A local’s guide to Scheveningen: 7 unmissable things to do

Whereas Scheveningen technically varieties a part of The Hague, this coastal district has a really distinctive vibe of its personal. Right here, stately homes meet the laid-back environment that comes with having the seashore as your yard. In brief, it’s a must-sea (pardon the pun) in your summer time journey listing!

So what must you do when you’ve acquired the sand between your toes? And the place must you go after you’ve gotten your dose of vitamin sea? These are my high picks for the perfect issues to do in Scheveningen.

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1. Dangle ten at a gnarly surf lesson

Scheveningen is called THE spot to log on within the Netherlands, so what higher method to begin your day there than by difficult the waves? Should you’ve by no means jumped on board in your life, don’t fear! Scheveningen is host to plenty of surf faculties and you’ll simply e-book a lesson.

Do you have already got expertise with browsing? Then swagger on over for a chat in regards to the waves (you cool dude) and lease some gear! You’ll discover Aloha, The Shore, and Hart Seashore only a stone’s throw away from one another close to the harbour, whereas Surf’s Cool is positioned on the pier. 

Proper on 🤙 Picture: OlgaSinenkoBo/Depositphotos

2. Refuel at Tigershark Espresso

To protect these oh-so-cool browsing vibes AND your vitality, head to Tigershark Espresso. You will discover this cute little café at Badhuiskade, a mere five-minute bike experience from Hart Seashore and the opposite surf faculties. 

It isn’t positioned on the beachfront or one of many most important buying streets which suggests Tigershark Espresso is a gem you wouldn’t encounter with out figuring out about it (you’re welkom.) Their espresso, vibrant decor, and pleasant service are undoubtedly well worth the detour!

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3. Take a hike! — into nature

A few of us will merely by no means be capable of navigate our method across the edges of a surfboard — or mount one. However this doesn’t imply Scheveningen can’t give you one thing. You possibly can go for a hike in one of many two parks on both facet of Scheveningen: Westduinpark and Oostduinpark.

Westduinpark is without doubt one of the largest nature reserves in The Hague. It’s positioned near the harbour and has many entry factors to Zuiderstrand — a extra quiet and fewer touristy a part of the seashore. Should you’re in want of some fuzzy reduction, the park can also be dwelling to some magnificent Scottish Highland cows. Additionally just be sure you go to the lookout level 

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Oostduinpark is one other stunning park, positioned within the north of Scheveningen. It varieties half of a giant nature space that stretches all the best way to Katwijk seashore and options some stunning rugged nature, dunes, and even a lake! If you wish to discover it fully, I’d suggest going by bike.

Westduinpark: did we simply discover the one place within the Netherlands that isn’t flat?! Picture: Christine Stein Hededam/Equipped

4. Get pleasure from a gezellig lunch on the furthest nook of Scheveningen

Near Oostduinpark you’ll discover Het Puntje. It’s a comfy café on the northernmost level of Scheveningen. They satisfaction themselves on their right down to Earth environment, as their web site places it: “with us, there’s no fuss, however ft within the sand and the waves as background music” — how beautiful! Het Puntje serves wholesome breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and naturally, borrels!)

Their menu follows the seasons and so do their opening hours — breakfast is at all times served from 9 AM, however closing instances rely upon the climate and the company! 😎

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5. Go to De Pier and have a stroll alongside the boardwalk

Scheveningen is maybe most identified for its pier (with the loopy New Yr’s Dive coming in as an in depth second) — and no marvel! Inside, the landmark has cafés, retailers, and video games, whereas on the surface it gives actions prepared to fulfill the wants of any adrenaline junkie. 

Except for its noticeable, ridiculously tall ferris wheel, De Pier additionally has a bungee leap tower, and a zipline so you possibly can whoosh above the opposite ice-cream-eating guests.

The satisfaction and pleasure of Scheveningen: De Pier! Picture: Anneylier/Depositphotos

Whereas the pier is a must-sea (😉), you shouldn’t underestimate the remainder of the boardwalk!  Bear in mind to go searching and admire the gorgeous structure of the Kurhaus, in addition to the completely different statues positioned alongside the beachfront. (Even when you’re busy preventing seagulls for the fitting to your fries).

Word: Just a few statues value noting are the “Fisherman’s spouse of Scheveningen,” and the lovable (however generally scary when you look shut sufficient) sculptures from museum Beelden aan Zee.

6. Style the North Sea and luxuriate in some kibbeling

Subsequent up, time for some native flavour! It’s not a go to to the seashore when you don’t assert your dominance over the ocean by consuming some fish. Kibbeling is a Dutch delicacy (or, as shut because it will get) consisting of battered, deep-fried fish. 

Earlier than you get flashbacks to drunken nights on the snackbar and their everything-fried menu, relaxation assured that kibbeling comprises precise high quality components. If you order it in Scheveningen, the meat to your kibbeling is freshly caught cod from the North Sea — lekker!

The Dutch tackle fish ‘n chips! Picture: [email protected]/Depositphotos

7. Get fancy and shop-amok at ‘De Fred’

Dutch seashores have quite a bit to supply however we’re within the Netherlands, that means it’ll get chilly in some unspecified time in the future. So to spherical off your day after having fun with the laid-back environment of the seashore, leap right into a contemporary change of garments and expertise the opposite facet of Scheveningen! 

As soon as you progress slightly additional in from the seashore, you’ll come throughout some stunning homes (that little question value slightly greater than common). However you understand what costly homes imply? High quality buying streets! 

Frederik Hendriklaan (or ‘De Fred’ because it’s identified by locals) is a type of. It’s positioned within the Statenkwartier and stands out with its stunning Artwork Nouveau fashion. De Fred is dwelling to a diversified choice of retailers (for all budgets!), together with a handful of small companies, specialty shops, and good cafés.

What higher method to finish your day in Scheveningen than by having dinner on this charming neighbourhood, resting your ft, and absorbing the final of the summer time solar?

There’s tons to do in Scheveningen, particularly in the summertime, however that is my tackle learn how to spend an ideal day within the district. Hopefully, a few of it is going to tickle your fancy too. 🥰

Have you ever already been to Scheveningen? What are your favorite issues to do? Inform us within the feedback beneath! 

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