De Kroon coffeeshop is located on Oudebrugsteeg, or “Old Bridge Alley.” The term “alley” is appropriate here, as this shop is indeed found on a very narrow and short connecting street. Normally, it is the type of street you would probably not walk down. But this is the heart of Amsterdam, right in a very busy shopping district. There is extremely heavy foot traffic around this shop. They say in business location can be everything. While we would not say it defines De Kroon, it certainly ensures this shop is rarely empty.
In English, De Kroon means “The Crown.” We assume this is meant to convey a sense a quality to potential customers. With a name like this, you risk not being taken seriously if you fail to deliver a memorable experience. Fortunately for De Kroon, they have built quite a nice shop here. De Kroon stands out for its lounge. We would argue, it is one of the more comfortable chill spots in this bustling part of the city center.
Immediately as you enter, you will notice they have converted the area at the front window into a seating area with large benches. This type of seating is mirrored in the back, where you will find two larger plush leather-topped benches, complete with throw pillows and small movable tree-stump tables. In-between, a series of small contemporary tables are fitted to the wall. The décor in here is a mix of natural wood and jungle theme; a green on brown combination that is very appealing. Though this space is not big, it is definitely quite comfortable.
The cannabis menu at De Kroon is moderate in size. They seem to like old-school favorites on the weed side. You will probably come across some Haze strains, or things like White Widow or AK-47. However, do not be surprised if you find a contemporary (USA) strain or two as well. The hashish options also tend to be traditional. This is mainly in the form of imports, from places like Morocco and Afghanistan. They also have a variety of pre-rolled (weed/hash) joints, or space cake, if preferred.
Good coffee to start the trip !