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DO: Ask Questions About the Menu

The Dos and Donts of Amsterdam Coffeeshops

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Every coffee shop has a menu, either on tables, behind the bar, or in a manned stall usually in a corner. Selections are typically divided into weed, hash, pre-rolled joints, and sometimes “spacecakes,” which are sweet cakes baked with marijuana in them. Prices vary by quantity (grams, bags, individual joints) and quality.

It's best not to just point to a funny-sounding name like “White Widow” or “Bubblegum” and hope for the best. Ask the staff what they recommend and what effects each type has. If you're intimidated, don't be—coffeeshop employees are friendly, knowledgeable, and very accustomed to tourists who don't know exactly how to go about the whole process.