How To Be An Amsterdamsel

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Every year the beautiful city of Amsterdam is flooded with tourists, some hoping to relax and enjoy cannabis in a legal, safe and comfortable environment. However the majority of Amsterdam’s canna-culture is still geared towards a male audience, and your average guide doesn’t exactly specify places you can go if you’re a female smoker with slightly more selective tastes.

Following a recent trip to our favourite city, we’ve put together this quick guide of some of our favourite tried-and-tested places, for those cannaseurs hoping for a more high-end experience. Pack your favourite flats, because Amsterdam is best on foot, and be prepared to gasp with awe around every corner. 

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Conservatorium Hotel – a beautifully eclectic fortress in the Museum District. Guests can also enjoy Akasha Spa, a minimally designed sanctuary which feels like a luxurious space spa on Elysium. Head out to the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum nearby, return to the lounge where afternoon drinks are served and enjoy flipping through one of the coffee table books. 

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The Dylan Hotel – Amsterdam’s hidden gem, a beautiful boutique hotel with 40 individually designed rooms and located on the prestigious Keizersgracht, the Dylan is an idyllic private escape. Within, is the Michelin starred restaurant Vinkeles which serves a French style menu with a contemporary twist. 

Hotel Seven One Seven – formerly a private home, this old townhouse sits on the most beautiful canal, Prinsengracht. The staff are known for their relaxed but attentive attitude, and a traditional Dutch breakfast is served in the Strawinsky room or outdoor courtyard. 

Sir Albert Hotel – a former diamond factory, the Sir Albert Hotel is designed for the modern aristocrat. Browse the hotel library, and retreat to the residents-only study to enjoy books about art, architecture and design, or dine at the in-house Izakaya restaurant, which serves intriguing Japanese cuisine.

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Greenhouse Kitchen – a truly unique experience, allowing patrons to vape natural herbs, not only cannabis, while enjoying a menu of organic and locally produced food. Read our full interview with the owner Celester Roskam, on the blog soon!

Barney’s Lounge – The most laid-back, female friendly coffeeshop in Amsterdam. There’s a no-tobacco rule, and digital Volcano vapes are free to use for those who prefer a smoke-free experience. Order a fresh juice and mellow out to The Steve Miller Band playing in the background, it’s easy to relax here. Everybody leaves Barney’s Lounge feeling happy. 

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De Twede Kamer Coffeeshop – tucked away and easily overlooked, this place is less likely to be filled with lad gangs from Leeds, as it’s more popular with the locals. Definitely worth checking out.

Abraxas Coffeeshop – very friendly place with a laid-back vibe and subtle psychedelic decor. We love the Morroccan-style stools and there’s usually a great cannabis selection on offer.

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Hortus Botanicus – explore one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. 

IJ-Hallen Flea Market – held monthly in Amsterdam North, this is a real treasure trove of trinkets, antiques and curiosities. 

The Begijnhof – one of the oldest inner courts in the city, circled by historic private residences. In spring, the court is full of blooming tulips. 

For the View – check out Sky Lounge or Twenty Third Bar for amazing city views.

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Restaurant De Kas – housed within a set of greenhouses which date back to 1926 and formerly used by the Amsterdam Municipal Nursery, all the produce is grown in-house, and each day a new fixed menu is created based on the harvest from the nursery. 

Pompa – a friendly place serving delicious Mediterranean style tapas dishes.

Kitchen & Bar Van Rijn – located on the famous Rembrandtplein, Van Rijn offers high-end European dining, and the cosy low lighting makes it a perfect dinner date spot!

Tales & Spirits – quirky cocktail bar and restaurant with a speakeasy vibe, and a creative menu taking inspiration from its global patrons. The truffle risotto is divine. 

More great places….

Little Collins | Greenwoods | De Drie Graefjes | 5&33 The Seafood Bar | Bo Cinq | Lion Noir

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Hempstory – delightfully clean and cosy shop & cafe selling unique and high quality products made out of hemp, including skincare, linens, clothes and stationery. Try the unbelievably fragrant Hemp Detox tea, and browse through the art & design magazines at the large table at the back. 

Sukha – a flawlessly put together department store right in the middle of Amsterdam, selling everything from fashion to furniture. We love the luxurious knits and locally-made jewellery, all ethically and sustainably made. You will feel so at home you won’t want to leave!

Six and Sons – not far down the road is Six and Sons, a lifestyle shop selling selected clothing labels (mostly European), innovative oddities, accessories and vintage finds. Stay a while and chat to the friendly staff, or have an espresso as you peruse the highly curated collection, there’s a cool story behind every designer and piece.

Dille & Kamille – a dream come true for organised homemakers everywhere, this place seems to stock every type of classy kitchen item imaginable, and then pairs it with a stunning array of other complimentary home accessories that it takes your breath away (go when you’re high!)

Hutspot – always ahead of the game, and stocking all kinds of interesting wares from designers, artists and brands who create with function and aesthetics in mind. They have two locations in Amsterdam, there’s also a lunchroom, a bar and for the guys, Hutspot Barber Shop.

STAY

  • Walk. Amsterdam is best explored on foot. Download Citymapper just in case, but part of the fun is getting lost.
  • Learn the traffic system when you arrive – this one’s KEY.
  • Don’t be afraid to chat to people – the Dutch are nice, and pretty much everyone speaks English.
  • Coffeeshops don’t always have your best interests at heart…sad, but true. Pay attention to waiting staff, make sure they give you the right change, there are some that give the rest a bad rep by taking advantage of forgetful stoners.
  • Amsterdam cannabis is strong – know your limits.
  • Try the pancakes. They’re really good.
  • Try the cheese too, Dutch cheese is famous for a reason. 
  • Spend some time in one of the many beautiful parks.
  • Check out this blog for more awesome insider tips.

Images: Canna Curious Club / Dille + Kamille / Sukha

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