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Shopping With a Buzz at Baba
Coffeeshops may not be the first type of venue that comes to mind for gifts and souvenir shopping. Pity, since you can find so many culturally significant treasures at establishments like Baba, in the middle of the action on Warmoesstraat. While the weed may be priced for tourists (who can still buy it legally in Amsterdam), the Asian-inspired coffeeshop also sells t-shirts, mugs, grinders and other paraphernalia you'll be proud to take home to your druggie friends. Pretty bar maids in tank tops, yummy hot chocolate, big screens broadcasting MTV or football games, and a zen vibe add to the appeal. The coffeeshop takes no responsibility for customers who purchase items that violate laws in their own countries, but if you take your goods home clean, you should be OK in most places. The Baba Souvenir Shop further down Warmoesstraat has a much wider selection of bongs, pipes, lighters, grinders, mugs, ash trays, rolling papers and pretty much anything else related to smoking marijuana or hash. If you want to bring home something truly representative of one aspect of the Dutch capital that's brought it significant acclaim, this is the place.
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