Coffeeshop 96 is located on Jan Pieter Heijestraat, in the Oud-West (Old West) section of Amsterdam. It is a bit to the north of Vondelpark, one of the most notable green areas in the city. The neighborhood around here is largely residential. The streets are a bit quieter than in the city center. They can make for some quality sightseeing, if you are inclined to venture outside of the usual tourist spots. Being outside of central Amsterdam this shop caters largely to locals but, like most coffeeshops, is also welcoming to all visitors.
Coffeeshop 96 is a hangout spot for locals. From the outside, it looks like a buy-and-fly spot with its unassuming appearance. The interior is small and has an enclosed smoking room, so that the shop is in compliance with EU regulations, and may permit tobacco consumption on site. There is also seating by the ordering counter. The shop is not focused on the décor or aesthetics. It is simply practical and functional.
Coffeeshop 96 has a few extras on the inside to keep guests entertained. The most notable, at least to us, is a retro arcade machine called “Super Zola Pac Gal”. As its name suggests, it is a multi-machine that plays a list of classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Space Invaders. Granted, this shop is not a retro game haven, but the feature is an interesting distraction nonetheless.
The cannabis menu is moderate in size at 96. On the weed-side, they have roughly a dozen items. These are usually a mix of Amsterdam old-school strains, along with a few lower cost imports such as Thai and Jamaican outdoor. The hashish selection is much smaller. The options here are limited to traditional pressed imports from Morocco and other regions.
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