It’s easy to understand why a sizeable proportion of Amsterdam locals aren’t fond of tourists. Far from the basic coffee shop etiquette expected of guests, visitors to Amsterdam don’t always play by the rules. This is particularly true of for first-time cannabis tourists, for whom coffee shop etiquette often seems like a foreign concept.
On the plus side, keeping yourself in proprietors’ good books isn’t particularly difficult. In fact, it’s more a case of common sense than anything complex. Coffee shop etiquette is all about behaving yourself, moderating your consumption and basic good manners.
So, for anyone heading out to Amsterdam for the first time, here are 12 coffeeshop etiquette tips source straight from the locals:
1. Don’t buy illegal weed
First and foremost, don’t lose sight of the fact that selling and buying cannabis on the streets of Amsterdam is illegal. If you really want to annoy law abiding business owners, take your business to the black market. If you’d prefer to support the legal trade that’s made Amsterdam famous worldwide, buy exclusively from licensed coffeeshops.
2. Expect to be carded
You need to be 18 or over to buy cannabis in Amsterdam. However, it’s not uncommon to