An Evening Around Grote Markt
The city's nightlife is concentrated in the neighbourhoods west of the Stadhuis (Town Hall) and Centrum. The streets here aren't green and leafy like those north of the city centre and the mansions of ambassadors and business tycoons seem worlds away. Instead, the streetlife is colourful, inclusive and open all hours on weekends, making this part of town popular with students, backpackers and bohemian types.
Start your exploration outside this 15th-century church with its merry carillon; it's a popular meeting spot for friends planning to head out on the town.
Stanley & Livingstone
Welcoming travel bookshop Stanley & Livingstone has inspired countless locals to head to foreign shores over the years, and there are always aspiring travellers browsing its well-populated bookshelves and day-dreaming about sun-kissed beaches, mist-shrouded mountains and medieval medinas.
Grote Markt Bars
Fancy sipping a cocktail or downing a beer or two? Join the ever-present crowds here to do just that – in summer, there's a passing parade of shopper and revellers to watch from the outdoor tables, and free wi-fi to take advantage of. In winter, the indoor action often includes live music. Good bars include De Zwarte Ruiter and VaVoom!
Den Haag's Chinatown is a popular place to enjoy a cheap stir fry or noodle soup, or stock up on Chinese medicines and groceries. Centred on Wagenstraat, it's fabulous during Chinese New Year, when fireworks and a dragon parade are staged.
East of Grote Markt, near the Ice Palace (aka Stadhuis), Filmhuis Den Haag attracts serious cinephiles with its program of art house and foreign films. Expect to overhear passionate cinematic debates in the in-house brasserie, especially during the annual 'Movies that Matter' festival in March.
Paard has been staging live music since 1972 and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. The program here is a musical mash-up – rock, pop, jazz, world and anything else you can think of – presented in the form of gigs (often big-name international bands), theme nights and festivals. It's hugely popular, and deservedly so.
- Draft beer
Tram Centrum stop is relatively close; Grote Markt stop.
Bus Night buses to Scheveningen and the suburbs depart from Binnenhof on Friday and Saturday nights