Serving as Holland’s political center, The Hague is a must-see while visiting The Netherlands. A thirty-minute commute from Amsterdam airport, The Hague is home to the Dutch government and seat of the Royal Family, and was established in the early thirteenth century by Count Floris IV of Holland. Rich in culture and heritage, The Hague evokes an unparalleled and regal splendor similar to that of Royal Mayfair – one of Creed’s most distinguished and coveted scents first commissioned by the Duke of Windsor. Whether you’re passing through or spending a long weekend here, read on to discover our favorite places to eat, stay and play in The Hague.
Because of its proximity to Scheveningen, The Hague has some of the freshest seafood in Northern Europe. Try Catch, the maritime-inspired hotspot known for its epic Plateau de Fruits de Mer and oyster selection. For something quick and convenient, visit Café Cortenaer. This bright and spacious local favorite offers a carefully curated selection of Dutch treats, including “Patatje Oorlog” – French fries with homemade peanut sauce and spring onions.
At Hotel Des Indes, conveniently located right in the heart of the city, and walking distance to the Binnenhof and Mauritshuis. Opened in 1881, this hotel has a long history of hosting international dignitaries and royalty visiting The Hague. Be sure to enjoy the legendary four-course high tea service, with pastries and treats created by the hotel’s in-house Pastry Chef.
Because of The Hague’s rich history and heritage, it’s unsurprising that the city houses some of the world’s most famous and recognizable art. Visit Vermeer’sGirl With A Pearl Earringat the Mauritshuis (which is also home to several of Rembrandt’s self-portraits), or Hendrik Mesdag’s purpose builtPanoramaoffering a 360-degree view of late 19 th century Scheveningen beach. Whatever you do, don’t miss a quick trip to the Gemeentemusuem. This art deco landmark designed by Berlage boasts an impressive modern art collection, with numerous pieces by Mondrian, Monet, Degas and Schiele.