Coffeeshop Global Chillage
Kerkstraat 51, Amsterdam
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Street Kerkstraat Global Chillage
District Southern Main Canals
Town Amsterdam
Province Noord Holland
Postcode 1017 GC
Telephone 0031 (0)20 6391154
Open Daily 13:00-01:00
Map Amsterdam Map ref: C8
Founded 1995
"Official" Site

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Global ChillageOnce upon a time this place was quite extraordinary. Then, the seating consisted of floor cushions and the Goa vibe was further enhanced by the ambient-trance music. It was a nice chill-out zone.

Nowadays it has more conventional furniture but hasn't lost all of its original charm.

Near The Dolphins and the Leidseplein.

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Bran from France. Visited 10-13 Nov. Sent 19 Nov 2005.
One of my favourites, we go back 2 or 3 times just to have a tea and a joint. Tables are strange and small but it gives us enough space, and you can draw on it I assure you ;) menu is ok and I find very helpful waitress (it was not too crowded so ..) Cool music in the back, very quiet place to chill out when you can find a seat I guess.

Simon from England. Sent 6 Nov 2005.
This coffeeshop is one of my favourite places on earth! The menu is average to say the least, and the seating gets a little uncomfortable for any sustained length of time, but you'll smoke yourself through this. For shear beautiful ambience, this is the place. Often playing ambient techno and electronic, but I've been in before now with Yellow Submarine on the stereo. Perfect for that Sunday morning smoke after a heavy session the previous night. The tables are ideal for skinning up and you can borrow a bong from the bar. Get your drink, skin up, sit back, then just look round and listen. The imagery, décor, murals, and music intertwine impeccably to give a most pleasurable experience.

Ross from USA. Visited Aug 23-30. Sent 8 Oct 2005.
Of all the coffeeshops I visited in Amsterdam this was my least favorite. When I visited all the tables were taken, and I had to smoke a bowl in the back by the door. This was uncomfortable not to be able to sit and smoke. The lady dealer working there at the time, was extremely unfriendly and cold to me, when I asked her questions about the weed. She kept glaring at me as I smoked, and I got the feeling she wanted me to quickly finish my bowl and leave. Not a very friendly atmosphere and an overall disappointment. I will not be back again on a future stay in Amsterdam.

Dan from England. Sent 19 Sep 2005.
Found this coffeeshop on the third visit to Amsterdam. The front of the shop does not look much like a coffeeshop making it pretty hard to spot (if you're coming from Leidsestraat it is a little way down Kerkstraat on the left). Good weed, chilled out atmosphere and good music but uncomfortable seats. Also has a very trippy mural on the wall, I could stare at that thing for hours if the seats weren't so uncomfortable! Not somewhere you could spend a long time, but still well worth a visit.

John & Jo from England. Sent 19 Dec 2004.
Excellent coffee shop for chilling out in! Nice decor, real good music, the woman who was serving seemed ok, but there was a 12 euro min buy, so didn't buy any weed, didn't want to buy any more than a gram, as we wanted to try as much as we could! Really recommend it as a good place to smoke your weed.

Winterdam Boyz from UK. Visited 10/11 Nov 04. Sent 19 Nov 2004.
This place is still the best to chill out in on a morning. You can usually find a few people in there enjoying the ambient music. Flew in from Philly so after a long flight we needed to chill out for a while, the smoke is still pretty darn good, think we bought the White Widow and the Super Skink, both seemed to do the trick! Don't know what the guy below was on about only pre-rolled joints tho!

Mary from USA. Visited 2-8 Nov. Sent 9 Nov 2004.
Is Global Chillage still in existence? I was walking down Kerkstraat all the time, but never saw the place. Was there in 2000, and in my 4 trips to the 'dam I actually was trying to find it again. The interior was cool I remember, but I don't remember if I had any weed from there back then in '00.

Rob from USA. Visited 1-10 Oct '04. Sent 12 Oct 2004.
Got the Bubblegum, and it was pretty good, but didn't blow me away. Interior was nice and comfortable, music wasn't too loud. Ran in from the rain for a joint and got kicked out (closing time) 15 minutes later. Disappointing, but what can you do? Go earlier I guess. Nice place.

SummerDam Boys from UK. Visited 1-2 Aug. 04. Sent 9 Aug 2004.
A little corker of a coffeeshop, right near our hotel on the Kerkstraat. Really chilled ambience inside with decorations of trees hanging down from the ceiling, the murals on the walls are quite trippy especially after a few j's worth of chillage special. Nice to come here first thing in the morning for a few pre-breakfast spliffs. They play proper mongy music which can send you right off to sleep if you're not careful, really cute girl behind the bar tho!

Chris from Switzerland. Sent 12 Oct 2003.
The only person who was very sympathetic was the girl at the Global Chillage. This place is not in the centre, but it's quiet, very relaxed, has a laid-back atmosphere and outstanding ambient-chillout music. Well, she warned us about the effects of her space cakes.

TK from UK. Sent 21 Aug 2003.
Excellent decor - just looking at the murals when high is enough to lift you out your seat and (pleasantly) out of your mind. Had the Purple Haze, NLA, and Silver Haze. All excellent, Purple Haze ideal if you want to get high and still function like a human biped, I dunno, see a museum or something.

Jeremy from USA. Sent 15 Jul 2003.
This place is both short and narrow. It has three small bar-type backbreaking benches along the walls with these really cool mini rolling-tables at each chair on the bench. The pads on the benches are merely for show. Both walls have been painted in some psychedelic scene that most likely will be most pleasant while tripping. There's a small DJ station at the right as you enter taking up quite a bit of room.
Still, I was amazed at how many people this place held. Not many types of weed, all pre-rolled. I bought a small bag of NL but my notes don't reflect the effect, sorry.

Ev from USA. Sent 6 Sep 2000.
I spent an afternoon getting my laundry done and sat at the Global Chillage right across the street from the laundromat, very convenient. I had the Nepalese Temple Ball at Global Chillage.

Jason from UK. Sent 28 Mar 2000.
Global Chillage was, very surprisingly, not at all busy the evening we were there. It has very good interior decoration and plays good music, (ambient). However, it does have uncomfortable seats. Global Chillage could be one of the very best coffee shops in Amsterdam. It has some of the very best murals and plays good music. However, it is not a comfortable place to stay for long and does not have anything other than the smoke and the music to occupy oneself with.

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ACD rating 65% (Click here for info on ratings)
Rated as one of Amsterdam's Top 40 Coffeeshops by Kip in his book 'Mellow Pages'
Recommended by Joe Pauker in his book 'Get Lost!' The Cool Guide to Amsterdam

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