The Top 5 Chillest Amsterdam Coffeeshop Hangouts
Amsterdam. One of the worlds top city destinations, around 15.5 million people visited the city in 2016, it’s filled with museums and beautiful canals, but it’s no secret that good old ganja is one of the many reasons why all kinds of people flock to this awesome city.
That being said, the coffeeshop scene has been swiftly declining since the government implemented a law in which all coffee shops within a 250m radius of a school are prohibited from opening. Since 2014, predominantly, coffeeshops are being closed down in phases. Most recently, the oldest coffeeshop in Amsterdam (RIP Mellow Yellow) and 8 others sadly shut their doors on the 1st January, and more will soon follow.
So nows about time to book that trip to Mokum city before any of these places become another part of Amsterdam’s rich history, right?! You still have plenty to choose from, but here’s a list of my personal faves to get you started. This is a collection of coffeeshops with good vibes, friendly compadres and fantastic menus. In no particular order, we present to you the 5 best Amsterdam coffeeshops for lighting up that zoot and chilling out.
With a solid following by locals, expats and tourists, Bluebird coffeeshop definitely deserves a spot on this list. This small and cozy shop is full to the brim with good vibes. It has a quirky decor and unique charm, and the staff are possibly some of the friendliest people you’ll meet in Amsterdam, its a great place to head if you’re new to the coffeeshop scene. The menu they offer has a wide range of different high grades, all of good value. Just at the edge of Nieuwmarkt, on Sint Antoniesbreestraat, its location is central yet away from the hustle and bustle, so its perfect for starting your day the way you know you should here in Amsterdam.
Situated on the Marnixstraat, this coffeeshop is run by two friends who believe in quality and a friendly customer approach, which sure shows. They have a wide and decent selection of weed and hash, even some moonrocks too. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with Oriental and Arabian influences, and the music is usually top notch. They have 3 floors and lots of cosy corners where you can kick back and not be bothered, you’ll see a cat lazing about which is probably just as stoned as you are. It’s a 10min walk outside of the main trawl of the city so chances are it wont be so crowded and you’ll get a seat – they’re comfy ones too, which can be hard to find in coffeeshops (they don’t want you falling asleep!).
Tucked down a little alley way just behind Dam square, Abraxas could be easily missed amongst the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping street Kalverstraat, which the Jonge Roelensteeg alley connects to, but this little gem is one of the best coffeeshops to kick back and relax in. It’s one of the more well known coffeeshops and can get busy, but that shouldn’t put you off as the atmosphere of Abraxas is hard to come by. Expect friendly staff, great music and some of the best coffee in Amsterdam. A real diverse bunch of people flock to this place, tourists, expats and locals, so there’s plenty of interesting conversations to be had. If you’d rather do you own thing, try and grab the seat at the end of the bar in the corner, perfect for minding your own business or people watching.
Siberie is one of the 5 coffeeshops in the city that is run by thecoffeeshops.com. They have several other locations dotted around the city which are well worth checking out if you’re in the neighbourhood. It was founded in 1984 and is along the Brouwersgracht, which is parallel to Haarlemmerdijk. Siberie is a quirky yet sophisticated place to hang out, and they host many projects, from art exhibitions, acoustic concerts and workshops. They’ve even had their own football team! From a personal point of view they have one of the best menus in Amsterdam, and I’ve never been disappointed with what I’ve bought from there. It’s an interesting and welcoming environment that’s favoured by many, so pass by for a smoke up in one of the coolest coffeeshops in Amsterdam.
You may see a Dampkring showing up in various other lists like this one, so just for clarification, there are two Dampkring coffeeshops in Amsterdam, and they both used to be owned by the same people up until 2011. Now they are separate entities with different menus and different philosophies. Dampkring coffeeshop is situated on the Haarlemmerstraat, a great street with many other coffeeshops, good eats and specialist shops. The coffeeshop is clean and comfortable with a modern yet trippy interior, and you’ll generally feel the good vibes as soon as you walk through the door. The budtenders are friendly and informative about their great quality menu (their super silver haze will forever remain my fave), and there’s a good selection of drinks available, try their milkshakes and hot chocolates – they’re some of the best around.
BONUS TIP – BoereJongens.
BoereJongens deserve a shout. I mean really. Their stuff is SO good. It’s the best weed and hash around, many can vouch for that, its definitely a favourite amongst the locals. The only reason why I didn’t include them in the top 5 is because although their coffeeshops have great aesthetics, they aren’t the cosiest of places to chill out in, but they have an extensive menu with loads of high grade chronic to suit all kinds of needs. You’ll find weed here that will blow your face off. I cant express enough how good their stuff is, so just go there. You wont be disappointed.