What time do the ladies start? Can I have some Northern Lights? When is parking free? What time does the supermarket open? The Red Light District has some interesting opening hours I seem to have all the answers to according to 70% of all tourists who come in my coffee bar. Even though the district is open 24/7, restaurants and bars have some strict regulations. So here we go.
Coffeeshop opening hours in The Red Light District
The location of the coffee place/ lunch room I work at, used to be a coffeeshop. The difference between these two is clear for all Dutch, but in case you don’t: at a coffeeshop people buy weed, at a coffee store people buy coffee.
So especially at the very start of the establishment, people wondered inside asking for White Widow or Northern Lights. Sometimes even as early as 8 in the morning. Some coffeeshops open around that time, but most open around noon.
At one time I even got offered a whole bag of ‘good stuff’ which I kindly referred anywhere else. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the good stuff and see all the benefits. But as long as policy in The Netherlands say it is a crime to have more than 5 grams in posession, I am not happy to be around a shoulder bag filled up with the green delight.
Here are my 2 favourite coffeeshops plus their opening hours:
This is my #1. Here you’ll get the best advice and the best quality. Period. But it can be quite busy and the prices are generally higher than in others.
This location on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal 191 is open from 9 in the morning till 1 in the night. There are 3 more Greenhouse locations you can visit if this one’s too busy.
This cozy good service coffeeshop has well educated staff that will help you out when you cannot tell weed from hash or when you have no idea what cannabis can be good for.
Located only 2 minutes outside the Red Light District, with a very yummy toasted sandwich lunch place for daytime munchies. They’re open from 10 in the morning till 1 in the night.
Cafe opening hours
My coffee bar opens at 7.30 / 8 in the morning. And about 3 times a week I get people inside who have had quite the night considering the smell and speech impairment. Once someone used my door as a pillow and several times I found digested food on my stoop. I’ve often wondered where they went right before, which cafés in the Red Light District are open that late?
None really. Only a few clubs have the right to stay open. Like Players or De Kroon. More club like then a bar vibe. They close in the weekend around 4 a.m. and during the week at 3 a.m. This is as late as it gets in Amsterdam. Due to Amsterdam policy, no cafe, bar or club is open till later with a few exceptions for special events.
I heared stories about Bar San Fransico being open till late, but music and atmosphere here are not very recommended. But if that’s not important, there’s always alcohol.
Here are my favourite bars to go to after work:
Cocktails only a stroll away from De Wallen? Very good quality cocktails in a classy vibe. Open from 6 p.m. till 1 a.m. on weekdays and till 3 a.m. on weekends.
Feel more like beer? This place is called a ‘proeflokaal’ which means it is all about tasting and trying to find your favourite beer. Open from noon and closes around midnight.
For great local beers and great snacks after work! Open till 3 a.m. in the weekends and 1 a.m. during weekdays. And found in an actual quiet sidestreet of the Dam.
Open till 4, great vibe and very well known under locals. Close to De Wallen district. Sometimes a bit busy, especially after 1 a.m.. But worth it.
When is parking free in Amsterdam Red Light District?
Ok, so the answer is never. Not in The Red Light District at least. Although there are a few secret spots according to locals where secret free parking is still possible. With the risk of getting fined since Amsterdam parking officers drive around in camera decorated cars that digitally fine you.
Outside Amsterdam City centre there are still a few spots and ares where parking sometimes is free of very cheap. So best to put your car there and travel further by tram/metro.
Window opening hours
The ladies and window owners work in shifts. These are from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. – from 6 p.m. till 2 a.m. and from 2 a.m. till 10 a.m. that last shift is not everywhere and for all windows. They do have to clean the rooms every now and then so that’s when a window wll be closed.
Your best luck would be during the 10 a.m. shift. During daytime it is less busy with tourists and the ladies are a lot more friendly having not to deal with drunks so much. Wonder what it will cost? Check out for tips and prices:
Supermarket opening hours in the Red Light District
You have supermarkets and you have supermarkets in the Red Light District. And the difference is that one will cost you a fortune ad the other have normal prices. When it comes to opening hours thay differ too. The pricier supermarkets targetting tourists and selling lolly’s with weed, are usually open till 2 a.m.
During the day and usually untill 10 in the evening, find the Albert Heijn or Dirk. Here locals do their shopping. After that the others are the go to night shops for mid night necessities.
Closing hours restaurants
The Dutch have a traditional 6 o’clock dinnertime throughout the country. In Amsterdam that is still noticed when looking at kitchen closing hours. 90% won’t be open after 10/10.30 p.m. Only when you crave Shoarma, fries or Dönner, you can get a hot meal after that hour.
Here are some of my favourite restaurants:
The best sushi/sashimi and tasty Dim Sum. Just a 2 min walk outside the Red Light District.
Yes I like Asian food 😉 open till 11 p.m. and they have a takeout location next to the restaurant. The go to place after drinks and don’t want to go hungry.
A bit expensive but worth it. Staff is generally really nice and the food is really good. And the location is the #1 reason to check this place out. It breathes history.
Ok, it is more a café / restaurant and the food is basic saté, fried fish or spare ribs. But also good nevertheless. The layed back vibe, nice staff and great beers will make you want to stay after dinner.
Were you looking for more opening hours or other opening hours? Let me know via redlightwaitress @ gmail.com or in the comments and I will let you know!