The Spuistraat is one of the oldest streets in The Hague. Together with the Vlamingstraat, which is an extension, the Spuistraat is the car-free shopping area in the city center of The Hague. The pedestrian zone runs from the Spui to the lively Grote Markt and houses dozens of shops and chains. Both shopping streets cross the entrance to the Passage and the Haagsche Bluf, both known for their special architecture. If you look up while shopping, you will also discover beautiful facades in Neo-Renaissance, Jugendstil and Art Deco styles in the Spuistraat and Vlamingstraat.
Lively and cozy
The Spuistraat and Vlamingstraat are always lively. While the parallel Grote Marktstraat is also a 'transit street' in addition to a shopping street, the Vlaming and Spuistraat are only accessible to pedestrians. This, in combination with the presence of smaller shops, gives the shopping area a more relaxed atmosphere, despite the many shoppers who walk through it every day. The old appearance of the buildings gives the streets a cozy feeling.
The Spuistraat and Vlamingstraat are rich in large shoe stores, such as Footlocker, Shoeby, Sidestep, Van Haren, Dolcis, Invito and Manfield. There is also no shortage of larger chains with stores from H&M, WE, Diesel, Levi's, Perry Sport, Intertoys and Swarovski. In addition, bargain hunters have come to the right place at Zeeman and Xenos. What these streets are also known for is the presence of a wide choice of telephone shops, including the BelCompany, Phone House, T-Mobile, Belsimpel and KPN.
Food and drink
It is certainly not necessary to walk through these shopping streets on an empty stomach. For a hamburger and fries you can go to McDonald's, Burger King and Bram Ladage, but a healthy sandwich at Bakker Bart or kebab at one of the döner shops is also an option. If you like licorice, pay a visit to Jamin's candy paradise. And those looking for an insider tip: hidden behind the Spuistraat is the cozy lunchroom 't Achterommetje. Highly recommended!
The Vlamingstraat probably got its name because in the late Middle Ages Flemings lived there who were involved in the cloth industry. After the railroads were built around 1830, more and more people started coming to the city for work. Due to the growth in population, the markets, where most people did their shopping until then, turned out to be inadequate and there were hardly any opportunities for expansion. Because of this, normal stores began to be preferred. It was not until around 1850 that both Vlamingstraat and Spuistraat changed from ordinary residential streets to shopping streets.
Fun after shopping?
In the Gortstraat, a side street of the Spuistraat, Real Life Xcape is located, one of the escape rooms in The Hague. The goal of an escape room is to escape from a room as quickly as possible. Using clues scattered around the room, you must find the key that gives access to freedom. Real Life Xcape has multiple rooms with different themes and difficulty levels.
Due to its central location in the city center of The Hague, the shopping streets are very easily accessible by public transport and car. Various trams and buses that depart from Station Hollands Spoor and Centraal stop at the stops Centrum, Spui and Grote Markt. If you come by car, park at Q-Park City Parking, Q-Park de Bijenkorf or Q-Park Grote Markt. From these parking garages you can walk into the Spuistraat and Vlamingstraat within a minute.