Popeye Coffeeshop takes its name from the classic comic strip character “Popeye the Sailor Man”. His image, along with that of beloved Olive Oyl and nemesis Bluto, can be found on the shop’s three large front windows. Popeye himself is also on the neon sign out front. Instead of holding a can of spinach, however, he’s puffing on a big green water pipe. Warner Brothers (U.S. distributor of the copyrighted work) might not appreciate a Dutch coffeeshop borrowing the famous character. They don’t have much to say about it, however, as the original Popeye comic strips entered public domain in the EU back in 2009¹. They are free for anyone to use here. And the owners of this shop have, indeed, appropriated them quite effectively.
The shop inside is quite warm and welcoming. It is not large, but does have three distinct levels. The main floor holds some chair and bench seating, as well as the counter for ordering cannabis, drinks, and hot food. There are additional seating areas on an elevated platform to the back of the shop, as well as downstairs. There is one thing to note about the atmosphere. It doesn’t quite stick with the Sailor Man’s nautical theme. While the cartoon characters can be found on the windows and menus, they are not prominent on the interior. Furthermore, the décor is more of a cross between Indian and abstract art. It is still very comfortable; just don’t expect to be transported to the comicstrip docks or a merchant ship.
The cannabis menu at Popeye Coffeeshop is fairly large. In the weed section you will find a broad list of strains. There are many contemporary items here, which sit alongside traditional Amsterdam favorites. Their hash selection is smaller, but still robust. The items are mainly imported pressed hashes from the usual places such as Morocco, India, and Nepal. Though, you are likely to find Nederhash here as well, also known as high potency bubble hash. Pricing can also be quite reasonable depending on what you order, though expect to pay for several “premium” choices. Popeye Coffeeshop also has a large breakfast menu, which is quite uncommon in Amsterdam. It can be especially popular in the mornings, where you can have eggs, pastries, even a full English breakfast, with your smoke.
Popeye is undoubtedly a unique establishment. Perhaps not in the chosen characters, which of course are famous throughout the world. Certainly though, their use for a marijuana shop in Amsterdam. It also can be said that all marketing aside, Popeye Coffeeshop fits nicely in its surrounding “trendy” neighborhood. Haarlemmerstraat is home to some of the city’s higher-end coffeeshops, which tend to offer larger cannabis menus and more services to their customers. In this regard, Popeye does a good job of keeping pace with their competition, even getting out in front at times.
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Popeye Coffeeshop is a unique establishment in a trendy area of Amsterdam. They have a robust selection of cannabis, and a substantial hot food menu. This is a very good coffeeshop, worth a visit if you are in the area.