Barney’s Coffeeshop is located on Haarlemmerstraat, a trendy section of the city just to the west of Centraal Station. Typical for businesses in the area, this shop is not especially spacious. As you proceed through the door, you step down to enter the one long room that is the coffeeshop. Inside you will find a shop with a decidedly upmarket feel. The décor is modern, warm and intimate with polished wood, and ample mood lighting throughout. There is not a lot of room for standing around so if you plan on staying, grab a seat at one of the bar height tables along the wall.
Be sure to take a look around the shop. Note that above the tables are display cases that hold the shop’s many cannabis awards. There are also flat screens at each table. But frankly, we are at a loss for the programming so for us, not the place to sit and watch TV. Barney’s has long fostered an atmosphere where travelers feel comfortable pulling up a stool, light a joint, and chat with others (we do recommend the large tables toward the front for conversation). This is the vibe we find at this coffeeshop and what has made Barney’s special.
This coffeeshop grew to fame during the 1990s, while in its earlier iteration of “Barney’s Breakfast Bar.” As one might guess from the name, it was a combination coffeeshop and restaurant. Throngs of bleary-eyed tourists would pack the place in the morning, most there to feast on an English or American breakfast (eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes etc.). That is, with a side of fine cannabis, of course.
Barney’s operated their “hash and eggs” style establishment for years, all the while competing in cannabis competitions like the High Times Cannabis Cup. Eventually, their reputation for both good food and good herb grew too much for the small shop to bear. It was becoming crowded…bursting at capacity. Something had to be done to address the popularity. Today, Barney’s is simply Barney’s Coffeeshop. The restaurant was moved across the street, to a cannabis-friendly establishment called Barney’s Uptown. Barney’s Coffeeshop is regarded as a connoisseur establishment.
This shop is popular with cannabis connoisseurs. This is probably owing to the fact that Barney’s has a long history of entering cannabis competitions, with many trophies to their name. You should find some of their award winning weed and hashish on the menu. The genetics are largely contemporary, often with Barney’s own unique hybridizations.
- Connoisseur Menu
The place to go
This was the first coffee shop I ever visited, due to reputation and location, I was not dissapointed in the slightest. A little bit more expensive but absolutely worth every penny, excellent staff and vibes.
This is Barney’s flagship location, and one of Amsterdam’s most notable “high end” coffeeshops. Don’t come here if you want a bargain. The prices are high, even for this city (at times this shop appears to blaze new ground when it comes to pushing up the prices). However, Barney’s high prices here are met with a high-end experience. Their weed stock tends to be top quality; and they have won many trophies for it. They have struggled in recent years with Hashish, though. Their imports are excellent quality. However, they have not stocked the high potency concentrates (rosin, wax, budder) as quickly as some of the other shops.