Calm, relaxed and quiet, The Hague gets two thumbs up in my book because of its seaside cafe/bar life. The beach is an added bonus, and although it's not swimmable most of the year, the spring through early fall months light up with life as the pale dutchman seeks as much sun as possible.
Whether you're looking for something vibrant or something chic, let's take a stroll on the "strandweg," or boardwalk to discover the must-visit beach clubs in the Hague.
Come and find your Om at Bliss Beach Club. Two giant-sized Buddhas are the gateway to a relaxing afternoon of drinking your life away at a private "cabana," accompanied by seaside service. The menu prices are moderate and offer more affordable food and drinks options. Bliss features an extensive menu and offers something for everyone from non-alcoholic drinks to a healthy-fare menu.
While toasting under the Dutch sun, your mind may drift away thinking that you are in Spain. Ignite your digestive fire with ElBully's Spanish tapas food. Serving traditional Spanish-style tapas, the menu is meat heavy, but offers some options for the plant-based individual like the spinach and cheese croquettes. A full dinner menu is available.
If you're looking for a low key afternoon, enjoy a glass of wine and relax on a couch while stretching your sea legs at ZeeZicht. The menu ranges from cheap to expensive, which is common in the Hague. They do serve several "all you can eat options," but its meat based (blah!). It's not the most sophisticated menu, but it's a nice place to relax in the afternoon. ZeeZicht features excellent views of the pier.
Improve your karma by dining at Peukie's. Walk past several large Buddha statues and down to the main platform where couches and seaside lounge chairs await your gastronomical journey. I spent much time here and am a fan of this establishment. On Friday afternoons, a house-music DJ spun the turntable. What I love about Peukie's are the menu options. They serve a vegan burger and wrap using the "meat" directly from The Hague's vegetarian butcher, De Vegetarische Slager. . Read more about my experience at: Den Haag's Peukie Beach Club: Where Buddha Meets the Beach (and Veganism).
Depending on your mood, discover the relaxed and chill-out vibes at Mood Beach Club. If the sun is too bright, sit inside amidst a glass-walled restaurant or relax outdoors under an extra-large umbrella. And whatever mood you are in, there is definitely something on the drink menu to cater your cravings.
Inspired by, well you guessed it, Zanzibar, this wood-theme bar is decorated with colorful flowers and beach chairs. The world lounge music sets the tone for an afternoon of jungle-fever. Zanzibar is one of the few beach clubs that open for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. The menu features a variety of small finger food plates and heftier grill and bbq plates. I recommend trying the homemade iced tea. The flavor changes daily and is a refreshing, cool choice under the hot summer sun.
Surroundd by palm trees, once you walk down the entryway stairs, you are invited to a magical paradise. Lounge music inspires the atmosphere to chillax with a beer in hand. And the sound of the tunes inspire the mood when staring directly at the beach. The extensive menu ranges from pizza to iced coffees to breakfast foods. It's an excellent sunset beach club.
This is one of my favorite beach clubs. Open for breakfast, at times I had the entire club, and beach, to myself. This club attracts a more mature crowd, unlike Peukie's, and features front row couch views of the ocean. This is one of the more popular clubs. You can order breakfast a la carte or with deals like a croissant, coffee and juice combo.
This vibrant and eclectic club attracts locals and tourists alike. Global beats simmer into the air, inspiring one's dancing shoes to head down to Peukie's later. The menu is standard and offers more affordable sandwiches and several vegetarian-friendly options.
If you need to reconnect with your soul, visit Solbeach bar. Known for it's beer, Solbeach features a more California-beach vibe. Wooden tables, nachos, potted succulents and a beach cruiser, nothing says "Sol-Cal" more than this bar. Veggie burgers are available here!
Like Bora Bora, there is no lack of vibrancy at Cocomo. From the friendly staff to the multi-colored couch cushions, color therapy has an effect here. The better you feel, the longer you want to stay to eat and drink. At night, the deck lamps and colored light bulbs glitter across the tables to further promote the club's love for color. It's another excellent sunset beach bar.
Clean, chic and classy, I'm partial to this place because I love dolphins and my sister's favorite color is purple. I felt nostalgic with childhood memories. Quiet and relaxed, you won't find banging techno parties, but you will discover a variety ofworkshops and activities. From sand sculpture classes to power yoga, expend and consume your recommended daily calories here.
Head south of the border at another colorfully-schemed beach club. One would think that a place named El Nino is a Spanish or Mexican-speciality restaurant. Well, not exactly. Looks can be deceiving but they serve other types of food than just traditional Spanish-style cuisine. El Nino serves up American specialties like club sandwiches, Philly cheesesteak and bacon cheeseburgers. They feature an extensive vegetarian menu with choices such as nachos, croquettes and empanadas.
Located at the far end of "Strandweg" is Buena Vista. Inside, guests snuggle on vintage-style leather couches while planning their next activity. Workshops and classes are available from capiora to beach volleyball. Discover introductory lessons for kite surfing, surfing and power boating. Be sure to check out the Lazy Sunday Brunch.
I love mermaids, so I may be biased, but The Fat Mermaid is an adorable club. Lounge in a beach chair accompanied by a fire pit to keep you warm at night. The cafe-style lighting dangles across the club igniting the traditional European cafe atmosphere amidst the seaside decor. Get plump with global fusion such as vietnamese bahn mi to veggie cucumber sandwiches. And don't forget about Fat Friday. Every Friday, this club mixes up the tracks playing a mix of funk, soul, house and disco beats.
What's your favorite club?
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