Embarking on your first journey to Amsterdam, the heart of Europe's cannabis culture? Navigating the city's vibrant coffeeshop scene can be a thrilling yet daunting experience. But don't worry, we've got you covered.
We've curated a list of the 12 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam for 2023 to ensure your trip is a memorable one. This guide is designed to cater to everyone, from curious first-time smokers to seasoned cannabis enthusiasts.
Safety is paramount when exploring Amsterdam's coffeeshops. Remember, it's essential to respect the local laws and customs. Always carry identification, don't smoke in public places, and never drive under the influence.
It's also a good idea to start slow, especially if you're new to cannabis. The potency of Dutch cannabis can be significantly higher than what you might be used to. Though, even if you’ve consumed any weed or hash related products before, don’t fret: most of the coffeeshops in Amsterdam on this list offer a wide variety of strains and they’re more than willing to help you out on deciding what to try out first if you’re inexperienced. Just ask the professional in-store personnel!
Our list isn't ordered based on ranking. After all, what makes a coffeeshop great can be pretty subjective. We've considered a variety of factors that contribute to the overall coffeeshop experience. These include the ambiance, the staff, the location, and of course, the quality and variety of products on offer.
So, whether you're looking for a cozy spot to relax and enjoy a smoke, a bustling place to meet fellow travelers, or a shop with a wide variety of strains to explore, our guide has something for everyone.
Let's dive in and discover what Amsterdam's coffeeshops have to offer. First off, we’ll introduce you to our own Coffeeshop (full disclosure here): Coffeeshop Relax!
Though it's our own establishment (and yes, we might be a tad bit biased in this respect) we believe our longstanding commitment to excellence and unique atmosphere sets us apart, even in a city renowned for its cannabis culture. Nestled in the enchanting neighborhood of Jordaan, a leisurely five-minute stroll from the Central Station, you'll find a small but noteworthy destination - Coffeeshop Relax.
We’re proud to say that our consistent commitment to quality hasn’t gone unnoticed. We've been recognized as a prize-winning coffeeshop for multiple years in a row now, a testament to our devotion to delivering the best for our customers.
Over the past three decades at Coffeeshop Relax, we’ve perfected the art of creating a superior cannabis experience. Our range of offerings is as broad as it is impressive, with a selection of weed, hash, pre-rolled joints, and the crowd-favorite, freshly baked space cakes.
Our cozy shop prides itself on a home-like, casual ambiance, making it a preferred stop for locals and tourists alike. We strive to foster an environment where anyone, from seasoned cannabis consumers to first-time visitors, feels welcomed. Our staff members, known for their friendly demeanor, are always ready to guide you through our extensive menu, whether you're a novice or a connoisseur.
At Coffeeshop Relax is serious about hash and weed quality. Every item - from our hand-rolled joints to our extensive range of weed species - is meticulously tested for pesticides, fungi, and other contaminants in a laboratory. We measure the THC and CBD levels to ensure you're aware of exactly what you're consuming, a standard we've upheld long before many others in Amsterdam.
Each product in our shop carries a QR code, which, when scanned, reveals a comprehensive breakdown of its ingredients and test results. We entrust this task to Cannabytics, an independent, highly-experienced cannabis analyst, ensuring you enjoy the cleanest and safest cannabis experience possible.
While we aim to be an unbiased guide to Amsterdam’s cannabis culture, we invite you to visit and experience Coffeeshop Relax's unique atmosphere for yourself. Located at Binnen Oranjestraat 9 (or Vechtstraat 9HS if you’re staying over in the more Southern district of Amsterdam), we’re always ready to welcome you with a friendly smile, quality products, and a relaxing environment. Whether you're in Amsterdam for a day or a while, do stop by to see why Coffeeshop Relax is among the city's top cannabis destinations.
Another must-visit destination on our tour of Amsterdam's best coffeeshops is Boerejongens. Known for its top-notch weed, expert 'budtenders', and striking interiors.
Stepping into Boerejongens, you're instantly transported to an old-world apothecary, complete with gleaming marble countertops and an aroma of rich, earthy cannabis. The classy ambiance doesn't end there.
What sets Boerejongens apart isn't just the grandeur of its aesthetics, but the warmth of its service. Upon arrival, you're greeted by one of their elegantly dressed doormen, radiating a sense of luxury even before you've entered the coffeeshop.
One of their star products, the White Choco Block hash, is particularly acclaimed for its excellent quality-to-price ratio. This superior blend provides a satisfying experience that leaves both your senses and your wallet feeling content.
Let's take a detour to Grey Area, a renowned coffeeshop that's been serving quality cannabis to locals and tourists for years. Nestled in the heart of Amsterdam, Grey Area is a must-visit for any cannabis enthusiast.
Grey Area is known for its grungy, hole-in-the-wall vibe, which adds to its charm. The staff are friendly and laid-back, always ready to help you find the perfect strain for your needs. They don't offer pre-rolls, but they're more than happy to roll one for you.
Their menu is diverse, with a wide variety of strains to choose from. One of their standout products is the Grey Haze, a strain that comes highly recommended by regulars. But be prepared, the cannabis here is potent, making it a hit with seasoned smokers.
Despite its popularity, Grey Area maintains a relaxed vibe, perfect for chilling out and enjoying some quality cannabis. Just keep in mind that seating is limited, so it's best to visit during off-peak hours. All in all, Grey Area offers a unique cannabis experience that's worth checking out on your trip to Amsterdam.
Let's venture into the heart of Amsterdam to Kadinsky Coffeeshop, a place that's as vibrant and eclectic as the city itself. Kadinsky is located in a bustling area, surrounded by the city's iconic canals and historic buildings.
Inside, you'll find a relaxed atmosphere with comfortable seating and friendly staff. They offer a diverse menu with a wide variety of strains, including their memorable Papaya Punch Cali. The staff are knowledgeable and ready to help you find the perfect product for your needs.
But Kadinsky is more than just a coffeeshop. It's a place to unwind and have fun. They have a selection of board games available, making it a great spot to hang out with friends and enjoy some downtime.
So, if you're in Amsterdam and looking for a unique, vibrant, and fun cannabis experience, be sure to stop by Kadinsky Coffeeshop.
Venture a little further into the north of Amsterdam and you'll find Coffeeshop The Corner. This spot is lauded for its friendly and helpful staff, who are always ready to guide you through their extensive menu.
The Corner is particularly appreciated for its excellent weed selection, with many visitors praising the quality of their King hash and Amnesia strains. The staff's proficiency in English is a boon for tourists, making the experience even more welcoming. The prices are reasonable, and the products are consistently rated as great value for money. However, it's worth noting that their most popular deals can often be out of stock due to high demand.
Despite this, the overall experience at Coffeeshop The Corner is highly recommended by its patrons, making it a worthy addition to your Amsterdam journey.
Let's head to the outskirts of Amsterdam to Coffeeshop Sensemillia Osdorp in the ‘Nieuw-West’ (New-West) part of Amsterdam. This coffeeshop is a great spot to pick up quality products at decent prices and then go explore the surrounding area.
Sensemillia Osdorp has a large balcony seating area that can accommodate about 10-15 people. It's often bustling with activity, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The staff here are friendly and helpful, always ready to answer any questions you might have. Plus, they accept debit cards, which is a convenient bonus.
One of the highlights of this coffeeshop is its location. It's situated near the water, making it a cool spot to take a walk and chill by the river. The Jealous Hybrid strain comes highly recommended by visitors, so be sure to give it a try.
In short, Coffeeshop Sensemillia Osdorp offers a unique experience that combines quality products, friendly service, and a beautiful location. It's definitely worth the trip if you're looking to explore a different side of Amsterdam's cannabis scene.
Don’t be fooled by this coffeeshops namesake, ‘De Tweede Kamer’ is also the name of the Dutch parliament, but we promise the discussions inside this weed palace won’t be as serious. This shop has been around since 1985. This place is small but mighty, seating only 20 people, which creates a friendly atmosphere where you can easily chat with fellow visitors. The interior is charming, designed in a 20's apothecary style that adds a touch of nostalgia to your visit.
De Tweede Kamer is known for its top-notch products and knowledgeable staff. They offer a wide variety of strains, including some directly sourced from Morocco. If you're looking for a recommendation, their Riffman hash and weed offerings are highly praised by regulars. And if you're feeling adventurous, their cannabis-infused Red Velvet cake is a must-try.
Just remember, this place can get busy, so it's best to visit during off-peak hours. Despite its popularity, De Tweede Kamer maintains a relaxed vibe, making it a great spot to unwind and enjoy some of the best weed and hash Amsterdam has to offer.
Next up is Coffeeshop de Prijs, located near Overtoom, it's a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the visit. The entrance is discreet, giving it an exclusive feel, and inside, you'll find a relaxed atmosphere that's perfect for chilling out.
Coffeeshop de Prijs offers a solid selection of products at reasonable prices. Their Super Polm comes highly recommended, known for providing a mental high without paranoia. The staff is generally friendly and knowledgeable, ready to help you find the perfect strain for your needs.
But it's not just about the products here. Coffeeshop de Prijs also features a pool table and a big-screen TV, making it a great place to hang out and meet new people. And if you're lucky, you might even score a free pen, “mooi meegnomen” (this translates!
One thing to note is that their smoking room is a bit small and can get crowded, so it might not be everyone's cup of tea but it’s definitely worth a visit.
Let's move on to Bullwackie Coffeeshop, a small but charming place that's loved by locals. This coffeeshop is a bit more low-key, perfect for those who prefer a more relaxed, no-frills experience.
Bullwackie is known for its good quality weed at a fair price. Their White Lemon and Haze strains are particularly popular among regulars. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is chilled, making it a great place to stop by if you're in the area.
However, keep in mind that Bullwackie is more of a 'buy and fly' shop rather than a place to sit and smoke. There's only one big table available for customers, so it can get a bit crowded. But if you're looking for a quick stop to pick up some quality products, Bullwackie is a solid choice.
Just remember to bring your ID, as they're strict about checking. And try to make your selection quickly, as locals appreciate a swift transaction. All in all, Bullwackie Coffeeshop offers a unique, local experience that's worth checking out.
Next on our list is 1e Hulp, a coffeeshop that's known for its unique Arabian-themed decor and relaxed vibe. This place is a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away from the rush of the city center, but it's well worth the visit.
1e Hulp offers a diverse menu with a wide variety of strains, including their famous Moonrocks, which are a must-try for any cannabis enthusiast. The staff here are generally friendly, although it can get busy, so be prepared for a bit of a wait during peak times.
One of the unique features of 1e Hulp was their resident cat, Rizla, who added a touch of charm to the place (some even say this might have been the most petted cat in the world!). Unfortunately Rizla recently passed away at the old age of 18 after having lived a live full of love and pets. We’ll always remember the living room atmosphere this cute kitty brought to the coffeeshop…
Even in his absence, 1e Hulp remains a favorite among locals and tourists alike, thanks to its quality products. So if you're looking for a unique cannabis experience in Amsterdam, be sure to add 1e Hulp to your list.
Next on our list is Coffeeshop Amsterdam, a gem nestled just a stone's throw away from Central Station. With its stylish interior and 90 seats, it's the perfect spot to unwind alone or with friends. The coffeeshop is located on the famous Haarlemmerstraat, often referred to as the coffeeshop mile, making it a prime location for cannabis enthusiasts.
Coffeeshop Amsterdam is renowned for its diverse strain selection and excellent edibles, all related to Amsterdam Genetics. The staff are always friendly and eager to assist, enhancing the overall experience. The coffeeshop spans three levels, each offering a unique seating experience. Whether you prefer the lively bar area, the chill space with couches, or the window-side benches with a street view, there's a spot for everyone.
The quality of their weed is consistently praised by visitors, and their hot chocolates are said to be 'to die for'. Despite its popularity, Coffeeshop Amsterdam maintains a welcoming atmosphere without feeling overcrowded. It's a place where you can enjoy high-quality products at reasonable prices, making it a must-visit destination on your Amsterdam trip.
However, it's worth noting that some visitors have reported mixed experiences with the staff, so it's always a good idea to approach with a friendly and respectful attitude. As with all coffeeshops, it's important to consume responsibly and be mindful of your tolerance levels.
In conclusion, Coffeeshop Amsterdam offers a unique blend of quality, variety, and ambiance.
Next, we're off to the vibrant neighborhood of De Pijp, known for its lively eateries, bars, and the famous Albert Cuyp Market. Nestled in this bustling area is Katsu Coffeeshop & Gallerie, a place that's as colorful and lively as the neighborhood itself.
Katsu's playful exterior, adorned with vibrant murals, is a sight to behold. Step inside, and you'll find a welcoming atmosphere, complete with friendly staff and a wide variety of strains to choose from. Their menu is diverse, catering to both newbies and seasoned cannabis enthusiasts. Regulars rave about their vegan space muffins, a unique treat that's not to be missed.
But Katsu is more than just a coffeeshop. It's a place to kick back, relax, and maybe even play a game or two. The coffeeshop features a variety of board games, making it a fun spot to hang out with friends.
Despite its popularity, Katsu maintains a relaxed vibe, making it a great place to escape the city's hustle and bustle. So, if you're in De Pijp and looking for a unique cannabis experience, Katsu Coffeeshop & Gallerie is a must-visit.
Now that you've been introduced to the vibrant world of Amsterdam's coffeeshops, it's time to explore them in detail. From the cozy ambiance of local favorites to the bustling energy of popular hotspots, each coffeeshop offers a unique experience. Whether you're a curious newcomer or a seasoned cannabis connoisseur, this guide is your passport to an unforgettable adventure. So grab your ID, remember to respect the local laws, and get ready to embark on a journey through Amsterdam's iconic coffeeshop culture. Happy exploring! 🌳