La Tertulia Coffeeshop is located canal-side on Prinsengracht, the outermost waterway in Amsterdam’s central canal ring. It resides on the western edge of the “De 9 Straats” neighborhood, or “The Nine Streets”. This is a famous shopping area in the Jordaan district, which features a multitude of small boutiques, restaurants, and indoor/outdoor cafes. La Tertulia coffeeshop seems to fit in well with the area. It is an artsy place, with a strong section of outdoor seating. This coffeeshop opened back in 1983, so it is an early shop, and a well-established part of the city coffeeshop culture.
The name La Tertulia translates from Spanish as “The Salon”. This appears consistent with this vibe they are trying to cultivate in this place. When you walk in, you will find a very open split-level coffeeshop. There are a lot of plants in here, along with some large crystals, even some actual meteorites. They all make the room feel a bit spa-ish, for certain. You almost feel ready to check in and grab a robe. The other décor is primarily in the form of colorful paintings. The selection of colors is vibrant, which makes the room feel a bit more bright and lively.
This shop is essentially divided into 3 sections. Upstairs is a balcony area, which overlooks the rest of the shop. Here you will find some basic tables and fold-out chairs. Nothing too fancy. Downstairs, you will find some additional seating, as well as the shop's counter. It is outside, however, where you find the most notable feature of this shop. Their summertime outdoor seating consists of 4 tables and 16 chairs. Again, the furniture isn't particularly fancy or comfortable. However, the canal-side location is perfect. The section is also set beside a giant mural depicting one of Van Gogh's outdoor scenes. Beautiful, and makes La Tertulia feel like it could be your perfect "al fresco" coffeeshop experience.
The cannabis menu is moderate in size here, listing perhaps a dozen strains on the flower (weed) side. They tend to have a much smaller selection of hashish (concentrate), though some of the varieties are usually of high quality and especially potent. They do sell budscopes here, if you want to examine your purchases up close. This is generally a sign of confidence about what a shop sells. They also serve pre-rolled joints if you prefer, and are known for their weed brownies (edibles). Additionally, it is of note that they have a "de Verdamper" vaporizer, for those that prefer vapor to smoking.
Cannabis aside, La Tertulia seems to be quite serious about their non-medicated menu too. They features gourmet coffees, teas, juices, and a variety of snacks here. Also, a selection of hot "toasties" and other sandwiches, so you can get an actual meal here, at least a light lunch. Alfresco dining, indeed.
- Outdoor Seating
La Tertulia is one of Amsterdam’s most noteworthy “al fresco” coffeeshop experiences. Though this shop doesn’t have a lot of frills, it is open, airy, and comfortable, and boasts a beautiful section of outdoor seating besides Amsterdam’s famous Prinsengracht canal. This shop is worth a visit, especially in the summertime.