Cannabis

Amsterdam's 19 Best Weed Shops for Pretty Much Everything

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...

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Barney's Uptown
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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.)

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.)

Toking on (former) police property...

First it may not quite be, but the owner of The Bulldog didgo 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”.

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.

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.

Sitting under the sea...

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

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.

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.)

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.

The Bluebird
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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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