Coffee shops in Amsterdam

The brown cafés, better known as coffee shops or bruin cafés (brown cafes; traditional Dutch pubs), are the quintessence of a trip to Amsterdam. Discover the famous Inʼt Aepjenthat. The name comes from the various smoke stains on the walls. Brown cafes have candle-topped chairs, wooden floors and a cozy vibe that makes friends linger and chat for hours over drinks.

Like every old coffee shop in Amsterdam, the coffee shops have menus on the tables or on the walls. These are also categorized into weeds, hash, pre-rolled cigars, and often “room cakes,” which are sweet cakes made with pot in them. Prices are dependent on quantities (grams, bags or joints) and consistency. Instead of referring to the funniest-sounding name on the menu and wishing for the best, ask the employees what they suggest and what the results of the items are. If you’re scared, don’t be — coffee shop workers are usually polite, professional, and used to working with visitors.

Remember: It’s legal to smoke marijuana, but just within coffee shops! The cops are going to charge you for smoking marijuana in public.

Some of the most popular coffeshops:

Tweede Kamer Coffeeshop

Tweede Kamer is one of the oldest coffee shops in the city centre. Sitting only 20 participants, it’s all in the typical apothecary style.

Barney’s Coffeeshop

This award-winning coffee shop is situated near the Haarlemmerstraat Centraal Station.

Boerejongens Coffeeshop

A little beyond the center you’ll find Boerejongens Coffeeshop on the Utrechtstraat. Here, the staff are bundled in chic waistcoats, making it an old-fashioned feel. Be warned though: there are few seats and always a queue, so get there early.