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It took us a little time to find this place, but so glad we did.
It's the oldest pharmacy in Amsterdam and still has many of the original artefacts in tac. It's like walking into a time warp, even though the shop is selling goods...More
This is really one of a kind store, nearly disappearing to fast food junk and other temporary hype. These are the stores, which create Amsterdam’s uniqueness. Once gone this nearly 300 year old store will never return. The same is true for many other gracious...More
Every time I am in the area, I always take a look and buy something. The atmosphere is very good, brings my memory back to my childhood buying sweet in such old style drugstore. You will always find things even you're not looking for. This...More
After reading the TA reviews, we stopped by Jacob Hooy & Co. Cool interior. Nice assortment of toiletries and pharmaceutical products available. I picked up some soap, shampoo and conditioner.
Staff was friendly and helpful.
This is indeed a hidden jewel in the red-light district. The oldest pharmacy in Amsterdam. Very well kept interior. The also sell liquorice candies, 100 grams for EUR1.25 (the cheapest I came across). Very friendly and patient staff who explained the varieties of liquorice to...More
Jacob Hooy was established in 1743, making it the oldest existing spice store in Amsterdam and possibly the oldest in the western world. In the front are barrels of herbs and spices. In the back are teas, cosmetics, oils, soaps, herbal remedies and a host...More
This shop sells herbs, teas, cosmetics, treats, oils, liquorice, and raw foods. It's a great little shop that is well worth a visit. Friendly service, tons of great stuff, and a health-food / drug store like atmosphere.
Date of experience: August 2014
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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some
less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.