Yes, it's true. In Amsterdam or anywhere in the Netherlands, you can walk into a coffeeshop, purchase weed and light up. You can order a munchy, sip a coffee, try a spacecake, sit back to listen to music and relax. Perhaps you'll even be inclined to contemplate the absurd and ridiculous laws - not to mention the mindless hysteria - against soft drugs in the rest of the 'civilized' world.
As the title of this page notes, coffeeshops, in general, do not serve alcohol. Fortunately, We were able to find this really cool bar that allowed both. In fact, we ended up there until the bar closed at 3AM. The company and flirting of the 2 young ladys behind the bar didn't hurt matters either.
The myth that drugs are legal in the Netherlands is just that, myth. Soft drugs are tolerated, and that's all. This means you can buy weed or hash without risking arrest, that you can carry a small amount of soft drugs with you, that you can grow a small number of plants at your place for personal use, that you are free to roll one and enjoy it inside a coffeeshop or at your place, but this does not mean you can behave like a teenager on his first booze run and behave like a jerk.
Almost all of the coffeeshops have a menu listing the types and prices of weed and hash available. It's cheap, and either priced by the gram, by the bag, or by the joint. The price for average Dutch weed, or Nederwiet, is 7 euros. for a small bag, roughly 1 gram. Other more potent varieties run as much as 12 euros per gram.
One of the most popular and well known coffeeshops is the Bulldog. In fact there are 4 of them within a few blocks of each other, each catering to different clientele.
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