Coffeeshop Walking Tour
Why take the Coffeeshop Walking Tour? Well, the easiest way to do a coffeeshop tour in the centre of Amsterdam is by foot. The streets are vibrant and you will see things you won’t see with other methods of transport. Some streets in the centre have up to 4 or 5 coffeeshops. Because most of the tourists stay in the centre, prices are normally higher than other parts of the city. If you want to experience the authentic coffeeshop vibe and are curious about Amsterdam’s coffeeshop culture, the Amsterdam coffeeshop walking tour is a great way to learn more about the world’s leading city of the liberal cannabis culture.
We will educate you on coffeeshop rules, what is permitted and what it not, where the coffeeshops get their wares from (it’s prohibited to purchase, not to sell), decriminalization, the history of coffeeshops, a meet and greet with a coffeeshop owner, Dutch weed-growing techniques and many more nice to knows. If you are into the liberal Amsterdam culture, this coffeeshop walking tour will help you understand why the Dutch are friendly, progressive and open-minded people.
– 11:00 and 14:00 daily
– 2 hours duration
– € 25.- per person
Amsterdam Coffeeshops Culture
The meeting point is in front of the entrance of restaurant “In de Waag” at Nieuwmarkt (Chinatown near the Redlight). Please be there 10 minutes before the tour starts.
For the full address details, please refer to Google maps at the bottom of this page.
The history of coffeeshops
From Nieuwmarkt, it’s a short walk to our first (hidden) coffeeshop stop, where we will stop for refreshments and a short group introduction.
We will inform you about the history of coffeeshops before we commence our walking tour.
Old school soft/hard drugs problems
We will walk through one of Amsterdam’s most famous streets. This is where Surinamese gangs used to rule the streets, dealing heroin and cannabis.
Back then, Amsterdam also housed many Vietnam war veterans from the US doing drug experiments. How did Amsterdam tackle the problem of heroin on the city’s streets?
New Style coffeeshops
We show you the new style coffeeshop that resembles a franchise chain. They all have the same look and feel.
The world’s biggest coffeeshop is in Amsterdam
With more than 500 seats, this is the biggest traditional coffeeshop in the world. Founded in the eighties, it is wildly popular with visitors from all over the world.
We will inform you about the standard coffeeshop rules. Amsterdam currently has about 170 coffeeshops. Back in 1993 that number was approximately 550. What has changed since that time? Learn about the decriminalization of these establishments, how weed is grown in the Netherlands and many more nice to knows.
Amsterdams most famous coffeeshop street
We will take you on foot through Amsterdam’s most famous coffeeshop street and give you the full lowdown.
Amsterdam’s most famous area, the Jordaan, with a wealth of coffeeshops. Amsterdam’s biggest criminal was born here! Let us show you where. You won´t believe your ears when you hear the guide’s full story – the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction!
End of the tour.
A lot of famous Amsterdam artists were born in De Jordaan. Most of them have passed on, but we should take a moment to recognize their significance to the city of Amsterdam. We show you their statues and stories, just a stone´s throw from the houseboat museum.
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