This coffee shop has three locations, with the flagship located in the Red Light District. It’s one of the most famous in Amsterdam, and the walls are adorned with photos of celebrities to prove it. Their weed constantly wins the Cannabis Cup. The music is eclectic and the decor dark and relaxing.
Located right off Leidstraat near Leidseplein, this coffee shop follows the ocean theme all the way. The walls are painted blue, with various sea life images and coral replications giving this place a true underwater feeling. Upstairs you’ll find the bar and a few tables. Free Wi-Fi is available.
Hunter’s has been one of my favorites since I first started visiting Amsterdam. Located right at the start of the Red Light District, this place can be a little touristy. However, the black decor gives it a funky lounge feel, and there are ample chairs and couches to relax on.
This coffee shop was made famous by the movie Ocean’s Twelve and has since seen a steady stream of people pretending they’re Brad Pitt or George Clooney. A lazy cat sits in the window all day to greet you as you come in.
This coffee shop is outside of the city center, making it a “locals only” spot. There’s a big bar with a wide cannabis selection, and it’s much, much cheaper than similar places in the city center. There are a few pool tables, a big screen TV, and a separate smoking room.
The Winston Kingdom features music, DJs, dancing, and shows. A lot of local bands play here, and the bar sees plenty of travelers (it’s located next to a hostel). When you visit, tell Allen I say “Hello!”
Door-74 is the first speakeasy-style cocktail bar in the Netherlands. They have the requisite hidden door, antique barware, and speakeasy-style cocktails. If you like prohibition bars and lounges, this one’s for you.