Rookies Coffeeshop is located on Korte Leidsedwarsstraat, one of the main streets crossing the Leidseplein (Leiden Square). This is a consistently busy area of the city, with a great many restaurants, boutiques, and other small shops to enjoy.
Rookies coffeeshop was opened in 1992. In a market that was long since established, the owners were said to be the youngest in Amsterdam at the time, hence their adoption of the name “The Rookies”.
This coffeeshop is a bit larger than it seems from the outside. Though existing only on one level, the building it is in is quite long. The inside is also wide enough to be divided. The left side of Rookies is dominated by a large bar/counter. There is plenty of seating in here, mainly in the form of pull-up stools, along with additional table and chairs. To the right side of the shop is a glass-enclosed smoking lounge. The is the main lounge area of Rookies, with many wall-mounted tables and chairs. The two sides provide a lot of seating room. This shop can hold close to a hundred people at capacity.
The décor of Rookies Coffeeshop is fairly traditional for a Dutch coffeeshop. There is a lot of wood in here. The floor, tables, wall treatments, and counter all seems to blend in together. The decorations are modest, but fun. You will notice a lot of old pictures, posters, and other bits of coffeeshop memorabilia up on the walls. The best way to describe Rookies is to say that it appears very much like a neighborhood bar. Actually, until the city banned the sale of alcohol in coffeeshops, they were. At one time, both cannabis and alcohol were served here.
The cannabis menu at Rookies is not extensive, but carries an ample variety of both weed (flower) and hashish (concentrate) options. The cannabis is stated to be “100% Bio”, which we take to mean is grown with natural soil and fertilizers. Those interested in marijuana edibles may want to try their space cakes, which can be a cut above many competitors.
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The first coffeeshop I visited when first visiting Amsterdam 15 years ago; we actually stayed in the hotel next door before they turned it into a hostel. We visited a lot of other coffeeshops but always gravitated back here. Every time I’m in Amsterdam, I usually make this my go to coffeeshop – even when I’m staying nearer Dam Square than the Leideseplein, it’s worth the 20 minute walk. Plenty of seating and always a nice laid, back vibe. Usually try and grab a seat by the window and watch the world go by. Plenty of food options in the vicinity for when the munchies kick in. Staff are always friendly, too, never experienced any attitude from them.
Rookies is a fairly traditional Dutch coffeeshop. There are not a lot of frills here, but ample room to spread out, relax, and make some new friends. The service is excellent, and the atmosphere fun and lively. This is a very good establishment, worth a visit if you are in the area.