The central shopping area in The Hague is the largest downtown shopping area in The Netherlands with over 250 stores - department stores, international brands, and locally owned vendors interspersed with restaurants and several theaters. The district attracts over 60000 visitors a week to pedestrianized streets and several covered arcades. As anticipated in an international city, the range of offerings is wide. And the shoppers resemble little less than a United Nations.
That said, the offerings in the unique local boutiques and shoe stores were less adventurous than encountered in other cities ( which did not stop my beloved Proserpina from dropping Eu50 on a multicolored blouse which in all honesty she does continue to wear ). Similarly the international offerings were nothing unique. Worth a walk, not worth a detour.
De Passage in Den Haag is the Netherlands oldest shopping mall and is listed as a UNESCO monument. It was a built in the city centre as a covered shopping street in 1885, connecting the Buitenhof and Spuistraat with a further arm added in 1929 to the Hofweg. The grandiose 4 storey construction was intended to house the most exclusive shops in the city as well as a 60 room hotel.
A major renovation project was begun in 2003, which is in its final stages now in 2013, and once again the Passage is home to the city's elite retailers, especially designer fashion and accessories. The hotel too has been modernised and is now the 106 bedroom, 4 star, Novotel.
Just when you thought you explored it all, you end up after closing time doing window shopping and noticing albums for 50 cents by the hundreds.
Oh Well, next time ...
What to buy: Those cheap albums!
What to pay: 50 cents of course!
MediaMarkt is right in the centre of The Hague where you may buy all kind of photo-, electro- and computer-materials. A huge shop/mall where you can buy things for your computer, tv, video, cd's, fridges etc. The service is optimal by good informed people and, it's possible to find your way in a very easy way.
What to buy: Looking for hot movie-items, the newest equipment for your photograph stuff, accessories for electro- and puter-things, or just wanna use the one-hour service? Go to MediaMarkt!
One Hour Service Photo
What to pay: Cheap like a market!
This shop is a spacious place, low leather benches, and great product displays. With the highest, sexiest heels in The Hague - >>> get your sugar daddy to sort you out. Or see its outlet around the corner and buy you a discount at Plaats 1.
You will be too busy looking at shoes, so you won't notice the staff don't know too much about the practicalities of caring for silk shoes, but they mean well ... ;-)
What to buy: Slippers, and the high heeled hot top trendy shoes ofcourse ... both for males and females!
What to pay: Euhhh... where is my sugar daddy ???
De kadoshop is located on the Herenstraat 105 in Rijswijk, near the border with Den Haag ( The Hague ) and old Voorburg. A lovely shoppingarea where you can do your daily shopping, but also the special purchases such as a special gift from our shop. The speciality of De Kadoshop is not only the diversity of gifts, but also the input of the customer. Besides the more common we also sell exclusive gifts. We are happy to create a gift basket for/with you, possibly supplemented with a candle or bottle with a (by yourself) designed imprint/label. This imprint we make based on your wishes with a computerfile , photo or a birth or wedding card. Furthermore we handpaint cups, plates , all kinds of pottery (Birth Pottery) and canvas (Birth Painting). We engrave glasses e.g. for marriages and mirrors for a birth, wedding or graduation. (Birth Mirrors) We also provide larger numbers of gift baskets for associations, institutions or companies, if necessary with a personal touch, for example a company logo. Ofcourse you can find birth and marriage visit thank-you gifts. In our babycorner you can find affordable baby clothes,photo frames and baby shower gifts. New is the "Bling Bling" Jewelry party. Upon request we come to your home or any other location. We would love to see you in our shop and show you everything and discuss your wishes. We're open Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 am to 17.30 pm and on Saturday from 10.00 am to 16.30 pm.
What to pay: We've got gifts in the range from € 2,50 up to whatever you want to spend.
This shop imported food and drinks from UK.
So if you are longing for some real British made products, do go to this shop.
What to buy: Anything British, from teabags to sheppard pies....
What to pay: Depends on what you are buying?
You may want to visit my store we have it all raesonable and not depents how you look at it.
you will find us between the centre and the central station.
at the Herengracht 11 mon/sundays 12.00/18.00
It is situation exactly under the tram tunnel in the city centre.
Just get out from your tram and shop till you drop.
This supermarket open from Monday to Sunday.
What to buy: Asian fresh and frozen food, like Thai, Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Indian and Chinese.
What to pay: Depends on what are you planning to buy.
Shopping in De Passage, its history going back more than 115 years to make it the Netherlands' oldest shopping centre, is an experience itself. The glass-roofed mall is home to many specialist shops with ultramodern appeal. With its splendid achitecture, the experience of being in De Passage is unlike anything you'll find in modern shopping centres. A day of shopping in The Hague just isn't complete without a visit to De Passage.
With Christmas time the neighbourhood of "Moerweg" in The Hague is a very popular place to do your shoppings. It is because here the original The Hague spheres still survived and the people around love to have a little chat with you ...
What to buy: Find the street-markets here and do have fun with the Dutch Christmas dude, especially the one from the Flowers & Fruits. They are so funny and the street-stalls do look so glittering ... yep, it's Christmas time, Merry Christmas!
What to pay: Cheap market prices ...
If you do like honey there is a wonderful small place where you can buy one of the finest and utmost fresh honey.
Pay a visit to the Japanese Garden of Clingendael and just walk into the garden via the head promenade. At the left side you will find a small house with a very friendly beekeeper and his honey bees.
What to buy: He knows all about his honey bees and, you may ask any question. He just returned from Japan (in September 2007) where he joined a congress about ... bees and Japanese flowers!
You can buy some really delicious honey of different seasons (I do love the "Balsemien" honey of the autumns).
Oow, I have to mention he is there on Saturday and Sunday (day time), and when lucky you may find him some other mornings ...
What to pay: ... honey for about 3.50 Euro per pot !
De Passage is the oldest shopping located between the Spuistraat, Hofweg and the Buitenhof. Parking at Lange Voorhout, City Hall or Plein.
The Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg wrote this poem:
Den Haag, stad, boordevol Bordewijk
en van Couperus overal een vleug
op Scheveningen aan, de villawijk
die kwijnt en zich Eline Vere heugt.
Maar in de binnenstad staan ze te kijk,
deurwaardershuizen met de harde deugd
van Kattadreuffe die zijn doel bereikt.
Ik drink twee werelden, in ene teug.
Den Haag, je tikt er tegen en het zingt.
In de passage krijgt de klank een hoog
weergalmen en omlaag een fluistering
tussen de voeten over het graniet;
rode hartkamer die in elleboog
met drie uitmondingen de stad geniet.
What to buy: Luxery goods
Empire -formerly known as Vinyl Solution- is great shop for looking for 2nd hand vinyl records. True, the shop also had CD's and DVD and a great collection of dolls, but going through the vinyl collection was a great experience. Found some flexies, comedy, soundFX and left the documentary for the next time. There's a shelf with low priced Jukebox 45ers. This is just a shop where you have to go through everything on display. Nicely alphabetically ordered and good service by the shop keeper Walter Herman .
What to buy: Just that record what you were looking for all those years.
What to pay: 45 from Euro 2
Albums around Euro 5 and higher,
The Passage is the only remaining examples in Holland in this type of covered shopping streets, which dates from 1885 and was restored to it's full glory in 1991. The glass- roofed mall is home to many specialist shops with utramodern appeal with it's splendid architecture.