Amsterdam Coffee Shop Guide. Amsterdam undoubtedly offers more freedom and experience to travelers than other European cities. Both the legality of prostitution and the fact that light drugs are free up to a certain limit make this place a center of attraction. Of course, someone from this attraction is looking to fill their pockets and trying to get the money in the pockets of the tourists. I have previously presented you an article with the title of tourist traps in Europe, read this article once in order not to be scammed while traveling around Europe. In this article, too, I will provide you with a complete Amsterdam Coffee Shop Guide. IF YOU ARE UNDER 18, LEAVE THIS PAGE IMMEDIATELY.
First of all, let me state that this Coffee Shop Guide was not prepared by going to Amsterdam once and staying for 2 days. I’ve been to Amsterdam 2 times so far and stayed 11 days in total. In this article, you can find the things to be considered on the basis of Coffee Shop in Amsterdam in detail. Besides, I share my coffee shop experiences with you. Before I start the article What is a Coffee Shop? Let’s answer the question;
What is a Coffee Shop?
Coffee Shop is a code name among people when drugs were not legal in Amsterdam. Today, it is called the place where legal drugs are sold and consumed.
Amsterdam Coffee Shop Guide
This is the place where I will try to tell you about the Coffee Shops in Amsterdam as much as possible. Before you read further, I should point out that; Most of the Coffee Shops in Amsterdam are actually tourist traps. You pay 2-3 times as much for the same thing. So do not go to Amsterdam without reading this article!
Operation in Coffee Shops; If you wish, you can just take what you want and leave, or you can take whatever you want and sit in the place and have a drink.
Coffee Shop Advice and Considerations in Amsterdam
- Never buy anything from places other than the Coffee Shop, especially from those who try to sell it on the streets ! In 2014, many tourists died from street drugs.
- Bring cash with you because most places don’t accept credit cards.
- Stay away from pre-wrapped ones . It is not clear what is in them and they are more expensive. Even if you don’t know how to wrap, believe me, everyone will be dying to help you!
- If you have not used such substances before, be sure to have someone with you and try the lighter ones .
- Staff in Coffee Shops are generally very caring. Light drinking, long effect, etc. Be sure to consult their opinions . (My favorite is Amnesia)
- Go to places as far away from the Red Light area as possible , you will see the price difference. Since the Red Light region is the most touristic region, the prices are also reflected in this.
- The “magic mushroom”, which is very popular, is actually a chemical. So I definitely don’t recommend it. If you still want to eat, do not eat anywhere other than Damkring. Since it was banned about 10 years ago, it has different variants. The original magic mushroom is nowhere to be found. What you can find is Space Muffin or Space Cake with its current name .
- Buy as little as you can consume . (You can’t buy more than 5 grams anyway.)
- If you don’t want to give money, you can find it at the airport, from the people in the departures section. Because it is forbidden to carry it after a certain point.
- If you don’t know what poppy is, I suggest you smoke Marijuana (aka mariujana, the weed we know).
- If you are asking what herbs to smoke in Amsterdam ; I would say amnesia.
Coffee Shop Locations
Without going into too much detail, I will share with you the Coffee Shops I recommend in Amsterdam. Let me state this: the Bulldog coffee shop you see everywhere is actually one of the worst and most expensive places in Amsterdam. It is so crowded only because it advertises well and is located in central locations. But if you want to enter that environment, do as follows; buy weed elsewhere and go to the Bulldog Coffee Shop. Have a drink and sit there too.
The ones next to the places I have named also indicate the street name and the number. You can find it by typing it into the map application you are using, as if you put it with your hand.
- Damkring (Handboogstraat 29) This is also the home of the movie Ocean Twelve.
- Green House Center (Oudezijds Voorburgwal 191)
- Gray Area (Old Leliestraat 2)
- Siberia (Brouwersgracht 11)
- Barney’s Cofee Shop (Haarlemmerstraat 105)
- Central Coffee Shop (Prins Hendrikkade 89) For purchase only. It was the cheapest coffee shop in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Coffee Shop Prices
Coffee Shop prices vary from place to place and according to the type of grass. But to give an example, Amnesia in Damkring costs 13 Euros per gram. Or a slightly smoky herb called Sativa in the same place costs 6 Euros. In other words, the drug prices in Amsterdam are not as high as you might think.
Secrets of Amsterdam’s Red Light District: Red Light Secrets Museum
The Sex Workers Museum, which was opened in Amsterdam in 2014, drags people into complex emotions.
The museum, which wants to show the living conditions of sex workers to the visitors, also offers small sections from this difficult life. The purpose of the museum is to educate tourists against sex workers.
This sex work museum actually has a different content than its connotation.
This building, which looks like any brothel belonging to Red Light District from the outside, makes you feel completely different when you enter.
Established to show the conditions under which sex workers work, this museum leaves visitors with a deep sense of empathy.
People look at the sex workers standing in the window like this from the outside, yes, but not everyone is that respectful.
One of the most important complaints of women is that their photos are taken by tourists. Because they also have a life and families of their own. It is their natural right not to want to be exposed.
A “workplace” with a single bed, sink and toys
Most visitors say the museum shocked them
Amsterdam Municipality supports the Sex Workers Museum
The clothes worn by working women years ago are also exhibited in the museum.
A “confession wall” has also been created for incoming visitors.
There are also those who forget their important belongings among the customers. Like your dentures!
Just a small section of this small living space where everything is tried to fit…
Accessories used over the years
Red Light Secrets Museum Location: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60h, 1012 DP Amsterdam
Red Light Secrets Museum Website: https://www.redlightsecrets.com/
The 10 weirdest Guinness World Records of 2022
When you think of the Guinness Book of Records, the first thing that comes to mind is a man pulling a fire truck with his teeth, or an acrobat walking the tightrope between two skyscrapers. However, the Guinness Book of Records also has the weirdest section.
Here are the 10 weirdest Guinness World Records of 2022:
MAN HOLDING A TIN BOX ON HIS HEAD
Jamie Keeton, who lives in the USA, has a mysterious medical condition that has put him in the Guinness Book of Records.
Jamie Keeton broke the record for having the most beverage cans on his head on June 1, 2022.
18 EGGS ON HAND BACK
İbrahim Sadek, who lives in Nasiriyah, Iraq, managed to balance 18 eggs on the back of his hand, sharing the record set by British Jack Harris in May 2020.
In the US state of Oregon, Jacob Chandler began to find the letters of the alphabet soup to impress his son Brycen. This game of Jacob brought him a Guinness record.
Jacob found all 26 English letters in a bowl of alphabet soup and lined them up in 2 minutes and 8.6 seconds.
ROPE WALKING WITH HEELED SHOES
Vermont teen Ariana Wunderle, who has been performing in a youth circus since she was two years old, wore inch-heeled shoes and walked the nearly 195-foot-long tightrope when she was a senior at Bellows Falls Union High School in May.
10 FASTEST CAROLINA REAPER EATING TIMES
In the US state of California, Gregory Foster ate 10 Carolina Reaper peppers, the hottest pepper in the world, in 33.15 seconds.
LARGEST COMMUNITY WITH THE SAME NAME AND SURNAME
Founded in 1994 in Japan by the 53-year-old Hirokazu Tanaka, Hirokazu Tanaka’s Same Name Association succeeded in bringing together 178 people who share the same name at a meeting held in Tokyo’s Shibuya district in October.
PEA BLOW RECORD
Serial record setter David Rush won the 250th Guinness World Record title when he blew a pea to a distance of about 26 meters on flat ground.
LONGEST JOURNEY WITH A SUMMER BOAT
Duane Hansen used a hollowed-out pumpkin as a boat on the Missouri River the day after his 60th birthday. In this extraordinary boat, he rowed approximately 61 kilometers from Bellevue County, Nebraska to downtown Nebraska.
TOY JOIN RECORD
Lim Kai Yi from Malaysia put his award-winning puzzle-solving skills to an unusual test by taking a completely disassembled “Mr. Potato Head” toy and placing all the pieces in the right places in 5.43 seconds.
LONGEST BEARD CHAIN
At the 2022 National Beard and Mustache Championship held in Wyoming, USA, the competitors gathered their beards to form a record 150-meter beard chain.
Artis Zoo Amsterdam: A Day with the Animals
Artis Zoo Amsterdam: A Day with the Animals. The original name of the Amsterdam Zoo is Nature Artis Magistra in Latin. Its foundations were laid in 1838 by Gerardus Frederik Westerman. From 1920 onwards, the Zoo’s continued increase in animal diversity is one of the most important stages of its current success.
Entry is expensive, but it is necessary to feed dozens of animals, for example an elephant that needs 100 kilos of food per day.
At Artis Zoo, you can see a wide variety of animals, from marine animals to insect-eaters, from deer to camels. There are also large animals such as giraffes and elephants, which are among the sine qua non of a good zoo. Those who have the opportunity to come with telephoto lenses can capture very nice frames. Ideal for zoo, animal photography.
Artis Zoo Amsterdam: A Day with the Animals
Artis also has daily activities. For example, a guard said something in Dutch for a few minutes, although we did not understand what he was saying during our visit, and two elephants were making synchronized movements in the elephant field. We didn’t know if it had anything to do with the goalkeeper. They do various presentations about animals like this that I think are informative, and you can see such accounts in the gorillas and penguins section and a few other places.
Today, the zoo is home to hundreds of different animal species, including 200 different tree species. They were building a new jaguar field in the middle of Artis, where there is a botanical park for botanical lovers. The aquarium section is also very comprehensive. It has a wide and colorful range from fish to marine plants.
Apart from the activity of closely observing the animals, there is also a park area for children. It is a beautiful area with climbing, sliding, balancing, walking a tightrope, every activity is interconnected and ends with a slide down a high slide.
The landscape of the zoo is too beautiful to ignore. It is also used as a resting area with funnel-shaped trees, sculptures and water fountains. The water arrangements are so beautiful that they even built a section in the middle of the water pool for the glassless, unprotected little chimpanzees. I guess chimpanzees aren’t very good with water and they can’t get to the other side.
You need a map as a guide to visit Artis Zoo more easily, but they give you a map for 2€ when buying a ticket. Artis Zoo is free with the Amsterdam Card.
Where is Artis Zoo Amsterdam? How to get there?
Plantage Kerklaan is located at 38-40. You can take tram number 9 from Amsterdam Central and tram number 14 from Dam Square at Artis stop. Do not get off at the Amsterdam Plantage Lepellaan stop, you will have to walk. You can also reach the Waterloo metro stop in a 10-minute walk. If you need to fit your visit to the zoo in a short time, you should act fast because Artis is a big place.
Amsterdam Light Festival 2022
Amsterdam Light Festival is a highly anticipated event in Amsterdam.
Each year, artists from around the world present their concepts for light installations, which are then displayed all over the city. The festival not only attracts tourists from all over the world, but also provides a platform for local talent.
What is the Amsterdam Light Festival?
The Amsterdam Light Festival is an annual event held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The festival features various light art installations by both Dutch and international artists. Visitors can enjoy the installations by walking, cycling or taking a boat tour of Amsterdam’s canals.
Is the Amsterdam Light Festival free?
Yes, you don’t need a ticket to walk the annual Amsterdam Light Festival route. This festival is free and open to the public. You will need the ticket if you want to buy a walking route map or if you want to take a boat tour on the illuminated canals during the festival.
The Amsterdam Light Festival is an annual event that celebrates art in the form of light. Over the years, the festival has grown in popularity and now attracts visitors from all over the world. If you want to experience Amsterdam that will warm you up on cold winter days, be sure to check out the Amsterdam Light Festival.
Date: 01 December 2022-22 January 2023
Time: Every weekday, 07:00-09:00/15:00-17:00
Netherlands Christmas Events 2023
As we approach Christmas time, Christmas events are about to begin across Europe. There are many colorful Christmas preparations and events at this time of year in Germany, France, Austria, as well as the Netherlands. We will inform you about the place and time of these events.
1) Amsterdam Ice Village
Ice skating with your family and loved ones at Museumplein between 14-26 December and feel the spirit of Christmas inside.
2) Amsterdam Winter Paradise
Amsterdam Winter Paradise is a traditional winter festival with various Christmas events. Amsterdam Winter Paradise will be at RAI Amsterdam from 15 December to 1 January. However, you need to buy tickets for the festival in advance. Ticket prices vary between 15-25 €.
3) Den Haag Royal Christmas Fair
If you want to attend a Christmas market in The Hague, Den Haag Christmas Fair is for you. Den Haag Royal Christmas Fair, a fair that carries the magic of Christmas, will be in The Hague from 8 to 23 December.
4) Enschede Winter Wonderland
Another activity to consider to enjoy Christmas is Enschede Winter Wonderland. A Christmas market will not be set up, but an ice rink will be set up from December 9 to January 8. Various activities will also take place, and you can experience the joy of Christmas by participating in these activities.
5) Valkenburg Kerstmarkt Gemeentegrot
If you are tired of the usual Christmas markets and festivals, then you can visit Valkenburg Kerstmarkt Gemeentegrot, a market where you can wander inside the cave with your family and loved ones. You can visit between 18 November-30 December. Entrance fees to the Valkenburg Kerstmarkt Gemeentegrot Christmas market are €8.5 for adults and €5 for children aged 5-11.
Charles Dickens Festival
The Charles Dickens Festival is not directly related to Christmas, but since it coincides with Christmas time, we have included it in this list. The festival, where Charles Dickens fans from all over the world meet, will be held in Deventer between 10-11 December 2022.
Eindhoven Glow Light Festival 12-19 November 2022
Held in Eindhoven, the fifth largest city in the Netherlands, the GLOW light art festival takes place in November every year and attracts a large number of visitors. Light Art Festival GLOW 2021 Was Visited By 580 Thousand People.
Held in the Netherlands’ fifth largest city, Eindhoven, the GLOW light art festival takes place in November every year and attracts a large number of visitors. Last year, 580,000 people visited the event, which was held under the shadow of coronavirus measures.
35 famous national and international light artists contribute to the organization of GLOW. Light artworks created by international light artists are connected by a walkway.
GLOW focuses on a different theme each year.
GLOW was visited by 45,000 people in 2006. With each passing year, GLOW’s fan base has grown and attracts almost half a million people today.
GLOW 2022 is scheduled to take place from 12 to 19 November 2022.
Saturday and Sunday 18.30 – 23.00
Monday to Thursday 18.30 – 22.00
Friday and Saturday 18.30 – 23.00
Netherlands’ famous ice skating rink opens
Ice skating is a sport that increases its popularity in the Netherlands during the winter season and has become the country’s national sport.
So much so that the Dutch delegation at the Winter Olympics this year won gold and silver medals in various ice skating competitions.
“Ice Amsterdam”, which provides a great environment for this sport, is also a huge ice rink that opens in front of the Rijksmuseum every year from November to February of the following year.
This wonderful track opens in just 4 days: a welcome celebration and plenty of winter treats await Amsterdammers at the opening on 12 November. Ice Amsterdam will be available from 12 November if you want to experience hand-to-hand skating with your friends, family or loved ones under beautiful lighting at night and enjoy this exciting Dutch winter activity.
Ticket fee: 7 euros per person
Skate rental: 7 euros per person
Buy your tickets here: www.iceamsterdam.nl
5 free events in the Netherlands this weekend (5-6 November 2022)
1st Time Travel Exhibition
Time Travel is an exhibition featuring the new photography book and limited edition photographs of artist Daanoe (Daan oude Elferink) presented by Kroon Gallery.
Start Date and Time: Sunday, November 6, 15.00
2. Double Bass Concert
Cuban bassist Wimian Hernandez Reyes, who has established a strong bond between Cuba and classical music, reveals how these cultures influence each other musically with a colorful program. This concert, which will feature compositions by Ramírez, Lopez, Gavilan and Molina, among others, offers an interesting experience for classical music lovers.
Start Date and Time: Sunday, November 6, 14.00
3. Open Day ArtEZ
Introductory event to become a dance artist
You can join the meet-up event to become a licensed dance artist in Arnhem.
Start date and time: Saturday, November 5, 10:15
4. The great dilemma of Medemblik
You and your family can attend the theater play that represents the independence of the Netherlands: will you be loyal to the Spanish king or will you join the rebellion of Willem van Oranje? The future of the Netherlands is in your hands.
Start Date and Time: Saturday, November 5th, 21.00
5. De Zoete Inval Concert
The Gouden Nacht choir, led by the historical music group De Zoete Inval and Margreet Drijver, will take you on a musical journey at the Bakery Museum, where fair cakes hold an important place in the history of bakery.
Start date and time: Saturday, November 5, 21.30
Halloween in The Netherlands: Guide to Celebrating Halloween
Halloween is approaching. So are you ready? With Halloween approaching in the Netherlands, you can complete your preparations with this detailed guide!
In fact, it would be fair to say, risking the surprise of the readers: Not so long ago, traditionally American-style Halloween celebrations were not all that popular in the Netherlands. However, it should be said that thanks to the increasing influence of the internet and social media, doing various things on Halloween is becoming more and more common, especially among young Dutch people. Of course, people who have come to the Netherlands from other places and will live in the Netherlands for a short or long term have a significant contribution to the development of this situation.
So what were the Dutch celebrating instead? Sint-Marteen. Yes, it’s almost two weeks after American Halloween, and like its American sibling, Sint-Marteen has kids in scary clothes knocking on doors and getting candy or money.
But as we said, Sint-Marteen is a little later than American Halloween, so let’s take a look at what happens on an American-style Halloween.
So is it free to collect candy?
Can you dress in spooky costumes and knock on people’s doors and ask for candy on Halloween in the Netherlands? Technically you can do this any day of the week, but the Dutch are unlikely to give you what you want — and they may even call “politie”. But on October 31st? Let’s look at the answer to this.
On Halloween, some houses in some neighborhoods agree to decorate their homes with Halloween decorations, this serves as a kind of sign to let children know which house they can go to to collect candy.
For example, residents of Fazantenkamp in Maarssen, Utrecht, do a ghost tour of their village every year. An evening of games or entertainment was held for Halloween near B. Thoenplantsoen in Den Haag – the children could tell where the candy was on the flyers posted in the windows of the participating houses.
Going back to this year, the data supports that in previous years, people in the Netherlands stocked up on sweet treats before Halloween, although this is not common practice. For example, in 2017, confectionery company Haribo’s sales rose 65% in the weeks leading up to Halloween.
There is also a difference in translation. Instead of chanting ‘Trick or Trick!’, the Dutch prefer to translate it as ‘je snoep of je leven’ or directly ‘is it your candy or your life’ – well, that’s a bit of a wry smile.
So, with all this information, will the Dutch in your neighborhood dress up, put on face paint, and prepare bowls of free candy? As a result, it is more likely that individual houses participate in it rather than entire neighborhoods. However, where these places will be depends entirely on your luck.
Where will you get the costumes?
What could be scarier than the spookiness of Halloween? Not having the best costume, of course! While some brick-and-mortar shops will offer a small selection of Halloween costumes, we prefer to keep things simple and offer slightly more detailed suggestions for where you can be found with this new style.
Where can you go?
If you’ve decided who you’re going to be and want to dust the dance floor after being indoors for a year and a half, put on your most unusual Halloween costume possible and go for the Crazy Sexy Cool Halloween in Rotterdam, where you can watch spooky performances and get your heart dancing to DJ sets’ Join us.
If this is too tiring and scary for you, you can spend Halloween at Center Parcs, where you can attend daytime programs with your whole family. If you just want to show off your pumpkin carving skills this is the place to be!
If for some reason you are afraid of climbing trees in the dark, we have good news for you! Fun Forest Park in Almere, Rotterdam or Amsterdam offers you a unique Halloween program between 28th and 29th October. We hope you enjoy your worry in the forest!
But if you didn’t like the suggestion above and if Halloween is all about hanging around in a Dracula costume, it’s time to head to the Dutch capital!
The 13th event of Amsterdam Halloween returns to Westerunie and after the past few years of COVID restrictions it will be bigger (and scarier) than ever before!
Remember, there are events and parties going on in most cities. Just browse the right places for Halloween events in your area – you’re sure to find something great!
Are you ready for a scary evening?
Even though Halloween in the Netherlands is not part of Dutch history, the night really creates its own experience. “Trick-or-treat” (trick or trick)
Discover them, decorate your house and go to a really spooky party!
Amsterdam Dance Event begins October 18, 2022
The festival program has been announced for the Amsterdam Dance Event, which will take place between October 19-23 this year.
Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, Peggy Gou, Amelie Lens, Honey Dijon, Kerri Chandler, Derrick Carter, TSHA, DVS1, Eris Drew, JAMIIE, Kitty Amor, FJAAK, Nia Archives, LYZZA, Peach, Sama’ Abdulhadi, Richie Hawtin and SHERELLE The festival, which has become stronger with new names including , will also host famous DJs such as Jayda G, Paula Temple, Flava D and DJ Stingray.
More than 2500 artists and over 500 thousand visitors attend the festival every year.