How can one open a coffee shop in Amsterdam?

How can one open a coffee shop in Amsterdam?

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  1. i’ll just go ahead and assume you’re talking about the kind off coffee shop where they sell weed/pot.
    It’s not as straight forward as the majority of the world thinks actually.
    selling soft drugs like pot is not entirely legal in the Netherlands.
    the government has a what they call in dutch “gedoog beleid” which means they tolerate the use and trade in soft drugs. (kinda)
    i’ll try to elaborate… when you’re 18 years old you can go into a coffee shop and purchase up to 5 grams of weed. you won’t get into any type of trouble for it and even when the police find you have it on you you’re fine.
    the problem lays where the coffee shops get their product, because (ironically) the growing and buying of weed is in fact illegal.
    you see my problem?
    Now for your other questions:
    yes anyone can do it, if you have the right knowledge (and contacts)
    i wouldn’t have a clue about how much it would cost to set up a coffee shop from scratch. i suppose it would be like any other small retail shop.
    you can sell pretty much anything in a coffee shop, most common are things like smoking attributes (rolling papers, grinders, bongs, pipes etc) and most of them will also have a variety of drinks.
    Including: coffee 🙂
    Oh right, Don’t do drugs kids.

  2. At this moment, I sadly have to inform you it’s not possible. At this time, something called ‘uitsterfbeleid’ is in use for coffee shops all over the country. This means that no new permits for coffee shops are given, but the old ones are allowed to remain open. If an owner decides to quit a coffeeshop, no new one will come in place. Who knows, maybe this policy will change someday, but for now, I would focus on other things.

  3. As said, you will not get a permit, so the only option is to take over an existing one. Unless you are willing to spend a million+ investment 😉
    A small calculation, at a good location you get 40 visitors an hour, by an average spending of 10 euro, this means 400 an hour, and 16 hours openingtime, this is about 6000 euro a day or 180K a month and simplified about 2 million a year, wild estimation is a profit of about a million plus a year, so you can imagine how much a takeover would cost. Then there is the risky side, one mistake and your business is closed, selling to under 21? Shut down…. People selling harddrugs (even when you not allow it) in your place, shut down. Crime or violence in your place? Shut down. So unless you have huge money to spend, and you are a high stakes gambler, i would advise not to step into this business.

  4. At the moment, and probably not in the foreseeable future, it is not possible to open a Coffee Shop in Amsterdam. The city council does not issue any Coffee Shop licenses anymore, the goal is to significantly reduce the number of shops across the city.

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    How can one open a coffee shop in Amsterdam?

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  6. Assuming, of course, you are referring to the Dutch word “coffeeshop,” which is remarkably similar to the English “coffee shop” but actually refers to a place that sells marijuana and hashish, Julien Vaché is right: there’s a freeze on coffee shop licenses.
    Your other question, about what else you can sell, is interesting. It used to be possible to get both a marijuana license and a liquor license for the same establishment, but Amsterdam will no longer do that. I’m not sure whether all the existing dual-licensed places have by now been made to choose on or the other, but that was certainly the plan not long ago.
    As to your other other question: Typical items that coffee shops will sell in addition to pot include non-alcoholic drinks and small food items.
    On the off chance that you actually just want to open a café: you want to make sure you have a location that can be used in that way according to the bestemmingsplan (local zoning ordinance), get a company set up with the kamer van koophandel (chamber of commerce, which is responsible for the register of companies for some reason), and get the necessary vergunningen (permits) from the city. There’s a steady but painfully slow effort to cut down on small business red tape, and fortunately the vestigingsvergunning has been abolished, but Amsterdam, which likes to buck the deregulatory trend and micromanage things, still requires an exploitatievergunning . Of course all these steps would also apply to a coffee shop in the specialized sense of the word, but they would all be insignificant hurdles compared to trying to get the license to sell pot.


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