To start, let me introduce myself; I am Dani, independent photographer and I live in The Hague with love of my life and creative partner Jonas and our wonderful son Raaf, who just turned one. The Hague is a great, lively city to live in for young and old, especially in the summer it’s lovely to spend your days on the Hague’ beaches. But thankfully there is enough to do in the winter as well!
In the stylish ‘Statenkwartier’ in The Hague, you’ll find the atmospheric shoppingstreet The Fred (Frederik Hendriklaan). The presents for the feast of Sinterklaas will probably be bought by now, but if you’re looking for a christmas present and don’t want to go into the busy city centre, it’s surely worth the trouble to walk down this street! Not to miss in this street is Paagman, but hidden in this bookstore is the Kicking Horse Café, a nice spot to have lunch or coffee with (or without) kids. The menu consists mainly of dishes with organic ingredients and for the little-kids-bellys there are enough yummy things on the menu as well.
On weekdays you can also go there for an affordable and fast meal. I think they are most proud of their different kinds of coffee blends, but I don’t drink coffee, so sadly I can’t comment on that! What makes me happy though, are the fresh fruit shakes and yummy cakes. When the kids are tired of sitting at the table, there is a wide collection of childrens’ books in between the newspapers; what else in a bookstore. But many kids climb onto the wooden horses that are there or sit behind the computer to browse the internet. When I walk out of the store, I like to pass the special child section of the bookstore to browse through all the nice books and in the meantime Raaf enjoys himself just fine in the tv-corner.
Tip: on walking distance are the Omniversum and the Museon. Both very nice for kids! For grownups the GEM, Gemeentemuseum and Photomuseum (buy a combination ticket!) are very pleasant too and kids get in for free!