairs, multiple TVs and comfy leather couches make the basement a popular spot for enjoying The Bulldog’s products and vegging out for a while, while in warm weather, guests often gather at the canal-side seating to relax in the sun. Whether inside or out, the helpful staff and laid-back patrons create a low-key but welcoming vibe.
The Bulldog’s location right in the thick of things in the Red Light District, its reputation for excellent products and service, and its mission to keep its classic 70s style intact attracts a diverse clientele of neighborhood regulars, trendy city dwellers, business people, and curious travelers intent on finding good products and getting a taste of what Amsterdam’s coffeeshop culture was like in its heyday.
Trendy locals and travelers, 20s to 30s.
Reggae, old rock, pop hits, and a variety of mellow music. Free Wi-Fi available, or patrons can use the computers with Internet connection in the back.
Snacks, chips, and chocolates.
Smoking options €12+. Tostis €2.50, apple pie €2.50, chips/candy €1, special cakes €6. Coffee €2.50, tea €2, soda €2. Internet €1/10 minutes.
Anytime, though Saturday evenings are busiest.
The Bulldog’s signature logo pops out from buildings almost the entire length of Oudezijds Voorburgwal.
Though The Bulldog is most famous for its coffeeshop, the business also offers two souvenir shops, a café/bar, and a hostel. In addition, The Bulldog has coffeeshop locations at Leidseplein 15, Spuistraat 7, and Singel 12.