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30/08/2005Shopping in The Hague

Shopping in The Hague Living in The Hague and not a stitch to wear? Here is our guide to the chic shops in the city centre.

The Hague is particularly well regarded for its many antique shops and art galleries, which you can admire along the Denneweg and Noordeinde.  However, if fashion is more what you're after, you'll be spoilt for choice here too.   

Noordeinde Palace

A good place to start is on the Noordeinde — rightly acknowledged as one of the most elegant shopping streets in The Hague.  The historic Noordeinde Palace is also located here, parts of which date back to the 16th century, and today serves as Queen Beatrix's "work and reception" palace.

Noordeinde Palace is situated next to some rather elegant shops

Exclusive stores selling haute couture fashion, shoes, jewellery, antiques, art and interior decorations stretch along this street.   'Scapa', the famous Belgian-based label, which sells classic men's and women's fashion as well as the popular Scapa Sports wear range is at Paleisstraat 2.

Nearby you will find a maze of narrow streets where many trendy boutiques are located.  On Molenstraat, visit 'Organised Confusion' where Anke Baedi creates her individually designed pieces for women in her studio basement and sells them alongside shoes from the Spanish brand Camper. 

For excellent quality outdoor activity and sportswear, Barbour is a must visit on Papestraat.  For menswear, turn down Heulstraat to Shirts and Cappuccino, where you can search for a trendy shirt and matching tie while sipping a coffee.

At Papestraat 21 is 'Red Chocolate', which is owned and run by friendly expatriates.  They have a great selection of Emma Hope shoes and Lulu Guinness accessories from the UK, women's fashion from Europe and Australia, jewellery from Scandinavia and a surprisingly good range of children's wear. 

Prices are very reasonable and new stock is coming in for next season, including beautiful cashmere sweaters and Italian jeans.

While you're here, drop in next door to 'Your Identity', which has a collection of couture lingerie by labels including La Perla — definitely worth the splurge for a special occasion.

Designer boutiques

Further down the Noordeinde, towards Gravenstraat is The Hague's most exclusive shopping area, known as the Paleispromenade. 

There is a wide range of chic stores, including Max Mara, Laura Ashley, Tommy Hilfiger, Claudia Sträter and the upmarket department store, Maison de Bonneterie.  For exclusive menswear including tailored suits and Church’s shoes, visit Eduard Pelger and for women’s clothing, Pauw is popular.

One item in Scapa's summer collection

Mulberry, the English company renowned worldwide for its luxury leather goods is Plaats 22. Featuring a large range of mens and women swear, leather bags and accessories, the store also has beautiful furnishing fabrics.  If it's more than your budget will allow, make a note in your diary to revisit during sale time.

For babies and children, visit Petit Bateau on the Paleispromenade for excellent quality clothing with classic French style.  The store assistants are also very helpful in explaining the sizing charts for those who aren't familiar. 

Nearby is Sterre + Tijl on Annastraat, where you will find everything for children in two stores from clothing and toys, to prams and nursery furniture.  

In the centre

The main pedestrian streets stretching towards the Grote Marktstraat are always busy with shoppers.   This is where the department stores are located, including V&D, Hema, C&D and De Bijenkorf. 

De Bijenkorf's home in The Hague is built in the 'Amsterdam School' style

For universal fashion at affordable prices, head to the large chain fashion stores.  Spread across three stores in the city centre, H&M provides everything to everybody — from clothing to cosmetics and lingerie to swim-wear.  The prices are very reasonable, but expect to spend time rummaging through the jumble of clothes, particularly if it's school holidays. 

The Spanish labels — Mango, Zara and Massimo Dutti — are also hugely popular and provide stylish fashion, from casual to sophisticated evening wear.  The Massimo Dutti store on Venestraat has a particularly good range of stylish men's clothing and is the label's sole store in the Netherlands.  It is also a favourite with expatriates, particularly for stylish work and casual wear.

While on Venestraat, tucked beside Mango, you will find an entrance to Haagsche Bluf, which is a haven away from the crowds.  Located around a pleasant square is a range of stores, including Timberland, which sells outdoor clothing, footwear and accessories and the French label Lacoste which sells fashionable sportswear.

Denneweg and Frederikstraat

A short walk along the Lange Voorhout, past some of The Hague's most historic architecture, you will reach the Denneweg.  This street is very popular with weekend shoppers, and is a must-visit, particularly if you have an eye for antiquities and stylish furniture. 

The organised interior of 'Organised Confusion'

There are also a couple of fashion boutiques here, notably the OshKosh shop for children's clothes and Kan Did for stylish women swear.  However, no visit to the Denneweg is complete without stopping at Paul Warmer where you will find high quality leather shoes and accessories including brands such as Tod's and Hogan.

Continuing on to Frederikstraat, another popular shopping street with locals, you will find Van Peet.  While not instantly appealing from the outside, this store has an excellent range of denim clothing and accessories.  You will find jeans by Citizens of Humanity, made in the US, and the staff are very friendly and keen to assist.

If you are an expecting mother, you'll be pleased by the range of maternity wear at Zwanger en co at Frederikstraat 80.  The store also has baby's clothes, toys and children’s accessories, as does Careltje, just a few doors away.  Gemma Greebe, who owns Careltje, stocks well known brands for newborns to 14 year olds and it's also a great place to pick up children’s gifts.


Finally, after searching the boutiques on the Paleispromenade you still haven't found that designer piece you're after, visit Hardies.  On the corner of Javastraat and Frederikstraat you will find a beautiful collection of fashion, shoes and accessories by exclusive designer labels including Salvatore Ferragamo, Loewe, Celine, Escada and the German designer Rena Lange to name a few. 

Don't be put off by the loud doorbell that announces your arrival and the store assistants who watch your every move.

Getting around

The easiest way to explore The Hague's city centre is on foot, particularly as most of the shopping area is a pedestrian zone.  It is a short walk from the Central Railway Station along the Korte Poten and Lange Poten to Spui.  

Most shops are open seven days a week.  On Mondays, shops open at 1pm (department stores at 11am).  From Tuesdays to Fridays, opening hours are 9am to 6pm and until 9pm on Thursday evenings.  On Saturdays, hours are 9am to 5pm and Sundays, noon to 5 or 6pm.

More information:
www.thehague.nl
www.winkelabc.nl

Emily Harston is an Australian expatriate and freelance general features writer currently living in The Hague.  She can be contacted on emilyharston@mac.com.

[Copyright Emily Harston and Expatica 2005]

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