Looking for a great place to eat in The Hague? Searching for that trendy place in the ‘Hofstad’? Want cocktails specifically? Lunch in The Hague? The governmental capital of the Netherlands has a buzzing culinary scene in 2020 and we’re happy to tip you about all these nice restaurants in The Hague. So without further ado, let’s get started with our 7 tips for a good meal and more in The Hague.
To each his own, and you can’t compare a breakfast bar with a 5-star hotel. And normally these articles just have numbering to make it easy for people to tag each other for a #3 or #6 at Facebook. But this time, the first entry was also, kind of, the best one.
|But first, a quick reminder: the end of the intelligent lockdown does not equal the end of coronavirus. Head out and support businesses and restaurants in The Hague— but keep your distance, wash your hands, and abide by social distancing rules. And also, reserve ahead if possible!|
Restaurant ñ: Spanish nights with amazing food
Just a few streets from the ‘Grote Markt’ and the ‘Grote Kerk’ in the center of The Hague you can find this utterly atmospheric and culinary amazing Restaurant ñ . I’m not sure how to pronounce it still, I think it’s ‘nj’, but I do know that this Spanish-themed hidden gem in The Hague serves some amazing food for some very democratic prices.
First of all, we were there on one of the last warm days of the year, and it’s absolutely amazing to sit outside in such a lovely atmosphere in the center of The Hague. The lights, food and wine made it feel we were on a holiday.
But that wasn’t the highlight of the night at ñ. This place boasts a tapas like menu, which also changes quite often, and all of the entries (I think we had the whole menu for ahem ‘review-purposes’) were sensational. The young and talented chef Thomas Vandenhecke is doing some amazing work there, and since there’s not really something like an appetizer I’m just going to take you on a culinary journey through that delicious evening.
What else can I say? The wines were very nicely paired with the dishes. The dishes were very nicely priced (from 6 till 13 euro’s I recall, absolute steal). The night was perfect and I’m hoping I’m not spoiling the place with this review.
Next up, another great place to eat in The Hague!
Osteria Vincenzo’s: they use cognac to flambee tagliatelle with truffle in a block of giant parmesan cheese and that’s all you need to know
In arguably the most trendy and warm district of The Hague, the Zeeheldenkwartier, you can find this Italian restaurant (or better said Osteria) – Osteria Vincenzo’s. Now I’m always a bit sceptical of Italian restuarants in the Netherlands after my own expat time in Italy. A year in Bologna spoils a lot of Italian food for you in life.
But I heard Vincenzo’s was good, even great, and did things differently. So there we went on this magical pasta train!
So Vincenzo’s started us off with Oysters and Carpaccio. Never a bad start of course. But what stood out was their original take on both classic entrees. The carpaccio came with some nuts and all the oysters had some different flavors added to them. All of it made me happy as you can see:
Next up was one of the most spectacular dishes I’ve ever seen or tasted. The showpiece of Vincenzo’s is their Pappardelle al Parmigiano with black winter truffle. The large Parmigiano is roasted at the top, causing the cheese to melt. The fresh pasta is stirred in this large Parmigiano. Fresh truffle is added to your plate. All of it being divine (and quite filling)
It’s good to know that it tasted epic as you would expect. Also good to know is that you can order half portions too, which is a good thing because then you can taste more of those pasta’s on the menu – which is a good thing because those were delicious too.
Again, for review-purposes, we pushed ourselves to our limits and had some tiramisu and limoncello (homemade!). Also, because it’s a sin to not have tiramisu and limoncello when possible.
Epic pastas that are affordable and an Italian restaurant that does things differently and really well. Together with that epic Tagliatelle dish, it’s those memories that will bring me back to Osteria Vincenzo’s one day.
Stan & Co: late-night dinner and drinks!
Stan & Co has become a household name in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem and Zeist. Every Stan has its own identity but it is all about food, drinks & friends. The Amsterdam branch has recently opened its doors and a lot of work is put into a branch in The Hague. This all-day casual dining concept is intended to be a place where you can chill during the day, have a good meal in the evening and continue to dance the night away. This one is located at the Buitenhof in The Hague and it’s a welcome and trendy addition to the central The Hague square.
As you can see there’s plenty of beautiful stuff going on behind the new glass facade of Stan & Co. Could certainly see myself dancing and enjoying a cocktail or 2.
But you’re here to read about nice restaurants in The Hague, not cocktails (we presume, we could be wrong). So how was the food at Stan & Co? Their menu is a nice and trendy setup of fusion like dishes, following the latest culinary trends as one would expect. We started of with some appetizers on a wooden platter, and ordered some extra Gyoza.
The Gyoza are some Japanese veggy dumplings and they were surprisingly tasty! Another one from the board to recommend is the smoked Duck breast.
Moving on to the main, Stan and Co is working with the famed Josper grill. So if you’re not a vegetarian in The Hague, you want to go for the meat here. They’ve got a bunch of meaty options and when you go for the chef’s special you can taste them all. You know how this goes by now…
Dessert also wasn’t too shabby. And throughout the night Stan and Co surprised us with tasty food from across the globe for decent prices.
Since their menu also has some pretty good stuff for lunch and drinks on it and is big (but still intimate) I can recommend this one for a good night out with friends, can’t go wrong with Stan and Co then.
Buitenhof 5, 2513 AG Den Haag
PS. It was a dark night, atmospheric lighting and of course the battery on the DSLR gave up instantly. So sorry for using these phone pics, food looked better in real life! <3
Hotel Des Indes: the grandest
Hotel Des Indes might just be the grandest hotel of the Netherlands and it’s certainly the most exclusive entry in this article. So if you ever want to treat your loved one to something special in The Hague, this is your go-to spot.
It has an interior like none other in the Netherlands and it actually feels more like Vienna or Paris than good old The Hague. You’ll not be surprised that this a hotspot for the diplomatic jetset community and has seen quite its share of heads of state visiting. The service is almost un-Dutch as well, and I mean that in a positive way – very hospitable and polite, it’s an approach that also works in this kind of environment.
You will also not be surprised to hear that this isn’t the cheapest entry in this article, but Des Indes had very affordable arrangements for lunch, dinner and high-teas. We sat down for a sumptuous lunch.
What can I say? There were gratinated oysters, steak with foie gras and truffle, amuses which did more than amuse me, wine-pairing and ooh such delicious sweet treats at the end of it all. Getting all melancholic while I type it up and you’re sure to get hungry by just looking at the pictures of it all.
I was aiming to get some work done after, but the feeling from this lunch (and admittedly, the wine) was just too good to waste on work. Truly for a special occasion, and especially if you’re living in the Hague, something you should at least do once in life.
Gallery 61: Artsy surprises everywhere
To be fair, I never was a big fan of The Passage in The Hague, the roofed shopping street, didn’t care much for the shops there. But as The Hague center has reinvented itsself, so has The Passage (or maybe I changed as well, but this dinner-in-The-Hague article isn’t the time for such reflections). The shops are better, it feels fancy all of a sudden and it’s most important addition: Gallery 61 has opened up there!
Lunch, cocktails, dinner or loads of art – Gallery 61 has a lot to offer and surprises everywhere. First of all, they invested a lot in artwork on their walls – you can easily spend 15 minutes of time just checking out the art while waiting for your starter to arrive.
You can also get tricked by this magic chair painting:
It also surprises with its menu, it has all kind of fancy versions of the streetfood you know and love. The Hot Dog is especially worthy of a shout-out, there’s lots of things going on with that hot dog and we liked it! The burger was also a great way to go and I still have plans to return and try their ‘cheeky pork’ or ‘what the duck’.
As you can see, the dishes are original and colorful. The cocktails (whisky sour!) were done like they should be done, the music – cutlery and that boatload of art on the walls all came together in a well-thought-out concept.
Haley’s Comet Breakfastclub
Haley’s Comet Breakfastclub is a lot more than an all-day breakfast place, it’s a whole experience! An 80s experience to be more precise. That’s right! Haley’s Comet is is an ideal place for people who want to be transported into a 1980s atmosphere, without the need for a time machine. As soon as you walk in, you can’t help but feel the retro atmosphere and notice all the old school objects in the room. The owner of the breakfastclub, Britt van der Does, told us that she herself spent days and days going through antique shops looking 80s furniture and items. So whenever you stop by for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or just plain old coffee, make sure to look around and explore all of the 80s awesomeness around you. It’s perfect Instagram material too!
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Aside from having an amazing theme, Haley’s Comet Breakfastclub also has a very interesting menu. You can get both vegan and meaty options, there’s even vegan bacon! That means that you and your vegan friends can finally have a place where no one has to compromise! The menu is also very simple, which gives Haley’s Comet a very homely feel. While there, we tried the Soft Scramble Eggs in a brioche bun and the Breakfast Muffin. To our surprise, we found out that they do all the baking themselves! We also had a Nesquik hot chocolate (the nostalgia hit us hard) and their special brewed coffee (which they also sell in packs, in case you absolutely fall in love with it). The place also has an open bar and kitchen, so you can see everything happening right in front of you. Just like visiting someone in their own home!
But most importantly, Haley’s Comet is about community. In order to ensure that people see her breakfast club as a second home, Britt organizes events every month. For example, Haley’s Comet hosts board game nights and pajama parties every month! So if you’re new to The Hague and in need of a fun community, then you can always stop by Haley’s Comet Breakfastclub and instantly feel at home.
So there you have it! These are some of the best places to eat in The Hague in 2020. Have you been to any of these amazing restaurants? Let us know in the comments below!
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Editor’s Note: This article was published in February 2020, but was updated with more yummy spots in July 2020.