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The Dos and Don’ts of Visiting Amsterdam’s Coffeeshops

The coffeeshops in Amsterdam are tourist attractions of their own. Not to be confused with the American version that serves up hot java and baked goods, coffeeshops act as legal dispensaries for marijuana in this European country. There are more than a hundred of them dotted around the city, mostly concentrated in the famous Red Light District.

While it might seem like the sort of territory where anything goes, there are official and unofficial guidelines to follow when it comes to getting high in Amsterdam. To delve even deeper into proper cannabis etiquette, you can visit the Cannabis College, which teaches all about using marijuana lawfully in the Netherlands.

DON’T: Confuse Coffeeshop with Koffiehuis or Cafe

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If you’re looking for a dose of a.m. caffeine and a croissant, it’s a koffiehuis you’re looking for, not a coffeeshop. The distinction: Coffeeshops are for smoking cannabis while coffeehouses are for sipping hot beverages and indulging in delicious pastries. It’s a mistake that many first-time visitors make.

To confuse tourists even further, a cafe—different from a coffeehouse and coffeeshop—is the term used for a casual restaurant or bar. The green and white stickers in storefront windows indicate a license to sell marijuana, which is an easier way to identify coffeeshops. Note that these cannabis retailers do not sell alcohol per Dutch laws that forbid selling both in the same establishment.

If you plan on visiting Amsterdam's famous coffee shops with legal marijuana on your trip to the Netherlands, keep these tips in mind (with a map).

The Original Amsterdam Coffee Shop Tour

The Original Amsterdam Coffee Shop Tour covers the history and traditions of the notorious coffee shops of the capital city. The laws and regulations surrounding this phenomenon are filled with weird and unknown rules. This tour is built to help you understand the history of these places and how they operate. Amsterdam is not a city filled with drugs and on the contrary, you will find the city to be quite clean and well regulated. This open regulation has lead Amsterdam to become the world leader in the Cannabis industry and Cannabis Tourism. This tour is jam packed with history, historic sights and unique visits. All entry fees are included in this one of a kind tour. Come join us on a cultural tour with the Original Amsterdam Coffee Shop Tour.

This Amsterdam Coffe Shop Tour Includes

entrance to a cannabis grow room (3 euro, implemented in the total price)
Rolling challenge

Rolling the dutch way, tutorial

Enter up to 3 coffeeshops

entrance to Hash Hemp Marijuana Museum (9 euro)

Dutch Snacks
English speaking guide

The Original Amsterdam Coffee Shop Tour covers:

This tour is jam packed and can change based on the time of year and local events.
– founding ideas of Amsterdam’s Coffee shops
– the Netherlands approach to Cannabis and drugs
– Dutch drug laws
– weed pass (wietpas)
– types and varieties
– weed, hash, lollipops, and cake(What works and what not)

– how the weed is grown
– how hash is made
– how cannabis cake is made
– how to recognize good and bad weed
– retail industry: seeds, weed, and hash
– supply chain to Cannabis coffee shops.
– local and tourist coffee shops

The Original Amsterdam Coffee Shop Tour The Original Amsterdam Coffee Shop Tour covers the history and traditions of the notorious coffee shops of the capital city. The laws and regulations