|Coffee shop in central Amsterdam - NETHERLANDS|
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Coffee shop, Amsterdam - NETHERLANDS
Along with the 'Red Light District', Coffee shops are one of the biggest tourist attraction in Amsterdam, mainly due to the Dutch legal positioning toward soft drugs, specially cannabis. Of course Amsterdam has much more things (and much better) to offer but almost no one resists entering in a Coffee shop... and like in Vegas "What happens in Amsterdam stays in Amsterdam", so I won't say anything more! This nice card was sent by Hidwien, a 64 years old postcrosser and it was the second official from Netherlands today - thank you very much. This postcard took 3 days to arrive!
Coffee shops, not to be confused with cafés, have been a part of Amsterdam since the 1970s, when the Dutch government made a clear distinction in the law between 'hard' and 'soft' drugs. You must get to a coffee shop to buy weed. You’ll find about 200 coffee shops in Amsterdam, so there is always one close to your location. Although coffee shops are not allowed to make any advertising, you will be able to identify them easily.