Rusland Coffeeshop is located in the old city center known as De Wallen (“the walls”). It is outside the Red Light District near the southern edge, not far from Dam Square. Rusland is actually found on the street of the same name. The word in Dutch translates as “Russia”. This is something the management of this shop seems to have taken seriously. For this is the city’s only Russian-themed coffeeshop. This is a fact made obvious with the shop’s logo, which incorporates the traditional Russian hammer and sickle.
Rusland has the distinction of being the second coffeeshop in Amsterdam (though it holds license #001). It opened its doors on April 30, 1975. The first was Mellow Yellow, which opened in 1972. The Bulldog 90 opened in December of 1975. That would make it the third coffeeshop. However, they do count when weed was sold there when it was a sex shop. That would date it back to 1974, and the second. No matter if it is before or after The Bulldog, Rusland is key piece of the city’s history as one of the first and longest running shops here. It should be a part of any historic coffeeshop tour.
Though the shop hasn’t moved, the interior of Rusland has changed a lot since its inception. At first this was a tiny place on one level; very basic. My, how things change. While communism brings visions of drab simplicity, Rusland in its current form is anything but. We must assume this establishment is not meant for the working class. Its now split-level interior is luxurious and spacious, as if it was designed with the ruling class in mind (Russian aristocrats). The decor in here is beautiful. The front of the shop has the appearance of a gourmet bakery or coffee/tea shop. Further in, the upper seating area is plush with comfortable leather benches.
Downstairs, one finds the shop’s named “Poetin Lounge”. This area has additional seating, a large glass display case full of bongs and souvenirs, and a closed smoking room. A large oil paining of the Russian leader sits at the entrance; perhaps serving as vanguard to keep out the little people. Rusland is one of the nicest shops in the city when it comes to decor, and hosts a warm chill atmosphere. As such, don’t fret if you aren’t from Russia’s wealthy class. We’re pretty sure they welcome everyone here.
The cannabis menu is very good here. On the weed side they usually have a dozen strains or so; some contemporary, some old school. They are perhaps better known for their hashish, which tends to be excellent. They really seem to like imported soft dark hashes here, but also have some higher potency domestic isolators too. They have a big selection, and really keep the quality up. Decent edibles too.
Rusland Coffeeshop is a historic coffeeshop with an updated (modern and classy) decor. This shop is clean and comfortable, and hosts a large weed and hash menu. This is an excellent establishment, worth a special trip.