The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops is a series of candid conversations with coffeeshop patrons about life, cannabis, and everything in between. In our fifth installment, Adrien shares why he and his friends came from France to Amsterdam to make a video.

Hometown: Nice, France

Age: 32

Cannabis preference: Big Buddha Cheese

Met at: La Tertulia

The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops #5: Adrien | Leafly
(Karina Hof for Leafly)

Leafly: Are you and your tablemates all visitors to Amsterdam?

Adrien: Yeah, we are visiting. But we know the city. We like to come here in our free time. This trip is for pleasure and a little bit of work.

What kind of work do you do?

Video-making and plastic arts. This guy here, he’s a singer, and another friend, who is not here now, he’s a movie-maker. Together we made a clip of a band that came through Amsterdam. We wanted to present the band in a direct light. We’re now taking a week to try to make a video from some of the footage.

Who is the band?

Tank and the Bangas. They’re from New Orleans. We’re fond of this band, and were inspired to make a video clip for them. They didn’t know that, but they played in Amsterdam on Sunday, and we met Tank, and showed her and the band the video.

How did it go?

They are very happy with it. We have to meet them again, to work more with the band on this project. Right now they are doing concerts around Europe, but we have to speak again, for more video work in the new year.

So you travelled here specifically for this project?

Yes. It was good to come here. The band plays in other countries, including France, but we chose Amsterdam because we know the city, and we wanted to show it in the video. For our work, Amsterdam is inspiring.

Do you come to this spot regularly?

Yeah, maybe always. It’s not like the other coffeeshops—you know, with a lot of tourists [makes passed-out gesture and whoosh sound] and lots of smoke. It’s a good place. We always work when we come here.

There’s a lot of space.

Yes, and enough so we can draw. 

Plus room for your toasties. Do you usually order coffee too?

Espresso, orange juice. This place is ideal for the morning, or for a snack. We feel good here. We wake up.

This interview has condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

Lead image: Karina Hof for Leafly.