The Hague Food Guide

The Hague Food Guide is a simple guide to coffee, lunch and dinner spots in the city centre of The Hague. It is maintained by me, Darice. I moved to the Netherlands 21 years ago from Aruba and I have been living in The Hague for the past 17 years. When I moved here I got more into food and am now a foodie at heart. My tastes vary a lot, mostly I lean towards foods that are of good quality, great taste and fairly priced. On my guide, you’ll find places I frequent several times a year. One more than the other, but they are always on my radar.

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I keep going to them because the food quality is consistent, the service is friendly and the price/quality is good. I know that the chances of being disappointed are small. I’m not paid or get any compensation to recommend these places. These reviews are honest and commerce free.

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Recent update: 17/09/2021

One of the lessons the pandemic taught me

It’s been a whirlwind ride with corona restrictions. For me personally, as a foodie, this whole pandemic taught me that most restaurants and cafés don’t care about you really, only the income you bring to them. First of all, let me state I am not happy with how the Dutch government handled things towards business, education, or the vulnerable. They aren’t consistent and the whole F1 race drama showed that money talks.

Secondly, as a vulnerable immune-compromised person for whom the vaccine doesn’t offer enough protection, we have been consistently forgotten. We had to protect our self, doctors and all involved had to lobby hard so we could get the vaccine early.

Since the first lockdown, I was supportive of #supportyourlocals movement. All the money I didn’t spend on commuting to work and daily life that stopped, I spend on the struggling food places, local bookstores, etc. I bought more than I needed.

Now that the 1.5m distancing is being let go, the coronapas is being been introduced. To minimize infection rates hence protecting the still vulnerable and keeping the hospital from overflowing due to the number of unvaccinated people that can get really sick at once without 1.5m distancing. As expected a lot of people are mad, especially the restaurants and cafés, some let know immediately they will boycott the coronapas and some even compared it to discrimination akin to several minority groups. As an immigrant/deaf/queer and chronic ill person myself who has been excluded for who I am, this was incredibly insulting. Not getting vaccinated is a choice, I did not choose to be who I am. Needless to say, these places have been removed from my food guide.

The consequences

Let’s be clear about one thing, Rutte and De Jonge don’t give a two cents if you as a café or restaurant boycott the coronapas. The one you will end up hurting is your clients that are vulnerable or clients who simply want to eat in a safe place with minimum risk of getting infected. Just like they expect you not to give them food poisoning.

Starting from September 25 when there is no more 1.5m restriction and with restaurants and cafés boycotting the coronapas it will not be safe for me to eat inside. So now if I do get take away, I will be supporting places that don’t care about my safety. It’s a conundrum. I can’t eat inside safely without fearing getting infected and possible really sick while the unvaccinated (not including people exempted due to medical issues) get to go and do whatever they want. My choice is to only buy food from places I never ate in before, order pizza, or hope there are places that do check for a coronapas.

I hope an eventual third shot will protect me enough, it’s unknown at the moment. But if it does and I am able to eat inside, I will be more conscious of where. But all this made me more jaded, I probably never again will have empathy for struggling businesses and give money without second thoughts.

I hope to add new places to this website but it all depends if they will check for a coronapas. In the meantime check out my newest post about my go-to places for a quick takeaway bite and/or comfort food.

Quick Take Away Comfort Food

Grid of food photos

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Vincenzo’s

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Aardi

Aardi bowl

A wonderful addition during these pandemic times. When people (me) are ordering food more than before, it's great to have healthy options. The owners of Baladi now also have Aardi. At Aardi you can get vegan Lebanese bowls. They are...

Bartine

Bartine Cafe

Before Corona I never went to Bartine. It was forever on my list of places to go to, but for some reason I never did. During corona lockdown, they were/are open every weekend for pick up. For freshly baked pastries,...

Kaafi

Kaafi

Kaafi has been around for a couple of years. But with a couple of steady go to places, I just didn't get around to go there more than once or twice. Then came Corona and the balance was disturbed. The...

Single Estate Coffee Roasters

Single Estate Coffe Roasters

Zeeheldenkwartier has a new coffee bar since last year. Best of all a coffee place that sells their own roast of which they have a Swiss washed decaf. They are also the first in The Hague with a brew bar....

Takumi

Takumi

Takumi took this lockdown and went all out with their delivery and take away. Cool designed paper bags, special containers, instruction sheet to assemble and heat your ramen. They also sell t-shirts and sweaters. The quality of the food hasn't...

Queru, ‘Cantina Mexicana’

Queru Cantina Mexicana

Queru has been steadily delivering quality Mexican food during the lockdown. I have had the taco gringa, hongos (mushrooms) tacos and the beef taco. Their dessert of churros con dulce de leche is delicious. You can order through your service...

Baladi Manouche

Baladi Manouche

This little Lebanese manouche place is one of my regular go to places. My favorite is the baked falafel with veggies. Their fresh lemon juice is addictive and if you still have room, try their Halawa sweet manouche. Everything is...

Ohana

Ohana

I finally caved to the poke bowl trend. I had tried a sushirrito before but wasn’t wowed by it. One day I didn’t want to cook, but didn’t want anything too unhealthy and still filling. I went to Ohana and...

Perron X Coffee

perronXcoffee

Perron X Coffee is one of my favourite coffee bars. They serve their own specialty roast and best of all they have a decaf roast. They are open 7 days a week, early morning till early evening and on holidays....

Filtro Specialty Coffee Bar

Filtro

At Filtro you can get excellent coffee. A selection of loose leaf tea, vegan cakes and sandwiches. Filtro was one of the first speciality coffee bars in the Hague. Since then a couple more have opened. Hummus Sandwich Filtro used...

Wings & Flats

Wings and Flats

Photo by Wings & Flats If there is one thing missing in The Hague, it's good chicken wings. Thank goodness for Wings & Flats. They deep fry their wings, which is the "secret sauce" to tasty wings. Dutch cuisine put...

Woeng Kee

Woeng Kee

Opinions vary on which is the best restaurant in Chinatown. For me, it is Woeng Kee. Woeng Kee has a couple of dishes that are my go to, like honey and walnuts chicken or fried ravioli beef dim sum. They...

Five Guys

Five Guys

Finally, a fast food joint where I eat almost guilty free. Five Guys also has a basic menu, which still leaves people wondering what they are going to eat. It’s pretty simple. Hamburger, cheeseburger, bacon burger, hotdog or grilled cheese...

Salsa Shop

Salsa Shop

Salsa Shop is the minimalist place to eat. Or if you have a difficult time making a choice. Their menu is pretty simple. Beef (2 kinds), chicken, pork or vegetarian. Taco, burrito, bowl or a salad. They all come with...

Mr. Bap

Mr Bap

Mr. Bap is a small Korean lunchroom that is easy to miss. It’s run by a Korean family — like sitting in their living room while they cook a meal for you. I especially like their Kimchi pancake and the...

‘t Achterommetje

achterommetje

Hidden in the alley of The Passage, this small sandwich, salad and soup place can be found. Ideal for a quiet lunch or a built your own grilled cheese sandwich. Try their meat sandwich or veggie burger. It’s your typical...

Momiji Ramen

Momiji Ramen

Since I ate Pho at Vietstreet I'm hooked on noodles. In the same street as Vietstreet you have Momiji Ramen. Momiji is the perfect place to sit at the bar stool looking outside on a rainy day and enjoy a...

Limoncello

limoncello

This tiny Italian lunchroom can be found at Bankastraat. If it was closer by you'd find me here at least once a week. But considering I seldom venture out to Bankastraat plus the fact that Limoncello opening hours varies, it...

Vietstreet

Vietstreet

Vietstreet is my go to place for beef Pho. Every time I go there I order Pho. I haven't have Pho anywhere else so I can't compare how good this one is. But I like it. The broth is light,...