If you’re in Amsterdam, a visit to one of the city’s famed coffeeshops is practically mandatory. Amsterdam’s coffeeshop culture is world renowned. The first one opened on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canalside in 1974. They gained a worldwide reputation as a place for freedom and creativity that touched many youngsters back then and still appeals to the young today.
Nowadays the city is home to hundreds of coffeeshops that cater to both locals and visitors alike. Some have a more hippy-ish vibe, like the popular Green House Centrum on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal. It has a classy lounge atmosphere and a huge bar area serving drinks and samples of among the best strains in the world. Their staff also has a high standard and are often trained as ‘cannabis sommeliers’.
Another popular one is Abraxas on Jonge Roelensteeg. It has a fairy tale-like atmosphere and has been open since 1992. They have a strong focus on the environment and give back to their community. They are also a great example of how you can do business responsibly and create a good image.
Some of the bigger coffeeshops are quite crowded during peak times, and you might have to wait for a table. It’s worth it though, as they have a very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. They also play quality music and offer a nice selection of high-quality buds. This is especially true for the renowned Bluebird in the heart of the city that’s always busy due to its central location. coffeeshops in Amsterdam