Image by Alex Ebbers

Hermanusje van Alles – A drug store with a twist

At the edge of the city center you will find Hermanusje van Alles, a small, old drugstore. When you don’t know it’s there or what it is, it’s easy to walk past it, since the store is so small. You can basically get everything that you can find in any regular drugstore, but there are a couple of things that makes this one extra special.

First of all, it’s a store that’s still run by Amsterdam people, something you don’t quite often see anymore in the city. Most of the times, the go-to drugstore will be Etos or Kruidvat. Secondly, and this is the best part, in the window of the shop, the owners place funny Dutch puns. They take the words out of context and cut them in different “parts”. Then they use objects to kind of show the word, as you can see in the image. Every time I walk by the store, I stop to see what funny words they came up with this time. And yes, they do switch up the words quite often! Hermanusje van Alles is in my opinion the most authentic drugstore in Amsterdam, and it makes me smile every time I walk by.

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Details about this spot



Westerstraat 138, Amsterdam

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Opening Times

Mon - Fri 08:30 - 18:00, Sat 08:30 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 17:00


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)