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10 x rooftop terraces in Amsterdam - Rooftop bars in Amsterdam

Pair a drink with a panorama of the city at one of the best rooftop bars in Amsterdam. As scenic spots to eat, drink and socialise, these roof terraces offer a cosmopolitan experience unlike any other in Amsterdam.

Once you’ve seen all the street-level sights, it’s time to view the city from a different vantage point. The best rooftop bars in Amsterdam offer captivating panoramas of the sprawling streets and canals below, letting guests enjoy the unique Amsterdam skyline of modern and medieval marvels—as well as a cocktail, of course.


Guests can stay all day and night at Canvas, and there’s always something to do. The rooftop terrace is located on the seventh floor of the Volkshotel building—once home to the Volkskrant newspaper—and offers a 360-degree view over the Amstel River and the city centre. During the week, Canvas serves lunch and dinner, and not just little nibbles—the kitchen impresses with daring dishes. On weekend nights, Canvas transforms: Club Canvas opens on Fridays and Saturdays until 04:00, serving not only drinks but a guaranteed good time.

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SkyLounge Amsterdam

Located at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, SkyLounge has one of the most coveted locations in Amsterdam for a rooftop bar: just next to Central Station, with the city at its feet. The views are certainly breathtaking—especially at sunset—but the food, offered as lunch or small bites, may prove too distracting. SkyLounge raises the bar for rooftop terraces with its glamorous menu of dishes such as Japanese wagyu steak and cocktails such as the sweet Pearbullion, made with white chocolate syrup, pear and spiced rum.

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See Amsterdam from 85 metres high at Floor17, the rooftop terrace of the Ramada Apollo hotel. A restaurant offering breakfast, lunch—serving up standard bar fare such as a bacon cheeseburger—and dinner by day, Floor17 turns into a rooftop paradise by night. The bar begins slinging cocktails such as the Plum Bubble or the Bunny Ranch as soon as the sun sets (and often before). During the summer, Floor17’s Rooftop Movie Nights programme kicks into gear, where guests cosy up with drinks, snacks and their favourite movie buddy to watch a film on the big screen.

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Fly way over the treetops at NEST, a rooftop terrace celebrating the greenery of Amsterdam with its border of flowers and green plants. Only open when the sun is shining, NEST offers a place to wine, dine and spend more than a couple hours. The breakfast, lunch and dinner menu comprises healthy eats such as beetroot hummus sandwiches and salads; the drinks menu features local beer, wine and plenty of liquor—including The Hangover, NEST’s version of a Blood Mary, best drunk with breakfast.

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W Lounge

On the sixth floor of the five-star W Amsterdam hotel is the W Lounge, serving as both the lobby for hotel guests and a cocktail bar with 360-degree views of Dam Square. The W Lounge’s design is just as stunning as its views, with over 5km of copper pipes adorning the ceilings and walls to echo the space’s past life as the Royal Dutch Post building. Take a seat as a VIP guest and sample cocktails from the ever-changing and extensive menu crafted by expert mixologists.

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REM Eiland

Immerse yourself in a piece of Amsterdam history while enjoying the city skyline at REM Eiland. The former broadcast tower, which was founded in 1964 off the coast of Noordwijk, was relocated to the Houthavens and reopened as a restaurant and bar in 2011. Sitting high above the water, the restaurant is not just a rooftop but an entire platform offering 360-degree views of the city. Book a private event in Studio REM, the former broadcast room, or watch the kitchen prepare your meals from the private Captain’s Table.

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A’DAM Tower
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At A’DAM Tower, it’s all about the view. The 80-metre-high tower, located across the River IJ and next to the EYE Film Museum, boasts numerous spectacular spots to admire all of Amsterdam. MA’DAM is the tower’s swanky sky bar—sharing space with the LOOKOUT observation deck—that opens for lunch and dinner with dishes such as the Black Angus burger. After 21:00 (and closing only ‘late’), M’ADAM turns down the lights, turns up the music and starts serving inventive cocktails and small bites for the party-loving crowd.

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After filling your with mind with some science, fill your belly with a delicious sandwich, coffee or a snack at Restaurant DAK—served with a view. Located on the roof of the NEMO Science Museum, the restaurant offers an unobstructed panorama of Amsterdam and a perfect place to relax with the kids after a few hours touring the museum. The rooftop lunch spot is also open for reservations for larger groups, along with a lunch package for adults and children.

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Restaurant Bureau

Socialise with friends or network with business associates at Restaurant Bureau, a rooftop ‘park’ located on the fifth floor of B. Amsterdam—and with its abundance of potted plants and ivy-covered trellises, it truly is a park. Open from Mondays to Fridays to the public for lunch and dinner (weekends are reserved for private events), the restaurant serves a unique menu that changes every two months, featuring creative ingredients such as sea lavender and wood sorrel.

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Twenty Third Bar

International visitors to the city as well as locals can revel in luxury at the stylish Twenty Third Bar, the Champagne and cocktail bar of Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Serving not only cocktails and a wide variety of wine, beer and liquor, the bar also offers a selection of small bites from the kitchen of the adjoining two-Michelin-star restaurant Ciel Bleu, making a visit to the rooftop bar a true indulgence.

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Top 10 terraces in Amsterdam Noord

With its vast, open spaces, repurposed industrial architecture and tempting selection of waterside bars and restaurants, it's little wonder that the locals flock to Amsterdam North when the sun shines. Thanks to their south-facing position, many of the terraces here enjoy full sunshine until late into the evening, and there's no better place to kick back with a beer and watch the sun set over the water.


Undoubtedly one of the most popular terrace bars in Amsterdam, this large hangar-style restaurant boasts an enviable city beach with a covetable view of the IJ. On sultry summer evenings, relax here, sheltered from the wind, with your feet in the sand and a chilled drink in your hand. You can also grab a spot next to the big campfire that regularly burns into the night - and if the flames get too warm, why not be brazen and take a skinny-dip.


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Café ‘t Sluisje

A little bit further up the beach is the cute Café ‘t Sluisje: an old brown café that dates back more than 100 years. Sit down to a wonderfully simple lunch or dinner, with a stunning view from the Nieuwendammerhaven. The terrace is situated so that the sun hits it at every hour of the day.


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This summer, venture out and enjoy a new terrace on the waterfront at Restaurant Hangar. As the name suggests, this establishment is built in an old iron hangar, and has a gigantic outdoor area covering around 1,000 m2. The menu offers up dishes like flank steak with homemade chips and risotto with chanterelle mushrooms.


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Café de Ceuvel

Everything about Café de Ceuvel is special and sustainable: from the hammocks on the veranda, to the seats on the boat deck. Not only is De Ceuvel’s kitchen organic, but its kitchen waste is composted to create a mix which is used as fertiliser for fruit trees on the property. And as a final touch, the building itself is constructed out of multiple old houseboats.


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Rolling Rock Kitchen


Rolling Rock & Kitchen brings together an explosion of food, drinks, music and art. Oh, and one of the most spacious terraces in Amsterdam on which you can enjoy finger food, a full course meal or just delicious drinks all while enjoying the view from the IJ and a lively atmosphere.


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Il Pecorino

You can always count on it to be busy at Il Pecorino on a summer's day. The seats on their terrace hug the lapping waters of the IJ, and are just begging for your to settle in to enjoy lunch, snacks, dinner or a slice of pie. Begin the day with an Italian espresso and a crisp croissant, or later in the day enjoy a refreshing Caprese salad, or a hearty brick-oven-baked pizza with a glass of Pinot Noir. Happily, the side orders of sunshine come for free.


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What used to be the old cafeteria of Shell has been transformed into one of Amsterdam Noord’s hippest  neighbourhood terraces. The menu is comprised of small dishes that are meant for sharing, which is a nearly stress-free way of enjoying the slow process of culinary discovery – if you don’t fancy it, let someone else polish it off. For those who are simply travelling through on their way to a concert or festival, it is the perfect place to prepare yourself for the night ahead.


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The first thing you must know about Stork, is that its existence hinges on fresh fruit de mer. The south-facing terrace was founded on an old industrial warehouse, and therefore has an abundance of pleasantly positioned dining tables. In the summer season, it provides guests with a picturesque view of the IJ with the ships sailing to-and-fro. 


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De Pont

Café and restaurant De Pont has not one, but two waterside terraces that are drenched with sun (a tip: choose the balcony terrace for a superior view of the IJ). The kitchen prepares organic, sustainable and seasonal dishes, available for all three meals of the day. Just hop off the ferry, and claim your table, quick, before someone else does.


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The Noorderlicht café is certainly a jewel to be discovered on the NDSM wharf. Don’t worry about ripening on the vine like a cherry tomato in this greenhouse, just find your place on the grassy terrace outside and you won’t sweat a thing. On the weekends join in on their free cultural events, which also make good use of the outdoor space.


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ACD's 4/20 Gathering 2017

by Lemming

1st May 2017


Day 1 - Mon 17th April 2017 - Arrival

This year I'm staying in Hollywood, courtesy of the lovely people at AmsterdamStay.
J (my partner) and I have stayed here several times before but not for a few years. This year I'm arriving alone with J due to join me on Friday.

My flight was delayed by about 30 minutes but I got through Schiphol quite quickly and caught a fast train so I'm only about 10 minutes later than anticipated as I emerge from Centraal Station. I must look quite a sight with a large rucksack on my back and a smaller one backwards on my chest.

The adrenaline is pumping with anticipation so I pause only briefly to take in that wonderful vista from the station then fly past Voyagers with a smile and rush down to Kloveniersburgwal. I'm taking in all of the sights, sounds and smells of my favourite city as I march quickly past on a mission.

Once I've detached by bags inside Hollywood I get a fantastic welcome home and a big hug from Mo, the landlord. Looking around it mostly looks familiar. It does very much feel like home and I'm very much looking forward to my week here.

Having connected my tablet to the wi-fi and typed a short post to celebrate arriving, my next task is to do some shopping. I set off for a coffeeshop and a supermarket.

Crossing the Amstel river at Halvemaansbrug, Bushdocter Amstel comes into view. With my little camera around my neck, I feel it's time to start another mission I've been building up to for months - taking photos of as many coffeeshops as possible for the site.

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Happy to have got a clear shot of that one without a car parked in front of it, I decide to make a short diversion to take in a couple more.

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Turning around, I head up Halvemaansteeg, still snapping away. I don't have my glasses on so I can't see whether the pictures are in focus. I just fire off a few shots from the hip, as it were, of each shop as I walk past and hope that the camera will do the rest. The light is fading but, with my clever little Sony RX100 mk1, it's still worth a try.


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The place I'm aiming for is Greenhouse Namaste. Macky once mentioned how much he likes the cream hashes from Greenhouse so I have this idea of wrapping some up to go with the t-shirt I've got him for his birthday tomorrow. When I get there I find they're out of stock so I'll have to try again tomorrow. I get some SS Haze anyway.

Next destination is the Albert Heijn supermarket on Nieuwmarkt. That takes me past Bluebird so I pop in there for some more stocking up in passing.

Shopping completed, I return to the apartment with my weed and provisions. I'm now ready for the important business of the day - going to Batavia in search of ACDers.

Through the RLD and down Oudezijds Kolk, past Voyagers, feels like the right way to go on my first night. I think it will have the best vistas for the senses. It's like Groundhog Day, I want to repeat the best bits of previous experiences. That brings me to this view that I've photographed identically for a few years and still can't resist doing again.


That view into the Bat Cave is so inviting. It just draws me in. Excitement, anticipation, apprehension, all at max. I've got a few bags in my pocket so, even if nobody turns up, I'll soon be wrecked. Stamina is a characteristic of lemmings, well, this one at least. Can't speak for all lemmings really. Nevertheless, first night in Amsterdam is always a wipeout. I always smoke too much of higher grade stuff than I get at home and that's without meeting any ACDers out to kill me, in the nicest possible way, of course. :D

Round the corner, slide open the door, up to the bar. "Large beer please". "Which one?" asks the barman.

Shit! Everything freezes just for a moment.

Now, dear reader, please understand that I have a taste for good ale when at home. Just now, though, a large measure of watery crap lager is what I'm after. I want something that will keep my throat lubricated without requiring returning to the bar for a while. I'm not here to get drunk, I'm here to get high.

The proud barman sweeps his arm across the bar, gesturing the wide range of quality beers available. Somehow I manage to convey my requirements without causing an international incident, which would be bad so soon after landing.

Now armed with large glass of yellow liquid, I descend the stairs to find out who, if anyone, is in the house.

There they are! They're here! Loads of them!

I immediately recognise Macky, OneHighMofo, Smirks, Drugsbunny, Spidergawd and Gapie. In time I'm introduced to Miss Muffett, Rickydude and the CopenhagenCouple. Considering it's only Monday and several more people are expected before Thursday, this is a fantastic turnout.

Macky hands me a lovely Weed Maps t-shirt with 'Lemming' embroidered on the sleeve. I also get my 2017 souvenir patch. Thanks Macky!

A quick circulation of the table saying hello to everyone, hugging and handshaking, and then I slot into a space that's been cleared for me in the corner. With that the massive session that I've briefly interrupted resumes with a vengeance.

The table is covered in an assortment of cool paraphernalia, including Smirks' trademark stash stack and at least one dabbing rig. Several joint rolling factories are operating at full capacity.

My first few attempts at rolling joints are not very successful. They look the part, very neat and tidy, but they're too tight to smoke. Clearly it's too long since I last rolled with fresh weed. I spend more time rolling the joints between my fingers and re-lighting them than smoking.

Meanwhile, countless joints full of all sorts of exotic goodness are being passed around. For exactly what was in them I'll have to refer you to the expert reports from the likes of OneHighMofo, CopenhagenCouple and DeLekkersteNUGS16 but I can confirm that they were all very nice.

After a while there are so many joints in circulation that they start to get abandoned in ashtrays as we can't find anyone to pass them to. First my unsmokable efforts and then others start to pile up. We're all coughing and generally sounding unhealthy.

In amongst all of this consumption I hear that Cisco has been seen upstairs. This is unexpected. In time he joins us and, even though I don't recognise him at first, I manage a brief chat. It seems appropriate that the man who originally coined the word 'epic' in anticipation of a previous 4/20 is here for a year which, if the plans come together, could prove to be particularly epic.

I've been building up to this first night at Batavia for months and, as expected, I'm soon destroyed. Mr CC gives me a small glass of some very nice beer. He clearly impressed the barman more than me. I'm very appreciative of the generosity and it's tasty beer but I'm slightly concerned that the alcohol content might finish me off.

As I'm finishing off my beer the night is drawing to a close. People are starting to head home and the bar will soon be closing. I stagger off with J's last words to me ringing around my head - "try not to fall in any canals". Good advice I feel.

Despite my stupor, I'm still snapping away and later find this amongst the shots I don't remember taking.

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Safely back at the apartment I attempt to post an account of the evening in the live thread. After typing one sentence, exhaustion suddenly overcomes me. The adrenaline has stopped pumping and I realise that I need to sleep right now this minute.

Almost running into the bedroom I manage to remove my clothes and lie down before instantly losing consciousness.

Big day tomorrow and I haven't set any kind of alarm. Hopefully I'll wake up in time in the morning.
Stay tuned to find out what happens ...

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Re: ACD's 4/20 Gathering 2017


Post by Lemming » Tue May 09, 2017 4:17 pm

Day 2 - Tue 18th April 2017 - The Exotic East

I awake from a very deep sleep, still stoned. Remembering that we have a big day ahead of us today I scurry around looking for a timepiece and some glasses to enable me to read it.

Before I continue, let me just recap a bit and fill in some background, just in case you weren't following the build up to 4/20.

It all started way back at the beginning of February when we were discussing the possibility of a crawl out east. The thought was to start at Ballonnetje and then explore the cluster by the windmill (Happy People, Eastwood and Trefpunt). If we were feeling keen we might then continue all the way out to The Stud before, maybe, returning via some more Oost shops.

Around the same time I happened to be corresponding with the owner of The Stud who had just sent me a picture for the site. He invited me to visit the shop so I asked whether he'd like to host a small group of hard smoking ACDers. He said that we'd be more than welcome and that he'd lay on a surprise for us.

That prompted a slight change of plan. Rather than a vague aspiration to head eastwards, we decided to set a firm course for The Stud.

Then, about a week before the planned crawl, Ballonnetje got in touch to say that they'd read that we were planning to visit and that if I confirmed numbers and time they'd arrange some broodjes and goodies for us and reserve some space.

So, now we had two coffeeshops offering us a VIP reception in one day! That's why this is a big day. Not only that but it's also Macky's birthday. If all goes to plan, it promises to be very special indeed.

Phew! I haven't overslept and missed it all. It's about eleven so I've got a couple of hours to shower, eat and walk to Ballonnetje. Sounds reasonably relaxed. Might even have time for a spliff.

Ablutions performed, cereal eaten, tea drunk, quick message on the forum posted. I think that's everything covered. Must be time to set off.

Walking down the east bank of the Amstel I encounter a couple of tourists with a map. "Do you live here?" one asks. "No, but I know a bit", I offer.

"So, we're by the Skinny Bridge, here, and we're trying to find the Seven Bridges", he says, pointing at the Walter Süskindbrug across the Nieuwe Herengracht.

"No, that's the Skinny Bridge", I say, pointing at the bridge over the Amstel. "You need to follow that canal over there", now pointing over the river at the Herengracht. I suggest they cross the Blauwbrug and walk along the Herengracht until the seven bridges of the Reguliersgracht come into view.

From the Amstel I turn onto Nieuwe Prinsengracht and then Nieuwe Achtergracht, cross the busy Weesperplein and emerge on to Roetersstraat, right next to Het Ballonnetje.

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Another flashback. This time nearly 30 years!

Back in 1988 I made my first ever visit to Amsterdam. A girlfriend and I stayed in a little room above the laundromat on Warmoesstraat. We'd heard about these mythical coffeeshops and a friend of ours had given us directions to the Bulldog, which he'd checked out on a recent visit. Other than that, we knew nothing. There was no Internet as we know it back then, let alone an ACD.

On the train from Schiphol to Centraal we got chatting with a local who told us about his favourite coffeeshop, Het Ballonnetje, and marked it on a map for us.

During that trip I bought my first copy of Kip's Mellow Pages and learnt about loads of good shops but, as my first serious coffeeshop, Ballonnetje always has a special place in my heart.

I've been back several times over the years. My favourite spot was the little table in front of the vivarium shown bottom right in this picture from 2006.

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Inside, I find that Het Ballonnetje has changed a bit since I was last here.

There's now a short corridor leading to a counter and a remotely locked door into the remaining space. Through the window I can see some of the crew inside. I then discover that the queue to the counter also includes KeyMonCha.

Brief introductions all round and we're through the door to the big table where there's already a session in progress. The CopenhagenCouple, Danny211204, Drugsbunny, Madmaxxx, Matty223, OneHighMofo, Rickydude and Smirks are joined by KeyMonCha and me. We're soon also joined by DeLekkersteNUGS16 and then we're all pleased to see that Spidergawd and Miss Muffett have made it out here. The gang is completed when Lafe arrives.

When I discussed this idea with Ballonnetje I predicted we might get 6 to 12 people but that I really had no idea. There are now 15 of us around the table. With a bit of shuffling and extra chairs, we're all in.

Looking around, much has changed but it's still very smart. This is the wall behind where the dealer counter used to be:


The mezzanine level is now sealed off as a tobacco smoking area:


The entrance end of the room is partitioned off so that a corridor leads to the counter and a door restricts access to the seating area:


Meanwhile, in the middle of the room is this big table reserved for the ACD Forum. In the middle of the table is a pile of broodjes, as promised.

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Not only that, there are also big bags labelled Tangie, G13 and SFV.



I'll leave it to the experts to review these properly but they all seemed very nice to me. I gather from DeLekkersteNUGS16's account that these were actually SFV OG, Tangie and G13xMr.Nice. OneHighMofo also mentions these in his travelogue and both seemed very impressed. Hopefully we'll get more reviews of them as more travelogues emerge over time.

At the bar I ask for a coffee. Not sure if it's my senility or just being overwhelmed by the situation but I forget to ask for my koffie verkeerd. A little pot of milk soon fixes that, and all free of charge for a Forum member. We're getting well spoiled here.

All around the table and on every available horizontal surface, papers and all kinds of paraphernalia are being pressed into service. Industrial scale production and consumption is in progress. Smirks has found a working house bong so he's happy.

I decide to nominate Smirks as our Official Bong Correspondent, tasked with rating shops on the quality of their house bongs.

Mr CC says something about the times we're supposed to be at various places and sounds very organised. I declare him to be our Official Time Correspondent, tasked with being in charge of everything chronological. Mrs CC then contradicts all of that by suggesting we should do whatever we like whenever we like. An attitude I can relate to. I think she should be our Anarchy Correspondent. The CCs are such a close couple, maybe this yin/yang aspect is why.

Miss Muffett announces that a snap election has been called back in the UK. I declare her to be our Reality Correspondent, tasked with reporting back from the real world to our little cloud.

That's as far as I get with allocating roles to everyone because, just then, I get allocated a role myself. I'm called over to the bar where someone is holding a pile of shirts and hats. They tell me that all of the stuff is for us but there's not enough to go round. As 'leader' of this crew I'm expected to find an equitable means of distributing the merchandise. They suggest a competition or something.

At this point I'm far too stoned to organise anything, not even a smoke-up in a coffeeshop (oh wait, what are we doing?) Anyway, this is a responsibility I can do without.

We consider just dumping the pile in the middle of the table. That sounds an easy way out but might either cause a riot or just result in them being abandoned because everyone is too polite to take one. The food is still sitting there, after all.

In the end I decide to just hand them around as randomly as possible. I'm feeling quite random so I should be quite qualified to do that.

The first couple of people I offer one to decline so I find myself wandering around with this heap of clothing hoping someone will take something. The next few people are more enthusiastic and, by the time I get to the opposite corner of the room, they're all gone. It feels like I've spread them fairly evenly but Danny later complains that I missed him out. I haven't kept one for myself either.



The back of that t-shirt is very cool and unsubtle. I may have to write to Ballonnetje and see if I can scrounge one. I'd enjoy wearing that in our local village pub.

We've been here for nearly two hours. We could probably do two more but we have another appointment. Seems a little rude to say we've smoked all of your buds and now we're going to see what we can blag in another coffeeshop. On the other hand, they might be glad to get rid of us. Either way, it's time to think about moving.

Through the window I can see that the sun is still shining. Looks like a nice day for walking to The Stud. Once I mention this to the others, things seem to start moving quite quickly.
More, Much More to come...

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A small group has gathered outside and is already getting impatient for me to show them the way. I quickly thank all of the staff for their fantastic hospitality and ask for a bottle of water for the walk. They only have a glass bottle, which they offer to pour into a glass for me. I explain that I'd just like the bottle, sans cap. More thank yous and we're off.

Danny211204, Drugsbunny, KeyMonCha, Matty223 and Smirks are hiking with me. A short way in, Matty turns back. I tend to walk rather quickly so I try leading from the back, letting the others set the pace.

We enter Oosterpark via its north side and then head for the bridge over the lake. KeyMonCha has some serious-looking camera gear but has a flat battery or something so I lend him my Instamatic.

Oosterpark and me by KeyMonCha

Going diagonally through the park brings us out by Smoke Palace. Another shop gets pictured. Tick.

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From there it's underneath Muiderpoort station and follow the railway around until The Stud comes into view.

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Apparently, a little before we arrived the shop was full of people and they were getting worried that there may not be space for us. A 'Plan B' involving a room upstairs was being considered. Then, shortly before we arrived, a large group departed.

We are ushered into a nice room at the back of the shop with comfy chairs, a couple of tables, an Internet terminal and a Volcano. Loads of us have made it out here, some by tram, some by bike and some on foot.

More free drinks and an even bigger pile of bags appear on the table. We really are a lucky band of stoners. They're certainly making it worth our while trekking out here. It's a very nice shop and they're showing us amazing generosity and hospitality.





Again I'll leave it to the experts to review all of those buds and hashes. Suffice to say they're getting me even more stoned. There are at least six different weed varieties and at least two hashes from the menu scattered around for everybody to consume by whatever means they see fit.

The computer is looking at me. It has some kind of video on it at the moment. With a bit of assistance from someone more Apple-savvy and/or less wrecked than me, I get it onto the Internet and log into the Forum. Working around the room I note everyone present and type their names into the live thread. I think there are as many as 14 of us here. This is an incredible achievement considering how far from the centre we are but I'm sure everyone is glad they made the effort to be a part of this magnificent session.

Suddenly a chant of Volcano! Volcano! rings out around the room. We'll need the big bag says someone and a member of the Stud crew smiles broadly and scurries off to fetch said item.

In hindsight, I think this was the only Volcano I came across during the whole week. It did a round or two but we didn't really use it as much as we probably should have.


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Things are getting very hazy by this time. At some point I manage to tune into reality long enough to hear that the walking party are getting itchy feet. I offer to show them the way back into town but ask whether they mind if I take a route via various coffeeshops that I'd like to photograph.

And so it comes time to leave The Stud at the end of a fantastic afternoon. I thank all of the Stud crew. I don't know whether it was because I was unable to communicate in my blitzed state or just general untogetherness but I never did figure out who was in charge or get anyone to answer to the name 'Silvio'. I've since learned that DeLekkersteNUGS16 was mistaken for me so maybe that's why. No matter, we were all treated like royalty and I think everyone had a great time.

I'd promised The Stud a small group of hardcore stoners. In the event we actually got a large group and all suitably hardcore so I need to congratulate everyone who made the journey. Well done crew! You certainly didn't let me down.

Outside, we turn right along Molukkenstraat. When we reach Javaplein, I attempt to explain that we will be turning left here in a minute but that I want to grab a picture of Best Friends first. I tell them that they can wait here for a moment if they want. They all decide to come and have a look with me.

Day 2 to be Continued....



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Re: ACD's 4/20 Gathering 2017


Post by Lemming


Things are getting very hazy by this time. At some point I manage to tune into reality long enough to hear that the walking party are getting itchy feet. I offer to show them the way back into town but ask whether they mind if I take a route via various coffeeshops that I'd like to photograph.

And so it comes time to leave The Stud at the end of a fantastic afternoon. I thank all of the Stud crew. I don't know whether it was because I was unable to communicate in my blitzed state or just general untogetherness but I never did figure out who was in charge or get anyone to answer to the name 'Silvio'. I've since learned that DeLekkersteNUGS16 was mistaken for me so maybe that's why. No matter, we were all treated like royalty and I think everyone had a great time.

I'd promised The Stud a small group of hardcore stoners. In the event we actually got a large group and all suitably hardcore so I need to congratulate everyone who made the journey. Well done crew! You certainly didn't let me down.

Outside, we turn right along Molukkenstraat. When we reach Javaplein, I attempt to explain that we will be turning left here in a minute but that I want to grab a picture of Best Friends first. I tell them that they can wait here for a moment if they want. They all decide to come and have a look with me.

ImageBest Friends

Back to Javaplein

Image Javaplein

and onto Javastraat, which brings us to:

ImageWarda 2

From there we turn onto Sumatrastraat then Borneostraat and onto Zeeburgerdijk, where we see this:




Then around the corner to


The block that Eastwood is in has been demolished and rebuilt. It used to look like this:

Image (Google)

Eastwood and Trefpunt used to have a lot of fans around these parts once but seem to have gone out of fashion in recent years. We don't go into either of them. Instead we gather outside Happy People and discuss what to do next.

I tentatively mention that there is one more shop, Nogal Wiedes, that I'd like to photograph. The only trouble is that it's in the wrong direction. "NO!", they all shout in unison.

A quick march across town takes us to Utopia.

In Utopia we finally catch up with Birthday Boy Macky, complete with wife and brother in law. Ingi is in the house and we have a big hug. After a day of incredible hospitality, it's nice to be back in our 'home' coffeeshop where Ingi always looks after us so well.

Much as it's lovely to be in Utopia and to see Ingi, I'm feeling the need to shoot off for some fresh clothes after a day of walking. I tell Ingi that I'm around for the week and that we'll definitely be back to spend some more time here before stocking up for later and leaving.

A quick refuel at the apartment and then I start heading towards Batavia. Along the way I stop at Greenhouse Centrum for more stocking up, including the hash I was trying to find for Macky yesterday.

In Batavia lots of people have turned up for Macky's Birthday Bash. Some new people have joined us including Mowie and Elasticband.

I give Macky a t-shirt and the hash. Although I was successful in Greenhouse, this plan had already gone a bit wrong. A shop near my home sells ornate little boxes and I'd intended to bring one with me but I hadn't considered that it was a bank holiday. The shop was closed so I had to substitute another box.

At least the t-shirt worked out OK. This is the image used:


The vast quantities we've consumed already today don't seem to have slowed anyone down and there's another massive session in progress.


This brilliant party brings to an end an extraordinary day.

I'm slightly worried that we might have peaked too early. On the other hand, the fact that we got so many people so far out east, bodes well for the boat trip on Thursday. There should be more of us in town by then and the boat departs from the city centre so maybe we really will get 20 people together for that. Can we go on to greater heights yet? Stay tuned ...


DAY THREE to Follow....


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Re: ACD's 4/20 Gathering 2017

Post by Lemming » Sat 20th May 2017 07:44 pm

Day 3 - Wed 19th April 2017 - Just Chillin'

I awake to find the sun shining and the sky blue.

Through Hollywood apartment window

I'm planning to try to catch up with the gang at Mr. K, where they're supposed to be from 1pm. That gives me enough time to give a quick report on yesterday in the live thread.

As I do so, DeLekkersteNUGS16 posts a change of plan. Apparently there's a large gathering going on at 137 right now and they want to continue the session there rather than moving to Mr. K. I send a text to Papi to let him know because he should be arriving about now and is expecting to find us at Mr. K.

I decide to take a route to 137 through the Jordaan so that I can pass Mr. K along the way. That will give me the opportunity to get some more coffeeshop pics and round up any stray cats.

It also means that I can follow one of my favourite routes, where the view seems to change dramatically every few metres.

First I cross the Aluminiumbrug, so named because its deck is indeed made of aluminium, apparently. On the other side of the bridge there is an archway that opens out into one of those quiet little hidden away courtyards. Part of the university I think.

A short flight of steps leads to a doorway through a wall. On the other side of this is Grimburgwal, where the southern ends of the two canals that flow through the Red Light District meet. That brings me to my first coffeeshop photographing opportunity.

ImageKadinsky 3

Next it's across the busy Rokin and onto the Spui. Then into the narrow Heisteeg where I can grab some pictures of the new-look Tweede Kamer.

ImageTweede Kamer

I see that the postage stamp sign still survives in a form. It's lost its wooden perforations now though. This is what it looked like in 2009 and 2010 respectively:

Tweede Kamer sign 2009 and 2010

My walk continues past 420 Coffeeshop, Best Friends II and the remains of Biba until I arrive at Mr K.

ImageMr K & Co

As I'm snapping away at Mr. K, I see people inside waving at me. It turns out that Danny211204, Drugsbunny and Smirks have ignored the change of plan and migrated here from 137 regardless. I go inside and join them.

I haven't been into this shop since it was called Sanementereng. The first thing I notice is that its name has changed again. It was called simply Mr. K but now has a smart new graphic on the window saying Mr K & Co.


Are you up for another nostalgia trip? I hope so because I feel one coming on.

The old Sanementereng was unique. Outside it looked like a junk shop. There was an extraordinary collection of bits and pieces piled up in front. Not only that, but there were these huge tree trunks, apparently holding the building up.

Sanementereng before it became Mr. K

inside Sanementereng

Inside it was a proper Aladdin's Cave. Every part of the shop was full of stuff. So much so that there was barely space to roll a joint.

For me, though, this was the perfect environment to get stoned in. So much to look at.

Jumping back to the present day, there is still some interesting stuff in various corners around the shop.

Inside Mr K & Co 2017

I hope someone got a better menu shot. These are details from a larger picture.

More Day 3 to follow....

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Mr K & Co menu

As well as me charging around photographing everything, the four of us are settled in for a nice little session around the big table on the ground floor. We get chatting with the lady running the place and generally enjoy this pleasant little shop.

Smirks has a phone with internet access so I ask him to post where we are for anyone reading the live thread. This reveals another recent post indicating that the gang from 137 have now moved to Sound Garden.

Sound Garden is not far from where we are sitting and it is a nice sunny day. We have been in Mr K at the appointed time and it sounds like many gathered earlier at 137 so, hopefully, we haven't lost too many cats. It's a bit of an 'in between' day after the hecticness of yesterday and expected hecticness of tomorrow so chilling at Sound Garden for a while sounds like a cool idea to me.

The others are up for the idea so, once we finished our current round of joints and vapes, we head off.

The front of Sound Garden is looking a bit run down these days. Out back it's still the same, though, and very nice in the sunshine.

ImageSound Garden garden

Singelgracht from Sound Garden

There's a nice little session going on here. Everything is beautiful: the weather, the environment, the company, the weed... Nevertheless, it's approaching 3pm and we're supposed to be in Paradox soon. I mention this to the group but they tell me that word has been put out to everyone and they're all coming here to Sound Garden.

I think someone said that the Danes are rounding up anyone in Paradox and bringing them here. Certainly more and more of the gang are joining us, including new arrivals Choppermike, Nathan420stoner and Papi. There are at least a dozen of us here in the garden. We seem to have mislaid Lafe along the way somewhere. He hasn't been seen since 137. Apologies to him and anyone else we lost. Our cat herding is a bit poor today. We have found a furry cat though.

Don't even think about herding me

All of the kit is out. Behind the obvious there's also a Pax 3 on charge here I think.


The lens on my little camera is best for 28mm wide-angle shots rather than telephoto or macro but the bright sunshine helps me get this tasty shot:


After a couple of hours in Sound Garden I ask whether people fancy checking out Funky Munkey across the road. For some reason nobody seems very interested. Another half an hour or so later several of the crew are feeling hungry. At this point we divide into smaller groups with the intention of re-uniting at Rookies for the planned meet at 6pm.

The group I find myself with are vaguely Leidseplein-bound. We only get as far as 1e Hulp, though, before making a short stop.

At the Leidseplein, Papi and I wait while Macky pops into Burger King. That gives me the chance to get a few more coffeeshop pics.

From there it's straight to


In Rookies we've assembled a substantial gathering. Our travelling circus is joined by Tuttiflutes and Omnibuzz. We've taken over one end of the smoking area and, as you'd expect, there's a serious session going on. I manage to exchange a few words with Tuttiflutes and Omnibuzz but I'm far too stoned to communicate properly.

Through the glass of Rookies smoking area

The disintegration of our plans for the day is completed when any thought of a Pijp crawl is abandoned. It was only an aspiration rather than a firm plan anyway so it's all good.

As we're leaving Rookies and heading into the centre we find HullDJ and Wife sitting outside in the late afternoon sun. We lost Spidergawd and Miss Muffett this morning but we've gained quite a few today so the Gathering is gathering.

Our evening is spent in Batavia as usual.


I've now been in the 'Dam for a couple of days and reached a kind of level. This is my usual experience - the first night I'm absolutely destroyed and then, after a day or so, I reach a sort of plateau where I'm just constantly stoned but able to function in a sort of zombie fashion.

With this thought in mind, I no longer feel the need to decline any intoxicant I'm generously offered. "Dab Lemming?", "Yes please". Then Nugs produces a bottle labelled 'Tyson's THCyrup'. I'll just put some in your beer he says.

OK, now I've found a peak that rises above the plateau. I think that syrup is the only thing I really noticed as taking me to new level rather than just topping up my blitzed state. Very nice. Thanks Nugs. :D

Batavia is particularly hot and airless tonight. It seems like someone has sucked all of the oxygen out of the atmosphere. We take it in turns to pop upstairs and outside for a breath of air.

Eventually, around midnight, the smoky cavern is getting a bit too much for me and I decide to take a walk over to Utopia to have a spliff with Ingi.

As I'm walking along I hear someone shouting behind me. At first I think it's just a random drunk but then I hear my name. Turning around I find HullDJ steaming up behind me. Perfect, now we are two.

The pair of us continue to Utopia but when we get there it's all looking a bit dead. The door is unlocked so I pop my head around it and have a short conversation with Ingi. Apparently it's been a very quiet night and she's already shut up shop.

We pop into Babylon, which is at least open. I ask the budtender whether we can come and hang out in the lounge. "Sure" he says but then looks at the time and changes his mind. "Sorry mate, it's nearly closing time".

Eventually we finish up at Wonder Bar Two. A beer and a joint there in good company make a fine end to a fine day.

Big day tomorrow.



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The wealth of the Amsterdam School


Post by EasilySuede , ACD Member

After walking around the city for awhile, do you notice that there's something unique,
sculptural, highly detailed, and downright eye-candy-ish about the architecture?...

Not talking about the very old buildings (that sometimes lean), but the relatively newer work,
including the sculptural touches on the bridges and other infrastructure...


...including this outdoor urinal, now a certified national monument...
(bottom of page )

After Art Nouveau, yet before Art Deco, Dutch architecture went Amsterdam School-

The Amsterdam School (Dutch: Amsterdamse School) is a style of architecture that arose from 1910 through about 1930 in the Netherlands. The Amsterdam School movement is part of international Expressionist architecture.

a classic example of that expressionism, Einstein Tower (Einsteinturm) in Potsdam...

Buildings/infrastructure of the Amsterdam School are characterized by brick construction with complicated masonry with a rounded or organic appearance, relatively traditional massing, and the integration of an elaborate scheme of building elements inside and out: decorative masonry, art glass, wrought ironwork, spires or "ladder" windows (with horizontal bars), and integrated architectural sculpture. The aim was to create a total architectural experience, interior and exterior.

some examples...
waalseilandbrug, as much as a piece of sculpture, as bridge
Before designing the nearby Scheepvaarthuis alongside other prominent Amsterdamse School architects, Joan Melchior van der Mey worked on Waalseilandbrug. Like other structures associated with the Amsterdamse School, the bridge features elaborate flourishes and unusual, geometrical patterns, such as its triangular arches and decorative iron railings.

the amsterdam olympic stadium (oud-zuid) was done in this style...
Image ... Amsterdam)

This article shows some nice examples of that early modernist style...
from ... l-a1560381

Walter Autumn has photographed numerous buildings, public spaces and interiors from the Amsterdam School (1910-1930) in recent years. In the new photo book 'The Amsterdam School', an edition of Architectura & Natura, these photos were collected. In combination with Ricky Rijkenberg's graphic illustrations, they show the richness of this particular architecture period.

the lit-up building on the left, the former Shipping House (Scheepvaarthuis),
and now a hotel that a few ACDers have stayed at, is one of the first examples of the style...

...and that's how you make an entrance

bridge-tender's office

window flourish

worker housing- designed and built with the humanist philosophy
that even the workers deserve housing they can be proud of...
de dageraad (the dawn)...

...and het schip (the ship). you can see this tower shortly before arriving at centraal from the airport, on the left

an Amsterdamse School facebook page-

Where To Find Amsterdamse School Architecture In Amsterdam- ... amsterdam/

many links to Amsterdamse School articles- ... dam-school

Amsterdam`s Own Architectural Style- ... ral-style/
More to come.....

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Re: The wealth of the Amsterdam School


Post by EasilySuede, ACD Member » Sun 4th Jun 2017 07:18 pm

i believe that closed up quality comes a bit from the philosophy that everyone deserves their own hearth (eigen haard)...
regardless of social standing (i.e., a more socialist perspective, and a sign of the times back then). fewer windows meant more inward- towards the hearth- focus for the inhabitants. in today's lingo, just replace "haard" with "multi-media room". 8)

most of this architectural style is concentrated in amsterdam-zuid, with a few individual buildings of it sprinkled in the old centrum, such as this pic from Lem's travelogue...

amsterdam's most expressionistic, and comes closest to gaudi, is probably the tuschinski theatre...

amsterdamse school seems teetotaling sober in comparison. and more "modern".
sometimes it's like the bricks are pixels (brixels?). towards the end of the amsterdamse school era (mid- to late-30's) an attempt was made to replace bricks with more cost-effective reinforced concrete. things got bland in a hurry without the detailed "visual activity" that (expertly crafted) brickwork brings to the table...
in amsterdam's betondorp (SE of centrum). (that tower looks like it's got a severe spider-mite webbing issue up top)

and which is about as visually pleasing as our life-size stonehenge nearby, also made from reinforced concrete...
(some of our local wind farming can be seen, far left)

more info on the world war uno memorial-

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Interesting architecture, a sort of cross between, late Victorian Gothic and Art Deco


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