While The Hague might not have as much to offer in terms of lifestyle activities as Amsterdam or Rotterdam, expats relocating to the city will still find all sorts to suit people with varied interests.
Shopping in The Hague
Shoppers will find chic fashion boutiques in and around Hofkwartier and Denneweg, but for alternative and edgy styles, they should head to the Prinsestraat and the Oude Molstraat. For a unique shopping experience, there’s De Passage, which dates back to the 19th century and is the oldest mall in the Netherlands.
When it comes to grocery shopping, all of the big names in the Netherlands can be found in The Hague. For seasonal and local produce, it’s best to visit the local markets.
Eating out in The Hague
Dutch food is fairly simple and consists of traditional roasted meat dishes, potatoes and boiled vegetables. While it’s always worth sampling local delicacies, expats will also find a range of international cuisines, including African, French, Italian, Eastern European, Middle Eastern and Chinese.
Some of the best areas for eating out are in Willemspark or Chinatown, while the beachfront restaurants in Scheveningen make for a classy dining experience with a view.
Nightlife in The Hague
The daytime hustle and bustle of the city centre transforms into a vibrant nightlife when the sun sets – most pubs, cocktail bars and clubs are found in and around Centrum (The Hague city centre). Craft beer lovers living in The Hague can also indulge in a number of local breweries here.
The prevalence of popular bars and clubs makes this area perfect for any pub crawl, while further-out Scheveningen also offers some beachfront clubbing opportunities.
Sports and outdoor activities in The Hague
Active expats living in The Hague can take part in a wide variety of sports, from swimming and water sports to hiking, fishing and cycling. Its location on the North Sea coast affords The Hague residents opportunities for kitesurfing and windsurfing, while those looking for something calmer can enjoy pleasant beach walks.
There are also some wonderful parks that are well worth a visit. The Scheveningen Woods, just a short drive from The Hague’s city centre, offers several picturesque walking and hiking trails and cycle paths as well as a children’s playground.
Those who prefer to exercise indoors will find plenty of gyms and fitness centres throughout the city, many of which offer personal training services at an additional cost.
Kid-friendly activities in The Hague
Besides the area's great selection of schools, expats moving to The Hague with children will find that the city has plenty to keep the little ones entertained.
Below are a few fun ideas for both rain and shine.
Outdoor kid-friendly activities
The seaside suburb of Scheveningen is popular with families during the summer and The Hague’s many parks make great picnic spots too.
Westduinpark boasts some easy walking trails along the dunes that provide great views of the city.
There’s also the tranquil and historic Clingendael estate, and animal lovers will enjoy a day at one of the city farms or petting zoos.
The incredibly realistic miniature cityscapes at Madurodam are a popular tourist attraction for children and adults alike.
Indoor kid-friendly activities
When the weather is inclement in The Hague, parents will find that there are a number of excellent indoor activities for children as well.
Planet Jump’s indoor trampoline centre is a brilliant venue for children’s parties and a good way to burn up excess energy.
Glow Golf Scheveningen provides a unique indoor glow-in-the-dark miniature golf experience for kids, while the fascinating underwater scenes of the Sea Life Scheveningen aquarium are also among the most popular outings for children.