You’ve landed in Amsterdam, and you are on the prowl for a good place to consume weed. With cannabis part of the popular culture here, it’s not hard to find a coffee shop with something green. Finding weed in Amsterdam isn’t hard, but sometimes it’s hard to find top-quality weed. It’s true what they say, “Not all coffee shops were made equal.” Some are dark, smokey, and overly crowded with the kinds of folks you might not want to associate with.

Instead of bumbling around the streets of Amsterdam in a haze, going from one shop to another just trying to find a quality product and a comfortable place to sit down – why not rely on the experts? Don’t spend your time (or your money) on an inferior product in a crowd of rowdy tourists. You need to find a nice cushy seat, pleasant atmosphere, and friendly staff.

Thanks to Jimmy Nevski, you don’t have to do any hard exploration yourself. He has put in the leg work and found the best coffee shops in Amsterdam. Hard research, but someone had to do it.

What Makes a Good Coffeeshop?

  • Atmosphere: If you are going to spend hours in a place, a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere is a must.
  • Cannabis Quality: One of the defining features of a good coffee shop is its cannabis quality. Dried up old nugs aren’t going to make anyone happy, so above all else, a shop must have a premium product to make the list.
  • Cali Selections: Everyone is after California strains these days, and a coffee shop has to have a selection of these imported strains to make the customers happy.
  • Popularity: Too much of a good thing is sometimes a detriment. If the crowds are too big, or not the right kind, you aren’t going to want to stick around.

The 10 Best Coffeeshops in Amsterdam

Without further ado, here are the best coffee shops in the city, as ranked by Nevski. If anyone knows where to go for a good session, it’s him.

10. Coffeeshop Solo

A coffee shop which has thus far run under the radar. They have avoided the crowds so typical with the most famous cannabis destinations in the city. It’s a local favorite though, with an excellent reputation.
The shop is family run, and as soon as you chat with the staff, their friendliness shines through. If you are looking for a place away from the crowds, where the staff are eager to show you their wares – this is the place for you. Nowhere else can you get the sort of one-on-one attention that this location serves. Plus, here you can smoke from bongs, pipes, and more. It’s a very laid back atmosphere compared to some of the others on the list.

  • Where to Find Them: Korte Koningsstraat
  • Top Strains to Try: Platinum Valley (Cannabis Cup Entry) and 24K Gold Kush Hash

9. Coffeeshop Goa

A big, bright and airy place to have a quality session. Coffeeshop Goa is a beautiful and picturesque place to stop and while away the afternoon with friends. The staff behind the counter go above and beyond to share their knowledge. They aim to make sure every interaction is a positive one.
One of the bonuses of Goa is advanced technology. The menu is an interactive one available on a tablet computer. As a customer, you can leisurely scroll through the options, and make an informed choice about what strain you want. They have a brilliant selection.
The few downsides to this location are the crowds and prices. Naturally, because it’s situated in a bustling area, it’s a bit of a tourist trap. With tourists also come slightly higher rates.

  • Where to Find Them: Kloveniersburgwal 42
  • Top Strains to Try: Purple Gorilla (Cali) and Fallen Angel

8. Coffeeshop New Times

A popular choice with locals and travelers alike. They have a great selection of cannabis products, as should any on this top ten list. You can sit here for an entire afternoon, as the shop has invested in some very comfortable lounging areas.
Compared with others on this top ten list, the prices at New times are very reasonable. Better than most. For a big name, this is a pleasant surprise.
When you venture into this coffee shop, keep in mind that you should expect loud music. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but worth noting. It’s also one of the least ventilated coffee shops on the list – which means you’ll likely leave smelling a bit stronger than when you entered. There are ways to make the smell go away though!

  • Where to Find Them: Spuistraat 260
  • Top Strain to Try: Purple Chemdawg

7. Amnesia

If you like to session in style, Amnesia is a perfect destination. The interior aesthetic is fantastic with lots of comfortable seating. You could lose a lot of time in this establishment just thanks to the seats.
Most coffee shops these days carry at least a few California strains, but Amnesia is setting itself above the rest and investing in its Cali connection. It may have one of the most robust menus on this list. The shop carries several high-tech smoking and vaping options for you, including a series of Volcano vaporizers.

  • Where to Find Them: Herengracht 133
  • Top Strains to Try: Strawberry Zkittelz

6. The Plug

If you know anything about coffeeshop culture in Amsterdam, then you have heard of the plug. It’s one of the most famous shops in the entire city. As such its often crammed with the worst breed of tourists – so keep that in mind if you decide to check it out. Nevski likened the atmosphere to a “teenage boys’ bedroom after a night out.”
That said, The Plug is the coffee shop to beat. It’s the shop that all others are trying to compete with. It boasts an extensive menu and some of the highest quality Cali cannabis you can get in the Netherlands. The selection and their particular focus on Cali strains are why this is a must-visit coffee shop – even with the crowds.

  • Where to Find Them: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 132
  • Top Strains to Try: Gelato 33, Purple Punch, Biscotti, and many more.

Let’s continue with the five best coffeeshops on the next page!