Vapiano is a self-service Italian restaurant for those looking to not spend that much but still feel like they are dining out. When you walk in you are handed a swipe-card and the first thing to do is find a spot to sit and claim it. Busy nights are usually Thursday, Friday & Saturday so be aware that it might not be easy to find a spot, especially if you are with a group.
The menu is pretty basic with pizzas, pastas, some small side dishes and desserts. Everything has to be ordered at the counter and is added to your card. The atmosphere is pretty laid back, making it an ideal place to go with kids. All cards are scanned before you leave so make sure you don’t lose your swipe-card otherwise you pay a fine (more than a meal & drinks would cost).
Location: Buitenhof 45 -51
Image credit: gertys
With over 500 stalls the Hague Market is the biggest market in Europe! Besides being open 4 days a week you can find almost anything on the market. It is handy to know that their goods range from fresh produce to clothing, flowers and many more items.
If you are not a crowd lover then go early to the market, it opens just before 9am and you are sure to avoid the hectic part of the day and maybe more importantly not fall over a pram or somebody’s “granny” shopping trolley.
Handy to know is that fruit/veg/meat/fish/ section starts on the Hoefkade side, all other goods can be found on the other side starting at the Hobbemaplein. I have been told that Wednesday is the best day to buy seafood. My other tip is to set a budget when you go and stick to it, there are too many specials and great deals, before you know it you come home with more than you needed!
Location: Herman Costerstraat, The Hague
Open: 8.45 tot 17.00 uur on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Public transport: “het Hobbemaplein”, tram 6, 11, 12 & bus 25 or “de Hoefkade” tram 11, 12 en bus 127, 130.
Parking: QPark, De Heemstraat 301, 2525 ET Den Haag
One of the best kept secrets is that the summer is one of the best times to discover The Hague. There is still a lot to do and see even though most of it’s residents have gone to more exotic places.
If you are brave enough get to know The Hague on a bike, the streets are a lot quieter and you can see a lot more than on public transport or car. Please be careful of the tram lines, I am confident in saying that everybody at some point makes the mistake to bike too close to them. Throughout The Hague there are extensive bike paths. The city centre is now almost completely car free, so even more reason to get on a bike and find places that you would otherwise not see.
As luck would have it the temperate this year is fabulous for sun lovers. No need to escape to sunnier spots south of the border when we even have our own beaches! Scheveningen is one of the most popular beaches of the Netherlands. Whether you are young or old there is something for everybody. Along the beach on the boulevard there is a wide range of fast food, restaurants and entertainment.
While I am off on vacation tomorrow I am curious to read what your favourite spots, events and happenings are in The Hague during the summer.