All the most esteemed coffee shops in Amsterdam, rated by what we know and love at Lilly likes.
Here at Lilly Likes Amsterdam, we really, really, really like Amsterdam. You can tell by the title. However, there are parts of Amsterdam that we particularly enjoy above all others. We have spent some time writing about these places in the hopes that some of the 20 million visitors a year can follow in our footsteps. Some of us do an annual pilgrimage for the tulip festival, others go for the Red Light District… most of us want nothing more than to skin up and sit back in one of the fine coffeeshops of the city… And The Stud is one of the more famous of those.
We took a more in-depth look at The Stud to find out what it’s all about. One of the first things we found out is that it has a ‘fan group’ on Facebook, which is only a little bit creepy. The stud was founded in the Eastern end of the city and still manages to attract a steady stream of regulars. This might be a popular area to live for natives to the Netherlands, but as far as tourists go, it’s a bit sparser. This makes the tram ride to The Stud well worth the ride.
We wanted to do a side-by-side comparison with some of the other famous coffeeshops in the city, so we added The Stud to our growing list of coffeeshop reviews. Let’s see what else there is to find out about the place dubbed ‘Amsterdam’s friendliest coffeeshop’ shall we? As usual, we cannot wait to get stuck in…
Atmosphere and Vibe
The Stud was once voted the best coffeeshop and won the Zamnesia Award for it, so they claim to be the best coffeeshop in Amsterdam. We’re not going to lie, being the ‘best’ coffeeshop in Amsterdam is becoming a bit of a running joke here at Lilly Likes, simply because every coffeeshop you enter will tell you they are the best. The Stud isn’t any different from the pattern – but at least they have an award to support that claim. Nearly half a million people vote in Zamnesia, so we can safely assume this claim has some clout.
On to the innards!
On the inside, the Stud is almost as tactfully tasteful as it is from the street. They took the initiative to write ‘coffeeshop’ in huge letters across their signage, putting The Stud as a jutting out small sign. As a result, everyone knows what it is, and nobody walks in accidentally. The inside of it is bright yet warm, refreshing yet welcoming. It opts for a neutral to light colour scheme that won’t play with your brain too much if you get high here.
We also want to award special kudos to the owners for staying open for takeaway during the Covid-19 crisis. They have performed an essential service at risk to themselves and we extend a formal thank you on behalf of their customers.
We gave them 5 out of 5 for atmosphere and vibe. We are vibing with them, all the way across the sea. So is there fan group, apparently.
Munchies and Drinks
Founded in 1982, the Stud has had more than enough time to perfect their menu choices… both for 420 products and otherwise. 69 travellers on Trip Advisor rated it the best coffeeshop in Amsterdam, which does kind of reflect the foodie choices. Some people go so far as to say that the Stud was the highlight of their trip, which is pretty cool… however, the only food and drink reviews we could find were specific to the space cakes (or muffins, in this case).
Although it scores highly in other areas, this is the only category that is likely to let the Stud down. We awarded them a 3 out of 5 for their range of goodies. They just don’t have anything to celebrate other than coffee and cold drinks.
On to the category we have all been waiting for! The “other” menu! That’s right, we found the menu from the Stud and you would not believe the length of it. They have so many products on offer that we will have to seriously condense it to fit in the important parts. Needless to say that if you want smoke choice in Amsterdam, this is where you go!
Some of the 420 products they have in the Stud coffeeshop include:
- Hazes: Super Silver, Amnesia, S5, G13, Lemon and we think that’s it.
- Kush: Critical, Amazone, Strawberry Banana.
- Strains we’re not sure where they belong: White Widow, White Choco, Rolex OG, Bruce Banner, Silver, Ground weed mixes, Lemon Gelato and Gorilla Glue.
- Pure joints or tobacco are available.
- Cali Connections: Pineapple Cream Cookie, Bubba Kush, Blue Sherbet, Tangie, Blue Cookie and Mimosa.
- Hashish: Polm and Polm de Luxe, Moroccan Crown, First Choice, Wampies Polm…
- And Canna-hash, inclusive of moonrocks.
- Space cakes and space muffins, the muffins being slightly more expensive.
One of the other things we noticed with this category is that the prices are realistic. They aren’t as high as your tourist trap coffee shops are, and even the Connection strains are fairly priced. We gave them 5 out of 5 for products/edibles (420) because they didn’t leave us wanting a single thing.
Normally, we tackle the merchandise of a café last. This time, we jumped to this category first just because of the seemingly limitless options they have. It’s not just the usual skins, lighters, and grinders from their online shop. No. You can get all sorts of things. Most of it emblazoned with their instantly recognisable logo that has the shield with the red white and black drawings and crosses.
You can get Stud shot glasses, Stud lighters, ashtrays, and grinders. Stud mugs, caps, shirts, hoodies, shirt dresses, t-shirts, magnets. Stickers and tote bags. We may have missed some things. Best of all is that they sell them online, meaning we can get a slice of that big, beautiful Amsterdam pie from all the way over the sea in the UK. Yum-yum.
We cave them a 5 out of 5 for café merchandise because, frankly, all the other coffeeshops except the Bulldog ought to be learning a thing or two from them.
Lilly Likes Verdict
So what’s the scoop on the Stud coffeeshop in Amsterdam? It scored a suitably impressive 18 out of 20 in the Lilly Likes stakes. Do you agree, or do you have another firm favourite in the dam? We are delighted to find somewhere that scores this highly… now, onto the next!