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1. Who are you?
I am Eline Broere, born in The Hague 28 years ago. I’m a busy girl; working as a Social Content Creator at Social Embassy in Amsterdam, working for De Gymnastiekfabriek in Den Haag as a sports instructor and… I am the founder of Den Haag To Go! I love my Nike shoes, ice cream, and beaches.
2. What is your site about?
Den Haag To Go started in March 2015 as an Instagram account about The Hague, the Netherlands. I post about all cool things in town; restaurants, new shops, museums, events, cool (old) buildings, icons in town, and other interesting things. My goal is to tell everybody about all the fun things the city has to offer, besides the things that we all know, like het Vredespaleis. I try to tell one story a day. By now, Instagram is still our main platform, but we are also on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Linkedin, Periscope, and Snapchat via Den Haag To Go.
3. What is one food tip you would give about The Hague?
If you are in Den Haag go to the Haagse Mar(k)t at the Herman Costerstraat. It’s the biggest open air market in Europe with 540 stands, over three 500-meter aisles. Fish, (exotic) fruits, colorful veggies, clothes, fresh flowers, fabrics: it’s all there. Bought and sold by all types of nationalities in perfect harmony. Open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 9am until 5pm. Be on time to avoid the crowd and bring cash. More value for your money? You pay less for most of the fish, veggies, and fruits after +-3pm.
4. What is one travel tip you would give about The Hague?
Once in Den Haag, you have to make a choice on what you would like to see or do; there’s just too much! My suggestion would be to head towards the beach; Scheveningen is a great choice to visit all year around. This part of town is famous for its fresh fish, the big harbor, the long beach, and its new boulevard. Make sure to go to the Pier, from this point you have an excellent view of the sandy beaches and the big, grey sea. This view is amazing and never the same, but always relaxing and intense. Inside the Pier, you will find a big range of different food stands, from hamburgers and draft beers or steaks and fresh juices; order and eat outside while enjoying the smell of the ocean. Oh, and be careful with the seagulls, they like your food just as much as you do.
5. What is the best thing to eat in The Hague?
I love fish, and I blame my dad for my love for kibbeling. So once in Den Haag, try kibbeling! As a little girl, we used to go to the Haagse Mark on Saturdays, and when finished with shopping we always enjoyed some fish at Simonis (to be honest, it was the highlight of the whole trip). Simonis is very big in Den Haag. This family company was started in 1880 by Albert Simonis with a small shop and café at Westeinde in the city center. At that time, the only thing they sold was smoked eel. Albert’s son Allie started selling fish in 1935 at the Haagse Markt, and in 1976 the store at Markthof opened. Nowadays all these stores are still open, including a few new ones all over town and a big fancy restaurant, at the harbour in Scheveningen: Catch. They are still very famous for their excellent fresh fish, and their kibbeling is the best.