Everyone of our staffmembers is a Golden Stork reporter from the moment they arrive at the hostel. Besides their daily work, they go out and explore the city. This way all our staff is up to date about whats hot and whats not and we will take you by the hand during their trip into the city! Meet our first reporter Antonieta:
“I’m the kind of person that enjoys walking down the city more than spending the day in the middle of the forest, so this list I have thought of, intents to reflect what I like doing the most when visiting a city I know very little about.
Finding good places to eat out can be hard when you have so many options but know nothing about the menu they are offering you (strange spelling, interesting yet unknown food presentations, exotic ingredients, etc) and for me it was. However, since I enjoy walking, my mission of finding affordable and good quality places was actually fun. I can say I gained some pounds, happiness included.
Another point of interest for me is shopping. Knowing where to get the clothes, books, souvenirs and last minute items you need is actually very relevant when spending some time in a city that is new for you. It is important to find the cheapest options when you are short of money and travelling, but sometimes for me, shopping is not just about looking for bargains but finding special items that brings me memories from the place I am visiting now. This is why I have chosen some shops that wouldn’t go under the “cheapest” tag but would definitely be tagged as one of a kind in terms of fashion and coolness.”
On the whole, it is said that in the Netherlands you can’t find too many bargains but if you walk a little bit longer, take a look to the different choices of shops you have in The Hague either for groceries or any item and pay attention to season sales, you can save some money for sure and have a great time in the best city in The Netherlands.
10. Bakker Bart (Vlamingstraat 12, 2511 BB)
If you are in the middle of a shopping day in the city centre in The Hague and feel like sitting in a nice place and trying some delicious home made bakery, sandwiches or pizza, Bakker Bart is the place. Besides enjoying the friendly atmosphere and taking a look at the beautiful design of this well located coffee shop, you will save a couple of euros while eating high quality pies, doughs, paninis and more, accompanied by a great coffee and a wide variety of hot teas they have. I have been in Bakker Bart a couple of times already and it has become one of my favorite spots when I’m walking down Grote Markt. Stop by for a delicious breakfast and enjoy good quality pastry for little money, a fresh fully filled panini for a quick lunch or a hot coffee to make your day even better.
9. The Bookstor (Noordeinde 39, 2514 GC)
This place is ideal for those cold mornings or evenings when you are looking for a warm, confortable place to have a chat with your travel partner or to take some time to think about your plans for your trip. The Bookstor is a a cozy book shop and a café, which means you can take a look at their books while spending your morning or evening there. You will only spend about 5 or 6 euros having a coffee and a nice cake here. Lovely place. You will love it too.
8. Dungelmann (The Passage)
At first it was hard for me to decide trying some food Dungelmann was offering in their small shop at The Passage, mainly because the name of the items on the menu were so difficult to pronounce. Once I overcame that first barrier, and figured out the prices were totally affordable for a person like me, I decided to have one of the most popular products of Dungelmann: De Bal Gehakt or Broodje Bal, (the other one is called croquette) and I think I made the best decision of the week. The Broodje Bal consists of a meat ball (pork and beef probably) that is chopped and put into a bread as a sandwich ball. It is worth mentioning that it is available in two variations: the ‘ordinary’ and the spicy mince. I tried the ordinary one and it was delicious. Delicious with some mustard and mayonaise on top of it too.
Dungelmann (Hoogstraat 34, 2513 AS)
Just a few blocks beyond the Passage and located in the middle of exclusive clothes shops, you will find a pretty vintage shop showing a huge variety of homemade ready made meals for your lunch, dinner or any special ocassion. Dungelmann is widely known for being a top quality food store where you can find the most typical Dutch dishes and some exotic options you might want to try as well. Since I love chicken, that was the first thing I wanted to try in some special preparation. I tried their recipe of chicken with mustard and exotic spices and I also tried their delicious Greek salad that is made with more vegetables than most salads you can find in shops. Besides the excellent quality of their food, what impressed me the most where the low prices. I’m used to pay high prices when it comes to high quality food, but at Dungelmann I could save some money for some drinks at night. Totally recommended if you are into home made food.
7. Momiji (Rabbijn Maarsenplein 1, 2512)
Located just a couple of blocks from The Golden Stork and next to the main shopping street in The Hague, Momiji is the kind of place you have to visit if you feel like trying Japanese food such as ramen. It started as a small sushi place almost twelve years ago and became bigger and bigger over the years. Today, it is a ‘must visit’ for lots of tourists and locals in The Hague. Why? Maybe it is because it guarantees you will have an amazing Japanese taste experience that is totally worth the money. One of the most popular dishes in their place is ramen and they offer it with three types of meat (beef, pork or chicken) mixed with vegetables and spices. I had the beef ramen as my first experience trying ramen and I was totally impressed. Please, do not let the elegant design of Momiji deceive you into thinking their menu is out of your budget. The most expensive dish is about 20 euros but most of the ones in the menu are far less than that, not to mention how abundant they actually are.
6. Flying Tiger (Dagelijkse Groenmarkt 29, 2513 AL)
There are few places as fun to visit and also on a budget, as Flying Tiger. They have such a cool selection of stationery items, party decoration, beauty products, accesories and snacks that you will hardly find anywhere else in The Hague. The unique, fun and colorful designs you will find here, make your shopping memorable and a total success if you are buying gifts for children of your friends. The shop has enough space for you to walk and take your time looking at the different items without bothering other people while doing it. Besides the cool products you find here, it is worth mentioning the low prices they keep. You could easily buy gifts for lots of people for no more than 10 or 20 euros. My favorite items are the notebooks which are really cheap and useful. Also the collection of joke objects is really fun. Totally recommended.
5. The Dutch Souvenir Café (Heulstraat 13, 2514 ER)
If you want to buy unique souvenirs in The Hague, this is the place. The Dutch Souvenir café is quite new in The Hague, they opened only a year and a half ago and they say the shop has been captivating more and more clients every month. Maybe it is because of their unique items and beautiful designs you don’t find in other places. Most souvenir shops have sort of the same varierty of items, which is OK but maybe you are looking for different designs for yourself not to buy the same gifts everyone else is buying all the time. Tote bags here are unique and not expensive at all (less than 10 euros). Besides the good prices and unique items they acquire from local artists to sell in their shop, they have a café area which is really enjoyable also.
4. Pieces (Venestraat 33, 2511 AR)
In case you have visited the most popular clothes shops in The Hague and didn’t find that unique item you were looking for, you might want to visit Pieces. This is one of the most interesting shops I have visited while looking for clothes and accessories. It is a small shop but it has enough room for you to walk and see all the products they bring every week or twice a month. You might notice that they have items that look like one of a kind. For instance, when I was looking for a black leather bag, all the ones I saw were the same type and design, but then I got to Pieces and I found the one I had on my mind. A cool thing that caught my attention was the fact that they had Vogue coloring books that you can only find online, so it was great to find them there.
3. Artifac (Noordwal 17, 2513 EB)
If you are you interested in making art, painting, drawing, lettering etc. and forgot to bring your art tools to The Hague, you have to go to Artifac. Here, you will find everything you need and a lot more. They offer a wide selection of sketchbooks, notebooks, blocs, paper, not to mention the astonishing variety of pens, all kinds of markers, airbrush markers, paint, etc. Being such an amazing place with lots of space for you to walk and to take your time looking at the items, you will see that the prices are not high at all. You can have your basic art tools kit for less than 10 or 15 euros easily.
2. Antiquariaat L.B. Kretzschmar Bookshop (Noordeinde 158, 2514 GR)
I thought it was going to be easy to find books in English in Den Haag but I was a little wrong. Most bookshops have sections for English written books but you might find them somewhat expensive. The good news is, I found the perfect place if you have a limited budget like me. The bookshop I found, offers second hand books that look brand new. It is about 10 to 15 minutes walk from the hostel but worth every step. I bought an amazing book for less than half I would have paid in my country or even online. Among their shelves -fully stocked with must have titles-, you will find your book too. I promise!
1. Sumo (Prinsestraat 13, 2513 CA)
Although there are a few places to enjoy good sushi in The Hague, if you have plenty of time to have the culinary experience of trying great quality sushi, you should visit Sumo. This sushi and grill restaurant is located close to the square of bars in Grote Markt and some of the most known stores in the city (H&M, Sara and Sting). What I loved about Sumo is their menu. It is not only about sushi rolls but the full experience of Japanese food, that makes you feel as if you could take a little piece of Japan while being there at Sumo. The great variety of rolls will make you immediately hungry and you might want to try the all you can eat option. If you don’t feel like eating that much, you can always order individual portions that are just as satisfying. You can have different dishes such as miso soup or the most typical Japanese sweet-salty salads. You will feel safe when ordering your dishes as they have a detailed description of all the dishes they offer and an interesting variety of affordable desserts you will want to try.
Even if Sumo is not the cheapest sushi place in The Hague, you might be pleased to visit this restaurant and make your tastebuds happy when trying their menu. Feel free to stay as long as you desire while enjoying the cool atmosphere and great choice of minimal style interior design of this place.
BONUS – Rootz (Grote Marktstraat 14, 2511 BJ)
The first time I went to Rootz it was for one of the Winterbier festival’s nights. There was really crowded in a very cozy space with foodtrucks offering delicious meat balls, burgers and fries. A local band called The Drunken Sailors was playing that night and people was really excited and willing to enjoy every versión from rock classics they were performing. “I have to come back here again”, I thought and so it was.
Nightlife in The Hague is quite special, I think. Since the daylight is gone earlier than in other regions of the world, you can have a beer at 5 or 6 pm and feeling like is night time already. If you haven’t been to a typical Dutch bar yet in The Hague and you are also in the mood for great food, you might want to visit Rootz to begin your bar tour. Besides the cozy atmosphere and cool old style decoration, you will find a rich selection of local brewed beers, exquisite burgers, snacks and dishes that won’t dissapoint you.
Finally, it is worth telling you that you won’t visit Rootz because of their prices, but because of the environment and Dutch vibes.