Rick's Coffeeshop is located on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal, just to the south of Damstraat. This shop rests just outside the city’s famous Red Light District, with Damstraat being one of the main thoroughfares in and out. There is a great deal of activity in this neighborhood, and likewise many restaurants, boutiques, and coffeeshops for visitors to choose from. In an area with so many coffeeshops, Rick’s Coffeeshop stands out as a unique place.
The shop itself is fairly basic. Not a lot of frills here, though it is known for having unusual bench seats from an old bus on the inside. It does make for an interesting place to hang out. There are even racks overhead if you want to rest your stuff, though perhaps it is not the best idea. Placing something out of visual contact before getting high is just not a good idea. For many, it will most certainly lead to leaving it behind. That risk aside, most customers take their purchases outside anyway.
It is here that we find Rick’s two most notable features. The first thing that makes Rick’s interesting is the outdoor seating. In addition to tables and chairs directly in front of the window, Rick’s also has a nice stretch of seating on the other side of the street, directly on the canal. There are wide tables and chairs here, with some umbrellas for shade. This is a perfect place to sit and watch the boats and people go by. Not many coffeeshops offer such prime seating.
The second feature is the sister business next door, Rick’s Café. This place serves alcohol, and shares canal-front seating with the coffeeshop. This smoke-friendly bar was created out of necessity years ago, when the city banned alcohol from coffeeshops. Ricks used to serve both. Instead of choosing, they moved the cannabis operation next door. Though two separate establishments, customers often purchase cannabis at the coffeeshop, and hop over to the café to chill.
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Hier verweilt man sehr gerne.... Erst Recht wenn man nicht im Mainstreamtourismus der Jungen Generation genervt sein will
Super freundliches Personal
Very good Hash
Nice, clean and very friendly people, gooood stuff at Rick's place.. Thank you