Amsterdam Canals

There is far more to Amsterdam than meets the eye. The capital of the Netherlands is a huge city and and with its fascinating canals which criss-cross the city, it is fondly known as Venice of the North. With interesting architecture, museums and bridges and being well situated near Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, what visitors love is that there are plenty of exciting attractions to visit which are within walking- or cycling distance. Amsterdam has literally something to delight every kind of traveller.

1You Won’t Find a Steaming Cuppa Here

First-time visitors to Amsterdam may be somewhat confused by the terms used for their different establishments and unlike other countries, a licensed seller of cannabis is referred to as a coffeeshop whereas a koffiehuis is where you can get your regular cup of coffee with a light meal. You’re certainly not going to find a hot steaming cuppa in these Amsterdam coffee shops but rather a green and white sticker in the window which indicate that this is a coffeeshop with a difference. These alcohol free shops are where soft drugs are sold and consumed. The 5 best coffee ships to visit when in Amsterdam are –

2Barney’s Amsterdam

Everybody visiting Amsterdam loves this futuristic yet comfy coffeeshop in Haarlemmerstraat. Locals and tourists appreciate the convenience of it being so close to the Amsterdam Central Station. On each trendy table in Barney’s you’ll find a media monitor showing informational and entertaining videos as well as a vaporizer. Visitors to Barneys will tell you that a visit to Barney is an ‘entire Amsterdam experience’ an attraction not to be missed. With a diverse crowd coming to groove and jive the night away, this is certainly one of Amsterdam’s stylish coffee shops.

3Grey Area Coffeeshop

This specialty, award winning Weed Shop is rated high with Cannabis Cup Judges. You get a choice between special Dutch hash as well as imported hashish. Apart from being able to use the free Volcano Vaporizer, visitors enjoy personal services from the proprietors. This cosy coffee shop is found close to the Amsterdam Dam Square and just off the Singel canal at the edge of the Arty Jordaan quarter.

4Voyagers Coffeeshop & Hotely

This ‘low-budget hotel’ is found next to Amsterdam Centraal Station. The fascinating thing about the hotel is that the coffee shop takes priority over the hotel. The dealer happens to be the hotel receptionist. This accommodation is loved by smokers who particularly want to experience the unique coffeeshop culture while in Amsterdam. The hotel offers 10 rooms for individuals, couples and groups.

5Coffeeshop 1e Hulp

Many visitors to Amsterdam love the fact the 1e Hulp is one of those coffee shops outside the main coffee shop route where users can chill and relax to their heart’s content. The coffee shop is run by two friends who offer a large selection of drinks along with their smoke products. Visitors to the shop give it an excellent rating for its warm and inviting oriental and arabic influences, good prices and upbeat vibe.


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