The Hague

There is a plethora of intimate, idiosyncratic boutiques to explore in The Hague; in larger department stores, you can easily kid yourself that you're there for the architecture—several are housed in period gems. With its historic and artistic connections, the city's art and antiques trade has naturally developed a strong reputation, and you can certainly find treasures here. Despite the Dutch reputation for thrift, haggling for antiques isn't done. That said, some kind of discount can almost always be arranged if you offer to pay in cash. Late-night shopping in The Hague is on Thursday until 9. Increasingly in the center of town, you'll find larger stores open on Sunday; many shops take a half day on Monday.

Denneweg, Frederikstraat, and Noordeinde are best for antiques shops, galleries, and boutiques. For quirky, one-of-a-kind gift shops, try Molenstraat and Papestraat. You'll find chain stores in the pretty, light-filled Hague Passage (Spuistraat 26), which dates to the 1880s and is the Netherlands' last remaining period mall. In the little streets behind the Passage are more fashion and housewares boutiques. Between the Venestraat and Nieuwstraat is the charmingly named Haagsche Bluf (the name is akin to the "hot air" coming out of Washington, D.C.) pedestrian mall, featuring mainly clothing chain stores.

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  • 1. American Book Center

    Centrum | Books/Stationery

    As the name hints, this Hague branch of the long-standing Amsterdam institution sells English-language magazines and books aimed primarily at...Read More

  • 2. Backers & Zoon

    Jewelry & Watches

    Customers at Backers & Zoon receive the sort of personal attention one would expect from an old-fashioned family jeweler. There's a sophisticated...Read More

  • 3. Damen/Papier Royaal


    This delightfully old-fashioned store sells exquisite handmade papers and gift wrap, as well as covered notebooks It doesn't appear to have...Read More

  • 4. De Bijenkorf

    Department Store

    Holland's premier department-store chain has a reputation for combining class with accessibility and is excellent for cutting-edge housewares...Read More

  • 5. Emma

    Jewelry & Watches

    Tucked away from the crowds is Emma, a tiny, very feminine store complete with whitewashed walls and a wooden floor. The owner specializes in...Read More

  • 6. FG Van den Heuvel


    For handmade men's shirts, visit the diplomats' favorite supplier, FG Van den Heuvel, in business since 1882. ...Read More

  • 7. Rivièra Maison

    Household Items/Furniture

    Find household goods, china, and furnishings with—their words—a "New England resort" theme at Rivièra Maison. There's plenty of room to look...Read More

  • 8. Smelik & Stokking

    Art Galleries

    These contemporary art specialists welcome browsers, and they have a pretty sculpture garden full of unusual pieces. ...Read More

  • 9. Hoogeweegen Rouwers


    Both men and women can find classics with a twist in natural linens, cottons, and wools at Hoogeweegen Rouwers. The service is as timeless as...Read More

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