Amsterdam's coffeeshops are an iconic part of the city, and for
many tourists they constitute a unique and essential element to any
visit to the Netherlands. In Amsterdam, 'coffeeshop' means a place
where cannabis is openly sold and smoked, while 'café' refers to
somewhere that sells coffee, tea and cakes. The coffee shops can
legally sell marijuana to adults over 18 years of age. Travellers
are warned, however, that the personal possession of drugs is
illegal. There are a variety of coffee shops in the city, from
laid-back and mellow to psychedelic and loud. It is expected of
customers to consume not only the cannabis but also a beverage or
snack while at the venue. Most coffee shops offer several kinds of
weed or hash listed on a 'menu', and the staff can give advice on
the different strains and strengths before you place your order.
The prices vary according to the quality and be warned: the local
skunk is very strong!