Café De Dokter, popularly known as “Het Doktertje”, was founded on 2 September 1798 by a surgeon from the former Binnengasthuis and from that year onwards it has been used as a tasting room and café by the Beems family. The sixth-generation, Jannie and Jan Beems, have been running this café for 40 years now.
De Dokter soon became the home of the doctors of the Binnengasthuis and the medical students of the nearby University of Amsterdam. Several decades ago the Binnengasthuis was closed together with the Wilhelmina Gasthuis and merged into the AMC on the outskirts of the city.
With barely 18 m2, De Dokter is the smallest café in Amsterdam, with an unparalleled atmosphere and design, framed by background music from jazz greats such as Billy Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and all the great saxophonists of the time. A number of these famous vocalists and musicians have managed to find Het Doktertje themselves over the years.
Because of its unique location in the center of Amsterdam, between the Spui with the Begijnhof dating from the Middle Ages and the former Burgerweeshuis, (now the Amsterdam Historical Museum) on one side, Dam Square, the former Binnengasthuis and Allard Pierson Museum on the one side. on the other hand, café De Dokter is a stopping place, where one must have been during a visit to Amsterdam.
Het Doktertje serves the excellent traditional Brand beer, delicious house wines and the very extensive range of whiskeys, with which the counter behind the bar is displayed from top to bottom. In addition to the normal house whiskey by the glass (5.25 Euro), Café De Dokter has a beautiful glass of malt whiskey every month from one of the six classic whiskey regions of Scotland (6.00 Euro). We are also known for our delicious cheese and smoked ox sausage (smoking ox sausage is an exclusive invention of Jan Beems) with the incomparable Amsterdam sour of onions and gherkins.
The Beems family invites you to come and have a look for yourself in their unique café during a visit to the beautiful city center of Amsterdam.