10 of the Best Coffee Shops in Amsterdam


 

On your first visit to Amsterdam, you’ll come to learn that the phrase ‘coffee shop’ means something very different here compared to elsewhere in Europe (and the rest of the world, at that). 

In Amsterdam, a coffee shop is a place where one can go to purchase and smoke marijuana legally, accompanied by hot teas and coffees (and sometimes baked goods). If you’re simply looking for a place to drink good coffees, you’re in the market for a ‘cafe’ and not a coffee shop. 

For the former, here are the best spots in Amsterdam:

1. Original Dampkring Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

As seen in the Oceans Twelve film, the Dampkring coffee shop is everyone’s favorite, from tourist to local. There is something incredibly welcoming about this spot, more-so than other ones around Amsterdam. 

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Great music, friendly staff and a good vibes all round — oh, and a very sweet cat named Bowie. 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 10am to 1am
ADDRESS:  Handboogstraat 29, 1012 XM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Metro STATION: Rokin

2. 420 Cafe in Amsterdam

Generally, alcohol is not served in coffee shops in Amsterdam, to prevent people from mixing too many vices and becoming unwell. At 420 Cafe you can sip on a beer while enjoying their extensive range of space cakes and prerolls. 

Rest assured that the servers will monitor that no one is overdoing it, so don’t get offended when your third-beer-after-two-joints request is declined. 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 9am to 1am
ADDRESS: Oudebrugsteeg 27, 1012 JN Amsterdam, Netherlands
Metro STATION: Central

3. Amnesia Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Another favorite spot, even for locals, Amnesia is an ambient spot with a generous menu. It is thought that they make the best milkshakes in town, as well as some delicious ham and cheese toasties to tame those munchies. 

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 9:30am to 12am
ADDRESS: Herengracht 133, 1015 BG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Metro STATION: Central

4. Kadinsky Coffeeshop Rosmarijnsteeg in Amsterdam

Another charming coffee shop option that is slightly cheaper than others in the area. The menu is well stocked, and there is seating space across two levels. 

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The coffee shop also owns the bar right across the street, and they allow you bring your purchases in to enjoy over a glass of wine (or liquor of your choice). 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 9:30am to 1am
ADDRESS: Rosmarijnsteeg 9, 1012 RP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Metro STATION: Rokin

5. Grey Area Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Considered by many as be one of the top 10 coffee shops in all of The Netherlands, this spot has memorable service and is the perfect place to go if you’re a newbie and looking to dip your toe into the herb world.  

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 8pm
ADDRESS: Oude Leliestraat 2, 1015 AW Amsterdam, Netherlands
Metro STATION: Central 

6. Bluebird in Amsterdam

There are few pleasures a simple as coming to Bluebird for a hot cup of mint tea, with a book to read. This is one of the most relaxing coffee shops in the city, and the music they play by both day and night is always on point. 

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 9:30am to 1am
ADDRESS: Sint Antoniesbreestraat 71, 1011 HB Amsterdam, Netherlands
Metro STATION: Waterlooplein

7. Katsu Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Katsu is further outside of the center of Amsterdam, which means locals enjoy it here too. This is like a coffee shop meets sports bar, so if there is a big game on and you want to enjoy it — pull up a table!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 10am to 12am
ADDRESS: Eerste van der Helststraat 70, 1072 NZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Metro STATION: Vijzelgracht

8. Abraxas in Amsterdam

This is probably my person favorite coffee shop in The Dam. I find the interior whimsical and super comforting, and it is a lot more spacious than most of the cafes in the center. 

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The perfect spot if you want to settle in for a few hours and get some work done remotely. 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 9:30am to 1am
ADDRESS: Jonge Roelensteeg 12-14, 1012 PL Amsterdam, Netherlands
Metro STATION: Rokin

9. Coffeeshop Siberia in Amsterdam

It was a local who first recommended the Siberia coffeeshop to me, and I’ve been grateful ever since. This isn’t a tourist trap, despite being so close to the city center. 

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They tend to play everything from chilled reggae to French rap — it’s an overall great vibe with good prices.

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 9am to 11pm
ADDRESS: Brouwersgracht 11, 1015 GA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Metro STATION: Central

10. Kooi Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

I love the birdcage theme of this coffee shop, and the fact that nothing is overpriced — teas, cakes, coffee and snacks. Overall, the atmosphere is unmatched compared to other coffee shops of this size. 

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If you want to use a bong, they will give you free tobacco to pack it. 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 10am to 1am
ADDRESS: Amstelstraat 35, 1017 DA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Metro STATION: Waterlooplein