Smoking Hostels in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Smoking Hostels in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A smoker-friendly hostel is easy to find in Amsterdam. (smoking image by Yvonne Bogdanski from

Amsterdam is famous for its legalisation of marijuana and as a European vacation destination is immensely popular with tourists from all over the world. Although Amsterdam banned smoking in public indoor places in 2008, many places, particularly Amsterdam's "party hostels," have found ways around the ban. If you plan to smoke marijuana during your stay in this iconic Dutch party town, find accommodations with a clean, comfortable, smoker-friendly environment.

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The Flying Pig (uptown & downtown)

With two locations and a reputation famous among backpackers, this hostel epitomises smoke-friendly. Both locations feature a cosy bar, cheap drinks, and a designated smokers' lounge, and Uptown is just a few feet from the Blues Brothers Coffeeshop, where hostel guests can quickly purchase marijuana and head back "home." The Flying Pig uptown is a favourite for its free buffet-style breakfast, free Wi-Fi and proximity to cultural points of interest like the van Gogh museum and Rijksmuseum. Downtown, you'll find just as much fun and free stuff, along with the Anne Frank House and Dam Square.

Downtown location:

Nieuwendijk 100

1012 MR Amsterdam, Nederland

011 31 (0) 20 420 68 22

Uptown location:

Vossiusstraat 46

1071 AJ Amsterdam, Nederland

011 31 (20) 400 41 87

St. Christopher's at the Winston

Part the top-rated eponymous hostel chain, St. Christopher's boasts a bar, the famous Belushi's, encompassing the entire bottom floor, a large patio, and a guaranteed party every night until dawn. Guests are allowed to smoke cigarettes or marijuana provided they do not disturb other patrons. St. Christopher's prides itself on its uniquely artistic rooms, decorated by local artists, and on the adjoining chic-but-casual nightclub, Winston Kingdom.

Warmoesstraat 129

1012 JA Amsterdam, Nederland

Phone: 011 44 208 600 7500

Party until dawn in Belushi's, the famous bar at St. Christopher's at the Winston.
Party until dawn in Belushi's, the famous bar at St. Christopher's at the Winston. (bar image by Dmitry Nikolaev from

The Bulldog

The Bulldog, nestled in the centre of Amsterdam's fabled Red Light District, has a solid and well-deserved reputation for being a laid-back, comfortable place to stay and smoke a while. There's a bar inside with a fun, relaxed atmosphere and a smoking lounge as well. The Bulldog provides 24-hour security, free breakfast, free city tours and a DVD library for guests.

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 90 II

1012 GG Amsterdam, Nederland

011 0031 (0)20 620 38 22

Greenhouse Effect Hotel, Bar, and Coffeeshop

Technically not a hostel, Greenhouse Effect nonetheless offers its 20 smoker-friendly rooms and a few apartments at hostel prices. Marijuana can be purchased both at the bar and coffee shop and enjoyed in either place. The budget-conscious traveller will appreciate the included breakfast, available until noon every day, and the happy hour drink specials at the Greenhouse Effect bar. No curfew, so party as late as you like.

Warmoesstraat 55

1012HW Amsterdam, Netherlands

011 020 6237462

Amsterdam Cribs

Perhaps the most smoker-friendly hostel in the city, Amsterdam Cribs has a coffee shop on the premises for purchasing marijuana (and coffee). You won't find any dorms here, though: all of the guest rooms are private and feature a TV and individual toilet and shower. Calling itself a "smokers getaway", Amsterdam Cribs offers its guests a variety of smoking paraphernalia such as pipes and bongs

Oude Hoogstraat 7

1012CD Amsterdam, Nederland

011 31 614833103

Enjoy a smoke and a cup of coffee at the shop in Amsterdam Cribs.
Enjoy a smoke and a cup of coffee at the shop in Amsterdam Cribs. (coffee and coffee-beans image by Dmitri MIkitenko from

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