Café


Café de Dokter

Amsterdam-Damplatz

  • Whisky
  • Beer
  • Great food
4.8 / 5

May 11, 2018

There's a time capsule quality to Café de Dokter. Hidden down the tiny Rozenboomsteeg alley, the building dates back to the end of the eighteenth century.

There’s a time capsule quality to Café de Dokter. Hidden down the tiny Rozenboomsteeg alley, the building dates back to the end of the eighteenth century. Founded by a surgeon (hence the name) the tiny faintly Dickensian space, one of the smallest in the city at just a handful of square metres, has been run by the Beems family for six generations. It’s full of curios, old clocks, birdcages, antiques, chandeliers, and a dangling doctor’s bag, all thick with dust and the occasional cobweb, bristling with it, coated with centuries of history. Seemingly frozen in time, this place has character in spades. Jazz plays in the background, there’s stained glass in the windows, ancient boards on the floor and the walls are panelled in warm, dark, wood. In fact the whole place is rather dark, though in an atmospheric rather than an oppressive way. While it occasionally attracts tourists because of its age and size, it also has its loyal regulars and the owners are very hospitable and friendly. There are just four tables and name plates on the polished silver bar commemorate regular customers. The drinks selection isn’t huge but they do have a good assortment of whiskies behind the bar and feature a rotating whisky of the month. If you’re peckish you should definitely order the ß-ossenworstß- (a traditional nack of smoked raw beef sausage), it’s one of the best you’ll eat in Amsterdam.

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