It may be a bit clichéd to get stoned in Amsterdam, but it is still a unique experience, and one not to be missed if you’re partial to the hippie lettuce. There is a full spectrum of choice when it comes to atmosphere and the product itself. Some coffeeshops are big and colorful, while others are small and dark. Some cater mostly to locals, others to tourists. Some do better weed, others better hash.
Of course, getting high isn’t just about smoking dope, it’s also about getting the munchies! Everyone who comes here has a story about having eaten the absolute bestest falafel, waffle, FEBO meat-product – EVER! This could of course mean that Amsterdam serves fabulous food, or it could just be the green haze talking… Either way, there are plenty of places around town, from hot dog stands to noodle bars to sit down restaurants in which to satisfy your chronic cravings.
While Amsterdam is famous for its coffeeshops, marijuana is not actually legal here. Instead, there is a policy of non-enforcement, or “gedoogbeleid” (turning a blind eye, essentially), which is how coffeeshops are able to sell it. However, it’s seriously frowned upon (especially by the police) if you go around town flaunting the fact that you’re smoking dope and making an arse of yourself—so don’t.