The Hague may be seat of the Dutch government, but for us its real appeal is as a bustling city filled with great culture, amazing food and – crucially – a thriving shopping scene. As well as offering fashion from big brands, both local and international, the city has an amazing array of independent stores. We’ve picked five of our favourites, from a women’s sneaker store to an insider secret, a Portuguese patisserie in the heart of Holland.
No Boys Allowed
The past few years have seen a notable growth in the female sneaker industry. Thanks to stores such as No Boys Allowed, all the major brands are finally starting to invest more time and money in creating more technical and interesting models for women. No Boys Allowed currently has two stores, one in The Hague and one in Amsterdam, which are the first dedicated women’s sneaker stores in Europe. In addition to stocking a variety of brands, they are among the only stores in Holland to offer exclusive releases and limited-edition models. Pay a visit to either branch for the latest models, well-informed and enthusiastic staff and much more.
No Boys Allowed, Prinsestraat 104, 2513 CG The Hague, +31 (0)70 780 2310
Stocking everything from cool Scandi designers to fashionable streetwear brands, Common Kin is known for its artfully curated menswear collections. The store, with its minimalist white interior featuring quirky cardboard shelving, has become a magnet for style-conscious locals looking for anything from an Alexander Wang T-shirt to sunglasses from Sun Bunnies.
Common Kin, Papestraat 22, 2513 AW The Hague, +31 (0)70 767 0092
Located in the centre of The Hague, Stijl Bandiet is a lifestyle store that sells quirky and original items, many of which are made locally. The offering is eclectic: cosy knitwear from Shakaloha can be found alongside vintage furniture, bicycles and baby booties, and the owners are as warm and welcoming as possible. But be warned, you’re likely to unearth quite a few must-buy pieces that you never even knew you needed.
Stijl Bandiet, Kerkplein 4A, 2513 AZ The Hague
Located in the heart of The Hague, Xcesory has built a reputation for stocking men’s accessories of the highest quality from niche brands. It is, for example, one of the few places in Holland that sells Paolo Vitale belts, which are handmade in Italy using exotic leathers and known for their superb craftsmanship. Alongside belts, Xcesory also has a wide range of bags, hats, scarves and jewellery for the discerning man.
Xcesory, Papestraat 14A, 2513 AW The Hague, +31 (0)70 362 8559
Amália brings the flavours of Portugal to The Hague. The store, set up by three friends, is known locally for its exemplary pasteis de nata (custard tarts) and excellent coffee; it also sells a tempting selection of gourmet olive oil, tea and wine. Non-edible delights include Spal china and beautiful shoes and bags from Filipe Sousa.
Amália, Molenstraat 18B, 2513 BK The Hague, +31 (0)70 302 0303