Warnings and Dangers in Amsterdam: Drug Dealers
Amsterdam often has an associated with drugs, likely because of marijuana’s legality in the city. If you find yourself uncomfortable with the idea of drug use in the city, keep this information in mind.
Part of not being approached by drug dealers is to look confident while you walk. Walk as if you know where you are going, even if you don’t. Don’t stare at people or look like you might need directions. The goal is to prevent people from having a reason to walk up to you, especially with the intention of intimidating you. In fact, many tourists and locals recommend acting as if you do not hear a potential drug dealer trying to talk to you.
Red Light District
It is most common in the Red Light District of Amsterdam for dealers to offer drugs, most often prescription drugs. In most cases, simply telling them that you are not interested is enough. Drug dealers are not trying to waste their own time; they simply want to sell their “goods.” The Red Light District is an easy place to do this because it is full of tourists.
Locals recommend that if you intend to buy marijuana, which is legal in Amsterdam, you purchase it from a “coffee shop.” Dealers on the street have resorted to aggression and theft in the past, so tourists should not trust them.
Generally, Amsterdam is a friendly city without much danger. If you remain confidence, you are likely not to be approached by somebody with bad intentions.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Amsterdam drug dealers.