Of course, The Hague is much more than just the beach and the bubbling city centre. There are many neighbourhoods to explore, each with their own charm. All it takes is a little insight knowledge to find your way and see what is happening. Discover some of the most popular neighbourhoods and see what suits your wishes.
If you are looking for the perks of Bezuidenhout, but in a lower price range, Regentessekwartier will have what you are looking for. The lively main streets, proximity to the city centre and quietness are topped off with a lot of wide green areas and playgrounds. An ideal situation for young professionals and families who want to enjoy the convenience of public transportation and easy access to shops. It is a little quieter, as there are not too many bars and restaurants, but those are all within reach of a few minutes. You will find the charming classical Dutch houses that are a major selling point for everybody, but the population is as diverse as they come.
Right next to the second railway centre of the city, Laakhaven-Oost is a popular neighbourhood for students and young professionals with a morning commute. This is a prime location if you are focused on the academic centre of the city and all the conveniences that come with it. That means service places, tram and bus connections, takeaways and several grocery stores. The area is young and alive, which is reflected in the people and the facilities - and with an affordable price to match.
Behind Noordeinde Palace, all the way from the Palace Gardens to Hoogstraat/Noordeinde and the Great Church, you will find the Court District that is known as Hofkwartier. If you need some shopping, this is the place to find great deals, luxurious brands and breath-taking architecture. The grand allure of Noordeinde and Hoogstraat is known for their exclusive stores featuring the latest trends in fashion and design. Continue into the smaller streets and discover artisan businesses, hidden historical treasures and charming little restaurants and cafés where you get a taste from delicacies all over the world.
Theatre, entertainment and the enjoyment of tasty food and drinks are the symbols of this neighbourhood. Here you will also find plenty of interesting shops to browse and find the best presents, house decorations or unique charms for yourself. Whether you are looking for a great theatre show or enjoy some cabaret, the cosy atmosphere will draw you in and make it difficult to let go.
The 'Venetian' part of The Hague, best described as a small maze, is located around Prins Hendrikplein and holds a charm like no other place in the city. In addition to grand buildings, there are also beautiful 19th century alms houses with beautiful gardens. The Zeeheldenmarkt is a weekly favourite amongst locals, with organic vegetables and a focus on healthy food on the go. If you prefer to sit down and have a bite to eat, you will have no trouble finding a restaurant that suits your mood.
If you want convenience, the best of The Hague and an easy commute – Bezuidenhout might very well be your kind of neighbourhood. The quiet, diverse district is anything but boring and offers a great housing selection for young professionals, internationals or people who want to start a family. Here, you do not just get a place to live: you will find a new home where you can get the most out of life. Aligning neighbourhoods such as Mariahoeve and Benoordenhout are part of the Haagse Hout district and have a similar setting if you want a neighbourhood with many perks and some quiet, too.
As one of the greenest areas of the city Benoordenhout has many parks and nature. The beach is also just a short bike ride away. The houses, mainly build in the 1930s are spacious and comfortable, with plenty of parking space. While this part of the city is popular amongst expats, mainly due to international organisations and companies like the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Royal Dutch Shell. Benoordenhout is also a good option for young families with children, as the area is close to the British primary school.
Archipelbuurt is a beautiful district in 19th century style. Romantic courtyards and old buildings will lead you through 19th century buildings and parks that still radiates an atmosphere of bygone days. The world-famous Peace Palace is also situated in Archipelbuurt. Many old East Indies goers settled in this neighbourhood, giving The Hague the unofficial title of Indies capital of the world. That is something you will also taste in the many Indonesian restaurants in this district.
The history of this magnificent 19th century district that boasts a wealth of unique architecture and beautiful streets, squares and lanes dates to around 1895. Architect Berlage made his mark here on the Municipal Museum and monumental villas. Here you will find beautiful shopping streets, filled with the latest fashion and luxury goods. For diplomats and internationals, with or without a large family, this is an excellent place to be right in the centre of the action.
If you are looking for class and a quiet environment, Belgisch Park is the place to go. With houses ranging from neo-styles to Jugendstil, dating from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, the architecture will take your breath away. When you are finished with exploring the quiet beauty of the neighbourhood, stroll over to the Gentsestraat, Stevinstraat and Harstenhoekplein to get your shopping in order.