Shopping in The Hague

Travel to the Netherlands with Stena Line and explore The Hague

Shop Opening Times
Opening Hours

Most shops in The Hague are open on Mondays from 1pm to 6pm; Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 6pm (to 9pm on Thursday); on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm; and from 11am or noon to 5pm on Sundays.

Smaller specialist shops typically open and close later (11am - 6pm).

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Key Shopping Areas

The Hague is home to a number of upmarket boutiques, designer shops and excellent art and antique shops. You'll find most of the global fashion stores lining the network of pedestrianised streets of Spuistraat, Vlamingstraat and Venestraat, and in the Babylon shopping centre. The Haagsche Bluf shopping centre (located between Venestraat, Vlamingstraat and Nieuwstraat) encompasses more upmarket stores, cafés and beauty salons.

Smaller, more quirky and lavish boutiques, interior design stores, antique shops and delicatessens are found along Oude Molstraat and Noordeinde as well as Denneweg, Frederikstraat and Javastraat (three streets collectively known as Buurtschap 2005). For haute couture, exclusive shoe shops and jewellery establishments where you're likely to bump into members of the royal family, stroll along Hoogstraat, Molenstraat and Plaats.

The Passage is Holland's oldest "mall", an elegant covered arcade dating back to 1882 comprising chic boutiques and cafés.

Department stores in The Hague

There are two smart department stores worth visiting in The Hague: De Bijenkorf and Maison de Bonneterie.

The first stocks everything from clothing and cosmetics to furniture and household goods in a impressive early 20th-century building while the latter is more upmarket - it's rumoured that the royal family likes to shop here out of hours.

Dutch Market Stall

The Hague boasts a popular antiques and book market, which is held on Thursdays and Sundays under the lime trees on Lange Voorhout in summer and on Thursdays on the Plein in winter.

There's also a farmers market at the foot of the Grote Kerk on Wednesdays and the busy Haagse Markt on Herman Costerstraat, home to over 500 stalls selling a multitude of home-grown and exotic foods.

Five more unusual shops

If you're nuts about nuts, head for De Notenkoning, the Nut King, on Grote Halstraat. This nut emporium stocks every type of nut you can imagine, in more forms than you can dream of.

The Globe Outdoor & Travel Center (Waldorpstraat 13c) comprises various stores specialising in camping and the outdoors as well as a large scuba diving tank, an indoor climbing wall and an ice-climbing wall if you're feeling restless.

De Bazar (the Bazaar) covered shopping centre (Hoefkade 822) is a melting pot of products from across the world but particularly from Africa, with small outlets selling textiles, music, film, art, food and spices.

The exclusive boutique Hoogeweegen Rouwers (Noordeinde 23) is rumoured to be one of Queen Maximá's favourite shops, stocking haute couture and luxurious accessories.

The stamp specialist Keiser & Zoon (Passage 25-27) has supplied the royal family since 1897, buying and selling rare stamps in the same shop ever since.

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Dutch Design

One of Hague's largest and best known design stores is Loft Interiors, situated in an impressive iron-and-glass showroom dating to 1899.

Top five souvenirs to bring back

Haagsche Hopjes: boiled sweets with a light coffee and caramel flavour first created for The Hague resident Hendrik Baron Hop in the 18th century when his doctor advised him against drinking coffee and he asked his local confectioner to develop a coffee-flavoured sweet. Find them in sweet shops and most supermarkets.

Bulbs and plants from Alpina, florist to the royal family for over a century, located on Frederik Hendriklaan.

A genuine Dutch antique from the Antique & Book market on Lange Voorhout.

A cigar from the specialty cigar shop Gerard de Graaff located on Heulstraat, which has counted members of the royal family and Sir Winston Churchill among its customers since opening in 1928.

Bring back a memento of the city of Orange from Van Wielik on Kneuterdijk. This shop is like a museum, selling a range of royal memorabilia, ribbons, historical photos, flags and tin soldiers.