The 5 Kinds of People You Find in Amsterdam Coffee Shops

The 5 Kinds of People You Find in Amsterdam Coffee Shops

It's safe to assume "high AF" applies to them all.

by Isabel Rolston

For most foreigners, Amsterdam’s coffeeshops are mysterious, almost mythical places. Somewhere you can buy weed and smoke? If you’re coming from a more conservative and restrictive place, the concept is strange, alluring, and difficult to imagine. What is that experience like exactly? When you go to a coffee shop, what kind of characters do you find there? After spending significant time researching the Amsterdam scene, I’ve narrowed it down to six types that you can expect to run into. Note that coffee shop clientele changes depending upon neighborhood. The city center is overrun with tourists, while Warda 2 in East Amsterdam is less so. Wherever you go, hopefully none of these people kills your vibe.


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Isabel is a student at Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts in New York City and is studying non-fiction writing, dance, and contemporary music. She is originally from Los Angeles - the Valley to be exact - and although she loves NYC, her alliance is with the West Coast. In her free time Isabel likes to dance in front of the mirror, listen to music, and smoke cannabis.



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