Smoking weed in Amsterdam: the ultimate guide [Updated 2022] (2023)

If you’re heading to the Netherlands, chances are you want to smoke weed in Amsterdam — right?

Of course, before you light up your green and enjoy all those good vibes, it’s important that you know smoking weed in Amsterdam isn’t quite what everyone expects.

For example, did you know that weed in Amsterdam isn’t technically legal — despite what you may have heard?

Yep. So listen up weed-desiring folks: here’s everything you need to know when it comes to getting high in Amsterdam!

Want to get there fast? Choose a section below! 🌿

  • 👮‍♀️ The law on smoking weed in Amsterdam and the Netherlands
  • 👉 How to order weed at an Amsterdam coffeeshop
  • 💸 How much is weed in Amsterdam?
  • 👍 Some of the best coffeeshop options in Amsterdam
  • 🧳 YSK: Smoking weed in Amsterdam is mainly a tourist activity
  • ⚠️ Knowing your limits when smoking weed in Amsterdam
  • 🍄 Other trippy experiences in Amsterdam

👮‍♀️ The law on smoking weed in Amsterdam and the Netherlands

Let’s start with the basics. For one, cannabis is not actually legal in the Netherlands.

Surprised? We were too! Weed in the Netherlands is only decriminalised.

This means that consuming weed in Amsterdam and the rest of the country is tolerated — unlike other countries like Canada, Mexico, Uruguay where it is legal.

Essentially, you’re able to walk into a coffeeshop, purchase less than five grams of weed, and smoke it as long as you’re not being a pain in butt.

It’s neither legal nor illegal: it’s a smokey grey area.

So can you legally smoke weed in Amsterdam?

Technically? No. In practice? Yes, you can smoke weed in Amsterdam in public or in private.

However, make sure you’re abiding by the rules, namely:

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  • You don’t have more than five grams of weed in your possession,
  • You’re not causing a public disturbance, and
  • You’re smoking in an area of Amsterdam where it is not banned.

🙋‍♂️ But how do Amsterdam coffeeshop owners get their stock?

This is where it gets fun. Stocking a coffeeshop is technically illegal because it requires a person to transport more than the allowed five grams of weed and leads to people who grow more than the allowed maximum of five plants.

As a result, each day many coffeeshop owners swap tens of thousands of dollars cash for a few kilos of cannabis. A coffeeshop is only allowed 500 grams on-site at any time, leading to multiple deliveries during daily business.

👉 How to order weed at an Amsterdam coffeeshop

Ordering weed at an Amsterdam coffeeshop is just as easy as ordering a coffee at Starbucks: once you know how to do it, it’s simple!

1. Walk inside and look at the menu

Most coffeeshops have a menu near the register with the types of weed available and the prices. You can either take a look at this and make a decision for yourself or ask the person at the register for a recommendation.

You’ll need to decide:

  • what variety and strain of weed you would like, and
  • how you would like to consume it

The main categories of weed are pure weed (just the leaves), weed mixed with tobacco (the most common option in the Netherlands), and hashish (a more concentrated form of weed typically with higher amounts of THC).

You will also be asked to decide between Indica weed (for a more relaxing body high) or Sativa weed (for an uplifting head high).

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Finally, you’ll be asked to choose your delivery method. Would you prefer:

  • to roll your own joints by buying loose bud?
  • to buy a pre-rolled joint?
  • to eat it via an edible?

If it’s your first time, our advice is to go for a pre-roll of pure Sativa or Indica when you’re smoking weed in Amsterdam for the first time.

If you’re entirely new to smoking and feel a bit nervous, an edible might be for you. Be aware that edibles should be consumed in small quantities (share a muffin with a couple of friends) because its effects take a while to activate and sneak up on you.

2. Order at the counter with your ID ready

You can place your order (almost always in English!) at the counter. Ask them for what you decided, or ask for a recommendation. E.g. you could ask for:

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  • “A pre-rolled joint that will make me relaxed.”
  • “An edible for a first-timer.”
  • “One gram of bud that I can use in a bong at a party.”

You may be asked for your ID before you’re allowed to purchase anything. You need to be at least 18 years old to buy and smoke weed in the Netherlands, so make sure you have your EU identification card or your passport at easy access.

The attendant will weigh your choice of weed on scales if you took a loose option, or hand you your pre-rolled joints or edibles.

3. Request anything else you need and pay

Do you need a lighter? Or rolling papers? (If you’re rolling your own joint). Do you feel like using a grinder? These items are almost always available at the counter — just ask the attendant.

Some coffeeshops have complimentary rolling papers and filters available at the counter when you’re buying weed, so take advantage of this where possible.

Finally, you need to cough up your cash. The attendant will tell you your total and you can make the payment.

⚠️ Warning! Some coffeeshops in Amsterdam only accept cash and others only accept card payments. It’s best to have both on hand before you make your order. Be careful, because some bank cards don’t work in the Netherlands.

4. Choose where you will smoke and light up!

Many coffeeshops in Amsterdam have an indoor area. If you’ve bought weed from the coffeeshop you can head through and smoke inside or on their terrace.

Many coffeeshops nowadays have drinks or even some light bar snacks available. There may also be a TV or music going so you can fully chill out.

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If you’d prefer to not get high with other tourists around you, you’re just as welcome to pocket your weed and head to a private location: a private household, a park, whatever your choice.

However, make sure you’re allowed to smoke wherever you end up; many hotels and Airbnb’s won’t allow it and there are some places in Amsterdam where it is forbidden.

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💸 How much is weed in Amsterdam?

The cost of weed in Amsterdam is dependent on a number of things, including:

  • strain and variety
  • strength
  • location of the coffeeshop

As a general guide, you can expect to pay:

One gram of weedBetween €7 and €20
A pre-rolled jointBetween €5 and €12 (or even as little as three joints for €10)
An edible brownie, cookie, or similarBetween €5 and €15

👍 Some of the best coffeeshop options in Amsterdam

So instead of recommending coffeeshops based on weed quality, we’ll give you some suggestions based on the atmosphere, which ultimately plays an important role in the experience.

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There are some major tourist hotspots that, depending on what you like, you may like to visit or avoid like a plague. The Bulldog chain is one of these: it’s worth a selfie with the sign, but there are plenty of places you can go for the true smoking weed in Amsterdam experience.

For something more authentic, try Spirit in the Jordaan. They have pinball, which, while already super fun, is even more so when you’re high. Easy Times near the Rijks has a big private smoking room with plenty of seating and a big TV and an outdoor terrace.

7 best coffeeshops to visit to smoke weed in Amsterdam

CoffeeshopThe best partsLocationWebsite
BoerejongensGreat vibe, friendly staff, four locations🗺🔗
CoffeeshopAmsterdamNear Central Station, clean, friendly, premium choices🗺🔗
Tweede KamerAround forever, awesome vibes, newly renovated🗺🔗
Grey AreaA favourite for Americans (and celebrities!)🗺🔗
The SpiritAmusement park theme, chilled vibes🗺🔗
Easy TimesModern, but with a laidback atmosphere. A home away from home. 🗺🔗
The Dampkring (Original)Great for first-timers, authentic, with comfy sofas🗺🔗

Honourable mention: The Bulldog because it is an institution so you should go there at least once even though it is kind of a tourist trap in Amsterdam.

To get more info on the best places for smoking weed in Amsterdam, be sure to check out the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam.

Where to get information on smoking weed in Amsterdam

Planning on picking up a bit of green in Amsterdam but unsure where to start? There’s an information centre for that!

Coffeeshop Info Centre Amsterdam isn’t a grizzly dark coffeeshop filled with well-seasoned smokers — it’s shiny, well-lit, and has experts there to help you answer all your questions about smoking weed in Amsterdam.

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They can also answer all your questions on the regulations about soft drugs in the Netherlands, sell premium seeds, and you can score some stylish ganja paraphernalia too. If you’re looking for a CBD fix in Amsterdam, you can find CBD supplements, skincare, and food and drinks from SupMedi.

You’ll find the Coffeeshop Info Centre Amsterdam just a three-minute walk from the Central Station (you know, in case you’re itching to get started as soon as you arrive). 😉

🧳 YSK: Smoking weed in Amsterdam is mainly a tourist activity

Walk into any coffeeshop in Amsterdam no, not a café where you get good coffee and cold drinks, a coffeeshop where you get weed and bad coffee and you will instantly notice something: the people behind the counter are all Dutch, and most customers are foreigners.

This is because, despite what you may have heard about the Netherlands being a weed paradise, the Dutch don’t actually smoke that much weed. In fact, less than 25% of Dutchies admit that they’ve tried a cannabis product in their lifetime.

⚠️ Knowing your limits when smoking weed in Amsterdam

This is the part where we warn you that you should be careful when consuming marijuana, especially if you’re doing it for the first time.

Smoking weed allows you to control how high you get by smoking just a little or a lot. Hopefully, you’re getting high with a friend, in which case you two can share a one-gram pre-roll to start with.

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We don’t want to sound like your Mum, but make sure to:

💧 Stay hydrated,
🚲 Be careful with bikes when roaming the city, and
❌ Never buy weed from any place that isn’t a coffeeshop.

If you don’t know how your body (or mind) will react to marijuana, take it slow and stay in a safe place with friends until the high has worn off. Smoking weed in Amsterdam is very safe — but smoke responsibly, kids. 😉 Because…

🙈 The Netherlands doesn’t have a regulating body for marijuana

If you come from the US or Canada and live in a state/province that has legalised marijuana for recreational use, you may be accustomed to buying weed that has a lot of information about what it is, where it was grown, how potent it is, and how much THC it contains.

This is not the case with weed in Amsterdam.

That means that if you’re a newbie, going to a disreputable coffeeshop may mean you could be getting random weed.

If you’re a connoisseur and can really tell the difference between Indica, Sativa, AK-47, and Alice In Wonderland, good for you! You should call out the coffeeshop when they try to sell you something you didn’t ask for.

🍄 Other trippy experiences in Amsterdam

If you’re looking for something a bit more trippy or want to make Van Goghs starry night come to life, then perhaps consider trying truffles.

In Amsterdam, truffles are sold in smart shops and are actually legal — so if you’ve ever wanted to give them a go, this could be your sign.

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Alternatively, perhaps you want to spend your whole holiday getting to know the epic club scene in the Netherlands?

If you’re interested in harder drugs, then make sure you read up on ecstasy use in the Netherlands. The pills have a higher concentration here than in other countries so be wary.

There is much more to smoking weed in Amsterdam than just hopping into the nearest coffeeshop near your hotel and asking for a joint.

It’s important to know what you’re getting, understand your own limits, and be in a safe environment when you are trying something for the first time. But — it is a stack of fun and a quintessential aspect of visiting Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

What tips do you have when it comes to smoking weed in Amsterdam? Tell us in the comments below!

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2020, and was fully updated in January 2022for your reading pleasure.


Can you smoke weed in coffee shops in Amsterdam? ›

Hard drugs are not allowed. Import and export of drugs is illegal. You cannot smoke in public. You can smoke weed only in Amsterdam coffeeshops.

Can tourists still go to coffee shops Amsterdam 2022? ›

Tourists will be barred from entering cannabis coffee shops in Amsterdam under legislation passed by the city council. Many 'cannabis tourists,' who are frequently seen in Amsterdam, may be disappointed to learn that these shops will no longer be able to serve non-residents in the near future.

Can you walk around and smoke in Amsterdam? ›

It is not allowed to smoke in the public (you can get a fine, but usually just a reminder from the policeman), and it is not polite either to roam the streets, shops or restaurants while stoned. You can easily bump into a bike or a tram and die. If you have to, use the cannabis in the privacy of the coffeeshop.

Can you cycle stoned in Amsterdam? ›

Do not cycle drunk or stoned in Amsterdam. Not only is it very unsafe in a city with so many cyclists, it's also illegal. You will get a fine of 100 euro when you'd do this.

Can tourists smoke in coffee shops in Amsterdam? ›

You are allowed to smoke weed in a coffee shop, but tobacco is forbidden because of the Dutch smoking ban. The city of Amsterdam has a policy to maintain a small-scale coffeeshop sector.

Does a US citizen need a visa to enter Amsterdam? ›

The Netherlands is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter the Netherlands for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

Is the red district open in Amsterdam? ›

The Red Light District is open 24/7. There is no entrance or exit to this area, it can be visited any time. The window brothels are only closed for 2 hours a day between 6:00 and 8:00.

Can you smoke on your balcony in Amsterdam? ›

There are no laws to stop you smoking on a balcony... the issue you would have is if somebody in the next room complained... then you would probably be charged a"cleaning fee" which all hotels have printed on the room rules nowadays..

Can you smoke in Amsterdam hotel rooms? ›

In most Amsterdam hotels & hostels smoking is not allowed. From July 2008, the city banned smoking of tobacco in all public indoor places. This means also all hotel lobbies and most hotel rooms are off limits to smoking.

Can I drive in Amsterdam with US license? ›

Tourists are allowed to drive in the Netherlands on a valid state license, preferably in combination with an International Driver's License which may be obtained in the United States through the AAA.

Do I need a Covid test to enter Amsterdam from US? ›

You must have a negative test result before you board the plane to the Netherlands. The test result may have been issued on the basis of a NAAT(PCR)-test or an antigen test that is no more than 48 hours old at departure. A check will take place upon arrival at Schiphol airport.

Can I move to Amsterdam as an American? ›

In order to reside in The Netherlands, one must be in possession of a valid residence permit. This must be obtained from the Dutch Immigration authorities, the Immigratie en Naturalisatiedienst otherwise known as the IND.

Is Red Light District Amsterdam cash only? ›

7 | Bring Cash Money

Most banks and transaction-companies do not want to be active in the sex-industries, which frustrates the sex workers in the Red Light District. If you want to visit a prostitute in Amsterdam, make sure to bring enough cash money (euros). Cash is king!

What to expect in Red Light District? ›

Apart from prostitution, the red light district showcases live adult store sex shows, strip clubs, cannabis coffeeshops, bars and peep shows. You can also visit popular museums such as the Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution and the Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum.

What can you not do in the Red Light District in Amsterdam? ›

What Not To Do In Amsterdam's Red Light District
  • No Photos. No matter how curious you are, do not take any pictures of the sex workers and brothels without consent. ...
  • No Whistling. Treat sex workers with respect. ...
  • No Staring. ...
  • No Drinking And Drugs. ...
  • No Littering. ...
  • Don't Indulge In Illegal Prostitution.

Can you smoke in public parks in Amsterdam? ›

Streets, parks, and public areas

While it might feel strange if smoking bud is illegal in your home country, you won't get pulled up by the Dutch police if you're simply smoking a joint in public and they see you.

What should you not wear in Amsterdam? ›

A denim jeans or a ripped jeans are definitely a no-go. To finish your look, it'd be better to wear heels or fashionable flip-on shoes instead of sneakers. Sneakers can easily be too casual.

Can you smoke in hotel balconies? ›

Absolutely not! A balcony is considered an integral part of a non-smoking area because the stench of cigarette smoke wafts up and into nearby apartments if those neighbours have decided to leave their doors or windows open.

Can you smoke a joint anywhere in Amsterdam? ›

Amsterdam is one of the only places in Europe where people are tolerated to consume marijuana in public spaces. Unsurprisingly, this has become a huge pull to the city. If it's your first time visiting Amsterdam, you're probably curious to try smoking cannabis.

Can you get kicked out of a hotel for smoking? ›

Smoking in a non-smoking room

Hotel staff have little patience for those who break this rule, so they could kick you out if they catch you, on top of assessing a cleaning fee.

What hotel can I smoke in Amsterdam? ›

Top Amsterdam Hotels with smoking rooms
  • De L'Europe Amsterdam. 5 out of 5. ...
  • Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol. 4 out of 5. ...
  • Apollo Hotel Amsterdam, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. ...
  • The Flying Pig Uptown Hostel. ...
  • The Flying Pig Downtown Youth Hostel. ...
  • Hotel Abba. ...
  • Best Western Plus Amsterdam Airport Hotel. ...
  • St Christopher's at The Winston.

Is coffee shop open in Amsterdam? ›

Overview coffeeshop opening times Amsterdam

Opening around 7:00 – 9:00 am and closing at 1:00 am (or 3:00 am depending on the day of the week), you will only have to span about 4 hours.

Has restrictions been lifted in Amsterdam? ›

Most Covid measures have been lifted. These rules remain unchanged. Any symptoms? Stay at home and take a self-test.

Should you tip in Amsterdam? ›

'. This one is pretty simple to answer – the Dutch do not have a tipping culture as strongly-ingrained as much of the English-speaking world. In a bar, restaurant, or private boat tour in Amsterdam, provided the service was good, a tip of around 10% is appreciated but not automatically expected.

What time do bars shut in Amsterdam? ›

Bars and cafes in the city center may open weekdays until 1:00am, weekends until 3am. Clubs usually open their doors around 22:00, and are often open until 3am. In Amsterdam you will also find a number of night pubs, these cafes are open weekdays until 4am and on weekends are open until 5:00am.

What happens in an Amsterdam coffee shop? ›

» What is an Amsterdam Coffeeshop? In the Netherlands, a coffeeshop is an establishment where you can legally do soft drugs — buying and smoking weed or hash, eating “space cakes” (any kind of cake or sweet like brownies that is infused with cannabis), etc.

Can US citizens travel to Netherlands right now? ›

The Government's decision means that as of 17 September 2022, no Covid-19 related restrictions or requirements apply to travellers entering the Netherlands, including those from countries outside the EU/Schengen Area. Except for China.

Do you still have to wear a mask in Amsterdam? ›

In the Netherlands, wearing a face mask is not required anywhere, including on public transport.

Do I have to go through customs for a connecting flight in Amsterdam? ›

You won't be going through customs at Schiphol until you return from your trip. Unless you're travelling to another Schengen country, you'll be going through passport control after the security check. And that process is handled by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, not Dutch Customs.


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