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.