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Let’s start with some general information about The Hague. The city is the capital of the province of Zuid-Holland and the third largest municipality in the Netherlands with more than 500,000 inhabitants. The Hague is near the beach. The best known beach is Scheveningen. With a beautiful boulevard and a very large beach, this is the place-to-be in the summer. With your feet in the sand enjoying a cocktail at one of the many beach tents that are literally on the beach.
In addition, The Hague has a great city center with many shops including large department stores as boutique shops. For the shoppers among us, you can easily spend a whole day here. Between all shops you also have good restaurants for the gourmets.
Find the Binnenhof in the city center, a building complex where the government of the Netherlands is located. The Binnenhof is the political center of the Netherlands.
The diversity of the beach, the shopping area and the political center makes The Hague an awesome destination for anyone who wants something different than well-known Amsterdam.
Known places are as already described Scheveningen, The Hague city center and the Binnenhof with the Ridderzaal and the well-known tower of the Prime Minister. The Hofvijver can not be missed either (tip: walk from the city center towards the Lange Voorhout, Fratelli is at the corner for a delicious Italian lunch or dinner). A possibility is to visit the House of Representatives at the Binnenhof. For the art lovers, the Mauritshuis is worth a visit, which is also located in the city center. If you love art, you could walk from the city center to Panorama Mestdag. Walk along the Royal Stables where you can find the Golden Coach (Gouden Koets). A tip which is really close to the Royal Stables is the intersection Anna Paulownastraat and Bazar Street, restaurant Bite Me is a must (4 mins walk from Panorama Mesdag)! From Panorama Mesdag you can head back to the city center via Noordeinde. The Noordeinde is the more luxurious part of the city center. Noordeinde Palace can also be admired here, this is the palace where the king works. The Grote Kerk (large Church) is also located in the center. Here the shopping area of The Hague actually begins.
Other well-known places outside the city center are, for example, the Peace Palace, which is actually closed to the public. A few days a year they do give guided tours, find more information on their website. For the little ones Madurodam is very nice, here you can experience the Netherlands in one day where everything is shown in miniature. For the art lovers, Gemeentemuseum is recommended (outside the center) and adjacent to the Museon, a museum especially for children. If you have some time left and you feel like adventure and amusement, visit Duinrell together with the Tikki Pool in nearby Wassenaar. Another option would be Drievliet or ,if you are in Scheveningen, is Sea Life.
Where to eat in The Hague?
As mentioned before you can enjoy delicious Italian food at Fratelli in the center overlooking the Hofvijver. If you have more appetite for Asian food, you are at the right address behind the Hema in the center, an undiscovered area (Rabijn Maarssenplein) is one of our favorites. Three awesome Asian restaurants can be found here: Little V (Vietnamese), Momiji (Japanese) and Kimchi House (Korean). From here it is nice to walk back through the Wagenstraat, a small variant of China Town. Another must is the Greek Irodion where you can eat a delicious pita Gyros for a reasonable price.
Also a must is the renewed Turfmarkt towards Central Station. With all upcoming restaurants and nice places to discover!
In Scheveningen it is not difficult to find a nice and good eatery. Especially in the summer when all beach tents are located on the beach, it is great to enjoy one of the beach tents to dine with your feet in the sand or have a good lunch. A recommendation nowadays is the Pier, which has been transformed into a food market with all kinds of different food tents. Pizza, fries, fish, hamburgers, you mainly find junk food of good quality here. Another option if you want to dine something more luxurious is Sui Sha Ya on the Palace Square near the Pathe (cinema), Japanese food on a baking tray with private chef (Teppanyaki). On average, you pay € 60 per person for a good meal.
Going out in The Hague?
A number of hotspots if you want to do something in the evening after strolling through the city center are of course the cinema, the Pathe is in both Scheveningen and the city center. Or visit the Holland Casino in the middle of Scheveningen. In The Hague city center there are two squares in particular where you have to be to enjoy a drink, namely Het Plein where you can stay at Millers or Cloos until late at night. The other square is on the other side of the city, namely Grote Markt with the Zwarte Ruiter as tip where all locals come together. Another local tip on the Grote Markt is the Boterwaag where you can find a large assortment of beers.
If you want to know more, you can always contact us. We have created two trips in which you can combine The Hague with a number of other great Dutch cities.
Enjoy The Hague like a local!