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The casual visitor to Amsterdam would do well to know their coffeeshops from their cafés. The purchase and consumption of cannabis has been legal in the latter since 1976, and they remain a huge tourist attraction – making Amsterdam quite easily the weed capital of Europe. There are more than 100 licensed coffeeshops dotted all over the city, meaning you’re never far away from a joint or space cake should the urge arise.
There are, however, a few quirks and rules that newcomers should be aware of. Smoking tobacco is no longer allowed in public spaces in the Netherlands so, somewhat perversely, you can only smoke ‘pure’ weed (some Amsterdam coffeeshops now have sealed smoking rooms). They’re forbidden from selling alcohol or any other drugs – so, magic mushrooms are no longer available – and while they do often have coffee, it’s usually very average. Many coffeeshops are somewhat bland and uninspiring, but a few work hard to cultivate a convivial, fun atmosphere and stick out from the crowd. Here, then, are the best places to get your smoke on while you’re in town.
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