Free I Coffeeshop (Roman numeral, so “Free 1” or “Free One”) is located on Reguliersdwarsstraat, a venue for some of the city’s popular LGBT establishments. Here you will find no shortage of gay-friendly bars and nightclubs, and at least one other coffeeshop that identifies as such (The Other Side). Free I also identifies as an LGBT-friendly establishment. However, don't let that intimidate you if you are not gay. They are welcoming to all visitors here.
Free I Coffeeshop is an interesting place. The decor in here is part "tropical tiki bar" and part "underneath the freeway overpass". Let us explain.
The tiki bar theme is apparent as soon as you walk in. There is bamboo put up all around the main level of this place. It is very deliberate, such that you half expect your drinks to be served in a hollowed out coconut shell. Unusual, but can be a fun break from the norm. The "freeway overpass" decor is found downstairs, in the shop's basement seating room. This is a part of the shop that many people LOVE and many people HATE. The cellar has low ceilings, exposed concrete, and just a few small areas of seating. There is nothing polished or frilly here. You feel like you are hiding out, having a smoke with your buddies where nobody will catch you. If this brings back fond memories of disobedience and camaraderie for you, then you are likely going to love it in here.
Another notable feature of the Free I Coffeeshop is that the front wall of the basement has a wide window. On sunny days it can be opened, giving everyone inside this room a nice on-level view of the sidewalk outside.
The cannabis menu at Free I is fairly large. On the weed side, they tend to stock close to a dozen strains. Most are old-school Amsterdam genetics, usually with a few contemporary USA items. They seem to be fonder of hashish here, though. This side of the menu is listed first, and usually has more options. The stock largely consists of imports from places like Morocco, Nepal, and Afghanistan. However, you may find some more potent ice-o-lator (nederhasj) here is well. This shop also has a variety of basic drinks and snacks.
Free I Coffeeshop
Free I Coffeeshop is a unique establishment with a tiki bar theme upstairs and an unfinished partially claustrophobic basement. The latter feature seems to be a big draw for many interested customers.