Best Coffee Shops of Netherlands: Because a Lot Can Happen Over a Cup of Coffee

The coffee shops in the Netherlands are no less than a tourist attraction. No tourist ever comes back from the country without experiencing the world-famous coffee shops. For the unversed, coffee shops in the Netherlands are not the regular shops where you order a cup of cappuccino, in fact, they act as legal dispensaries for marijuana. Almost every major city is dotted with hundreds of these coffee shops which are permitted to sell customers five grams per person each day all drugs are illegal. If you are planning to visit the Netherlands anytime soon then here is everything you need to know.

What to expect?


The term coffee shop in the Netherlands is used for alcohol-free establishments where cannabis (weed, hash, marijuana) are legally sold and consumed. These coffee shops are licensed to sell small quantities of cannabis to adults over 18, as per the Dutch Drug and Coffee Shop Law. These shops provide a pleasant and safe environment to consume weed, hash and marijuana. Considering that there is a minimum age limit, you may have to carry your ID.

Best coffee shops

Barney’s Coffeeshop


Located in a 500-year-old building, this coffee shop is one of the most popular among all. Barney’s has won multiple ‘High Times Cup’ awards. You can expect a decent breakfast, lunch and dinner also. The place is prefered by both locals and tourists alike. 



The coffee shop is famous primarily because the crew of the famous movie ‘Ocean’s 12′ spend time here. The coffee shop is good for both first-timers and long cannabis professionals. Both tourists and locals are welcomed here. The spacious shop with gorgeous interior is sure to light up your Instagram feed.



The Boerejongens have a total of three coffee shops in Amsterdam and all three of them are known for good interiors and friendly services. The term literally translates to “Farmer Boys” in Dutch. You can expect quality products, good service and as well as expertise.

The Bulldog

The Bulldog Coffeeshop

The Bulldog is one of the most renowned coffee shops in Amsterdam. Located at Leidseplein, The Bulldog is actually a chain of Bulldogs spread around the city centre. They also have a hotel that offers comfortable stay and world-class services. 

Bluebird Coffeeshop

Bluebird Coffeeshop Cannabis

Adorned with paintings and murals, the Bluebird coffee shop is relaxed and beautiful. Many of these paintings have birds and are painted in green hues and ivy. They offer a diverse menu with imported items as well as the typical pre-rolled joints. The coffee shop is located near Rembrandthuis which has many other places to chill and pass time. 

Next time when you are in the Netherlands, you know what these coffee shops can offer other than a cup of coffee and some snacks. Visit these coffee shops to have the best of the Netherlands and enjoy the colours of the country.