Shopping in The HagueEven if you only spend a day in the city, you’ll most likely end up with a bag full of souvenirs, clothing and gifts to take home thanks to The Hague’s wealth of shopping streets. The city’s diverse retail culture means that there’s a shop – or even a whole shopping street – dedicated to your tastes.
BoekhorststraatFor speciality items, head to Boekhorststraat, just south of the Grote Markt. You won’t find any standard souvenirs or everyday items on this street: instead almost everything is unique. Make sure to visit the 100-year-old bike shop Het Bandenhuis, or take a trip to Studio Joske for handmade interior design pieces.
PrinsestraatBehind the Grote Kerk lies Prinsestraat, which is brimming with design shops, art galleries and fashion retailers where everything is on-trend. Deck yourself out in the latest looks and hottest accessories – and with plenty of chic restaurants and cafes, you can fill a whole day here with ease.
HofkwartierPrinsestraat is part of the Hofkwartier, or the ‘Court Quarter’, which is as royal as its name suggests. Numerous other shopping streets make up this area, including Oude Molstraat and the shopping streets surrounding Noordeinde Palace. And it’s not just upscale boutiques you’ll find here, there’s also department stores, secondhand shops and more.
Denneweg and FrederikstraatDenneweg, one of the oldest streets in The Hague, and Frederikstraat make up one of the best shopping areas in the city. Its heritage still shines through in its many antique shops, and it has also become a place for fashionistas to get their fill as well, with tons of specialty shops for lingerie, handmade hats, shoes, textiles and more. On Frederikstraat you’ll find clothing, bookshops and even a French furniture store for a touch more luxury. Just a little further south of Denneweg is Lange Voorhout, which regularly hosts a market selling antiques and books.
ZeeheldenkwartierIf you want to shop where the locals go, head to Zeeheldenkwartier. It’s a close-knit neighbourhood, and if you visit often enough, you’ll even begin to recognise the regulars. The Zeeheldenkwartier isn’t exclusive though, everyone is welcome to shop at its quaint furniture shops, trendy designer boutiques and wine stores offering the best selection of bottles in the area.
When the rain won’t go away but you still need to get your shopping done, the Passage is the perfect place. A covered shopping street dating back to the late 19th century, the new Passage is a modern marvel for retail. More than 20 boutique stores and cafés - including famed chains such as Mango and Sacha - are available inside this glass-covered ‘street’.
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