All the best (and the worst) coffee shops in Amsterdam – rated the Lilly Likes way!
Towards the eastern edges of the city you may stumble across the Bluebird while looking for a seat, a smoke, and some decent cool drinks. Just past the Red Light district but still central enough to be popular, this is one place that pilgrims flock to every year.
The Bluebird has that one coveted key area where it excels, and others envy it: it is popular with both tourist and local alike. Whether you are just passing through or whether you are in it for the long haul – you can always rely on the Bluebird as a sign of home.
Before we delve into this delectable delight of all things 420, let’s take a moment to look back over some of the other cool things we have visited as part of Lilly Likes Amsterdam. Of our favourites, the Kattencafe – that’s a café with cats – stands out. The Smoke Boat will also be of interest to those that find coffeeshops inviting.
On the other hand, if you are here specifically for the Coffeeshop banter, you can check out the coffee shops we have already covered. Amnesia and Grey Area come to mind – but that’s only the beginning.
Now that we have our introductions out of the way, let’s talk Bluebird. How is it? Who uses it? And what are its best features? To the reviews!
Atmosphere and Vibe
At Bluebird, the weekends are busier than the weekdays and that’s on tourism. They have a comfortable indoor area complete with couches and enclosed tobacco smoker section, and a small outdoor patio… which leads us to a bit of a technicality. You really shouldn’t be rolling joints outdoors in Amsterdam. If the staff catch you, they are likely to stop you and get upset.
There are many places in Amsterdam who are supposed to inform the customers of this – but don’t. We can only give Bluebird the respect they deserve for upholding the law on this one. Roll inside then take it outside… or keep it all inside and roll pure… if you can handle it.
As to the vibe… relaxed, laid back, interesting artwork on the walls in the street art style – everything you would expect from an Amsterdam Coffeeshop. It’s definitely unique and colourful while they are at it. We love the opportunity to get high and gaze at some fantastic colours. It’s a vast improvement on the darker, seedier feel to some of the others.
We gave them a 5 out of 5 for atmosphere and vibe. We particularly like that patio and the option to sit outside.
Munchies and Drinks
While munchies and drinks aren’t the main focal point of Bluebird Coffeeshop, they do still make a good effort on their munch. We love the hash-leaf-shaped-chocolate-sprinkle-silhouette? What do you call those things? You know the ones… they make your cappuccino look like this:
It’s a nice touch that you only ever get (for some reason) in the Dam. They have all the non-alcoholic cold drinks you can imagine, from Red Bull to fresh OJ. Their hot chocolate can come topped with whipped cream and their coffee cups are small but yummy.
Their food menu, on the other hand, isn’t more than a few snacks and cakes. There are no rave reviews about any cakes other than their space cakes; but you do have a little choice in that aspect, too.
We gave them a 4 out of 5 for the munchies and drinks category. A few more food options and they would make the full score.
In this area the menu is much more extensive. We want to start with edibles because they have the option of the brownie or the muffin, which is apparently stronger. This awesome review details a couple who don’t smoke trying their space muffins only to feel like they were crossing multiple dimensional barriers at 3 am… must have been their first time.
So we know that the cakes are great, but the weed menu features a varied mix of classic strains, new strains, and even a refined few from the ‘top-shelf’ of weed strains for those with deep pockets. Some of their strains include:
- Super Skunk – the one everyone has heard of and very reasonably priced.
- White cheese cake – you haven’t lived until you have splurged a little on this USA/Cali strain.
- The old favourites: Amnesia Haze and Jack Herer (1999 Sativa Cannabis Cup Winner… it’s really that old!). Let’s not forget Gorilla Glue in there, too.
- Specials like Nikol Cream, Gorilla Ice, or Burmese Kush.
- Some genuine Moroccan hashish including Critical Mass, Caramello, and Super Pollen. If you want to read more about why Moroccan is so popular, Leaf Buyer has some good tips.
5 out of 5 because there is nothing left to say with regards quality of their products.
On occasion, Bluebird are known to take the seating area out front away and replace it with a merchandise rack, usually t-shirts or hoodies. Unfortunately, online is a different matter. It seems that you can buy Bluebird Coffeeshop merchandise when you are in it – but they are not providing it on any international forums. We did find reference to a nearby Yoga Studio when we dug around a bit (it shares the same name) but if there is one thing, we don’t need more of it is yoga pants.
The logo and signature style they have chosen all blends really well. Nevertheless, we were forced to give them a 3.5 out of 5 for merchandise and hope that they join the digital revolution soon.
Lilly Likes Verdict
What we do see of the Bluebird, we like. It is just busy enough to warrant being a tourist attraction in its own right – while it is just quiet enough to make for a chill vibe. If you want to really kick back in a place that lets you breathe in the culture and absorb the local spirit, then we highly recommend the Bluebird Coffeeshop.
Overall, their score was 17.5. Not the best, but a long shot away from the worst. It all comes down to preference in the end… and your taste in weed, of course. We know they have a good mix of choice and that’s good enough for Lilly Likes.
Join us again for the next round of Coffee Shops in Amsterdam. You will know which one is right for you when you see it.