Koffieshop or coffeeshop: To sip or to smoke?

It’s important to know the difference between what’s served in one, and not in the other.

What do you find where?

Let's clear the air about coffee shops. In the Netherlands, a 'cafe' is somewhere to enjoy a coffee and piece of cake; a 'coffee shop' is somewhere to smoke a joint. You can enjoy a coffee while at a 'coffee shop', but you can't smoke a joint at a regular café. Contrary to how it might seem to travellers, Dutch people don't spend the entire day smoking – the open-minded stance toward soft drugs are part of the country's permissive and open-minded attitudes toward many subjects.