Five Amsterdam coffeeshops you won’t forget
An insider's guide to the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam.
Okay, so there are plenty of stereotypes about Amsterdam’s infamous coffeeshop culture: there are hippies everywhere, they’re practically giving product away on the street, everyone carries around paraphernalia in their backpacks, etc. But after very careful inspection, research, more research, misplaced research, and more inspections, we can definitively say that most of it isn’t really true.
What we can say, however, is that we were able to find five amazing coffeeshops in Amsterdam to chill out and while away the day with some of the friendliest and most laid-back Amsterdammers and travelers around. So take a break from the clubs and bars in Amsterdam, and mellow out with the rest of the city.
Mellow Yellow – De Pijp, Amsterdam
Let’s start with the original – though that claim may be disputed by our second entry. Mellow Yellow is “officially” Amsterdam’s first licensed Coffeeshop with its roots dating back to the 1960s and still going strong today. Inside, the coffeeshop is decked out in modern décor and features a pool table, pinball machine, foosball, and some board games. More for the ‘active’ enthusiast, Mellow Yellow likes to keep its clientele busy with its various activities.
The Bulldog Coffeeshop nr. 90 – Red Light District, Amsterdam
Probably the most well-known of Amsterdam’s coffeeshops, The Bulldog Coffeeshop nr. 90 claims to be the original, but mostly it’s just timeless. Once inside, patrons are met by a hodge-podge of bulldogs and classic photos of the Red Light District. Outside, the Bulldog provides its clientele with some canal-side seating – perfect for lazing away the day. Also outside, if you dart into the side alley, you’ll find yourself face-to-face with some of the Red Light District’s other famous illicit export.
Barney’s Coffeeshop – Nieuwe Zijds, Amsterdam
If you’re looking for another classic coffeeshop then look no further than Barney’s Coffeeshop. For more than 20 years, Barney’s has been pleasing customers and is the spot to go for the purist. Add to that a welcoming staff, the ever-friendly clientele, and a laid-back environment and you might have just hit the Garden of Eden.
Grey Area – Nieuwe Zijds, Amsterdam
Another award winning coffeeshop is Grey Area – an über popular venue that’s seen its fair share of celebrity guests mixed in with its long-time regulars. Not exactly the biggest coffeeshop in the world (about 16 people fit comfortably), it nonetheless provides a relaxing experience to jovial, tightly packed-in groups of friends.
De Dampkring – Nieuwe Zijds, Amsterdam
Known for its part in Ocean’s 12, De Dampkring boasts award-winning products and a trippy but comfortable vibe. Elegant carvings, hand-painted furnishings, and dim red lights provide a unique and elegant atmosphere where you can inspect the exclusive products from the coffeeshop’s extensive list before sitting back to enjoy your selection. Pull up a seat at the wooden bar and soon enough you’ll be as mellow as the resident cat lazily sprawled out in the window.
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