There are over 300 coffeeshops in Amsterdam. We’re talking here about the shops where you legally purchase and use soft drugs, as well as such addictive substances as coffee, tea, cheesecake or applepie.
While coffeeshops are not allowed to advertise, locals and tourists alike tend to have an uncanny ability to gravitate to the best places in town. After all, many web sites and most self-respecting Amsterdam tourist guides list a selection of favorites.
One frequently recommended coffeeshop is De Tweede Kamer, situated in the center of town – a five to ten minutes walk from Dam square. The phrase ‘Tweede Kamer’ (Second Room) commonly refers to the upper house of the Dutch Parliament. We don’t know whether a salute to the Dutch government was intended, but fact is that Holland’s pragmatism has made cofffeeshops like De Tweede Kamer possible.
This tiny shop – you’d have to go outside just to change your mind – is very popular. We’re told that the consistently high quality of the marijuana and hashish sold here has a lot to do with it. (Here’s how the experts put it). That and the friendly, expert service. Excellent espresso as well.
If you’re lucky enough to find a free seat in the cozy, wood-panneled shop, do hang around. It’s a nice place to relax, shoot the breeze, and watch the shop’s diverse collection of customers.
The folks who operate De Tweede Kamer also own nearby coffeeshop De Dampkring, which is also known for its high quality products.
Address & Contact Information
De Tweede Kamer
Heisteeg 6 [Google Map (Top left-hand corner)]
Phone: (020 422 2236 [Amsterdam phone info]
Sun-Thu: 10 AM – 1 AM
Fri & Sat: 10 AM – 2 AM
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