In the Netherlands, there is a lot of buzz about Coffee shops. Despite the name, these places don’t really sell coffee (yet). They are places where you can buy cannabis in a legal way. There are a few restrictions but these vary by municipality. For example, in Amsterdam you can only enter a coffee shop with an official green and white sticker.
The Dutch government doesn’t like these places and tries to close them down. However, a loophole in the law allows them to exist. The shops are still called Coffeeshops, but they actually sell marijuana and hashish. The shop’s employees wear lab coats and can provide you with information about the products. They can also help you find the perfect strain for your needs.
There are many different types of Coffeeshops. Some are very modern and luxurious with marble countertops and a sleek design. Others have a more cozy and rustic atmosphere. Some are even a little bit hidden and are tucked away in a small alley. One such place is Abraxas, which can be found in the Jonge Roelensteeg. This cozy and pretty Coffeeshop offers a magical experience to visitors.
Another great place to go is Dolphins, near the Leidseplein. They have comfy wicker chairs and a fun under-water theme. The staff at this Coffeeshop are all very helpful and friendly. They describe themselves as “traffic controllers, social pedagogical workers, street sweepers and enforcers” (they are also often neighborhood mediators). They are happy to give advice to all kinds of visitors from first-time smokers to experienced users. Coffee shops in the Netherlands