The Terrace at Grand Cafe Haagse Bluf
The terrace at Grand Cafe Haagse Bluf is a real highlight. (Photo Credit: Charlie Taylor)

With all the modifications recently undertaken in Den Haag/The Hague, you can literally shop ’til you drop. Of course, you will at some point need some refuelling along the way. What about if you could find a haven of serenity, almost as if you were sitting in your own back garden, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping streets? Well look no further, the Grand Cafe Haagse Bluf (Haagsche Bluf 3, 2511 CN Den Haag) provides all that, and more. Read on to find out more . . .

Situated above the trendy shopping quarter of Haagse Bluf, the Grand Cafe is on the second floor, accessed by slate flagstone steps which spiral above the shopping streets, providing a nice view as you ascend.

As you enter the Grand Cafe Haagse Bluf you may be mistaken to think that it looks awfully quiet, with no one in sight. But a glance to the left reveals the highlight of the Grand Cafe, a large terrace stretching out behind the building.

Summer-style seating ranges from tables and chairs to bench sofas, and if you are feeling sociable, take a place at the long table in the middle, you never know who else may sit down.

The Grand Cafe caters for all times of day, any event, and most tastebuds. If you are looking for coffee and a snack, or a late afternoon lunch the Grand Cafe has several arrangements that can be booked in advance, or just turn up and choose from the extensive menu. If you want to party the night away, alfresco, there are several options ranging from 28 Euros (EUR) to 40 EUR per person, including local drinks and snacks. The terrace is heated, so when the temperatures plumment the party spirit doesn’t need to. Something a bit more spicy? there is also a salsa party evening including a tapas buffet.

Weddings are also catered for here, within a 50m walk from the Grote Kerk, it’s a perfect location.

It's all about the terrace at Grand Cafe Haagse Bluf
It’s all about the terrace at Grand Cafe Haagse Bluf. (Photo Credit: Charlie Taylor)

A range of luxury hot and cold sandwiches, uitsmijters, omelettes, and hot meals are choices from the regular menu. The fixed price menus offer very good value. Salads, cold cuts and cheese, smoked salmon and warm snacks are all available. The fixed dinner menu offers a variety of choices and always has a vegetarian option. The regular menu also offers a wide choice of hot and cold starters, main dishes, and desserts. The snack menu is quite extensive offering hot and cold snacks and tapas. However you choose to enjoy the Grand Cafe Haagse Bluf, make sure you at least head out to the terrace, that’s what this place is all about.

Comfortable and cosy, the interior of Grand Cafe Haagse Bluf
Comfortable and cosy is one way to describe the interior of the Grand Cafe Haagse Bluf. (Photo Credit: Charlie Taylor)

When it is time to head inside, don’t be disappointed as the large curved windows provide a great people-watching opportunity onto the street below, looking out over the iconic building of the Sting. Comfortable seating, low lighting and candles, the atmosphere is as good as it is different on the inside.

Open from 10 am every day and situated right in the heart of Den Haag/The Hague, stop by and check it out for yourself next time you are there.

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About Charlie Taylor

Originally from the UK and having travelled extensively professionally and personally, Charlie lives in Voorburg, Zuid Holland and speaks Dutch fluently. A keen Photographer and Writer she plans to visit, photograph, and write about European Cities; and believes that life is full of surprises. . . . .


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