The Bulldog Ex-Police Station

Come and relax behind bars

Have you ever seen a coffeeshop inside a former police station? Well, that’s exactly what you can expect at The Bulldog Ex-Police Station. You can try our products in the same place where for years the Amsterdam police put people behind bars. Even Henk de Vries himself has spent the night here after yet another police raid. Luckily our experienced staff are a lot more welcoming than the previous owners.

The Bulldog Ex-Police Station opened its doors on April Fools’ Day 1985 and that’s no coincidence. Henk wanted to play a prank on the authorities and shock them by setting up a coffeeshop in the former police headquarters. You still won’t have to look far to find left-overs from the building’s previous life. The highlight are the cells, which we’ve transformed into cozy booths to sit with your friends. But that’s not all.

Take a look at the walls to see how many (in)famous gangsters you can recognize and take a picture with our mannequin dressed up in an old police uniform. Once you sit behind bars on the old cell benches or our iconic cow-leather seats, the coffeeshop feels like a living room rather than a police station. No longer a place of frustration and boredom, but one of relaxation and cheer!

The place to be on the Leidseplein

The Bulldog Ex-Police Station is located on the bustling Leidseplein. This famous square is full of entertainment and should always be on your to-do list for Amsterdam. Here, people from all over the world come together to have a good time.

Even celebrities go out of their way to visit the coffeeshop when they’re in Amsterdam. The likes of Snoop Dogg, Mike Tyson, Rihanna, Future and Sean Penn can be seen enjoying our unique atmosphere and quality products, just like so many others.

If you need to eat more than the snacks in our coffeeshop, you don’t have to go far to satisfy your craving. Right next door is The Bulldog Palace, our Grand Café where you can eat and drink to your heart’s desire. And don’t forget to stop by The Bulldog Brand Store The Palace, where you can buy the latest The Bulldog fashion and 420 gear.

Get to know The Ex-Police Station

Henk planned the opening of the Ex-Police Station coffeeshop on April Fools’ Day 1985, together with our Grand Café The Bulldog Palace. It was intended as the ultimate prank on the Amsterdam police department to open a coffeeshop inside their former headquarters.

The Bulldog Ex-Police Station is not hard to find. It’s on the famous Leidseplein square, next to The Bulldog Palace and Brand Store The Palace.

Our coffeeshop products

What better way to strengthen The Bulldog™ experience than having a private label for smoker products? Exactly! Not long after shocking the world with something that has now become quite normal, the growth was ensured by producing smoker products

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