All the Most Famous Coffee Shops of Amsterdam Rated by Lilly Likes!
An abraxas is an ancient charm composed of Greek lettering, according to the dictionary. It carries a depth of meaning that associated it with mysticism and the occult. As such, you would expect the coffeeshop of the same name in Amsterdam to be a witch’s hideout… and you wouldn’t be far wrong.
Welcome to the ‘other’ side of Amsterdam. The side with magic and fae folk, with Nordic culture and incense sticks. The only dealer you are likely to find here will be pushing crystals (and not the meth type). They have a relaxed, laid back, unique vibe that makes you want to chill out, get your smoke on, and maybe sacrifice a goat to ensure your ex is cursed with impotence. We’re (sort of) kidding.
Before we jump in headfirst, let’s take a gander back through the Lilly Likes journey so far. We’ve covered loads of things to see and do in the city… from spectacular artwork and photography right through to the weed museum. It’s fairly safe to say that, should you be planning a trip to Amsterdam, the Lilly Likes pages are filled with a treasure trove of awesome tips on where you might hang out.
With all that out of the way, we can turn the spotlight safely back to the Coffeeshop Abraxas. How does this hippy haven measure up among the cream of the coffeeshop crop?
Atmosphere and Vibe
When Abraxas first opened it was filled with graffiti covered tables and street art. Nowadays if you visit, you will find the walls covered in carefully arranged murals. This tasteful nod towards the high culture city that Amsterdam is under the surface is a nice touch. Their colouring and logo are a borderline creepy lime green and purple that reminds us of Halloween… and not of witchcraft at all. Put it this way, if you are on Witchtok, you will enjoy Abraxas.
People come to Abraxas to chill out, to calm, and to enjoy fine quality weed. They have a soft oak style furniture set that reeks of ‘all-natural’, a distinctly hippy vibe, and a steady stream of loyal clients. It’s all about the smoke, and comes with a side helping of latte art if the boss is in.
Abraxas is as natural in atmosphere and vibe as the exposed wood rafter beams. We gave them a 5 out of 5 in Atmosphere and Vibe.
Munchies and Drinks
As we mentioned, they have a barista who can add a little art to your coffee. If this doesn’t sound good to you then there are a variety of cold drinks on offer, too. The coffee is excellent though, and we don’t use the term often. Many of the coffeeshops in Amsterdam only really sell coffee so that they can sell weed. Abraxas is a high quality coffee shop that sells weed, instead of getting things the wrong way round like everyone else.
Why? When you smoke you get a dry mouth. If the coffee is rubbish you are likely to go elsewhere. Abraxas has good balance. As to the food menu? Erm. You can get some cake.
We gave them a 4 out of 5 for munchies and drinks. Drinks are a triple A plus, but snacks deserve attention too. You’re serving stoners man!
Their Blueberry Space Muffins are well known throughout the kingdom. They also do these as a takeaway service which is awesome. Since the coronavirus lockdown they have offered a delivery service, earning them even more bonus points.
As to the products they sell, we managed to find a menu and pick the best bits for your perusal. The Abraxas coffeeshop sells (or sold until recently):
- Gelato – this strain attracts yearly pilgrims to the city. It’s sweet but earthy and mostly Indica
- Two Kush’s – the LA, derived from LA Confidential strains of olde, and Kosher Kush.
- Amnesia Lemon and Purple Haze, which taste like lemons and Parma violets respectively.
- Apple Jack… which tastes like oranges… LOL
- Cheese – the stinkiest Sativa that you can find.
- Pre-rolled doobies, reefer doobies, and either blonde or black hashish.
- Our favourite thing ever is their Sativa Sundance. If you were taking someone to Amsterdam and they didn’t smoke weed, this is the strain for them. It is low THC, high CBD, so they can get all the medicinal benefits of the Cannabis plant but without the heady high that might put them off. It’s like a baby strain. We adore this idea. Everyone should do it. Karen needs to mellow out a bit and this is the only way we can do it.
They also do hash brownies and, just to put the icing on the proverbial cake, they added in a Wi-Fi password. You can come here, grab a coffee and a smoke, and get some work done. We cannot guarantee the work you do will be high quality.
Wow. What an impressive range. The price points are good too, starting from 10€ a gram and going up per strain. Gorgeous. 10 out of 10… What do you mean it’s out of five?
As to Merch, we did find that they have a range of products although it wasn’t as extensive as we expected. We also had to compound the problem because they don’t have a webpage. No page means no online store, which leads to buyers having to go to Amsterdam to actually get any Abraxas swag.
However, they have all the usual grinders, lighters, roach boards and papers that you would expect from a famous coffeeshop in Amsterdam. They seem to have started a range and been a bit scared to go any further. We wonder though, when they do eventually release a T-shirt, whether it will be tie-dye or as black as a witch’s soul at midnight?
4 out of 5 for Mech. We wish they were online, but they do still offer a good range.
Lilly Likes Verdict
So, after all that, does Lilly Like it? The Coffeeshop Abraxas has made an impressive dent in our delicate sensibilities by scoring an 18 out of 20, overall. That’s a high score for a place where we go to get high… but we are not arguing.
For the record: we have no affiliation either way. If you want to get a little witchy then go for it… Witch it up. Just please, no hexes, we are still getting over the 7 years bad luck from the mirror we broke.