Even though I come from Rotterdam, The Hague has also conquered a place in my heart. This beautiful city in the Netherlands has a lot to offer: from wide beaches till historic districts, many parks and even a forest. And beside that I really love the directness of the Hagenees of Hagenaar which the Rotterdammer has aswell. It’s nice to have a conversation with people from The Hague. My partner is originally from Voorburg and his family still live there. The main reason why we can often be found in The Hague when we are visiting the Netherlands. But in addition, The Hague is also just a beautiful city to spend a nice time. During our last trip to Holland, we therefore also enjoyed visiting some of our favorite hotspots in The Hague, which I would like to share with you.
For example the historical area, Archipel. Secretly one of the most beautiful districts of The Hague (I think). If you don’t live in the Archipel, then a visit is also more than worth it, because next to the wide streets with big old houses you will also find the Prinsevinkenpark where you can have a nice walk and where children can play in the large playground. For a chat, a cup of coffee, a delicious cheese sandwich or daily soup you should visit coffeehouse the Prinsevink. In The Hague, coffee houses are a cultural phenomenon and can’t be missed from the streetscene.
About 20 minutes walk from the Archipel you are in the centre of The Hague. I love to see the Lange Voorhout. When you walk here along the trees and classic lampposts you get the feeling to be back in time, such a wonderful spot. At this place, (antique / book) markets and events are also regularly organized during the year. (View the calendar here). When you visit this place, then also take a look at Pulchri, a modern art museum with alternating exhibitions in different galleries.
Want to enjoy the outside view while having a drink? Around the corner you will find the Posthoorn, the oldest bodega of The Hague. The bodega has traditionally been visited by artists, politicians and the flanking Hague public.
If you want to stay the night in this part of The Hague, you can book a hotel room at Hotel Des Indes. This nice decorated old hotel has been open since 1881 and has received many famous people. Keep in mind, there is a price tag, but the experience you get in return is more than worth it.
Next to the Lange Voorhout you will find the Denneweg: a cozy street with exclusive shops, bars and galleries. In the summer we like to sit on the terrace at Cafe2005 or Bouzy, this time we made a stop at Pierre, which is located a little further down the street. In this wine bar you have a wide choice of the world’s finest wines that can also be ordered by the glass. We found a place in one of the comfortable lounge seats and brought a toast to the reunion with the city and our being together.
We continued our walk towards the Nobelstraat and Papestraat, in this neighborhood you will find cozy bars and nice boutiques. Unlike Amsterdam, it’s less crowded here, that is exactly what appeals to me about this city. You still got the historic atmosphere, the classical facades, the small pubs and beautifully decorated shop windows, but the streets are more quite.
We had booked at Le Café, a small bistro in the Oude Molstraat. Because we were too early we decided to take a seat at the bar to start with a drink and a charcuterie. After a few spontaneous conversations with some cafe-goers, we could take a seat at a table for two. Le Café brings a cozy atmosphere, a perfect place for a 3-course French-styled dinner with matching wines. We would have liked to have a drink and a dance somewhere else, but our planning for the next day kept us from it. Time to return to Voorburg where we spent the night.
The next day we got surprised with loads of sun and pleasant temperatures. Perfect for our meeting with friends at Scheveningen beach, one of the better known seaside resorts in the Netherlands. When the weather permits it is regularly crowded here. But with less weather and good waves, you can still find many surfers and walkers here. We came here regularly when we were still living in the Netherlands.
Around lunch we visited Simonis at the Visafslag, the place in The Hague where you can enjoy a tasty fish. After a delicious lunch we continued our walk at the beach. Just before we left to England a half year ago, we visited this place one last time. Time flies. But it felt good to be back for a moment.
After a nice walk, you can relax at one of the many beach tents of Scheveningen. Such as Hartbeach, where we decided to have a drink. This beach tent is also a surfschool where you can get surflessons during the year. It’s a lovely afternoon. Surfers walk back and forth with their plank under their arms and the terrace is filled with happy beachgoers. The Spring is hanging in the air.
Off course The Hague knows many more nice places to visit. But our stay in this city was to short to see them all. Fortunately we can keep them for our next visit during the summer.
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