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The Dos and Don’ts of Visiting Amsterdam’s Coffeeshops

The coffeeshops in Amsterdam are tourist attractions of their own. Not to be confused with the American version that serves up hot java and baked goods, coffeeshops act as legal dispensaries for marijuana in this European country. There are more than a hundred of them dotted around the city, mostly concentrated in the famous Red Light District.

While it might seem like the sort of territory where anything goes, there are official and unofficial guidelines to follow when it comes to getting high in Amsterdam. To delve even deeper into proper cannabis etiquette, you can visit the Cannabis College, which teaches all about using marijuana lawfully in the Netherlands.

DON’T: Confuse Coffeeshop with Koffiehuis or Cafe

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If you’re looking for a dose of a.m. caffeine and a croissant, it’s a koffiehuis you’re looking for, not a coffeeshop. The distinction: Coffeeshops are for smoking cannabis while coffeehouses are for sipping hot beverages and indulging in delicious pastries. It’s a mistake that many first-time visitors make.

To confuse tourists even further, a cafe—different from a coffeehouse and coffeeshop—is the term used for a casual restaurant or bar. The green and white stickers in storefront windows indicate a license to sell marijuana, which is an easier way to identify coffeeshops. Note that these cannabis retailers do not sell alcohol per Dutch laws that forbid selling both in the same establishment.

If you plan on visiting Amsterdam's famous coffee shops with legal marijuana on your trip to the Netherlands, keep these tips in mind (with a map).

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    Amsterdam Coffeeshop Crawl

    About the Activity

    Amsterdam’s coffeeshops are world famous!

    Well known as the capital of cannabis, the Amsterdam coffeeshop is one of the most visited “attractions” in the city. An Amsterdam Coffeeshop Crawl is the best way to discover these unique Dutch venues.

    Are you curious about what cannabis is all about? Join us on one of our most interesting and fun tours, the Amsterdam Coffeeshop Crawl!

    Amsterdam is world famous as the cannabis capital of the world. This lively tour will lead you around some of the city’s most popular coffeeshops. Relaxing in unique venues where you can discover more about Amsterdam’s liberal attitude toward marijuana. Discover more about the intriguing Dutch attitude towards recreational consumption with the Amsterdam Coffeeshop Crawl.

    Our experienced guide will take you to around the city and will explain various aspects of this fascinating plant. From its medicinal applications to its recreational consumption, and related local politics. The Amsterdam Coffeeshop Crawl will take you to the Cannabis College where groups examine plant specimens and learn to distinguish between male and female plants.

    A quintessential Amsterdam Experience, the Amsterdam Coffeeshop Crawl shouldn’t be missed!

    Experience Amsterdam’s famous cannabis coffeeshops on this 3-hour walking tour, and learn the story of the coffeeshops in the city center. Your guide will take you to at least two different coffeeshops and then the Cannabis College. On the way the guide will show you some simple smoking games, and everyone is taught how to roll “Dutch style” – inside out! The tour ends with a visit to a smoking friendly bar, where you can grab a drink and enjoy some of the samples you have collected on the tour.

    Looking for more great activities to enjoy in Amsterdam?

    Look no further! We have a huge selection of events, tour, activities and workshops for you to choose from. Check out our activities page to see the full range of what we have on offer!

    Included:

    Guide
    Entrance to the Cannabis Museum
    Visit 2 to 3 of Amsterdam’s best coffeeshops
    Optional: Smoking friendly bar
    Rolling competition
    Tea/Coffee
    Quiz to test your knowledge

    Duration: 3 hours
    Starting time: Last departure at 20:00
    Minimum Group Size: 6

    Amsterdam is the home to world famous coffeeshops and cannabis venues. Join us on an Amsterdam Coffeeshop Crawl and discover Dutch cannabis culture!