Category: Where to eat and drink

Amsterdam against coffeeshops membership system that excludes tourists

Amsterdam Coffeeshops Amsterdam remains opposed to plans by the Dutch government to introduce a pass card/membership system for coffeeshops — establishments where customers can legally purchase and use marijuana and other soft drugs.

The Dutch wants coffeeshops to become private clubs accessible only to adult residents of the Netherlands. Members would be registered for a pass card system, and tourists would be banned.

Amsterdam does not want membership system for coffeeshops

Amsterdam coffeeshop The municipality of Amsterdam is against plans by the new Dutch government to introduce a pass card/membership system for coffeeshops.

The coalition agreement of the new Dutch cabinet says that coffeeshops should become private clubs accessible only to adult citizens of the Netherlands. Members would be registered for a pass card system, and tourists will be barred.

26 coffeeshops in downtown Amsterdam must close their doors

Coffeeshops Amsterdam According to the Municipality of Amsterdam the large number of coffeeshops in the center of town create an infrastructure that encourages criminality. The City refers to such establishments as ‘crimogene‘ — a term used to describe functions that encourage ‘promotion or advancement of — or susceptibility to — criminality.’

The closures are part of the Coalition Project 1012, designed to spruce up downtown Amsterdam by — among other things — breaking the influence of organized crime.

Starbucks Schiphol: No Stars

Starbucks Amsterdam We’ve given the two Starbucks stores at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport a fair try — nine times, actually. But we’re still not impressed, and we’ll tell you why.

We’ll also point you to some alternative Schiphol stores that serve excellent coffee drinks.

Cafe ‘t Gasthuys

Cafe Gasthuys in Amsterdam ‘t Gasthuys — one of Amsterdam’s typical ‘brown cafés’ — has a reputation for serving good food at decent prices. This is certainly one of our favorite hangouts, especially during the summer when its canal-side terrace is open for business.

We’ll place the café in its historical context, so you’ll know why, for instance, the alley next to it is called ‘prayer without end.’