Jacob Hooy   since 1743

century-old drugstore on Kloveniersburgwal

herbs, spices, teas, cosmetics, candy

A family run drugstore with a unique well-preserved historic shop interior with pharmacy cabinets and antique barrels with Latin inscriptions.

Jacob Hooy

The antique interior of drugstore Jacob Hooy at Kloveniersburgwal 12

Herbs and spices shop that brings back memories of the time of the Dutch East India Company.

The centuries-old shop in the old city centre of Amsterdam is the flagship of the Jacob Hooy brand, which delivers its goods to wholesalers and retailers all over the world.


Drugstore near Nieuwmarkt opened in 1743 by the son of a sailor. At his place he sold tobacco as a remedy, in the times of the Dutch East India Company.

At the age of 21 Jacob opened his first shop in herbs and spices on Barndesteeg and 2 years later he moved to the now so well known shop on Kloveniersburgwal.

Since the 18th century, Jacob Hooy has been supplying herbs to distiller A. van Wees, another remaining traditional Amsterdam store.

Even though the company has been owned by the Oldenboom family since 1846, the name Jacob Hooy* has always been retained and is still written on the doorframe.


The shop still breathes the atmosphere of the old days.

Above the counter are 2 interwoven snakes of wood, symbol of Asklepios, the Greek god of medicine.


Jacob Hooy is situated in downtown Amsterdam, a stone's throw away from Nieuwmarkt.

Jacob Hooy died in 1788 and was buried in the Oude Kerk in grave 260.


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