Bulldog bar (up-stairs) and coffeeshop (basement) is a famous attraction at the Leidseplein, often visited by large organized groups of tourists, also some celebrities can be spotted within the walls. The Bulldog Coffeeshop is probably the most famous coffee shop in the city. It exists since 1975 and is known as the first coffee shop created (in the way we know coffee shops nowadays). In fact, the Bulldog is more than just a coffee shop. It is a concept and a chain. There are 5 Bulldog coffee shops in Amsterdam and also a hotel in the city. Every coffee shop has its own atmosphere and history.
The main one is in Leidseplein. It is called "The Bulldog Havri" and is ironically located in an old Police station building. The atmosphere of the Police station has been recreated for a unique experience! In there, you will also find a bar (on the first floor) and a shop with lots of products dedicated to the brand. A collection of police and criminals artifacts can be viewed and passing some time in the jail cells is highly recommended after the services offered by the officer on duty (who is selling weed of course).