A gourmande’s guide to NL

Getting acquainted to the dutch food scene was one of my first steps in getting around the dutch culture. I am a lazy gourmande after all! I will always have a hard time comparing the dutch food scene to the holy french gastronomy world. Yet, I’ve come to cherish it truely. The dutch food scene is growing at an incredible speed open to both world influences and ancient traditions.

It was not easy… I didn’t know the secret places; I almost cried in front of the ‘limited’ assortment (I still do sometimes) and ridiculous opening times of the supermarkets; I thought butchers and bakeries didn’t exist in holland. I didn’t understand the dutch food habits. But I’m curious, and I learn fast! I’ve come to know some of the secret places, ingredients and dishes.

For those who are new or unfamiliar to The dutch food scene, here are some of my favourite food shopping places. The list is far from complete yet (I don’t always know the address or the names of the shops I’m going too) and only covers the shops I really know and go to, mostly in the Hague. Last year, I added some adresses in Utrecht too and for a culinary tour of Maastricht you can refer to the following post. More on A’dam coming up, so stay posted!

Here we go:

~ Bakeries, pastry and chocolate shops
~ Butchers
~ Fishmongers
~ Vegetables and fruits
~ Deli’s and food shops from around the world
~ Cheese shops
~ Wine and liquor shops
~ Coffee- and tea- shops
~ Markets
~ Supermarkets

And of course:


~ Cooking accessoires and tableware
~ Flowers

AfternoonFoodShopping1


Bakeries, Pastry and chocolate shops / Boulangeries, patisseries
Bakkers, taart and chocolade winkels

Het Dessert atelier (from Richard Ophorst)
Westvlietweg 66 F, 2495AA Den Haag
Phone. +31 70 3654155
Open. no fixed openingtimes, call for information.

Definitely in my top 3 when it comes to ‘patisserie’. Richard’s pastries are light-textured, delicate, gorgeous and sooo delicious. Thanks to Richard, I had the wedding cake of my dreams.

Patisserie Philippe Galerne
Art van de Goesstraat 24, 2582 AK Den Haag
Phone. +31 70 3388662
Open. tue-sat ?, sun 9-13

A true french patisserie at the end of the famous Fred! Also open on sundays (just like in France!). There’s often a queue until outside on sunday mornings but it’s all so worth it and while you’re waiting, you can have a peak at the hard working pastry team in action at the back of the shop. Do not hesitate to ask for tips, in french, dutch or english. They will always answer you with a smile. Since I’ve discovered them, I have tasted and enjoyed a good deal of their assortment: THE best croissants and pains au raisins I know in the Hague. For the bread ask for their traditionnal baguette and the durum breads… In the pastry department, the Eclair au café, fruit tarts and madeleines are definitely worth a detour. In the weekends you will also find some delicious and beautiful entremets, as well as the subversive croissant aux amandes…

Philippe GalernePhilippeGalerne (3)

Bakkerij Hans en Frans Hessing
Reinkenstraat 50, 2517 CW Den Haag
Phone. +31 70 3451144

Good croissants with real butter! and many other treats. Try their dutch cookies.

Michel, boulanger – patissier
Oude Molstraat 17, 2513 BA Den Haag
Phone. +31 70 4151513
Open. tue-sat ?, sun ?

A tiny little boulangerie in a tiny little street right in the center of the Hague, open on sundays 😉 which as expanded to 4 or 5 extra locations in and around the Hague (including one shop in Delft; check the website for the adresses – Thx for the update Lucy! ). I discovered it thanks to a breadlover and true french gourmand who has become addicted to their bread. I haven’t tried everything yet, but enough to tell you it’s a good one, very good one.

Michel

Patisserie Chocolaterie Jarreau
Van Hoytemastraat 42, 2596 ER Den Haag
Phone. +31 70 3248719
Open. 8.30-18, sat 8-17

A chic and trendy patisserie in the praised neighbourhood of Benoordenhout, in the style of high-end parisian patisseries. Discovered thanks to reader Cristopher! Their patisseries and petits-fours are not only tasteful but beautiful. Too bad they are a little bit away from my local foodie route: I don’t get the occasion to drool in front of their etalage as often as I’d wish! No croissants though, and closed on sundays (as far as I know)…

Koek & Chocolade Den Haag
Frederikstraat 13, 2514LA Den Haag
phone. +31 35 5335866
Open. wed-fri 10-18, sat 10-17

Mouthwatering and beautiful handmade chocolates with quality ingredients and lovely combinations and shapes. You guys have got to try it! The assortment is always extra fresh and is prepared in the beginning of each week.

And in the rest of the Netherlands:

Vlaamschbroodhuys Utrecht
Nachtegaalstraat 54, 3581 AL Utrecht
phone. +31 30 2316153
Open. mon 11-18.30 tue-fri 9.30-18.30, sat 9-17

A traditional bakery combined with a trendy airy lunchroom. I discovered it “par hasard” while strolling around and window shopping in Utrecht, while I was craving for something to eat. Scrumptious bread and lovely tartines with fresh and quality ingredients.
Located in a street filled with great culi-adresses just outside of the old center, close to the Schouwburg.

Bakery Vlaamsch broodhuys - Utrecht (2)Bakery Vlaamsch broodhuys - Utrecht (2)

Bond en Smolders
Lijnmarkt 9, Utrecht
phone. +31 30 2310913
Open. tue-fri 9-17.30, sat 8.30-17

I stranded by accident in this buzzing patisserie and tea room in the heart of the old center of Utrecht, after a long stroll in the city which left me exhausted. Their cakes and tarts look great, but mostly I fell in love with their mini-chocolates (the smallest in the Netherlands, they claim).

Tea room Bond en Smulders - Utrecht (1)Tea room Bond en Smulders - Utrecht (2)

Koek & Chocolade Utrecht
Nobelstraat 215, 3512 EM Utrecht [& also in The hague (unfortunately, the shop in Den Haag has closed) and Laren (check website)]
phone. +31 30 2304232
Open. wed-fri 10-18, sat 10-17

Mouthwatering and beautiful handmade chocolates with quality ingredients and lovely combinations and shapes. You guys have got to try it! The assortment is always extra fresh and is prepared in the beginning of each week.

Koek en Chocolade - Utrecht


Butchers
Slagers

Matla Boucherie
Slagerij – belegde broodjes – maaltijden – salades
Bankastraat 48, Den Haag
Phone. +31 70 3504180

Slagerij P.J. van den Broek
Obrechtstraat 177, 2517 VS Den Haag,
Phone. +31 70 3651400
Open. mon 10-18, tue-fri 8-18, sat 8-16

My favorite butcher in the Hague. Took me a while to find it… Not that it’s new, it is well established for at least 25 years. I’ve just been a little bit slow on finding that one. They have a large assortment of good quality meat, and kind experienced personnel who really know something about meat. Do not hesitate to ask for tips or a special cut.

My local butcher (P.J. van de Broek)


Fishmongers
Vishandel

Simonis
Visafslag 20, 2583 DM Den Haag
Open.
1 apr./14 oct. mon.-sun. 9-21.
15 oct/31 march sun-thu 9-19; fri-sat 9-21

Always a large assortment of quality fresh fish from all seas. Not cheap, but quality fish isn’t around here. It’s one of the rare places in the Hague where I know I can find several sorts of seashells. It’s open on sundays but many people have found about that so be patient and do not forget to take a ticket at the entrance. Finally they also have a restaurant where locals come and enjoy a ‘hapje’ (snack) after a walk on the beach, It’s always crowded on sunny weekends. My favourites are of course the very dutch ‘haring’ or a half dozen oysters with its glass of wine. The lekkerbek and kibbeling (dutch ‘fish and chips’) are good too, but beware: their servings are enormous! I suggest you share a plate with two or even three.

Vishandel Roeleveld
Dokter Lelykade 158, 2583CN Scheveningen
phone. +31(0)70 3549626
fax. +31(0)70 3555985
e-mail: info@vishandelroeleveld.nl
Open. wed-thu 9-17, fri 8-17, sat 8-15.

Another of the famous fish family businesses of Scheveningen. Less ‘touristy’ than Simonis, but limited opening times. An extrafresh assortment of fresh fish and smoked specialties

Fishes.
Nachtegaalstraat 33, 3581 AC Utrecht [& also in Amsterdam and Breukelen (check website)]
phone. +31 30 707 0227
Open. mon 12-18.30 tue-fri 10-18.30, sat 10-17.

A trendy fish shop (and lunchroom) with a focus on sustainable and seasonal fish, that I discovered during an afternoon culi-shopping in Utrecht.

Fishes - Utrecht


Vegetables and fruits
Groenten en fruit

 

Rutten – Le Spécialiste Du Frais
Groentewinkel
Piet Heinstraat 86/A, 2518 CL, den Haag
Phone. +31 70 3462445

All the vegetables you can dream about. The place to go if you are desperate for jerusalem artichokes, wild mushrooms and old-fashioned vegetables.

Rutten


Deli’s and food shops from around the world
Traiteurs

Casa Bocage
Zoutmanstraat 51,2518GM Den Haag
phone. +31 70 3925088

A treat for the homesick portuguese or brasilian expat and the curious foodie. A good selection of portuguese and bresilian food: from fish to chourizo and local wines, but also

Gransjean wijnen en delicatessen
Bankastraat 12, 2585 EN Den Haag
Phone. +31 70 3503980

One of my favourite deli’s in the Hague. They are friendly and helpful even when you arrive 5 minutes before closing time as I always do. A large choice of cheeses and delicacies from mediterranean, anglosaxon or dutch origin and a very good selection of wines for every occasion (Try their australian selection). Check their website for wine tastings.

Le Gône, traiteur Lyonnais
Noordeinde 200-C 2514 GS, Den Haag
Phone. +31 70 3625026

THE french traiteur from the Hague! Great products and typical french dishes… French cheeses, charcuterie, pastries, homemade foie gras from Christmas… and the best baguette around! I’ve known them for years and, somehow, a stop at their deli’s always feel like a trip back home.

Le Gône


Cheeseshops
Kaaswinkels

De Ruijter Kaasmarkt

Elandstraat 158, 2513GW Den Haag
phone. +31 (0)703465455
Open. still got to check the openingtimes…

Convenientlely located close to one of the Hague’s citycenter largest supermarkets (AH Elandstraat). The owners are charming and will advise you with great care on their large assortment of local and foreign cheeses. And they’ll make you try too.

De Kaasspecialzaak
Fahrenheitstraat 625
phone. +31(0)70 3631819
fax. +31(0)70 3922648
Open. mon-fri 8.30–18, sat 8.30-17.00

THE most famous cheese shop in the hague. And their reputation is far from overdone. An enormous and mouthwatering assortment of perfectly matured cheeses from the region but also from France, Italy, Spain andd much more. A candyshop for the cheeselover!


Wine shops
Wijnwinkels

Le Bouchon
Valeriusstraat 51, 2517HN Den Haag
phone: +31 (0)703457784
fax: +31 (0)703617946
email: info@bouchon.nl
Open. thu-fri 10-18, sat 9-17, sun 13-17

I discovered this wine specialist thanks to a couple of friends and winelovers who invited me and my dutchie to join them for one of the regular degustations. Over the years, the owner has turned the family deli into a great cave. He has a communicative passion for wines and has put together a great collection of wines. Check the website for degustations. They are worth a detour.

Marius – vintage wines
Piet Heinstraat 93, 2518CD Den Haag
phone. +31 70 3633100
open. wed-fri 10-18, sat 12-17

One of my dutchie’s favorite. Check their website for winetastings and courses.

Marius - vintage wines


Coffee- and tea- shops
Koffie- en thee- winkels

Betjeman and Barton
Denneweg 25c, 2514 CC Den Haag
phone. +31 70 3623435
Open. mon 12-18, tue-fri 10-18, sat 10-17

Aert van der Goesstraat 1
2582 AH DEN HAAG
phone. +31 70 322 54 97
Open. tue-fri 10-18, sat 10-17

Famous worldwide for its high quality tea blends for about a century. A bit on the posh side but a true candy shop for the tealovers. Last year, they opened a new shop in de fancy neighborhood of the fred just opposite my favorite patisserie (Philippe Galerne) and for those who live further away, I just found out that they now have a webshop as well.

BetjemanAndBarton

Inproc Koffiebranderij
Denneweg 134, 2514CL Den Haag
phone. +31 70 3461541
Open. tue-fri 10-18, sat 10-17

Since 1792. I love the warm and fragrant coffee smell from the freshly roasted coffee beans that fills the shop and surroundings. A large assortment of teas, homemade coffee blends, asian teapots and coffeepots in a laidback atmosphere… could stay there for hours!

Improc

Kaldi
Haagsche Bluf 70, 2511 CP Den Haag
phone. +31 70 4278355

My favourite coffee spot when I go shopping on sunny days. My guy friends love it too, for the coffee… and the strategic location on the Haagse bluf square with many women clothing shops and the Aveda spa shop next door. Perfect coffee with a perfect view!


Markets
Markten

De Haagse markt
Herman Costerstraat, Den Haag
Open. mon/wed/fri 8-18, Sat 8-17

Large choice of local and asian vegetables. There’s also a good half dozen of fish stalls (including one from Simonis). And a large choice of north-african and turkish delicacies. There’s not much choice for meat according to me (or at least not much I’ve found appealing). In the small street along the market you’ll also find a large bakkery specialised in turkish and north-african pastries and bread. The assortment is quite large, especially during ramadan. I love their flat bread. I’ve tried both the morrocan pancakes and pastries, and although I’m very difficult when it comes to that, I must say they are more than ok, a little bit on the sweet side maybe. Further, you can find a good assortment of flower bulbs (tulips, amarillys…) in the plant stalls. One more things, if you plan to go on saturdays, be sure you won’t be the only one…

Haagse Markt Nuts stallHaagse Markt Fish StallsHaagse Markt Potato stall

Boerenmarkt
Hofplaats, aan de Hofweg, Den Haag
Open. wed 11-18

Small but good quality assortment. Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to make it before closing a couple of times. I love the lady with the mushroom stall and her seasonal assortment of mushrooms.

boerenmarkt


Supermarkets
Supermarkten

Ekoplaza – Biologische supermarkt
115 Grote Marktstraat, 2511BJ Den Haag
Open. mon-fri 9-20, thu 9-21, sat 9-19, sun 11-18

This bio-supermarket opened last year across the V&D (at basement level, just at the exit of the tram & parking). They have a large assortment of bio products and many specialties for gluten-free, vegan or vegeterian diets. That’s were I finally found fresh yeast, and special kind of flours, such as chestnut or chickpea flour.


Cooking accesoires and tableware
Kookwinkels

DOK
Passage 19, 2511AB, Den Haag
Phone. +31 70 3469696
open. mon-sun

The latest, trendiest cookshop in the Hague city center, in the ‘Passage’. It’s huge and well assorted (books, cookware, top kitchen equipment). They have workshops and demos regularly on saturdays.

DOK

En Garde
Prinsestraat 63, 2513CB Den Haag
Phone. +31 70 3647352
Open. tue/wed/fri 10-18, thu 10-21, sat 10-17

My cave of Ali-Baba. It may be small, but they’ll have all you can dream of in terms of cooking equipment. Always a smile and good tips. I love that place! Check for demos and special sunday openings on their website.

EnGarde


Flower shops
Bloemisten

Blooming Art
Denneweg 8, 2514 CG Den Haag
Phone. +31 70 3603659

Beautiful flowers, always with a smile. A little piece of the garden of eden.

§ 39 Responses to A gourmande’s guide to NL"

  • S. Prasada says:

    Hi there,
    Just recently moved to The Hague and struggling in finding some ingredients for baking or cooking here… Do you know where to get almond flour/almond meal here in Den Haag? I’ve tried at some of the biggest supermarket but no available… and is there any baking supplies center here?
    Much appreciated your help!

  • Annette Postill says:

    The Thomas Green’s British store mentioned by one of the people who posted is at Frederik Hendriklaan 71, 2582 BT in Den Haag.

    In early February 2013, a branch of the Vlaamse Broodhuys opened almost opposite the British store above. It sells wonderful sourdough bread such as a lemon version, as well as rosemary bread and various nut breads. It also has a great looking cafe, although I haven’t tried it yet.

    I understand that a pie shop, strangely enough called ‘The Pie Shop’ is about to open on Frederik Hendriklaan as at March 2013. I believe it is towards the Aert van de Goesstraat end of the street.

    • Thanks a lot for all your tips Anette. I love the Vlaamse broodhuys. I use to go to one of their shops/lunchrooms in Utrecht for lunch. Happy to hear they have finally a shop in The Hague!

  • Ellen says:

    Hi there. I am just wondering if you know of a bakery or catering company that could bake several pumpkin pies for me for the Thanksgiving holiday? I have seen pumpkin soup but never pumpkin pie in the Netherlands. Any ideas? Love your blog, by the way … I’ll be trying out lots of your favorite places! Best wishes, Ellen

    • Hi Ellen. Don’t really have any personal recommendation on pumpkin pie but maybe you could try contacting Vera at mijncake.nl for an organic version or try bagel alley in wassenaar (don’t know them but they advertise it on their website). Let me know how it goes! Good luck!

    • Sue says:

      Hi Ellen,

      I supply a local restaurant with cakes and petit fours. I have just recently started my own company up specialising in all things sweet, pumpkin pies wouldnt be a problem but which area are you in? I am based in the Ede area….
      best wishes Sue

  • Iris says:

    Thank you for your reply!!
    I havent gone on internet for long and found out you have answered to me!

    But i have one question, I can see almondmeel and almondpoeder on internet search.. are they really the same? almondmeel looks like flour??

    • Some say there might be a difference in quality between meel and poeder (meel being the higher quality), but I am not convinced: I have set my hands on good quality and low quality stuff for both: one good rule.. good stuff is not cheap. Things to pay attention to: is it 100% almonds; how coarse is the meel/poeder; are the almonds peeled or not; how hydrated/fat is the meel/poeder…. Adjust your choice to what you want to do with it. Good luck!

  • Iris says:

    Hello!!
    I actually searching where to get almond powder in Rotterdam then I go tinto your page here!
    Do you know any places where I can get almond powder?? :)

    • Hello Iris,
      Rotterdam is a little out of my shopping area so far, but I’m quite sure you’d find some almond powder (‘amandel meel’ in Dutch) at the Ekoplaza in Rotterdam (Nieuwe Binnenweg 240) or in most natuur- or reformwinkels.
      If you’ve got the access to Sligro, you’ll definitely find some there.
      If all that fail (which I doubt) it’s pretty easy to makesome yourself with blanched almonds and a decent blender (processing small quantities at a time for a better result).
      Best of luck! (and let me know how it goes!). Cheers, M.

  • Thanks for that – I’m a fairly frequent visitor to The Hague and I lived there a long time ago but it is still nice to have a review of those places to remember to visit when I’m there next.

  • Dear Myriam, what a nice blog! Michel boulanger patissier has expanded to two more locations, one in Delft and one at Breitnerlaan 2 in Benoordenhout. They still are artisanal, they just have more bakers from France in the team. Feel free to stop by, they are working on their buches de Noel and soon galette des rois on top of their yummy pastries at the moment. Very good bread and croissants, pure ingredients all made from scratch. i will have to try some of the other stores on your list, very exciting!

  • Paul says:

    I know The Hague for more than sixty years, I have lived there for the greater part of that period and I even wrote about its history, but from your comments I really learned a lot about the city I did not know. Well, as I am so attached to The Hague, that I have to go back at least every two weeks, I shall start immediately to follow your advices.

    Merci beaucoup,

    Paul (un vrai gourmand moi-même)

  • Joao says:

    Thank you very much for your inside tips!

    • mykitchendiaries says:

      Milena, Vane, Rachel, Joao,

      Thank you so much for your compliments, I’m really happy I could be of help.

      Vane, yes indeed the Haagsemarkt is complicated. I’m afraid I won’t be much help there. I’d say get there early, avoid Saturdays if you can, and remember your favorite stalls, they’ll remember you too if you are a regular.

      Rachel, indeed the game and poultry shop over there is a must. I have to remember to add it to the list! The organic supermarkt Gaia opposite the butcher is worth a detour too. You’ll find plenty of organic vegs, fresh yeast, almond meal…

      Greets, Myriam.

  • Hello,

    I have just moved to Den Haag and your blog was one of the first things that helped orient me as I stumbled around to try to recreate the foodie “good life” in quite different surroundings.

    So thank you for your lovely blog, which is a pleasure to read as well as a mine of information and recipes. Oh, and you’ve saved me from starting from scratch in the task of compiling a list of basic ingredients in translation …

    The most useful shops that I have found so far in the near neighbourhood are Ruud de Ruijter’s organic butchers and Ammerlaan game and poultry, both in Aert van Goesstraat.

  • Vane G says:

    Very informative! Loved it.
    The haagsemarkt is complicated, any more tips, hints, directions, or suggestions? Thanks!

  • Milena says:

    Wo’s, great advice! I’m new to Holland and am still trying to find eatable bread… I’ll defenitely try some of the bakeries listed (and probably also some of the other Shops – some really sound fantastic)! Tanks for that!

  • Emile says:

    Great article, very useful for those of us looking for the very best in food! I like the underlying feeling of competition for the best croissant in the hague….

    I would like to offer some thoughts. Which bakker or patissier truly makes theirs from scratch and by hand? can you be the best if you bake-off frozen products?

    Who has tried all the croissants and has any views/opinions?

    I know where I’ll be going ons Sunday……

    • mykitchendiaries says:

      Thanks Emile. I’m glad my holy quest for the best croissant tickled your curiosity and taste buds… I hope there will be some followers: Maybe we could start a croissant degustation panel!
      We’re experimenting at home too: my dutchie is still working on mastering the art of baking croissants from scratch.. He even made be buy some flour on our last trip to France. I’m pretty sure that the croissants from Philippe and the Javastraat baker are from scratch. And for sure they are made with butter and more butter which is a must in my opinion. Anyway, I’d be curious to know how your sunday croissant degustation turned out.
      Cheers, Myriam.

  • Willem says:

    De Ruijter Kaasmarkt is the best. I go back there everytime I visit my home town. The owners are great, let you taste, pour a little glass of port wine if you’d like. They know and love their cheeses. They know their customer’s taste too, even if you only come there once every two years to buy half a suit case full of wonderful farmer’s cheese.

  • Pom says:

    A French foodie recently arrived thanks you so very much! Any chance you would know where I might find macarons? The parisienne is lonely without them…

    • mykitchendiaries says:

      Hi Pom, I hope you’ll enjoy it here! About the macarons, I just spotted some at my favourite patissier, Philippe Galerne, in the hague (the adress is in the list) but I didn’t have a try yet… and we’ll both have to wait a bit as he just closed for his yearly holiday (I think they open again around august 15 or 20). Otherwise, I think I’ve seen some a while ago at the Bijenkorf deli department but I’m not sure if they still have them in the current assortment. If you find a better source, please let me know… I’m a big fan too!
      Cheers,
      Myriam.

  • mykitchendiaries says:

    Cristopher,

    Thanks so much for your list of favourites and sorry for the late reply. I didn’t have the occasion to explore the benoordenhout food shops yet but they are now on my list. I must say I’m not a big fan of the Maison Kelder style of cakes (very good but too rich for my taste) but I have to give a try at Jarreau very soon.

    TukTuk,
    I hope you are enjoying Rotterdam. My knowledge of the Rotterdamse food shops is pretty poor so far, but I’ll ask some friends. One thing I know is that there is a great fish shop called Schmidt Zeevis but I’ve never had the occasion to go there myself.

    Cheers,

    Myriam.

  • Tuk Tuk says:

    Excelent list! Any chance of doing the same for Rotterdam? :) Thats where I will be living in for at least the next 2 years!

    Thank you and best Regards,
    Tuk

  • Christopher says:

    What a lovely list of shops!
    Here are some more which you may like to explore;
    they are all in the Benoordenhout neighbourhood:

    Patisserie Chocolaterie Jarreau
    Van Hoytemastraat 42
    http://www.jarreau.nl
    They have such heavenly cakes – beautiful to look at, lovely to eat! We get a “Lady in Red” for Christmas each year.

    Slagerij Van der Zalm
    Van Hoytemastraat 73
    One of the best butchers in The Hague. I get my veal for my Blanquette de Veau here. Very good quality meats. It can get quite crowded at times, so pop over to the florist next door while you wait for your turn. Jailine has the good quality flowers – some of their roses sometimes last for more than 10 days.

    Kroon Kaashandel
    Van Hoytemastraat 31
    They have a good selection on non-Dutch cheeses, and they know what they sell.

    Maison Kelder
    Weissenbruchstraat 1k
    http://www.maisonkelder.nl
    Their hazelnut cream cakes are reputed to be the best in the Netherlands. Get those made with fresh cream – they are more refined! I like their cheese crackers (zoutjes) too.

    Braam
    Willem Royaardsplein 11
    Green grocer – it is a small shop but they have a good variety of vegetables. Not exactly the cheapest in town, but certainly one of the best in terms of freshness & quality.

  • mykitchendiaries says:

    Ca me fait plaisir que tu ais trouve ma page. Je suis la petite brunette qui passe une fois tous les trente six du mois pour taper la discute et acheter des rillettes et du fromage…. Je passe bientot, c’est promis!

    Myriam.

  • traiteur le gone says:

    nice of you for the comente but i dont see who you are

    tel me next time you come to the shop

  • mykitchendiaries says:

    Hi Gingergarlic,
    I remember seeing some black beans in a shop not so long ago. I think it was at the ekoplaza supermarket on the Grotemarkt straat but I can’t recall for sure.
    I’ll let you know if I remember where it was. Good luck!

    Myriam.

  • Gingergarlic says:

    Hi.
    Thanks for all these tips. Do you happen to know where I can buy black beans and pinto beans for Mexican cooking?

  • mykitchendiaries says:

    Thanks for the compliments. I hope you’ll enjoy the shops on this page you didn’t know about.

    For french specialties, I advise you Le Gone and also Gransjean Delicatessen. They are more in the category Deli’s but also have a selection of products for the nostalgic French expat…
    Are you looking for something specific? I find a lot of French products at SLIGRO (formally VEN) in Leidschendam.
    I still have to add that one to this list. SLIGRO is a chain of supermarkets for companies and associations. I am lucky to have a card. They have great quality products and an amazing assortment. That’s where I get my almond powder, chestnut cream, valrona chocolate, great meat and cheeses and so many other favorites I used to bring back from France. For the rest I still fill my car with groceries everytime I go back to France ;).
    Thanks for mentioning Casa Bocage (the Portuguese shop you are mentioning in the zoutmanstraat). I know the shop for a while and posted a bout it sometime ago. You’ve made me realized that I still have to include it here…
    (I feel like this page is really in need of an update!)
    I’ve heard of Thomas Green but still have to check it out. Thanks for the tip.
    Unfortunately I don’t have any tip for your kitchen:
    My small Dutch kitchen is about to explode and my dutchie is threatening me every now and then to throw away half of what’s in the cupboards to make a bit of space.

    Cheers, Myriam.

  • PremieKiwi says:

    Hi Mykitchendiaries,
    I’m wondering please if you know if there is a French speciality shop in Den Haag for French groceries ? I’d love to find one if there is….
    .. and as an aside: did you know about Thomas Green (UK shop) in the Fred ? and the Portuguese Specialty shop in the Zuidmanstraat ? the later has salt fish and chorizo and some excellent wines.
    Wonderful diary too… some of the places you mention I already know, but a few others are new to me and I’ll be certain to be checking them out soonest.
    The main thing with Dutch supermarkets and ingredients in recipes from outside the Netherlands, is knowing that you can or can’t substitute … that can be a work of art, I can tell you :)
    .. and what you need to be supplied with from overseas friends and family or from your own holiday travels.
    Thanks for the informative diary… It’s nice to find another real foodie in a country where the most that most people bake is the occasional appletaart .. any clues on how to make a Dutch kitchen bigger so that all my baking stuff will fit without having to annex the house next door?

  • mykitchendiaries says:

    Hi budhi, happy you like it. I’m afraid I cannnot be of much help concerning food for diabetics. Maybe you should try the ‘natuurwinkels’. You’ll probably also find some choice at the ekoplaza supermarket. I’ve seen they have a large choice for various specific diets such as gluten free for example. I’ll keep my eyes open in case I find something. Good luck!

  • budhi says:

    hi, thanks for this wonderful list of shops that can spoil my appetite during my stay in den haag. do you happen to know shops that sell food for diabetic people? in Belgium, i found chocolate shops selling low calorie chocolate. I haven’t found any around den haag. thanks

  • mykitchendiaries says:

    You’re welcome, Heather. I’m glad I can help. Good luck with your installation in the Hague. I hope you’ll like it here!

  • heather machin says:

    hello, and thanks for all the information! we have just moved to den haag and it will come in very handy

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