De Bommel Coffeeshop is located on Balboastraat, in the De Baarsjes (“The Perch”) neighborhood of Oud-West Amsterdam. This is one of the city’s most diverse areas; quite youthful and professional in its demographics. De Bommel is just a stone’s throw away from Rembrandt park. This is one of the city’s most beautiful green areas, and a literal hotspot in the summer. The immediate neighborhood is also quite popular among tourists and residents alike, and hosts many trendy bars, restaurants, and cafes. De Bommel was the first coffeeshop in this neighborhood, and has been in business for more than 30 years.
The english translation for “De Bommel” is “The Bumblebee.” However, the shop mascot here is a smoking bear. We are not sure where the bumblebee comes in, but that is not really important. The shop itself is unpretentious, but comfortable. We would say traditionally Dutch in its practicality. They are not big on flash here, but the shop does have some extra amenities such as WiFi and a tobacco smoking room. There is also a retro arcade machine, projector, and dart board. The clientele is mainly local during the winter, and a mix during the summer season.
This shop tends to have a robust cannabis menu. On the weed-side, it tends to feature old-school favorites, as well as some newer contemporary (West Coast USA) strains. For hashish, they tend to have a similar size selection, mainly imports from the traditional hashish regions. They have pre-rolled joints if that is your preference. Their menu changes here every couple of months or so, which seems to keep the offerings fresh. According to the budtender Willem, their catchphrase here is “De Bommel, we don’t sell shit!” Simple, and to the point.
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