Café De Dokter
Photograph: Joao Costa for Time Out
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Café de Dokter

For if you like your wine with old jazz records, candles, antique chandeliers, and possibly a birdcage

Derek Robertson

Time Out says

What’s the vibe?

‘Unique’ doesn’t come close to describing Dokter, a historic, classic Amsterdam brown café (and the city’s smallest). And with dusty brick-a-brac hanging above the bar, old, mellow jazz records providing the mood, and no end of colourful, chatty locals, it’s also an ‘experience’. But just soak up the charm and run with it – time will just float right by.

What are the prices like?

Reasonable for the centre of Amsterdam, and on a par with other brown bars. Their liqueurs, spirits, and jenevers start from €4 to €7, a house beer is €5, and their house jenever is a snip at just €4.25. Bar snacks are cheap too. 

What should I order?

It has to be Brand beer from the Limberg Brewery, alongside something a little harder. Try a jenever, or one of their many whiskies (they always have a Whisky of the Month on offer).

What’s worth visiting nearby?

Located in the heart of the Old Centre, there’s plenty of fun and mischief to be had in every direction. But head up to the Red Light District and the area around De Oude Kerk to experience an Amsterdam that is disappearing. 


Rozenboomsteeg 4
Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 24, 25
Opening hours:
Open 4pm-1am Tue-Sat.
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