Queer Guide of The Hague

The Hague is a city with a relaxed atmosphere, where bisexual, transgender, queer, lesbian and gay people, and for people with a different identity associated with this group, like pansexual, asexual, non-binary and/or intersex, can feel easily at home. 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?
Where to enjoy your lunch?
Where to snack?
Where to go for dinner?
Where to party?
Where to meet other lgbt+qiap and non-binary people?
Where to meet lesBian and queer women?
Where to meet transgender people?
Where to meet polyamorous people?
Where to meet LGBTIQ+ students and university employees?
What to read?
Where to get counselling or coaching?
Where to file a complaint for discrimination?
Where to do sports?
Where to sing?
Where to shop?
Where to swap?
Where to cruise?

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 Grand Café Utopie, Waldeck Pyrmontkade 116, 2518 JR Den Haag. Grand Café Utopie is smoke free; you can smoke outside on the stairs. 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.]

Cosy, informal gay café. Here your glass is always half full.

COC Haaglanden [Scheveningseveer 7, 2514 HB Den Haag.]

Non-profit café COC Haaglanden organises activities like dinner, drinks, movie screenings, meet-ups and parties. They have groups, for example for international LGBTI+ people in the International Social Club, 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, and open minded girls and women in DARE.

De Landman [Denneweg 48, 2514 CH Den Haag.]

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.]

Bingo, karaoke, Dutch music, nightlife; often open until 5am.

De Vink [Schoolstraat 28, 2511 AX Den Haag.]

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.]

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

Bloem [Korte Molenstraat 11a, 2513 BM Den Haag.]

Homemade cakes, sandwiches, and high tea in cosy living room café with recycled furniture.

Bookstor  [Noordeinde 39, 2514 GC The Hague.]

A place where people meet and stories are shared. They have coffee and cake.

Greens in the Park [Kapelweg 18, Westbroekpark, 2587 BM The Hague.]

Every day they make fresh dishes with ingredients from the garden that vary depending on the weather and season. In their garden people with a distance to the labour market work.

Happy Tosti [Korte Poten 5, 2511 EB Den Haag.]

A busy lunch spot with swings in the centre of the city. Slightly different than others; people with a distance to the labour market work here.

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.

Café Madeleine [Valkenbosplein 10, 2563 CA Den Haag.]

Cosy café serves French lunches. Special: their chestnut soup.

Mugs and Mermaids [Torenstraat 79, 2513 BP The Hague.]

Mermazing, new hotspot for colorful, hip, trendy and yet responsible drinks and bites.

Scallys Tearoom & Lunchroom [Wagenstraat 117, 2512 AS Den Haag.]

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

The Upside Café Den Haag [Weissenbruchstraat 34, 2596 GJ Den Haag./Thomsonlaan 90E, 2565 JE Den Haag.]

Delicious traditional lunches, freshly baked cake, afternoon tea and a nice drink. A nice place where people with a distance to the labour market work.

Wiener Konditorei [Korte Poten 24, Den Haag.]

The homemade Austrian pastry specialist. Addictive!

Where to snack?

Bram Ladage [Spuistraat 72, Den Haag.]

‘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.]

Open daily 18:00 – 2:00.

De Vegetarische Snackbar [nearby railway station Den Haag Holland Spoor, Stationsplein 5a, 2515 BT Den Haag.]

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.]

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

Leaf Vegetarian [Renbaanstraat 1, 2586 EW Scheveningen.]

Restaurant with Asian food without fish or meat products.

Little V [Rabbijn Maarsenplein 21, 2512 HJ Den Haag.]

Busy restaurant, yummy Vietnamese food. Excellent service.

Love & Peas [Weimarstraat 37 A, 2562 GP Den Haag.]

A warm & welcoming place for Palestinian vegetarian meals.

Het Puntje [Noorderstrand, Zwarte Pad 2, Scheveningen.]

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.]

Organic vegetarian restaurant. Small and cosy.

Restaurant De Vleesch Lobby [Hooikade 4, 2514 BH Den Haag.]

Lunch and dinner restaurant from De Vegetarische Slager/The Vegetarian Butcher where vegetable meat is the central theme.

De Wankele Tafel [Mauritskade 79, 2514 HH Den Haag.]

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.

Where to party?

KLAUN // QUEER Klub Night

Clubnight for queeristanis, BPOC Klauns. An ode to GBQP, queer heritages, celebrating every-body. In WORM Rotterdam.

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.

Parish Gaynight

Underground gay minded club night in The Hague, bringing you back to where it all began. Let’s house baby. Let’s freak your body. Side by side, no divide. Parish Gaynight is open for all! In PiP Den Haag.


Straight friendly (gay) party for all who ♥ the best ’90s till now popmusic. On the 42nd floor of restaurant The Penthouse with spectacular views over the city of The Hague.

The Hague Pride

Four days festival in The Hague with movies, exhibitions, interviews, debates, Pride Walk, Royal Rainbow Tour, djs, artists, performances, outdoor stages and (after)parties. Specially aimed at the LGBT+ community and everyone who brings them a warm heart. Follow the Facebook page for updates.

The Hague Pride Walk

Dancing in the streets, celebrating sexual and gender diversity, and giving a visible signal that we are queer, we’re here and can be ourselves in The Hague. Remember: Pride was a Protest! The first ever Pride Walk in The Hague was an initiative of The Hang-Out 070. Nowadays COC Haaglanden organises the event. Follow the Facebook page for updates.

Where to meet other lgbt+qiap and non-binary 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.

De Boot – Drinks for Gays and Friends. DJ, Booze and Bites. Every third Sunday of the month on De Pakschuit, a boat on a canal in the middle of the old center of The Hague.

CHJC Region South-West – Association for christian gay, lesbian and bisexual people. The South-West group sometimes organises activities in or near The Hague.

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.

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 the first ever Pride Walk The Hague 2017.

Hof Lounge – Network opportunity! Once a quarter on the first Sunday of the month, bar-restaurant Angie’s Kitchen 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 Films at Filmhuis Den Haag – Please look in the Filmhuis agenda to find titles & times.

LGBT Refugees Den Haag – 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 in The Hague every 3r Wednesday of the month.

Queer aan Zee – informal drinks and in- and outdoor activities group for LGBT+QIAP and non-binary people in The Hague. Follow the Facebook page for updates. You’re here 😉

Queer Platform Moerwijk – weekly meetings for LGBTQIA+ people in café Bij Betje in Moerwijk, The Hague.

Queer The Hague – Platform for all queers of The Hague to unite, create, support and promote each other. Makes it easier to find each other, come together and have fun.

Roze Règâhs – The LGBT soccer fanclub of ADO Den Haag. 100% for ADO Den Haag, 100% against homonegativity! Follow the Facebook page for updates.

Where to meet lesBian and queer women?
Women are female humans who self identify as such.

BIJ ONS – women’s group of COC Rotterdam. Follow the Facebook page for updates.

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.

Damespad (Ladies Path) – One specific walk Damespad Zuid-Holland, plus announcements for other walks, sometimes in the province of South Holland.

DARE – women’s group of COC Haaglanden. Follow the Facebook page for updates.

Gay & Lesbian Summer Film Festival – annual festival by feminist distributor Cinemien which screens LGBTQ+ 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.

Kringen HaaglandenWomen’s circle (Vrouwenkring)

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

Stuurloos – Women’s cyclists group. Monthly tours, sometimes near The Hague.

Sunday Times – women’s group of COC Leiden. Follow the Facebook page for updates.

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.

Transgendercircle – every 2nd Thursday of the month in Sassenheim, professional facilitator, entrance fee 20 euros, including coffee and tea.

Transgender consultation hour – every first Friday of the month from 13:00 to 15:00 hrs Transgender Network Netherlands holds office hours at Spot46 in The Hague. These hours are especially meant for people with questions about being transgender, transition, use of hormones and changing a name or gender into a passport. The office hours are free. You can walk in without an appointment. Address: Herengracht 46a.

Where to meet polyamorous people?

The Hague PolyCafé – for more information please contact Samantha, organiser of this monthly PolyCafé via PolyRandstad[at]gmail.com.

Leiden Open Relationships Meetup – regular meetings in a café, picnics in the park, and other activities.

Where to meet LGBTIQ+ students and university employees?

Philautia – LGBTIQ+ students in Delft and The Hague.
True U – True You at TUDelft: The active LGBT-community of employees at Delft University of Technology.

Den Haag
LGBT group @ ISS The Hague – Sexual Diversity Committee of ISS (International Institute of Social Studies), The Hague.
Philautia – LGBTIQ+ students in Delft and The Hague.

Leiden Queer History Network – Leiden University’s transnational platform for scholars studying the queer past.
Leiden University Pride – Diversity Network of employees at Leiden University.
LUC Diversity: LGBTQ+ committee of the Leiden University College.
LUMC Pride – Diversity Network of LGBTIQ+ students at Leiden University.
LUP Queer Book Club – Enjoying books and academia with fellow queers.
Queer AF Leiden University – Group for the LGBTQ+ community of Leiden University.

Erasmus Pride – Diversity Network of LGBTIQ+ students at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
HR Pride – The LGBTI+ network of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. They organise activities and offer support for staff and students.

What to read?

ContigoContact.nl – Dutch news and dating site for LesBian women.

The Gay Issue – magazine about their love for men, available in kiosks in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Gay News – Dutch gay magazine.

De GayKrant – LGBT news, columns, and blogs.

Gaysite.nl – Dutch LGBT news site.

Hello Gorgeous – magazine in Dutch for everyone who lives with hiv. Once a year, each summer, the magazine is published in English.

Queer aan Zee newsletter – regularly irregular newsletter written in an informal style about Queer aan Zee activities. To add your email address to our mailinglist, please contact us.

Winq Magazine – Dutch lifestyle magazine for men who love men.

ZijaanZij.nl – Dutch online magazine for women who love women.

Where to get counselling or coaching?

[Industriekade 27, 2172 HX Sassenheim] – William Slotboom, expert in gender identity. His specialty is guiding men who want to express their feminine side.

Social Work COC Haaglanden [Scheveningseveer 7, 2514 HB The Hague] – Counsellors welcome you to talk about your LGBT+ issues. Sessions are free of charge.

PrideCoach [The Hague] – Wesley Post, counsellor for LGBT+ issues.

PSYNT [President Kennedylaan 19, 2517 JK The Hague] PSYNT psychotherapists provide counseling tailored to your individual needs. They offer therapy in English, French, Russian, Ukrainian, and Armenian.

Where to file a complaint for discrimination?

Den Haag Meldt [St. Jacobstraat 125, 2512 AN The Hague.] – 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.] – 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 – LGBT 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 – Swimming club in The Hague for gays, lesbians, and friends.

De Potige Dames – Women’s hiking club. Sometimes they plan a walking route close to 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

Roze Blok – Gay sportsclub in Delft for volleyball and badminton.

Stuurloos – Women’s cyclists group. Monthly tours, sometimes near The Hague.

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.]

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.]

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.

Where to swap?

Bea-Nix [Beatrijsstraat 14, 2531 XE Den Haag.]

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

Emmaus Welvaartsresten [Prinsegracht 36, 2512 GA Den Haag.)]

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.]

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.]

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.]

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.]

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

Club Ron [Thomsonlaan 107, 2565 HZ Den Haag.]

Place for wild parties and orgies.

Sauna Fides [Veenkade 20, 2513 BG Den Haag.]

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.]

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

The Dating Place [Laan van Meerdervoort 506, 2563 Den Haag.]

Gay and bisexual men only parties. Barebacking prohibited.

Gay & bisexual men 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.

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.

More inspiration?

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.

Not on this list?

If you have a nice suggestion for this list, let us know, please! Drop us an email via queeraanzee [at] gmail [dot] com. We’ll answer as soon as possible. ❤


4 thoughts on “Queer Guide of The Hague

  1. Brian Kochera

    I’m from the USA.. I’m planning on seeing the Anouk beach concert n September . Are there any gay friendly places to stay? If I stayed somewhere near or in the center of town, how would I get to Schevenenigen? Is there public transportation?

    1. hildeskabinet Post author

      Hi Brian,

      Welcome to Scheveningen Beach! You’ll enjoy the Anouk in concert. She’s one of the best and energetic singers we have in The Netherlands.

      We know a lot about LGBTQIAP The Hague, Scheveningen and surroundings, but we have no current experience with gay friendly places to stay. So for now it’s difficult to give you advice on this question. Because we also don’t know what you can afford or want to spend.

      Low budget opportunities, are: Couchsurfing The Hague: https://www.couchsurfing.com/places/europe/netherlands/the+hague
      or the Hospitality Club The Hague: http://secure.hospitalityclub.org/hc/hcworld.php?city=7513 (but these pages don’t look updated).

      For questions that are not LGBTI+ related, like public transport, we kindly refer you to the Tourist Office The Hague: https://denhaag.com/en/tourist-office

  2. Eden Fantasys

    One of the few long-established lesbian bars (since 1978) in Amsterdam recently changed its interior and door policy. Men are also allowed in, whether accompanied by a woman or not. As their website quotes, Saarein is now open for all queer-minded people’. This small, cosy bar is split into three levels, including a bar, pool table and reading section. Saarein has a loyal following of feminists.

    1. hildeskabinet Post author

      Hi Eden,

      Thank you for your information about the wonderful café Saarein (https://saarein2.nl/) in de Jordaan in Amsterdam. You’re lucky to have such a long-term LesBian & Queer place in the city.

      This Queer Guide is about the Hague, though, so we have no intention to add Amsterdam based queer initiatives. But please, keep us posted if you have a really nice & queer event for where all genders are welcome, because we do travel.



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