Are you visiting The Hague, or Den Haag as the Dutch call it? Check this page for my favorite hotspots. I’ll tell you where to go for coffee, a vegan lunch, a high tea or a good burger.
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FOAM is one of my favorite healthy food spots in The Hague. Their menu is 100% vegan and they also have several gluten free options. They’re the perfect spot to go for a healthy breakfast or lunch. You can go for their green smoothie bowl with coconut and banana for example or try their organic bread with vegan meatloaf. They also got you covered for sweet cravings with their vegan cinnamon pancakes (click here for my vegan pancake recipe). They also have a breakfast of the day that changes daily, last time I was there it was vegan french toast with fresh fruit and coconut yogurt.
Looking for a delicious cheat-meal in The Hague? Cheesecake Company has the most delicious cheesecakes. Rebecca, the owner, is American so she serves real American cheesecakes with creamcheese and not with quark like the Dutch might do. Their signature dish is the classic Philly Style cheesecake which is less heavy than the New York cheesecake. Besides the classic cheesecake they always have several other flavors like blueberry, mango or Oreo cheesecake. Or try one of the brownies or other cakes like Red Velvet or Carrot Cake.
Tea Room Lapsang in The Hague has one of the best high tea’s I’ve ever had. Absolutely not healthy, like the other hotspots on this page, but very delicious. I’m very critical when it comes to high tea’s, but this one is fabulous. Everything is homemade and you get a lot! A variety of sandwiches (vegetarian available), quiches, scones, pies and cookies. We only ate about half of what was on our table. With all these goodies you get unlimited fresh tea and very friendly service.
Cafe Blossom is located nearby the Peace Palace and a perfect place for breakfast. They’re open early and have a delicious breakfast ‘plankje’, where you get a variety of breakfast items.They also serve nice lunches and great homemade pies. Look at this vegan cheesecake for example! They have several (vegetarian) sandwiches for lunch, but also serve warm meals for big eaters. Please note that they’re closed on Sundays.
SLA (Dutch for ‘lettuce’ ) opened up their first Salad Bar in Amsterdam just a couple of years ago, but they’re quickly expanding. They already have several branches in Amsterdam, one in Utrecht and recently opened one in The Hague as well. SLA serves juices, soups and of course: salads. You can order one of their favorite combinations, or you can create your own salad with your favorite ingredients. They have many vegetarian and vegan options. Pictured is a vegan salad with spinach falafel balls, spelt couscous, roasted cauliflower and hummus.
Walter Benedict is a small restaurant with industrial look. They’re open for lunch and dinner and especially a recommendation for meat lovers. They serve hamburgers from the ‘big green egg’, a ceramic charcoal grill. This makes the meat moist and tender. I don’t eat meat, but luckily they also have a nice portobello with risotto. Besides that they don’t have a lot of choice for vegetarians, and nothing vegan on the menu.
Restaurant Niven is not located in the Hague, but in the adjacent town Rijswijk. But Niven is definitely worth the trip. Niven is only in his thirties but already has a Michelin star for more than 10 years. He cooks according the 80/20 principal, meaning that vegetables are the stars of his dish. For a veggie lover like me, this is a very welcoming change! He cooks according to the seasons and works with many local products. The vegetable salad pictured above is made from vegetables from the Westland area. If you want to go for a classy dinner but still get your daily dose of vitamins, Niven is your man!
I went on a food blogger tour in The Hague to discover more food spots in The Hague, you can read all about it in this blog post.