The Plug Coffeeshop is found on the busy street of Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal (“New Side Front Bastion Wall”). It is just a bit south of Centraal Station, towards the west side of the canal ring. This is one of the newest shops in Amsterdam, technically speaking. For a long time it was known as Utopia, but changed hands in early 2018. Interestingly, the new owner also runs The Plug cannabis club in Barcelona, which is well known for its connoisseur products. As it was explained to us, the owner always wanted to have a coffeeshop in Amsterdam. Now, he finally does.
The inside of The Plug has a long lounge area. The décor has been updated quite a bit since changing ownership. The walls are dark with a modern pattern and texture. Seating is in the form of large comfortable leather benches; restaurant booth-style. Grab a booth, and you will have ample room to spread out. Soft accent lighting provides a notable “posh pub or nightclub” feel to this coffeeshop, though it admittedly is too small to pack in a crowd. In the back is a large bar area for ordering cannabis products, as well as basic refreshments.
Large windows in the front allow ample light to enter. While this shop can be a bit dark at night, it can be quite bright and open during the day. Outside, one will also find a large white picnic table. When the weather is nice, this can also be a great spot to chill, take in some sun and fresh air, and watch the local activity. This part of the city can be quite busy. In our experience the atmosphere at The Plug is relaxed, the music chill, and the shop clean and well-maintained.
The cannabis menu at The Plug coffeeshop is fairly large. On the weed-side, you may find as many as two dozen strains. They carry many contemporary USA genetics too. Think Kush strains, Gorilla Glue. They also have a high priced “Special” section for California imports. The hashish side of the menu is much smaller, but has a nice mix of imported and more potent domestic ice-hash (Nederhasj) varieties. They also have pre-rolled joints, and edibles such as muffins and brownies. The quality, particularly of their flower, has been exceptional thus far, warranting The Plug recognition as a connoisseur establishment. As always, we will continue to keep an eye out to see if they are able to maintain the high quality standards they have set thus far.
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Having visited numerous coffee shops over a period of 20+ years, this has to be noted as one of the friendliest and most welcoming places around. When busy, the coffee shop itself can become crowded however the Plug restaurant next door is a very welcome alternative for relaxation and some top quality food. Both the coffee shop and restaurant menus are superb with the former offering a wide range of both local and imported strains. Although I didn’t have time to try many, the local strains were lush, with quality buds, thrichomes glistening and full of delicious terpenes giving a full aroma and taste. The WiFi OG and Skittles were particularly impressive. Food in the restaurant is both filling and very tasty and the service in both establishments was excellent with people that work there, friendly, knowledgable and easy to get on with. All in all a good show from the guys in BCN, I’m excited for things to come and you’re a welcome introduction to a sometimes stale scene. Next stop ThePlugBCN!