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Amsterdam's 19 best weed shops for pretty much everything

Elysia Brenner Published On 06/10/2014 Published On 06/10/2014
Amsterdam's 19 best weed shops for pretty much everything
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Since we’ve already established that the Netherlands is not only the only place that people of all nationalities can legally toke up in a coffee shop (and where the word “coffee” is at its most gloriously euphemistic), the question is where to get the best buzz. Here are the best spots for when you feel like...

Easy Times Coffeeshop

Keepin’ it classy...

Nobody said smoking pot had to be a total hippie fest -- Easy Times matches its modern-Arabian-style lounge look with loud dance music for a Miami Beach vibe without all that pesky sunshine.

Flickr user Michael Delaney

Board games...

Yes, board games. You’d be surprised how many coffee shops have these bad boys tucked away, but the two-story La Tertulia places them right out on the tables and offers the perfect atmosphere to get down and dicey on a rainy day.

Prix D'Ami

Playing pool...

Prix d’Ami is the largest coffee shop in Amsterdam, and thus the world. Half of the top floor is dedicated to pool tables, while the other half is a 3D-movie lounge. 

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Fish-watching in the floor...

First prize in this hotly contested category goes to the Green House Lounge (the chain’s Haarlemmerstraat location) thanks to their see-through floor in front of the dealer counter, with big koi swimming underneath.

Grey Area

Being American...

Grey Area is the city’s smallest weed shop, and it’s also known as “The American coffeeshop” because it was started by two State-siders, and’s the only place in the city you can buy weed by the eighth. (Everywhere else sells only by the gram.) Plus there’s a clock where every hour of the day is labeled “4:20”. Willie Nelson and a slew of other stoner celebs are fans, and (bonus!) the best cheese shop in the city hands out free samples all day right next door, which is unfairly good marketing.

Elysia Brenner

Eating, drinking & smoking at the same time...

There are other (cheaper) places to pull off this combo, but nowhere will you get a bigger selection of food, cocktails, and more in a toker-friendly setting than Barney’s Uptown. (Note: you have to buy your weed across the street in Barney’s Coffeeshop.)

Flickr user Martin Wölfle

Smoking in the real oldest coffee shop...

The Bulldog coffee shop in the Red Light District claims on its sign to be the oldest, but everyone pretty much agrees it’s not. (Plus, it’s super-touristy.) Most say the real oldest was Mellow Yellow, but others argue it was De Tweede Kamer (named after the Dutch parliament) or Rusland (“Russia”). You should probably just try them all to be safe*.

*(But not on the same day. Please.)

Flickr user Diah Lautan

Toking on (former) police property...

First it may not quite be, but the owner of The Bulldog did go to jail a whole lotta times so you wouldn’t have to. Later, he bought the police station where he was usually kept and turned it into the giant Bulldog Palace on Leidseplein. The side of the building still says “Politie” and there’s a sign at the dealer counter downstairs: “Officer on duty”.

Coffeeshop Betty Boop

Connecting with your inner Tarantino...

Did you know Tarantino wrote most of Pulp Fiction in the Betty Boop coffee shop? Well, now you do. You’d think that’d make it a landmark, right? Nope. This shop is on the chopping block for July thanks to new rules about being too close to schools. Their plan? To buy out the school near them (with 12 other shops). Good luck, guys.

Flickr user flo21

Connecting with your inner Pitt and Clooney...

More movie stars who love Amsterdam: this lady-lovin’ duo cliched De Dampkring's popularity as one of the best in town when they chose it for a scene in Ocean’s Twelve. Don’t know what scene I’m talking about? The shop usually plays it on repeat.

The Dolphins

Sitting under the sea...

The basement of The Dolphins is painted like you’re sitting at the bottom of the sea. Stoner paradise.

Flickr user Michael Delaney

Scarfing iced banana spacecakes...

Just about every coffee shop sells chocolate spacecakes (Dutch “special brownies”), but the frosted banana variety from Hill Street Blues is way better.

Smoke Palace

Nabbing a spot on the terrace...

The loung-ey sidewalk space of Oosterpark’s recently renovated Smoke Palace is far from the only terrace in town, but its easterly location makes it one of the more likely spots to actually land a smoker-friendly seat in the sun. (Full? Oosterpark is your oyster.)

The Green Place

Toking a winner...

Amsterdam’s full of winners, in Cannabis Cup terms, but the current holder of the crown is The Green Place for its Rollex OG Kush.

Elysia Brenner

Getting a good deal...

Bluebird sells bags at fixed price points: €7.50, €12.50, and €40 mostly. Then they stuff the bags fuller than most shops would. Plus, the staff speaks a ton of languages, so you can zone out listening to them in tranquility.

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1. Coffeeshop Easy Times Prinsengracht 476, Amsterdam, 1017 KG (Leidseplein)

This dispensary and smoke shop matches its modern-Arabian-style lounge look with loud dance music for a Miami Beach vibe, without all that pesky sunshine.

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2. Coffeeshop La Tertulia Prinsengracht 312HS, Amsterdam, 1016 HX (The Jordaan)

This two-story coffee shop in the Jordaan 'hood offers a chilled vibe for a relaxing day, especially if you take advantage of their numerous board games placed throughout the tables.

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3. Prix d'Ami Haringpakkerssteeg 3, Amsterdam, 1012 LR (Medieval Center)

Prix D’Ami is the largest coffee shop in Amsterdam, and thus the world. Half of the top floor is dedicated to pool tables. The other half is a 3D-movie lounge.

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4. Green House Lounge Haarlemmerstraat 64, Amsterdam, 1013 (De Pijp)

This award-winning coffee shop is one of the most popular in the city, due to both its high-quality products and because there are fish in the floor!

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5. Grey Area Coffeeshop Oude Leliestraat 2, Amsterdam, 1015 AW (West)

Americans will feel a little more comfortable in this coffee shop, simply because it's an American coffee shop that still has all the comforts and products of an Amsterdam one.

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6. Barney's Uptown Haarlemmerstraat 105, Amsterdam, 1013 EW (The Jordaan)

A descendant of the original Barney's Coffeeshop, Barney's Uptown features decadent all-day munchies as well as a full bar.

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7. Barney's Coffeeshop Haarlemmerstraat 102 1013 EW, Amsterdam, (The Jordaan)

Probably one of the most famous coffee shops to grab a bite, you can't go wrong with a little fun and a tasty meal at Barney's.

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8. Bulldog Oudezijds Voorburgwal 90, Amsterdam, 1012 GG (Red Light District)

This classic Amsterdam coffee shop is often considered by many as the first in the city to receive a green and white license to chill that so many coffee shops in the city have now.

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9. Coffeeshop Mellow Yellow Vijzelgracht 33HS, Amsterdam, 1017 HN (North)

This Amsterdam coffee shop is a chill place to pop some coinage into the juke box, grab a drink, and enjoy the fine products that they provide.

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10. De Tweede Kamer Heisteeg 6HS, Amsterdam, 1012 WC

The biggest rule at this coffee shop: you gotta take off your hat. Abide, and this sister shop of Dampkring will happily dole out to you some of its finest herbal supplements.

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11. Rusland Coffeeshop Rusland 16, Amsterdam, 1012 CL

One of the oldest coffee shops and dispensaries in Amsterdam, there's a number of reasons Rusland has had the ability to be so popular throughout the years, whether it's their quality of products or solid customer service.

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12. The Bulldog Palace Leidseplein 15, Amsterdam, 1017 PS (Leidseplein)

Located in Leidseplein, this massive coffee shop is owned by the same folks running The Bulldog, and besides their sizes, the main difference between the two popular shops is the fact that the Palace was originally a police station. True story.

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13. Coffee Shop Betty Boop Nieuwezijds Kolk 12HS, Amsterdam, 1012PV (Medieval Center)

A popular coffee shop in Amsterdam, you'll see the iconic cartoon character throughout this place. And fun fact: Quentin Tarantino wrote much of Pulp Fiction here.

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14. De Dampkring Handboogstraat 29HS, Amsterdam, 1012 XM (North)

One of the more popular coffee shops in Amsterdam, Dempkring has earned so much acclaim that scenes from Ocean's Twelve were filmed here.

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15. The Dolphins Kerkstraat 39, Amsterdam, 1017 GB (Leidseplein)

This comfy Leidseplein coffee shop is a perfect spot for both veterans and rookies alike to enjoy an afternoon or night, with a helpful staff and a variety of enjoyable products. Oh, and the basement is painted like you’re sitting at the bottom of the sea...

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16. Hill Street Blues Warmoesstraat 52A, Amsterdam, 1012 JG (Red Light District)

Looking for a coffee shop in which you can chill out, partake, AND eat some delicious munchies? You gotta check out HSB and their sweet sweet banana cake.

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17. Smoke Palace Linnaeusstraat 83HS, Amsterdam, 1093 EK (East)

The loung-ey sidewalk space of Oosterpark’s Smoke Palace is far from the only terrace in town, but its easterly location makes it one of the more likely spots to actually land a smoker-friendly seat in the sun.

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18. The Green Place Kloveniersburgwal 4, Amsterdam, 1012 CT (Red Light District)

This De Wallen coffee shop is an easy and smart choice to visit in a town full of options. Why? They're a winner of the Cannabis Cup, which means they're REALLY good at what they do.

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19. Bluebird Sint antoniesbreestraat, Amsterdam, 1011 (Red Light District)

The staff at the Bluebird can cater to just about anyone who comes through the doors, thanks to the wide range of languages they speak, so if you find yourself on the Eastern side of the Red Light District, stop by this two-story shop no matter what language you speak and they can probably talk you through their wide selection of products.

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