The first thing on most weed smokers list of things-to-do in Amsterdam is to find a coffee shop (aka legal marijuana dispensary) and indulge in some of the best quality ganja in the world. But being able to get legally high in a cannabis-friendly coffee shop is only the beginning of what Amsterdam has to offer.
There are some seriously amazing attractions to see and awesome activities to get involved in all around the city. Check out our list below of the best things for weed smokers to do when visiting Amsterdam.
1. Visit One of the Better/Greater Coffee Shops
As you probably already know, cannabis-friendly coffee shops where you can legally buy weed are plentiful here in Amsterdam. And there are two prominent areas where you can find what you need without having to trek all over the city. These two main areas are Haarlemmerstraat and the Red Light District. Some coffeeshops are set up as chillout spots where you can hangout, smoke weed and relax for a while with your friends. While others are more like quick-stop-shops where you can walk in, buy your marijuana and be on your way without even taking a seat. When searching for these Ganja-selling-coffee-shops, don’t expect to see any large signs or advertising in the storefronts which say BUY YOUR MARIJUANA HERE! However, these ‘specialty coffee shops’ are fairly easy to spot when walking down the street and it will become evident you are in the right place as soon as you walk inside the venue. Some of our favourite better/greater coffee shops are Greenhouse, Hill Street Blues Cafe and Boerejongens.
2. Chillout and Wander At Vondelpark
The beautiful grounds of Vondelpark welcomes about 10 million visitors every single year. It’s the largest city park in Amsterdam and is often compared to New York’s famous Central Park because of its open grass areas, forested treeline, tranquil lakes and bicycle pathways. Smoking marijuana in Vondelpark isn’t recommended, especially during the day when there are lots of families and children around. But it’s still a great place to chillout, explore and go for a wander after you’ve visited one of the many legal marijuana smoking venues in town. During the summer months at Vondelpark (June, July, August) there is an Open Air Theater which has free concerts and events happening 5 days per week. From Wednesday through to Sunday, you can experience everything from live music to cabaret dance shows at the main stage near the northeastern entrance of the park.
3. Visit the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum
Amsterdam’s social acceptance for the everyday use of marijuana is one of the primary reasons weed smokers are drawn to visit the area. So it’s no surprise Amsterdam is also home to a large museum that is completely dedicated to the marijuana plant. The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum has a wealth of interesting information available inside. It also has more than 12,000 objects on display related to all types of cannabis use throughout history. A visit here is a great way to better understand the many different benefits of marijuana and how it can be used. You’ll surely be amazed at the fascinating exhibits and creative artwork displayed throughout the entire museum. Find out how marijuana was once used as an ancient shamanistic ritual. Learn the details of why cannabis hemp is one of the most versatile materials the world has ever seen. A great place to spend a few hours and you’ll definitely leave Amsterdam a more educated smoker after your visit to The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum.
4. Eat at Foodhallen
If you’re a weed smoker visiting Amsterdam, it’s inevitable at some point during your trip you are going to get extremely hungry! So to cure your case of the marijuana munchies, make your way over to one of the best food spots in the city called Foodhallen. Foodhallen is a huge indoor food market located in the De Hallen cultural complex. It has over 20 different food stalls all serving a wide variety of high-end street food and alcoholic beverages. Indulge in a mouth-watering wood-fired pizza with a glass of wine. Or snack on some delicious authentic Cantonese style dim sum while sipping on some of Amsterdam’s finest beer. There is also plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on offer so you’re guaranteed to find something suitable to satisfy any craving. And there’s lots of seating available inside the food hall so you can chillout, relax and enjoy the ambience with your delicious meal.
5. Take A Smoke Boat Tour Along The Canal
For weed smokers is a leisurely boat cruise down the canal near the Red Light District a great way to explore the local area. Combine your boat cruise with a weed-friendly captain, a few joints and some relaxing reggae music — now you have the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the magnificent sights around the city. The Smoke Boat Amsterdam allows all passengers to smoke marijuana freely on board the vessel. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the views while the boat’s captain takes you on a leisurely tour along the waters of the scenic canal. This is a truly unique experience and is guaranteed to be one of the highlights from your trip to Amsterdam. A definite must-do for all weed smokers visiting the city.