The Hague is a city with many faces. Both upper-class and local Hague accents can be heard here, as well as many other languages. The Hague boasts elite city districts juxtaposed against working-class neighbourhoods. The city is a shining example of a multicultural society.
City centre - Holland’s best
The Hague's bustling downtown area has far more to offer than the landmarks Binnenhof, Noordeinde Palace, and Peace Palace. Boutiques, cafes, concert and dance venues, galleries, flagship stores, museums and restaurants offer something to everyone who loves culture, shopping and nightlife. It's no wonder that The Hague was named Holland's Best City in 2013-2015!
During a tour through the city centre you may suddenly find yourself standing in the middle of Chinatown. Behind the Chinese gates sample the atmosphere of Asian restaurants, groceries and supermarkets, as well as acupuncturists and furniture stores. A mix of Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian cultures. Stroll through the symbolic entry gate to Wagenstraat (beside the Bijenkorf) and seek out those typical Chinese shops, specialities and exotic products. The area stretches from the Amsterdamse Veerkade, the Wagenstraat to Gedempte Burgwal. Come and feel, taste and discover Chinatown.
Schilderswijk - A cultural melting pot
The colourful painters' district Schilderswijk boasts a rich diversity of cultures that live side by side. It is also the largest open-air museum with a collection of Dutch Masters. Every street named after a painter has a large sign, which in addition to the name also features a work by the relevant artist. In the centre of the district you will find the Hague Market, where the merchandise reflects the multicultural mix. Pay a visit to the Hamman and enjoy a sauna or massage in the heart of this residential district.
Hofkwartier - A small district with big allure
Immediately behind Noordeinde Palace, in the area stretching from the Palace Gardens and Torenstraat to Hoogstraat/Noordeinde and the Great Church, you will find the Court District known as Hofkwartier. This is the perfect district for shopping 'in style'. Beautiful streets with old bricks and gables capture the imagination and rekindle the charm of a bygone era. Gaze upwards, but be sure not to miss the unique merchandise in this small district with big allure. Luxury shopping street Noordeinde is where King Willem Alexander has his working palace. However, Noordeinde and Hoogstraat are primarily known to the majority of Hague inhabitants for their exclusive, chic stores packed with the latest trends in fashion and design. The shopping streets seamlessly transform into winding medieval streets lined with artisan businesses, hidden historical treasures and charming little restaurants and cafés. If you see a large car with an AA registration plate it means that Queen Maximá or her family members are doing their ‘own’ shopping. Hofkwartier is therefore rightly referred to as the pearl of The Hague! For delicious dining go to Grapes & Olives at Veenkade, which is inspired by the Mediterranean Enotecas found on the coastal resorts of Southern Italy. To experience a taste of Paris in the heart of The Hague, visit Pastis in Oude Molstraat.
Buurtschap 2005 - From old coach houses to lifestyle
Buurtschap 2005 (named after the postcode) is a pleasant, lively district. This is where the famous Lange Voorhout is located. Nieuwe Schoolstraat is primarily known due to the PePijn Theatre set up by resident Paul van Vliet, where many cabaret performers have try-outs. Check out Kazernestraat with its many old coach houses and continue walking to Hoge Nieuwstraat. For centuries, visitors entered The Hague here from the North. Denneweg is one of the oldest shopping streets in The Hague. From early in the morning until late at night you can browse here in many of the finest stores and enjoy a wealth of cafés, restaurants and terraces. Admire the window displays full of unusual and antique furniture, paintings, decorative objects or the latest fashion. Finish off with a glass of wine in one of the many convivial cafés. Dining around Denneweg is delightful, for instance at Dekxels or Les Ombrelles. And for a high tea, legendary Hotel des Indes offers stylish ambiance.
Zeeheldenkwartier - One of The Hague's most charming districts
To enjoy one of beautiful buildings and charming squares, a visit to one of The Hague's most charming districts, Zeeheldenkwartier, is a must. The 'Venetian' part of The Hague, best described as a small maze, is located around Prins Hendrikplein. In addition to grand buildings, there are also beautiful 19th century almshouses in Zeeheldenkwartier. The substantial gardens immediately catch the eye. At Plein 1813 enjoy a walk around the enormous monument that heralded the foundation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Linger at Anna Paulownaplein with its lovely cafés, stores and beautiful houses. Beetroot, home-grown spring onions, organic beans grown with vitalized water, wild spinach, fruit and much more is on sale every week at the Zeeheldenmarkt. The choice of restaurants in this district is extremely diverse, from an authentic Indonesian rice table in tiny restaurant Bogor Rumah Bakan in Van Swietenstraat to a quick dish of the day in De Klap on Koningin Emmakade.
Archipelbuurt - A beautiful district in 19th century style
Travel back to the days of one of the most famous residents of this small district: Louis Couperus. See the romantic courtyards and old buildings around Bankaplein and the Prinsevinkenpark. Walk through the old graveyard in Kerkhoflaan and see the final resting place of Johan Thorbecke, Pieter Jelles Troelstra and other well-known individuals. Stroll through the 19th century Willemspark, which still radiates an atmosphere of bygone days. The world-famous Peace Palace is also situated in Archipelbuurt. Many old East Indies goers (today's expats) settled in Archipelbuurt, which is why The Hague is still rightly referred to as the Indies capital of the world. A pleasant hotel, situated in the heart of the district, is Hotel Mozaic. All rooms are decorated with photo wallpaper that shows off the beauty of The Hague. In addition to authentic Indonesian food, the restaurants in this district are highly diverse. The Raffles is one example of an Indonesian restaurant with a special atmosphere. Owner Frank Deuning drew his inspiration for the décor from the photos he had seen of his grandparents' home in Central Java. Instead of a fixed menu, Italian restaurant Trattoria Da Sebastiano has a daily menu, presented at tables in a jovial way on a blackboard on the chef's lap.
Statenkwartier - Unique architectural styles
The history of this magnificent 19th century district that boasts a wealth of unique architecture and beautiful streets, squares and lanes dates back to around 1895. Architect Berlage made his mark here on the Municipal Museum and monumental villas, such as Villa Henny.
Frederik Hendriklaan - almost a kilometre long - is one of the most beautiful shopping streets in the Netherlands. The 'Fred', as the locals call it, boasts an enormous diversity of stores. Merchandise spans from clothing to lifestyle and from sleeping to food. Pay a visit to T Haagsch Snoephuis for delectable old-fashioned pick 'n' mix or luxury bonbons or feast your eyes at Paagman, the largest bookstore in The Hague. At 6 kilometres long, Laan van Meerdervoort is probably the longest avenue in Europe. Visit Vondelstraat on line 3 and retrace the architectural timeline, passing through many styles from sober to chic.
Belgisch park - On the outskirts of Scheveningen
Belgisch Park is a quiet, rather chic district with beautiful houses in various styles, from neo-styles to Jugendstil, dating from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. There are magnificent buildings here, sometimes with beautiful Art Nouveau features. Famous architects such as Liefland and Wesstra have left their mark on this attractive district with its unique residents, varying from expats to original Scheveningen inhabitants. Many painters have also lived here temporarily, including artists from The Hague School. Shop among the people of Scheveningen You will find fabulous stores in Gentsestraat, Stevinstraat and in Harstenhoekplein. Puur! is an eatery in Stevinstraat that does justice to its name!
Scheveningen - From fishing port to fashionable seaside resort
From 900 inhabitants to a tourist hotspot: what started out as a small fishing village has evolved into a seaside resort of stature. The construction of Scheveningseweg in 1665 brought sun lovers from The Hague to the resort. With the additional construction of Kurhaus and the pier, Scheveningen gradually grew in popularity. One hotel after the other was built and Scheveningen transformed into a popular holiday destination. During the 19th century, the fishing industry officially came to an end and was replaced by tourism as the key source of income for the coastal town. The resort of Scheveningen has plenty to offer for everyone: from demanding travellers to tourists with a more moderate budget. The nightlife here stays open during all four seasons, day in day out. The culinary options here are unparalleled. Eateries and speciality restaurants are interspersed with luxury dining establishments, where jetsetters also love to enjoy a bite. A stroll along the boulevard at Scheveningen has become the norm. The same applies to the cheerful friendliness on the countless terraces and in the bars and dance clubs. The Palace Promenade, a versatile indoor shopping mall, is open every day of the year. Visitors with vehicles will find plenty of parking opportunities in Scheveningen, which offers a number of parking garages that are easy to reach.
Scheveningen is a resort with international allure. This is especially visible in the resort's characteristic Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus with the modern Holland Casino opposite. A visit to Museum Beelden aan Zee - half concealed and one with the dunes - is a unique experience. Are you looking for relaxation? The musicals in the glorious AFAS Circustheater attract a full house night after night. Countless musical, cultural and sporting events are typical for Scheveningen. They are often spectacular and include breathtakingly beautiful fireworks and sparkling shows. Life in Scheveningen is never dull. Every year, over ten million guests enjoy its hospitality to the full. Scheveningen is a resort with international allure.
Kijkduin - A taste of freedom
On the edge of a wide stretch of dunes, you will find The Hague's second most popular beach resort Kijkduin. Hike or bike the dunes, swim the North Sea, or climb up to the impressive landscape art piece "Celestial Vault". Take in the view and enjoy a coffee, beer or glass of wine at one of the terraces along the boulevard.