This iconic hangout has been patronised by many cannabis-conscious celebrities over the years, including eminent stoners like Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson. Held in high esteem by consumers the world over, Grey Area’s reputation is definitely well deserved – it has an extensive selection of award-winning cannabis and a back-to-basics vibe that lets its gear speak for itself. Word to the wise: don’t expect much leg room in Grey Area. It’s notoriously small.
A little clarity to start. The term might be ‘coffeehouse’, but this term has come to mean alcohol-free establishments in Amsterdam where cannabis can be purchased and enjoyed, a staple of the city’s identity and culture in modern times. Sure, there might be a coffee or two on the go, but a trip to an Amsterdam coffeehouse is a joint-heavy experience.
But do not make the mistake of assuming that this is a free-for-all, far from it. The ban on smoking tobacco in public places created an air of confusion for visitors, meaning only ‘pure’ weed can be smoked in these parts. The coffeehouses are not allowed to sell alcohol or any other drugs, and the coffee mentioned prior isn’t for the purists. There are more than 100 licensed coffeeshops in the city, and the most fun ones are well worth seeking out, so check out our guide to the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam.
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