entertainment-nightlife / Other

Lonely Planet review

Amsterdam's most famous coffeeshop chain has evolved into its own empire, with multiple locations, a hotel, bike rental and even its own energy drink. The brawny, brassy Leidesplein flagship has two sides for its brand-name debauchery: one for smoking, one for drinking.

The crowds on either side are pretty much the same: a mix of stag parties, corporate travellers blowing off steam and backpackers. The gaudy decor only makes sense to the stoned.