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?
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 de BieB, Veenkade 7, 2513 EE Den Haag. Café de BieB is smoke free; you can smoke outside on the 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.’
Café ‘t Achterom [Achterom 22 A, Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)6 48104541]
Cosy, informal gay café. Here your glass is always half full.
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. They have groups especially for transgender people in the Genderfree Café COC Haaglanden, LGBT youngsters age from 12 to 18 years in Jong & Out Haaglanden, LGBT youngsters age up to 26 years in Just Be You, autistic people in the AutiRoze Café, open minded girls and women in DARE, elderly gay men and lesbian women in Zilveruitjes, and, last but not least, model railway lovers in NordWestBahn.
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. Cosy, full of kitsch and the entire Dutch royal family on the wall.
Café de Strass [Herenstraat 11A, 2511 CZ Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)6 82931133]
Bingo, karaoke, Dutch music, nightlife; often open until 5am.
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.
Bloem [Korte Houtstraat 6, 2511 CD Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 7370589]
Homemade cakes, sandwiches, and high tea in cosy living room café with recycled furniture.
Flow (formerly known as Thee aan Zee) [Deltaplein 416, 2554 GG Den Haag (Kijkduin). Phone +31 (0)70 7670499]
White, green, black and many other tasty tea, and the world famous carrot cake.
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.
Juni café [Riviervismarkt 5, 2513 AM The Hague.]
Café in Het Nutshuis in the center of The Hague. Enjoy their freshly made delicacies. You can have breakfast, lunch and much more.
Kattencafé [Piet Heinstraat 66, 2518 CK The Hague. Phone +31 (0)70 4126959]
Coffee, wine & cats. Has a little shop inside with T-shirts, mugs and other funny goodies, all dedicated to charming cats.
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 city center. They serve English home cooked scones, cakes and sandwiches.
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.
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.
Wiener Konditorei [Korte Poten 24, Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 360 0549]
The homemade Austrian pastry specialist. Addictive!
Where to snack?
Bram Ladage [Spuistraat 72, Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3926002]
‘We are not a snack bar, but do something beautiful with a potato.’ Every day fresh potatoos bake in 100% vegetable soybean oil. Open daily 11:00 – 19:00.
Snackcar De Vrijheid [Bezuidenhoutseweg 74, 2595 AJ Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3856165]
Open daily 18:00 – 2:00.
De Vegetarische Snackbar [nearby railway station Den Haag Holland Spoor, Stationsplein 5a, 2515 BT Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3050030]
Complete meatless snackbar; drinks mainly organic and fries baked in rice oil. Speciality: Karma roll: Moroccan pita bread with vegan shawarma. Open daily 11:00 – 22:00.
Where to go for dinner?
Bogor Roemah Makan [Bogor Roemah Makan, Van Swietenstraat 2, 2518 SJ Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3461628]
Bogor looks like cosy dining room. Here you can eat Indonesian food in a relaxed atmosphere.
Stichting Centrum [Villa K, Violenweg 2, 2597 KL Den Haag.]
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. Follow the Facebook page for updates.
Conscious Kitchen [Witte de Withstraat 127, 2518 CS The Hague.]
Initiative that focuses on the prevention of food waste in The Hague. A small group of dedicated volunteers save food from markets and supermarkets. Every Tuesday they prepare a delicious dinner with the surplus food for anyone who comes.
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.
Little V [Rabbijn Maarsenplein 21, 2512 HJ Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 392 1230]
Busy restaurant, yummy Vietnamese food. Excellent service.
Love & Peas [Weimarstraat 37 A, 2562 GP Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 887 8940]
A warm & welcoming place for Palestinian vegetarian meals.
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.
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.
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?
Three gay & lesbian parties: a night of fun, transvestite entertainment and festivities in the cafés at the Grote Markt in The Hague.
Meet people who don’t come with expectations about your life, gender and body. Celebrate sexuality, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Consent is key. It’s not the line-up but who shows up. You, maybe? In WORM Rotterdam, Boomgaardsstraat 71, 3012 XA Rotterdam.
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.
Party for sexually openminded people, doubters, frustrated free walkers, people who have their cake and eat it too… butch queens, femmes faux, frigid and overly liberals. It doesn’t matter what’s between your legs, or how you represent yourself. Dancing on techno music until 5am. In PIP Den Haag, Binckhorstlaan 36 M1-60 (BINK36), 2516 BE The Hague.
Gouda Pride – Pink Saturday Gouda – in 2018 the city of Gouda turns pink! The nationwide event Roze Zaterdag () comes to town. Prepare for a Pride Parade, information market, theatre, films, acts, music, bands. It’s unique event for Gouda, because in 2019 the Pink Saturday will travel to Venlo and Krefeld.
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.
Dancing in the streets of The Hague, celebrating sexual & gender diversity! Several LGBTQI+-organisations have organised the first ever Pride Walk in The Hague on Saturday June 10th 2017. Queer aan Zee joined them and we had a great time! With the walk we celebrated sexual and gender diversity and give a visible signal that we are here and that we can be ourselves. If you support our message, please feel welcome to walk along in Pride Walk The Hague 2018. Just like the Facebook page and keep informed!
Girls who are boys | Who like boys to be girls | Who do boys like they’re girls | Who do girls like they’re boys
Queer Minded is a play party for queers. Are you lesbian, gay, ‘not a boy, not a girl’, bisexual, transgender, crossdresser or LGBTQ-friendly then this is the party for you! Venue: Love Hotel Bananas, Weteringkade 113, The Hague.
After The Hague Rainbow Festival and Pride Walk The Hague, The Hague is ready for the next step: a Canal Parade. Sounds like a plan! Follow the Facebook page for updates.
UPDATE: The first Canal Parade 2018 is cancelled!
Two days festival full of music and performances specially aimed at the LGBT community in The Hague and everyone who brings them a warm heart! Follow the Facebook page for updates.
Where to meet other lgbt+qiap people?
AVEN Forum – Do you think cake is better than sex? Then you might identify as asexual. See for news on more ace friendly activities besides Queer aan Zee the Dutch AVEN Forum.
Bi-Forum – Are you attracted to more than one gender? Then you might identify as bisexual and/or pansexual. See for news on more bi and pan friendly activities besides Queer aan Zee het Grote Bi-Forum powered by het Landelijk Netwerk Biseksualiteit (LNBi – Dutch Bisexual Network).
Den Haag Pride – Network for LGBT employees of the municipality of The Hague.
Gay & Lesbian Social The Hague – Join meetup.com and become a member of this spontanious group. Members organise social and cultural activities.
Gay Expats in The Hague – Facebook group for all foreign LGBT residents of The Hague. Information about all kinds of activities, places, and events for everybody who feels connected to the group.
Gay Film Night at Filmhuis Den Haag – Every last Monday of the month at 7.30pm.
Gay Film Night at Theater Dakota The Hague – Every first Monday of the month at 8pm.
The Hang-Out 070 – The place to be for LGBTIQ+ youngsters with diverse cultural backgrounds in The Hague. Organisor of diverse events: movie nights, queer poetry, queer books. Made the photoexpo #mylgbtqlife in The Hague. Initiator of Pride Walk The Hague 2017.
Hof Lounge – Network opportunity! 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.
LGBT Refugees The Hague – for LGBT refugees and their supporters in The Hague for the feeling of empowerment and community, thru gatherings and meetings.
Open Relationships, a discussion group – join meetup.com and get in touch with the friendly organisers. Meetings are in a cosy cafe in the city of Leiden, and are aimed at discussions on polyamory. Once a year they organise a picnic in the park. LGBT+ friendly. Main language: English.
Orpheus – supports people who have to deal with homosexual, lesbian or bisexual feelings of themselves or their partner in their heterosexual relationship. Group meets every 3r Wednesday of the month, except in July and August.
Queer Platform Moerwijk – weekly meetings for LGBTQIA+ people in café Bij Betje in Moerwijk, The Hague.
Stichting Vobis – Vobis Foundation, formerly known as Hindustani Foundation, organises meetings about gender equality, which include LGBT topics.
Note: at the moment, it’s springtime 2018, the Vobis foundation is under pressure. Many feminist female voices say that the founder and director sexually abused (young) women.
Where to meet lesBian and queer women?
Women are female humans who self identify as such.
Bijou Women’s Group – activities for bi+ women of 30 years or older from all over The Netherlands. Meet-ups are often in The Hague or somewhere else in the Randstad.
Gay & Lesbian Summer Film Festival – annual festival which screens 4 lesBian and 4 gay/bi men’s films.
De Heksenketel – women’s choir, group of mostly lesBian and some straight women with a passion for singing.
Celebration of International Women’s Day The Hague – The municipality of The Hague throws an all day long day festival with workshops to celebrate International Women’s Day on or near March 8th. In recent years there has always been a session on sexual diversity, or a LBTQI+ representative in a panel.
Ketelbinkie – Women’s indoor soccer.
LipStick – women’s party, part of The Hague Rainbow Festival.
Mil Colores – annual party in The Hague for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women from multi ethnic identities. Dance, meet, flirt, eat.
The Parliament of Pain – Roller Derby League in The Hague with two women’s teams.
De Potige Dames – Women’s hiking club. Sometimes they plan a walking route close to The Hague.
Purrr – Meetup for lesBian women in The Hague.
De Rotterdamse Wandeldames – group of lesBian+ women who love hiking. Based in Rotterdam, but women from all over the province of South Holland and beyond join. Want to know about their future hiking plans? Send a friendly email to rotterdamsedames [at] hotmail.com
Where to meet transgender people?
Transcafé Den Haag – every 2nd Saturday of the month
Transcafé Leiden – every 1st Saturday of the month
Transcafé Rotterdam – every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
Transgendercircle – every 2nd Thursday of the month in Sassenheim, professional facilitator, entrance fee 20 euros, including coffee and tea.
Where to get counselling or coaching?
B-Lifecoaching [Industriekade 27, 2172 HX Sassenheim. Phone +31 (0)6 53893515] – William Slotboom, expert in gender identity. His specialty is guiding men who want to express their feminine side.
Maatschappelijk Werk COC Haaglanden [Scheveningseveer 7, 2514 HB Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3644888] – Three counsellors Marianne Steijnis, Fayaaz Joemmanbaks and Ineke Heesterbeek welcome you to talk about (your) (bicultural) lesbian, gay, bisexual en gender identity issues, if you’d like to. The individual and conversation meetings are free of charge.
PrideCoach – Wesley Post, counsellor for LGBT+ issues. Start-up in The Hague, spring 2018.
Where can I file a complaint for discrimination?
Den Haag Meldt [St. Jacobstraat 125, 2512 AN The Hague. Phone +31 (0)70 – 353 8000] – Service from the Gemeentelijke ombudsman. The antidiscrimination facility where all residents of the Hague can report discrimination complaints. Also for if you hear, see or read something bad, you can contact The Hague Meldt.
Stichting iDb [Koninginnegracht 12b, 2514 AA The Hague. Phone +31 (0)800-3218686] – Foundation iDb will listen to you and help you with filing your complaint if you feel discriminated against, amongst others, your sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Where to do sports?
Ketelbinkie – Gay sportsclub in Rotterdam for badminton, dancing, tennis, running, squash, swimming, volleyball, and women’s soccer.
Op Hoge Poten – Hiking club for gay and bisexual men.
The Parliament of Pain – Awesome Roller Derby League in The Hague with women’s and men’s teams. Always on the lookout for fresh meat!
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.
Roze Blok – Gay sportsclub in Delft for volleyball and badminton.
Where to sing?
De Heksenketel – women’s choir, group of mostly lesBian and some straight women
Kwasi Kloos – vocal group of all genders singers.
Mannenkoorts – men’s vocal double quartet. They sing exclusively a cappella.
Vox Rosa – gay men’s choir.
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.
Bookshop Centaur [Laan van Meerdervoort 435, Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3644406]
With used books and dvd’s piled up to the ceiling, you will always find a title that you did not expect to come across. Possibly with a LGBT+ theme.
Kado om de hoek [Hogewal 1 links, 2514 HA Den Haag. Phone +31 (0)70 3920818]
Often compared with the Moma New York Museum store. Funny and colourful design presents for every occasion. Famous for its welcome for every new person who enters the shop.
Normal gets you nowhere – T-shirts from the heart [Prins Hendrikstraat 74, 2518 HV The Hague. Phone +31 (0)70 ]
In her store Babiche Knaap designs and sells shirts with texts that come from the heart. The shirts are made in small amounts, fair and handprinted.
De Vegetarische Slager [Spui 167 A, 2511 BM The Hague. Phone +31 (0)70 3456764]
The Vegetarian Butcher. Culinary vegetarian enjoyment without meat or fish.
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 cruise?
BDSM-jongeren [Thomsonlaan 107, 2565 HZ Den Haag. Email email@example.com]
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.
CLOSED – 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.
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.
There are several beaches with cruising possibilities in Scheveningen. Some of them are specially meant for nudists. If you’re looking for a nudist beach for men having sex with men, the most popular for LGBTQ+ people is Meijendel behind Noorderstrand. Go uphill into Parking Het Zwarte Pad, go to the end of it; the last exit to the beach. 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 a crowded nudist beach. People of all genders come here, and there are cruising possibilities for men.
See for more suggestions for LGBTQ+ events and other queer friendly activities in The Hague the website www.gaydenhaag.nl or Gay & Lesbian Switchboard, the information and support service for the lesbian, gay, bi and transgender community in The Netherlands.
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