We’ve all been there, it’s raining and cold in the middle of Amsterdam but you still don’t really know where you are and you’re clucking for a decent joint, and possibly a coffee. You swear everything looks the same, every establishment could be a coffeeshop but also you really don’t think any of these places are.
Whilst it’s pretty easy to find a coffeeshop anywhere, it’s more difficult to find actual seating areas, and maybe a window if you’re lucky. Here’s an easy list, in no particular order of preference.
The world’s largest coffeeshop, Prix D’Ami most definitely has won the non-existing competition of seating. They host 5 smoking areas with 500 seats, a cinema room, and 36 tv screens, this may not be the best place to have deep chat with your friends, but if your plans are to get as stoned as possible and to probably not move for a few hours then welcome home. Prix tends to play all the main sporting events and also many different films.
Address: Haringpakkerssteeg 3, 1012 LR Amsterdam
Opening Hours: 7AM – 1AM
Route from Central Station: Facing away from Central station (the front, not the ferry side) you’ll see Damrak, the road going straight ahead with tram tracks down the middle. You follow up Damrak, you’ll see the road going to the right and over a canal to the left, keep walking straight. Prix D’Ami is located down the first right on Damrak!
Baba Coffeeshop West
If you’re willing to trek a little bit then you should stop over to Baba Coffeeshop which in West, Barentszstraat. They tend to not be too busy and you can usually guarantee a cheeky spot for yourself. You can either take some seats out by the weed counter, where you will also find 3 beautiful vaporizers which are free for you all to try! You could also grab a comfortable table in the smoking area which is fitted with TV screens.
Address: Barentszstraat 130, 1013 NS Amsterdam
Opening Hours: 9.30PM – 1AM
Route from Central Station: head to bus departures inside Central Station and jump on the number 22 or 18, heading toward Sloterdijk/ Slotervaart. Wait on the bus for around 15 minutes (3 stops) and get off at Haarlemmerplein and head the opposite way the bus is going, basically you should see a tunnel bridge you can walk under, walk under and keep following that road until you walk over a canal/ spot water, once you’ve made it past that (5 minutes) you take your second right and then your second left!
At least in Barneys, there are 3 establishments within 30 seconds of each other if you go to the cluster located on Haarlamersstraat. You have the Coffeeshop which is the OG, over the road you have Barneys Uptown which is a bar and just a few doors down from the coffeeshop you will find Barney’s farm.
The coffeeshop was opened in 1986 and has been a long-standing and well-known coffeeshop for years, they have volcano vaporizers on the tables which are free to use, however, compared to the Uptown the coffeeshop is rather small. Once you head over the road, you’ll be welcomed into the Uptown where you can smoke weed and order breakfast, lunch and dinner, and possibly dabble in a pint or two.
Let’s say you want all of this and to get your hands on some seeds, you can pop to Barney’s farm where you can get your hands on their very own seeds. Don’t forget that they also have Amnesia and Barney’s lounge just up from Rembrandtplein, so pretty much where ever you are, you could probably find a Barney’s.
Address: Haarlemmerstraat 102, 1013 EW Amsterdam
Opening Times: 8.30AM – 1AM
Route from Central Station: Facing away from Central station (the front, not the ferry side) you’ll see Damrak, the road going straight ahead with tram tracks down the middle. Walk down until you see the first proper road to go right, walk down around 2 minutes until you reach a traffic light where you see 2 roads, one for cars and other that looks like a shopping street. Go down the shopping street and keep walking, over the canal, follow the road round a natural curve and you will see Barney’s on the right side of the road.
Just off the shopping street Kalverstraat, lays a quirky little coffeeshop called Abraxas. The name originates from the children’s book ‘The Little Witch’ where a raven was called Abraxas. They have 2 floors, downstairs you will find the weed counter and mostly stools, whilst is you head up the spiraling staircase you will find two connected rooms with additional seating.
Address: Jonge Roelensteeg 12-14, 1012 PL Amsterdam
Opening Hours: 8AM – 1AM
Route from Central Station: Facing away from Central station (the front, not the ferry side) you’ll see Damrak, the road going straight ahead with tram tracks down the middle. Follow this road and keep following, you’ll pass Dam Square, you’re on the right path just keep on going past Madame Tussauds. Once you’re past Madame Tussauds you swing down your second right and head to the road parallel, you’ll find Abraxas down on the right.
Located within a 5-minute walk from the central station, De Kroon offers a great smoker’s experience. Keep in mind that they may have seating and sofa, however, they also tend to get quite busy, so if you see something free, take it whilst you can. They have TV’s to entertain you, but also tables for two if you’d just like a chat. They’re known for their super friendly staff with knowledge about the strains that they are selling.
Address: Oudebrugsteeg 26, 1012 JP Amsterdam
Opening Hours: 7AM – 1AM
Route from Central: Facing away from Central station (the front, not the ferry side) you’ll see Damrak, the road going straight ahead with tram tracks down the middle. Head down that road and De Kroon is down the 3rd right on Damrak!