With over 10.000 Hague followers on their Instagram account Bob & Denise know all the restaurants, shops and hotspots of The Hague! Together they discover The Hague and they like to share their favorite hotspots for two.
About Bob and Denise
Bob: “I was born and raised in The Hague. Except for a few years in Utrecht (where I met Denise) I have always lived in The Hague. I also can’t imagine living somewhere where the freedom of the beach and the sea are not nearby!”
Denise: “And I come from Goor, and from the age of eighteen I have traveled almost all over the world. Bob got me there 10 convinced years ago to come and live in beautiful The Hague; the holiday feeling of the beach helped of course, we can often be found there..”
“Together we discovered more and more beautiful and fun places in The Hague, and that’s how we are started our Instagram account @tijd.voor.denhaag; just as a hobby. We now have more than 10. Hague followers, and every other week on Wednesday we give the listeners of The Hague FM the best restaurant tips in the show ‘Haags bakkie! Are you going to do it then?’.
We often go out for dinner and like to walk through the dunes and the city, to discover old and new places in The Hague.”
Favorite beach bars
“Throughout the years we have had different favourites, this changes over the years and depends on staff, atmosphere and the card. This season, just like last season, our favorite beach bar is Habana Beach ; the atmosphere is good and the food is tasty. We are also particularly fond of the Nachos here, which we previously called ‘The best Nachos on the beach of The Hague’ on The Hague FM.
Beach pavilion De Staat is also one of our top favorites, a very nice beach bar on the quiet beach where you can still sit with your feet in the sand. Especially on really hot days when it is a bit ‘too busy’ around Kijkduin and Scheveningen, this is the place to be, with a casual and relaxed holiday atmosphere.”
“During a date night we like to go out for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. If we really want to have a party, we like to go together to Yuzu Dining on the Bierkade, with surprising dishes and a challenging cocktail menu you can enjoy a nice meal on one of the benches.
Also Wicked Wines at the Anna Paulownaplein we find a top place for a fun night out; first a nice bite to eat and enjoy the wine, and then a drink at the bar.
A new addition to the Bloemenbuurt is Beau Dining & Drinks; a very nice bistro where you can eat something and there are tasty cocktails on the menu. This really is a neighborhood restaurant, which is literally ‘nearby’ for us. You can linger after dinner with a drink, or just have a drink at the bar.”
We like to have lunch at Oats in the cozy Reinkenstraat. At Haver you can have breakfast (think croissants, yogurt with fresh fruit and French toast) and lunch (oriental salad, toast smashed avocado, tom kha with coconut milk or a tasty sandwich). It is a cozy atmosphere with, in addition to classic, surprising dishes on the menu.
Also at Apples & Pears We can be found regularly in the Vruchtenbuurt, there various tasty sandwiches and salads are on the menu, with of course one of the cakes to finish: the carrot cake is our favourite!.
We also like to have lunch at Anna Paulownaplein, with restaurants such as Room, Mr.Smith and Bayonne Restobar is always a nice spot to find there. One of our favorite squares in The Hague!”
Tips for tourists
“High summer, when the beaches of The Hague and Scheveningen are packed with bathers, that is not the Hague where we to be in love with. Precisely those days when it is a bit cloudy or the wind blows a little harder and the beaches are not crowded, those are the times when The Hague comes into its own.
The atmosphere at the beach bars those days just a bit more relaxed, a quick dip in the always fresh sea water just a bit nicer and the walk or bike ride back home just a bit quieter.
Our tip for the residents of our own city would be, grab those moments; the evenings during the week, the days when it is not very hot but just warm enough instead of the Sunday morning in the high season when the coastline is just like the Kalverstraat, to really enjoy the beach of our beautiful city.
Our tip to the tourist would be; don’t come to the beach by car, take (partly) public transport! The roads to the beach are full of traffic jams on nice days. When you finally reach the beach, you have to drive around for another hour, hoping to park your car. Park your car outside the ‘beach area’ and walk a bit, take public transport or the rental scooter; then you will be on the beach a lot faster and that will save you a lot of stress!
But the most important tip is of course, follow our instagram account @tijd.voor.denhaag and those of other Hague mockers; this is how you find the nicest places off the beaten track!”