1e Hulp Coffeeshop is located on Marnixstraat, at the western edge of Amsterdam Centrum. Just across the canal to the west is the S100 ring, a busy street that wraps around the city center and serves as border for many neighborhoods. To the west is, appropriately, the section of the city known as Amsterdam-West. 1e Hulp is far enough out from the hustle and bustle of the centre that it is more commonly frequented by locals than tourists, though it gets its fair share of both. A reputation for quality cannabis, and some history of participating in marijuana competitions, has likely strengthened interest among tourists, who often make a special trip to see this interesting coffeeshop.
The name of this shop literally translates as "First Help". Perhaps they are referring to the palliative or medicinal benefits of cannabis. Either way, 1e Hulp is a shop of interest for a couple of reasons. The first and most obvious; the decor and atmosphere. This coffeeshop is quite nicely appointed, with an ornate Arabian theme throughout. It is also somewhat roomy, existing on 3 separate floors. You enter on the main floor, where you will find the cannabis serving counter. Upstairs is the shops largest seating room. Though perhaps not expansive, it is quite comfortable, with plush couches and intricate carved wood furniture. 1e Hulp is one of several shops in the city that has a resident cat. This one is quite friendly, and often chills out in the upstairs lounge area.
Downstairs you'll find an additional room for sitting; perhaps the shop's most notable. There are couches, stools, and small tables here. Similar to upstairs, everything is beautiful and plush. In the back, however, you will find something a bit extra on this floor... what would aptly be described as a "grand" seating area. Here there is a small open section of room, elevated from the rest by a step-up platform. The section hosts a large plush U-shaped, and dark carved wooden coffee table. If you are with a group of several people, be sure to check it out. If it is open, you might want to stake your claim to it... it is indeed quite a nice place to spend an evening or afternoon.
The cannabis menu at 1e Hulp is fairly robust. The largest selection is on the weed side, where you are likely to find over 2-dozen strains. These are some traditional Amsterdam favorites, but more so contemporary strains, many with USA genetics. The hash side of the menu is also quite rich. These are mainly imported sieved press hashes, though they also usually stock some more potent ice-o-lator varieties. The edibles are also quite good here. Where as the norm is one style “space cake”, this shop usually has several flavors and styles of muffins and cakes. Lastly, their pre-rolled joints selection is also quite good here.
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One of the best
One of the best, if not THE BEST in Amsterdam
Nice coffeshop wit resonable prices and good service. Good weed and hash in all price ranges with 2 nice seating areas, guarded by the house cat Rizzla.
Worst service ever, budtender didn’t even say hello, didn’t give a list of available products, looked spaced out and answered his cellphone while we were ordering (or trying to). Medium to high prices and low availability. Too hyped. Ruined me an evening.