Queer Guide of The Hague

The Hague is a city with a relaxed atmosphere, where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, and people with a different identity associated with this group, like pansexual, asexual and/or intersex, can feel easily at home. In summer weekends the open minded parties on the beach are popular. Which are the places to hang out for the LGBT+QIAP community in The Hague? Check out our list of favorites.

Where to have a drink?

Queer aan Zee

Informal meet-up for LGBTQ+ people in The Hague and surroundings. An open, social space for drinks and activities (hiking, theater/film, festivals, parties). Meeting every last Saturday of the month in café-restaurant De Maatschappij, Keizerstraat 67, 2584 BC Scheveningen. The drink is smoke free; you can smoke outside the café on a cosy terrace. We start at 4pm and break up when it feels right. Our saying: ‘A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.’

COC Haaglanden [Scheveningseveer 7, 2514 HB Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3659090]

Non-profit bar of COC Haaglanden organises activities like dinner, drinks, movie screenings, meet-ups and parties especially for elderly gay men and lesbian women in Zilveruitjes, open minded girls and women in Daring Women, transgender people, LGBT students, and LGBT youngsters in Jong & Out Haaglanden.

Het Heden [Noordeinde 148, 2514 GP Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3464664]

Every first Sunday of the month, bar-restaurant Het Heden is filled with Hoflounge visitors: smart dressed hipster gays and their friends who enjoy tunes, food & bubbles.

De Landman [Denneweg 48, 2514 CH Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3467727]

One of the oldest pubs in The Hague, anno 1762. Popular among gay men, civil servants and expats. A warm and cosy pub, full of kitsch and the entire Dutch royal family on the wall.

De TheeTuin [Waldeck Pyrmontkade 116, 2518 JR Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)6 38062830]

More than 20 different kinds of organic teas and delicious homemade cakes. Open every 1st Sunday of the month from 13.00 untill 17.00 hrs in the unique building of de Grote Pyr.

De Vink [Schoolstraat 28, 2511 AX Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3650357]

The Hague’s oldest gay bar is always packed with a young crowd that comes to have a drink after work, having fun on Dutch music.

Where to enjoy your lunch?

‘t Achterommetje [Achterom 71, 2511 AH Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3645876]

Cosy lunchroom painted in lively colours. A hidden pearl in the centre of the city that serves delicious food.

Appeltje Eitje [Prins Hendrikstraat 69, 2518 HL Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3602021]

‘Everything is homemade, except the bread.’ Cosy lunchroom, feels like a home.

Baklust [Veenkade 19, 2513 EG Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 7532274]

Homemade, delicious treats, vegetarian and organic.

Happy Tosti [Korte Poten 5, 2511 EB Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 7440544]

A shop, slightly different than others. Sandwiches are made and served by staff with a work disability. Also take away service.

Pim Coffee Sandwiches & Vintage [Prins Hendrikstraat 113, 2518 HM Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 2130888/ Wagenstraat 144, 2512 BA Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 2015338]

Coffee, sandwiches & vintage.

Scallys Tearoom & Lunchroom [Wagenstraat 117, 2512 AS Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3633448]

Cheerful service and creative mix based on the English kitchen. Freshly prepared soups, sandwiches, quiches and eggs, as well as vegetarian dishes.

Swags Central [Haagse Bluf 18, 2511 CN Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 4451600]

Mini tea room in the middle of the city center. English home cooked scones, cakes and sandwiches served with a smile by the team behind Scallywags and Kensington.

The Upside Café Den Haag [Weissenbruchstraat 34, 2596 GJ Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 7370391/ Thomsonlaan 90E, 2565 JE Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3602796]

Delicious traditional lunches, freshly baked cake, afternoon tea and a nice drink.

Where to go for dinner?

Stichting Centrum [Villa K, Violenweg 2, 2597 KL Den Haag. Phone: sorry, not available.]

Cultural Free Zone Villa K is a home for a international interdisciplinary group of artist living and working together. Next to the artistic program, Villa K organises a bi-monthly dinner café. Visit the Facebook page Stichting Centrum page to keep updated by their events.

Hagedis [Waldeck Pyrmontkade 116, 2518 JR Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3640456]

Restaurant that serves delicious organic vegetarian dishes. Beer from local breweries.

Leaf Vegetarian [Renbaanstraat 1, 2586 EW Scheveningen. Phone +31 (0)70 3318900]

Restaurant with Asian food without fish or meat products.

Het Puntje [Noorderstrand, Zwarte Pad 2, Scheveningen. Phone +31 (0)6 11121370]

Quite the end at the end of Northern part of Scheveningen beach. Tasty food on a local basis. Selfservice. Really relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere. Near nudebeach, 3 minutes walk from Zwarte Pad (Parking), only be reached by bike or walking. No nudism allowed on the terrace.

Symbiose [Galileistraat 160, 2561 TL Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 888 5555]

Organic vegetarian restaurant. Small and cosy.

Thirty Seven [Javastraat 132, 2585 AX Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3464444]

This lounge and dance club attracts an educated audience that expects quality food and dares to distinguish. A selection of Dj’s and live music, classic dance tracks, soul, funk and jazz.

De Vegetarische Snackbar [nearby railway station Den Haag Holland Spoor, Stationsplein 5a, 2515 BT Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3050030]

Complete meatless snackbar. Speciality: roll Karma: Moroccan pita bread with vegan shawarma.

De Wankele Tafel [Mauritskade 79, 2514 HH Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3643267]

Cosy vegan restaurant where Thijs and Yvonne cook good and affordable meals for you. Open on Tue-Sat. If you prefer to eat alone, this is your place to be.

CLOSED – Water en Brood – De Vloek [Hellingweg 127, 2583 DZ Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3997455]

Unfortunately this building De Vloek, kept by a sweet anarcho pirate collective, has been closed and demolished by de municipality of The Hague. It used to be one of our favorite organic vegan restaurants. The good and affordable meals were animal cruelty free and it was a meeting place where open minded people came together in a relaxed squatters atmosphere.

De Zon [Dunne Bierkade 13, 2512 BC Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3602559]

Organic vegetarian restaurant for healthy and sustainable food.

Where to party?

Blush Party

New, fresh & cool event for gays, lesbian and their friends. Organised on different locations, like on the beach.

Manjefiek

Monthly gay and open minded party in café-restaurant Luden, Plein 6-7, 2511 CR Den Haag. A night of fun, transvestite entertainment and festivities. Also organises the annual Manjefiek XS in café-restaurant Uno, Grote Markt 1, 2511 BG Den Haag.

Pann on Tour

For young gays, lesbians and bisexuals. Monthly party in the city of Utrecht. But when on Tour, the Pann party on Scheveningen beach is the party is guaranteed a highlight.

I ♥ PopCake

Monthly straight friendly (gay) party on the 42nd floor of restaurant The Penthouse with spectacular views over the city of The Hague. For all who ♥ the best ’90s till now popmusic. Also organises the annual straight friendly (gay) party Cotton Candy, the club-music sister of Popcake. Dj’s, acts, free hairdresser. Location: main hall of the The Hague temple of pop Paard van Troje.

Pride Walk The Hague – Celebrate sexual & gender diversity!

Several LGBTQI-organisations are organising the first ever Pride Walk in The Hague on Saturday June 10th 2017. Queer aan Zee joins! With the walk we will celebrate sexual and gender diversity and give a visible signal that we are here and that we can be ourselves. If you support our message and then please feel welcome to walk along in Pride Walk The Hague.
Save the date! Like the Facebook page and keep informed.

Wajid Osho Meditatie Centrum

Dance, jump, meet people, and celebrate life! Blissco Dance Celebration on every 1st and 3rd Saturday night at the Prins Hendrikplein 1, 2518 JA Den Haag. Membership required.

Where to meet other lgbt+qiap people in The Hague?

Hoflounge – Every first Sunday of the month, bar-restaurant Het Heden is filled with smart dressed hipster gays and their friends who enjoy tunes, food & bubbles.

Kringen Haaglanden – A ‘Kring’ (circle) is a group of gays, lesbians, or bisexuals who meet once a month, at home.

Plons – Gay, heterofriendly, swimming club. Has professional trainers. Swimming on Tue, Wed, Fri and Sun in district Bezuidenhout, Scheveningen, and Ypenburg. Organises social activities like BBQ on the beach for their members.

Purrr – Meetup for lesBian women in The Hague. Your proposal might be their next activity!

Queer aan Zee – informal meet-up for LGBT+QIAP people in The Hague and surroundings. An open, social space for drinks and activities (hiking, theater/film, festivals, parties). Meeting every last Saturday of the month in café-restaurant De Maatschappij, Keizerstraat 67, 2584 BC Scheveningen. The drink is smoke free; you can smoke outside the café on a cosy terrace. We start at 4pm and break up when it feels right. Our saying: ‘A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.’

See for more suggestions for queer friendly activities: www.gaydenhaag.nl

Where to shop?

Anarchist bookshop Opstand. De Samenscholing, Beatrijsstraat 12, 2531 XE Den Haag.

Books about a range of political subjects, magazines, stickers and pamphlets. Next to being a bookshop, Opstand is also a place to come together for a cup of coffee or thee, and to discuss actions. Open every Tuesday 15:00 – 19:00, Thursday 15:00 – 21:00 and Friday 15:00 – 19:00.

Liefhertje en De Grote Witte Reus – LhGWR [Stationsweg 137, 2515 BM Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3886585]

Art. Books. Design. Exhibitions. The only place in The Hague where you can buy the queer magazine L’HBTQ.

Where to swap?

Bea-Nix [Beatrijsstraat 14, 2531 XE Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)6 46063359]

In this shop, a ‘Weggeefwinkel’ (GiveAwayShop), you can get things for free.

Emmaus Welvaartsresten [Prinsegracht 36, 2512 GA Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3639273.)]

Emmaus is a living and working community. Together they run a charity where they sell the donated prosperity remains. Shop open: Thursday from 19:00 to 21:00 and Saturday from 11:00 to 13:00.

Kringloop Den Haag [De Bruyn Kopsstraat 2a, 2288 EC Rijswijk. Phone +31 (0)70 3351155.]

Services are, amongst others, to pick up excess stuff from your home for free. They have several locations in The Hague where you can donate your items and buy other ones for a very nice price.

Terres des Hommes shop [Apeldoornselaan 175, 2573 LG Den Haag (0)70 7620374.]

Store of Terre des Hommes entirely run by volunteers. Here you can buy second-hand items, and bring your stuff to give it a second life.

De Weggeefwinkel [Verhulstplein 17, 2517 SC Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)6 81718439 (Ron, English)]

All for free! Open: each Wednesday from 13.00 to 17.00, 1st Saturday of the month from 13.00 to 17.00.

Where to swim?

Swimming club Plons

Gay, heterofriendly, swimming club. Has professional trainers. Swimming on Tue, Wed, Fri and Sun in district Bezuidenhout, Scheveningen, and Ypenburg. Organises social activities like BBQ on the beach for their members.

Beaches

There are several beaches in The Hague. Some of them are specially meant for nudists.

If you’re looking for a nudist beach for gay and bisexual men, or men having sex with men, the most popular for LGBTQ+ people is ‘Meijendel’ behind Noorderstrand. Ride a bike uphill into Parking Het Zwarte Pad, to the end of it; the last exit to the beach. Park your bike and walk to the beach. Downstairs left is beachhouse Het Puntje, where LGBTQ+ people love to meet. If you walk to the right, you’ll find the crowded the nudist beach for men.

Where to cruise?

BDSM-jongeren [Thomsonlaan 107, 2565 HZ Den Haag. Email contact@bdsm-jongeren.net]

Playparties for youngsters aged 18-35 interested in bdsm in Club Ron.

Club Ron [Thomsonlaan 107, 2565 HZ Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 310 67 65 or +31 (0)6 30507760.]

Place for wild parties and orgies.

Sauna Blue River [Valkenboslaan 181-191, 2563 CT Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3646407]

Men only. Relaxation in luxurious atmosphere. Relax from daily stress. Monday and Tuesday 17.00 – 23.00, Thursday to Sunday 14.00 – 23.00. Closed on Wednesdays. For young guys up to 25 years there is a discount price.

Sauna Fides [Veenkade 20, 2513 BG Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)703463903]

Men only. Relax from daily stress. Opened every day of the week from 13.00 to 23.00.

The Boss [Rijswijkseweg 536, 2516 HT Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)6 21856353]

Cruising bar. Themes like nudist, underwear, sportswear, and other fetishes.

The Dating Place [Laan van Meerdervoort 506, 2563 Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)6 34572573]

Gay and bisexual men only parties. Barebacking prohibited.

Gay & bisexual cruising in public places

If you are a man who wants to have sex with other men via cruising in public places in an anonymous way, here are some places in The Hague where you can find men who’d like the same: Haagse Bos (Leidsestraatweg, nearby NS-station Den Haag Centraal), Scheveningse Bosjes (Doctor Aletta Jacobsweg), Meer en Bos (between Laan van Meerdervoort and the sea) en Het Zuiderpark.

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