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15 Most Famous and Best Amsterdam Coffee Shops

Best Amsterdam Coffee Shops

Amsterdam is renowned for its “coffee shops”.  With roughly 250 in Amsterdam, it’s hard to find the best Amsterdam coffee shop.

In this directory you will find 15 of the most popular, famous and best coffeeshops in Amsterdam.

In the Netherlands the term coffee shop has come to mean alcohol-free establishments where cannabis (weed, hash, marijuana) are sold and consumed. According to the Dutch Drug and Coffee Shop Law the Amsterdam coffee shops are licensed to sell small quantities of cannabis to adults over 18.

Tourists can buy and enjoy weed, hash and marijuana in a pleasant and safe environment. Plans to introduce a so called “Weed-Pass”, intended to register Dutch smokers and exclude tourists, were dropped in 2012.

As for now, every person above 18 may enter a coffee shop. Your ID may be required to check your age.

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15 Most Famous & Best Amsterdam Coffee Shops

Barney's - Best Amsterdam CoffeeshopsBarney’s Coffeeshop

 Haarlemmerstraat 102, 1013 EW Amsterdam
0031 20 4206655
 wwww.barneys.biz
 Daily 7am -10pm
 Westerpark Area

Barney’s is located in a 500-year-old building and is one of the the most popular Amsterdam coffee shops on Haarlemmerstraat.  Barney’s is the renowned winner of multiple “High Times Cup” awards. It is a good coffeeshop where they serve a decent breakfast, lunch and dinner as well. They have a friendly and knowledgeable service that’s made Barney’s famous among both travelers and locals.

Dampkring Famous Amsterdam CoffeeshopDampkring

 Handboogstraat 29, 1012 XM Amsterdam
0031 20 6380705
 www.dampkring.nl
 Daily 10am – 1am
 Canal Belt Area

Great coffeeshop and world famous because the crew of the famous movie “ocean’s 12′ spend time in this coffeeshop while filming in Amsterdam. It’s a coffeeshop both for first timers and long cannabis professionals, tourists and locals make it feel like everyone is welcome. What makes Dampkring Coffeeshop different is its spacious feel and gorgeous interior. Good drinks and good weed are served here at standard prices.

GreenHouse CoffeeshopGreen House Centrum

 Oudezijds Voorburgwal 191, 1012 EW Amsterdam
0031 20 6271739
 www.greenhouse.org
 Daily 9am – 1am
 Old Center

This small little coffeeshop has good quality herbs and a great atmosphere. The Green House is winner of 38 High Times Cannabis Cups. It delivers some of the best cannabis in Amsterdam and it is a great hangout for a traveler in Amsterdam. You can find many interesting pictures on the wall of celebs that visited the Green House. The coffee shop is situated nicely in the red light district next to a canal.

AmnesiaAmnesia

 Herengracht 133, 1015 BG Amsterdam
0031 20 4277874
 Daily 10am – 1am
 Canal Belt Area

Previously known as “Whootsie Tootsie”, Amnesia is a small coffee shop with dark red interior, nice hanging red lights and mellow music that sets the mood.  On a sunny day it’s a great spot to sit outside and watch the boats on the Herengracht. Interesting menu with some lesser known varieties (some of them 100% organic) and friendly staff who will take time to explain.

Bluebird Coffeeshop AmsterdamBluebird

 Sint Antoniesbreestraat 71, 1011 HB Amsterdam
0031 20 6225232
 www.coffeeshopbluebird.nl
 Daily 9.30am – 1.00am
 Old Center Area

This coffee shop is located in a quite modern building in a street that’s very different to those in the nearby Red Light District. Bluebird was founded in 1982 and has a good name for its range of hash and grass, its food and its multi-lingual staff.

Grey Area Coffee Shop AmsterdamGrey Area

 Oude Leliestraat 2, 1015 AW Amsterdam
0031 20 4204301
 www.greyarea.nl
 Daily 12am-8pm
 Canal Belt Area

Grey Area is a tiny place with a big reputation. It has some of the finest weed. The place is an American favorite. Not a whole lot of seating, but really friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff. It’s a celebrity hotspot.  Some of the coolest guys has been to this coffeeshop over the years like Snoop Dogg, Bush, B-Real, Deftones, Lou Reed, and many many more.

Abraxas Best Amsterdam Coffee ShopsAbraxas

 Jonge Roelensteeg 12- 14, 1012 PL Amsterdam
0031 20 6255763
 www.abraxas.tv
 Daily 10am – 1am
 Old Center Area

This Amsterdam coffee shop is tucked away in a small alley, the Jonge Roelensteeg. Abraxas is a very clean, cozy, and welcoming coffeeshop, with a hint of Mystic & Middle Eastern flavor. The shop and its staff obviously have a keen eye for detail. Offering free internet it is one of the best tourist-friendly coffeeshops in Amsterdam.

The Bulldog Popular Amsterdam Coffee ShopsThe Bulldog

 The Bulldog Palace, Leidseplein 15, 1017 PS Amsterdam
 0031 20 625 9864
 www.thebulldog.com
Thu: 10am – 1am | Fri & Sat: 10am – 3am | Sun: 10am – 2am
 Canal Belt Area

Probably the most well-known coffeeshop in Amsterdam thanks to the central location at Leidseplein (ironically, the building is a former Amsterdam police station). The Bulldog is actually a chain of Bulldogs spread around the city centre. The Bulldog No. 90 (Oudezijds Voorburgwal 88) was the first coffee shop in Amsterdam and laid the benchmark for the existing coffee shops in Amsterdam. Visiting Amsterdam for a few days and looking for a hotel near Amsterdam coffeeshops? The Bulldog Hotel Amsterdam is located along a canal, you find it at the Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220.

Baba CoffeeshopBaba

 Warmoesstraat 64, 1012 JH Amsterdam
0031 20 6241409
 www.babashops.com
 Mon-Thu: 8.30am – 1am | Fri-Sun: 8am – 1am
 Old Center Area

Baba is one of the best located Amsterdam coffee shops. This place is styled with an Eastern-theme surrounded by sex shops and adult theatres in the Red Light District. Enjoy the beauty of the various statues around the shop, deities in realistically created stone with mystical robes. Other than the decorations, the atmosphere is one of friendliness and is great for socializing.

Smoke Palace CoffeeshopSmoke Palace

 Linnaeusstraat 83HS, 1093 EK Amsterdam
0031 20 463 2580
 www.smokepalace.nl
 Daily 9am – 1am
Plantage Area

Smoke Palace (previously ‘New York’) is a coffeeshop with a very homey atmosphere near Oosterpark in the east district of Amsterdam. It’s just has a really relaxed laid back vibe. Smoke Palace has been renovated since a few months and they now have a cozy terrace outside. Great and friendly staff.

Siberië Coffee ShopSiberie

 Brouwersgracht 11, 1015 GA Amsterdam
0031 20 6235909
 www.coffeeshopsiberie.nl/eng/
 Sun-Thu 11am – 11pm | Fri & Sat 11am – 12am
 Canal Belt Area

This 28-year-old coffeeshop is situated on the beautiful Brouwersgracht. It’s a small and comfy coffeeshop with a laid back style and a great menu. Siberië has regular free horoscope readings, acoustic concerts, exhibitions, and DJ performances at weekends. There’s also internet access and plenty of board games. The coffeeshop has catered both to local people and tourists, providing an interesting, welcoming and cosmopolitan atmosphere.


KadinskyKadinsky

Rosmarijnsteeg 9, 1012 RP Amsterdam
 0031 20 6204715
Daily 10am – 1am
 Old Center Area

Kadinsky is located in Rosmarijnsteeg, and it’s often the choice of locals who live near the area because of its talkative social atmosphere and staff. It has a modern interior on three small levels and the entire front is a window that opens on nice days to the street. You can smoke, sip coffee or hot chocolate, and watch as the traffic goes by.

Mellow Yellow Coffee ShopMellow Yellow

 Vijzelgracht 33, 1017 HN Amsterdam
0031 20 6380436
 Sun-Thu 9am – 1am | Fri-Sat 9am – 3am
 Canal Belt Area

Mellow Yellow is one of the first ever coffee shops in Amsterdam. It was established in 1970. It is a bit old and outdated, so this isn’t a coffeeshop you pick for the nice interior but still great for chilling and smoking.

420 Café Amsterdam Coffeeshop420 Café

 Oudebrugsteeg 27, 1012 JN Amsterdam
0031 20 623 4848
 www.420cafe.com
 Daily 10am – 01am
 Old Center Area

The dark, wooden interior of the 420 Café looks more like one of the city’s famous brown cafés than and typical Amsterdam coffee shop. While the 420 Cafe cannot serve alcohol anymore (according to the Dutch Coffeeshop Law) there is the usual selection of juices, coffees and teas on offer. The 420 Café is located on Oudebrugsteeg, a narrow street leading off the busy Damrak, which leads between Central Station and Dam Square.

Dolphons Amsterdam Coffee Shop City CentreDolphins

 Kerkstraat 39, 1017 GB   Amsterdam
0031 20 6259162
 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dolphins-Coffeeshop
 Daily 10am – 01am
 Canal Belt Area

Near to the Leidseplein, Dolphins has comfy wicker chairs, table football and a pool table. The dolphin theme is followed through in the decor. Downstairs is an under-water décor seating area with comfortable couches and free WiFi internet access. For anybody looking for a warm, friendly and relaxed place to spend a lazy afternoon, The Dolphin is worth the effort.

Please note that this information is provided to give you an idea about the coffeeshops in Amsterdam and should not be considered to promote the use of cannabis.

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4 Comments
  1. This list is ridiculous. It leaves out boerenjongens chain of very good coffeeshops. They recently won 2014 best coffeeshop. I think including the shops outside of the city centre would be advantageous to the tourists coming here for the weed experience. Just a thought.

    Kind Regards

    An ex tourist.

  2. Why is Best Friends not on this list? Best weed, best chill and the best service I’ve had in the Dam.
    9 street district is lovely man.

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