When thinking of The Hague, you think of things like the ministry, the Dutch Royal House and the beach. And when on a shopping trip in The Hague, you quickly end up in the larger shopping areas (that is, when you’re not from The Hague yourself). Something which is a shame, because The Hague has lots of shops and food spots that have a lot more cachet, but are located a little more outside the centre area. Therefore I recently went on a hotspot hunt to collect my favourite spots to go to for an “off the beaten track route” in The Hague.
Lola Coffee & Bikes
A bike shop plus espresso-bar in one! Arthur and Reinier co-founded this two-in-one spot several years ago and nowadays it’s a place where coffee and cycling enthusiasts gather. And even if you do not like cycling (or vice versa, if you don’t like coffee) it still is a lovely place to spend some time. No hipster frills, no WiFi (because being social is the reason you come to this spot) and coffee made with love. Make sure to try the Dirty Chai if you visit Lola’s, WITH a shot of espresso. Yummy!
Address: Noordeinde 91
Gallery Project 2.0
Gallery Project 2.0 is an unpretentious art gallery for contemporary art. The gallery is very accessible (not to say for many galleries); at this place you can even brush up your art knowledge by the gallerist and learn more about contemporary art works which you see over here!
Address: Noordeinde 57
House of Green
Do you have green fingers or are you (a little) green-minded? Go and enter the House of Green at Noordeinde 102. Here you can find the latest trends in garden design, decor and garden gifts. You can get also advice on how plants can add value to your home. Bigger green plans on your mind? Then you can also go here for an appointment with one of the garden and landscape architects/designers. The beautiful city garden in the back of the shop already gives a lot of inspiration!
Address: Noordeinde 102
Paleistuin (Palace Garden)
Wanna take some rest during strolling through the city? The Palace Garden is a perfect location for that. You can find it between the Noordeinde Palace, the Royal Stables and the Royal Archives. Imagine yourself as a prince or princess among the beautiful lawns, ponds and ancient trees. Is the sun there to shine? Take your picnic blanket with you.
No Boys Allowed
Yes, what’s in a name: a tip for all the ladies among us. Are you a big fan of woman sneakers than you’re in this shop at the right place. In this store on the Prinsestraat you can buy sneakers from many different brands and buy them in as many fun colors. In addition to these shoes, you can also buy shirts that have No Boys Allowed on it….
Address: Prinsestraat 104
Don’t pass this shop! You can get a very good espresso at this place, but you can also be amazed of the beautiful espresso-devices which are on display there. From large to small and from antique to modern, all kinds of beautiful coffee items are gathered in Espresso Perfetto. It feels almost like being in a mini coffee museum.
Address: Prinsestraat 47
The Korzo theater is a dance and music stage and also one of the famous producers of dance productions of the Netherlands. Young choreographers can practice, perform and develop their talent over here. Are you fond of beautiful dance? Then you should definitely keep an eye on the agenda of Korzo. Besides dance Korzo is also a nice place to go to if you like architecture. The building itself is very special too.
Address: Prinsestraat 42
Trendy streetwear for men and women all together in one special space. Ever seen a wooden summerhouse seen in the middle of a store that functions as a cash-desk and shopping window at the same time? Perhaps a store that doesn’t appeal to everyone in terms of kind of fashion (it’s very street), but it’s also a must-visit because of the super-nice staff and the creative interior.
Address: Prinsestraat 4A
Vietnamese like you’ve never tasted before! Setting: industrial meets Asian, and yet cozy. Food: to die for! Wow. I was tipped to try the homemade ice tea. And yes, what a taste explosion. Really fresh and with good mixed flavors. My visit to Little V was around noon so it was lunchtime. I chose the vega lunch box. The amount you get in the beautiful presented lunch box was already enough for two people. Keywords? Fresh, healthy, a lot, original and just a real Feast… the latter written with a big F!
Address: Rabbijn Maarsenplein 21, Den Haag