In the Nieuwe Markt area is an ancient apothecary and drugstore named Jacob Hooy at Kloveniersburgwal #10. Operating on this spot since 1743, the shop offers medicinal herbs and various natural remedies. The staff is on hand to help you with explanations of the herbs and their uses, and will help you find what you need.
Check out the barrels and drawers all labeled in Latin with their contents. Now imagine the wonderful aroma of all those dried herbs and flowers – you can sneeze, wheeze or shout with glee – but you will definitely notice it. In fact the interior of this shop is nothing but wall-to-wall drawers, barrels, and jars of herbs, salves, and other personal care items.
Jacob Hooy is also noted for their licorice, in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They say the selection of the sweet sticky black stuff here is Amsterdam’s best, except maybe for the sticky black stuff in the coffeeshops, but that’s another kind of “candy.”
Jacob Hooy offered all sorts of items in the past that we don’t consider medicine today – note the jars with names like OPIUM and TABAK.
This area of Amsterdam was always a market, especially for herbs and spices relating to medicine. Across the courtyard in the fanciful castle named the Waag, Dutch physicians operated a theater for the public dissection of human corpses. This rather grim practice no longer takes place over there, it’s now an internet café and restaurant! Before that the area was known as St. Anthony’s Gate, until the 1600’s when the city tore down it’s perimeter walls.
Posted by Nynke on 2006-04-29 22:49:02 My Score: When i was a child my mother took me to this shop often, it was a hell of a ride, but i always found it worth . nowadays I am living in the nieuwmarkt Neighbourhood, and Ienjoy passing by this shop for 2 years now.
This week I just walked in. Not only the interior is beautiful, but also the service is good. It's craftsmanship in a city which is rushing by. A visit to Jacob Hooy is being on vacation for a couple of minutes..
thanks for being there..
Posted by Paul van der Zanden on 2004-02-10 15:55:25 My Score: Hello there, my brother in law owns the company and I think he did a great job, so to everyone, hope you buy something :)
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2003-08-10 10:32:25 My Score: Meeting Peter Hooy was very initeresting. My sister and I found out that he was a hang glider. and my sisters boyfriend is a hang glider. It was like stepping back in time. I really liked the Aloe Vera cream and Vitamin e-cream that he sells. It was straight out of an old Hollywood movie.
Worth a visit
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-06-20 10:23:03 My Score: this place is worth the visit. exactly as described. if you're looking for a slice of authenticity, look no further.