6 places to go to in The Hague

Last weekend we had a lovely sisters weekend in The Hague. The first sunrays of Spring made it all even more enjoyable. The reason of our visit was the expo of Audrey Hepburn dresses in Gemeentemuseum. The ticket was a birthday present for Els, who was over the moon to see it. The exhibition show an overview of Hubert de Givenchy's fabulous couture he made especially for Audrey Hepburn, but also pieces that Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy wore. How amazing to see those magnificent pieces in real life and how amazing must it be to wear something like this!



The Hague is a very pleasant city to visit. There are some great shopping streets with boutiques and small shops, something that is disappearing in most cities unfortunately. You can find a selection of nice restaurants and bars and there is lots of culture too.

Here are our top tips for a visit to The Hague:

Novotel Suites Hotel
Right in the middle of the shopping area, the entrance is well hidden between the shops. This is a lovely hotel with interesting décor. We love all the lamps in the reception and lounge area. Check out the Darth Vader hanging lamps and for the real fans there are a row of Star Wars masks to try on. Top marks for the lady who received us, unlike the usual queue to check in, we were invited to take a seat in the sofa and while sipping a nice cup of coffee she took our details and gave us info on the tram and bus system. It all felt really relaxed, just like a holiday should be. We really like this place.


Hotel des Indes
A must when you are in The Hague is a visit to this grand hotel. You feel like a princess walking through the rotating doors into the red plush reception area and onto the opulent decor of the bar. We had a swanky aperitif here.


Wicked Wines
Wicked Wines is situated on a square with a great Notting Hill vibe, the Anna Paulownaplein. There is a restaurant and terrace on each corner. This was the afternoon the first spring sun gave us happy vibes. The great wine and 'borrelhapjes' selection added to even more happiness. Kroketjes! The excellent waitress explained us all about the new wine card in such a cheerful manner that we stayed there for two more glasses. All very mellow! The novelty discovery on their menu was the 'High Wine'. Referring the very British 'High Tea' they made a selection of wines and matching appetizers to taste.
You can also have dinner here, the menu is an interesting combination of Asian and French cuisine. And the gin list was appealing too, shame we had to catch the train back...


Florencia

Florencia is the oldest ice cream parlour of The Hague, serving ice cream since 1932. Inside it looks as if time stood still, outside there is a lively terrace where the whole of The Hague seems to meet, young and old. Ice cream tasted ok but it is definitely one with character and history! Open 7/7 from morning till midnight. 



Gemeentemuseum


We went for the Audrey Hepburn exhibition, but a visit to this beautiful building is worth it on its own. A feast for all art déco lovers, everywhere you walk you want to admire the architecture: the lines of the stairs, the crafty manufactured doors, the way the rooms connect, the touches of yellow in the decor. It is a marvel on its own. On my list now of best museums in the world!


Walter Benedict

When you turn into the street at Hotel des Indes you arrive at Denneweg, with interesting interior design and brocante shops at the beginning and further on some nice looking restaurants. We had a 'before dinner' drink at Walter Benedict, bistro and bar. The blue front is inviting and hip looking, inside it is really cosy, warm and bistro chic. Next time we will have dinner here, the menu looked super yum! We only had a drink at the bar but they welcomed us as if we went there every weekend - and we would if we lived in The Hague! The wine list was interesting but the blackboard with beers even more so. We were in a wine mood that evening but looking at the beer list we should have been more adventurous and tried some. There are a lot of local beers from micro breweries on the list and the friendly waitress told us the stories behind all their funny names, just check these Oedipus brewing guys out!
Top team behind the bar! 



Novotel Suites Hotel
Grote Marktstraat 46
+31 70 850 5180

Hotel des Indes
Lange Voorhout 54-56
+31 70 361 2345
W: http://www.hoteldesindes.nl

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Stadhouderslaan 41
W: www.gemeentemuseum.nl
Tram 16 stops in front of the Museum

Florencia
Torenstraat 55
W: www.florenciaijs.nl

Walter Benedict
Denneweg 69A
+31 70 785 3745
W: www.walterbenedict.nl

Wicked Wines
Bazarstraat 42
T: +31 70 345 8660
W: www.wickedwines.nl



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