All the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam, rated by whatever Lilly Likes.
Would you believe us if we told you that the 420 Café in Amsterdam is ranked number 20 of the best things to do in Amsterdam (nightlife) on Trip Advisor? It really is. We didn’t know they included 420 friendly coffeeshops in their rankings, but we do now.
Here at Lilly Likes Amsterdam, we have been systematically perusing the coffee shop scene in the city and ranking them, one by one. With an overall score of twenty, we see how the different types of smoke stores stack up against one another, with the 420 café no exception. Before we delve any deeper, however, you can head on over to Lilly Likes HQ if weed ain’t your thang. We have also investigated many other Amsterdam treats such as the cat café, the Vrolik Museum and the floating Chinese restaurant.
Now, on with the task at hand. How does the 420 Café measure up against its rivals? Prepare to be informed.
Atmosphere and Vibe
The café chooses green and a soft yellow for its logo, which looks great. They painted the inside walls of the café the same yellow, but kept the wood and surfaces, as well as the floors, a deep, dark wood. It gives the feeling of being in the warmth of a friend’s living room in the middle of winter. What’s most iconic about this place isn’t the décor, nor is it the lost-in-an-alley-in-Amsterdam feeling you have to develop to find the place – it’s the name.
People come from all over Europe just to stand in front of this coffeeshop and get their picture taken. There are more pictures of people standing in front of it, loosely grinning while their spouse takes the Insta-shot, than there are of people inside it, enjoying the wares. Three more things we love about it: the graffiti, the low window seats, and the old leather couches.
Overall, you just feel warm and cosy here, as well as hazy and erm, whimsical? We give the Café 420 a 5 out of 5 for atmosphere and vibe.
Munchies and Drinks
This place does a nice tea selection which, being British, we here at Lilly Likes just love. They have all manner of hot chocolate, espresso and foam based drinks and a good mix of cold drinks, all of which contribute to making them top 20 nightlife attraction in Amsterdam. Their specialty seems to be the heartiest hot chocolate you will find in an Amsterdam coffeeshop, but they do plenty of non-narcotic coke for those that like their caffeine cold.
The food is a little more basic. They do the obligatory space cakes but beyond that, only small snacks are available. You only really need a coffee machine to be calling yourself a coffee shop – but we all know it’s about the drugs, deep down. We gave them a respectable 4 out of 5 for munchies and drinks. Not far off the 5 but we need gooier, sticky, sweet, bad-for-us cake, please. Maybe throw in the odd sandwich
As to their other products, nobody has ever left this place disappointed. They are sporting some fine pre-rolled pure reefers, or with hash, or with tobacco… They are selling 420 Kush, a bio/organic weed that is pure Indica in strain. They have the world famous Pineapple Chunk weed, made famous by the film. They have a beautiful hydro blueberry that tastes fruity as it gets.
They do the Maroc Caramello hashish that is really popular across Amsterdam, and they do a red Maroc strain that is a lot darker. They have chocolate or lemon space cake. Both are amazing and a little different from the usual muffin/brownie choice you get across town. It’s also worth mentioning in this section that they have an ascending price structure so you can buy the weed you can afford. It hasn’t been uniformly priced like many other coffeeshops. We gave them a 4.5 out of 5 for
weed products/edibles (420). Why? We like the choice in cakes, but we would also like more strains on the menu. It’s all about choice
For the life of us, we can’t seem to find a website for the 420 café. This is a huge missed opportunity if it is the case. The Facebook page link is coming up blank. What we did find out is that it is also known as 420 Café (de Kuil) which looks like it was its former name?
At any rate, you can’t buy merchandise for a coffeeshop that doesn’t have a website. We did manage to find them on Instagram and Facebook, so at least they have social media marketing. However, we strongly feel they could be selling online to get their merchandise a taste of Amsterdam, even though we are all the way across the sea/continent.
We know they have good merchandise in the shop, however, and we recognise and love the logo and branding. We can’t give them any higher than a 3 out of 5 in this area, simply because we can’t find anything to buy.
Lilly Likes Verdict
While we love this place, from its dark décor right down to the fact that tourists literally come here for the photo opportunity – we feel the choice is a little limited and the merchandise is lacking. When you live overseas, and you want to dream of sitting in an Amsterdam coffeeshop, you want to be able to come online and buy a little piece of that dream. It’s disappointing 420 café when you can’t do that.
The 420 Café scored an overall 16.5 out of a possible 20 points. They aren’t the worst by far, however, and we would recommend them to any pilgrim to our fair city. Having your photograph taken in front of their sign has become a sort of right of passage to a whole generation. We would love to see that continue… just with a bit more cake.
Go for it Café 420. Lilly likes your energy so keep doing you.