A visit to any of the Netherlands’ coffee shops – which despite their name don’t primarily sell coffee – is a trip into one of the world’s most enduring cannabis cultures. Whether embracing the speakeasy vibe or trendily decorating their interiors, these joints are not just a place to purchase marijuana but also social hubs and creative spaces.
The most famous is the Green House, with its two locations in Amsterdam and a third opening soon. The shop has become a sort of pilgrimage for cannabis aficionados and is renowned for its close ties with Strain Hunters, who source rare landrace strains from around the world.
Another high-end coffeeshop is Dampkring, a bright and spacious venue on Oude Leliestraat with a design inspired by Arabic, Moroccan, and Indonesian styles. It is an oasis of calm, far away from the crowded, sometimes intimidating Amsterdam streets. Upon arrival, visitors are welcomed by a friendly staff that is highly knowledgeable and helpful.
Located in the de Pijp neighborhood, Hutspot is an innovative lend of cafe and design store. The coffee shop has a curated selection of modern decorative items and hosts photography and painting exhibitions on a regular basis. The space is also a great spot to try some of Amsterdam’s best coffee with their special blend that is roasted on-site. The coffee is served in a variety of sizes and can be enjoyed with a piece of the delicious Appel Gebak (apple pie) that the establishment serves. Coffee shops in the Netherlands