The Hague combines all the amenities of an international metropolis with the charm of a seaside resort town. Home to the Dutch government and the royal family, the city offers an array of attractions, ranging from fascinating museums to cool cafés, top restaurants to independent boutiques. We spend a day exploring a selection of The Hague’s must-see sights.
Delftware is as Dutch as it gets, and where better to explore the history of the distinctive blue-and-white pottery than at Gemeentemuseum, which has one of the most extensive collections in the world. Its permanent exhibition charts the rise of Delftware as a symbol of Dutch prosperity in the Golden Age of the 17th century, and includes pieces by Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, or Royal Delft – the last remaining maker from the 1600s.
Gemeentemuseum, Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV The Hague, +31 (0)70 338 1111
Founded in 1895, Damen/Papier-Royaal is a family-run stationery shop which has been supplying luxury writing and bookbinding materials for four generations. Stocking high-quality papers from countries such as Japan and Nepal, the store is a treasure trove that begs to be explored at leisure. Alongside paper, there is also a wide selection of journals and greeting cards.
Damen/Papier-Royaal, Noordeinde 186, 2514 GR The Hague, +31 (0)70 360 0166
Lola Bikes and Coffee
A bike shop and espresso bar combined, Lola has a unique charm. Not only does it serve up award-winning coffee, but it also hosts regular weekly cycling events. Open to everyone, the bike rides are a great opportunity to bond with fellow cycling enthusiasts as well as enjoy Holland’s beautiful scenery. The café also offers a coffee workshop on the last Thursday of every month, which reveals a few tricks of the barista trade.
Lola Bikes & Coffee, Noordeinde 91, 2514 GD The Hague, +31 (0)61 471 5854
The Fine Store
Fans of interior design will be delighted by the offerings at The Fine Store, located in the popular Zeeheldenkwartier neighbourhood. Opened in 2014 by Eveline Maat, the shop carries a wide range of responsibly made homeware from both international and Dutch designers. The emphasis is on timeless pieces that have been crafted to last, whether it’s furniture, lighting, textiles, accessories or paper goods.
The Fine Store, Piet Heinstraat 64, 2618 CJ The Hague, +31 (0)70 365 6400