Amsterdam’s legendary coffee shops are known not for coffee, but for the welcoming environment they provide to smoke marijuana. If you’re looking for coffee, head to a café or koffiehuis; otherwise check out the pot scene with a coffee shop tour. Here’s what you need to know.
Learn about the history of marijuana and drug laws in Amsterdam on a small-group or private tour.
Get an introduction to the local marijuana scene at the Dam Palace, one of Amsterdam’s oldest coffee shops.
Discover Amsterdam’s notorious coffee shops and experience the laidback culture for yourself.
Explore the colorful Reguliersdwarsstraat area, the city’s center of LGBTQ nightlife.
Walk the cobbled streets of the infamous Red Light District, packed with sex shops and erotic theaters.
Pair your coffee shop tour with an optional visit to Amsterdam’s famed Sex Museum.
Join a combined coffee shop and food tour to enjoy samples of popular Dutch cuisine along the way.
Things to Know
Cannabis is not technically legal in the Netherlands, though it is widely tolerated.
Walking tours typically depart from a central location in the afternoon and last two to three hours.
Some tours combine visits to a couple coffee shops with the Red Light District or other attractions in central Amsterdam.
For tours that involved food sampling, dietary restrictions may be accommodated with advance notice.