Discover Benelux, Issue 56, August 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  The Netherlands  |  The Hague Highlights

The sweetest place in The Hague No wonder this place is called the sweetest in The Hague. With toys, sweets and delicious high tea and ice cream, Bij Lotjeis a place where everyone wants to pay a visit. Bij Lotje embodies the atmosphere of a family living room combined with the feeling of being outside. Here, the children can play whilst the parents catch up over a cup of coffee. And everyone is welcome to grab an ice cream to devour on the sun-soaked terrace.

From August, Bij Lotje will also be able to offer children’s parties, where partygoers can decorate their own cupcakes. And even better: eat them afterwards. As soon as the summer season is over, the cute shopturns into a cosy living room where guests can enjoy a delicious high tea, served with homemade cupcakes, whilst checking out the passing crowd from the large windows. A wide selection of different teas can also be bought.


“The funny thing is that nobody is ever grumpy here. I only ever see happy people come in and leave the store. But it could just be the magic of sweet treats and ice cream,” smiles Anouchka. Or it could well be that everyone is happy because of the truly unique atmosphere that the shop offers to all its visitors.


Sustainable comfort in the heart of the city TEXT: EVA MENGER  |  PHOTO: KAREL VANDENBERGHE

riously. 100 per cent organic, the colourful breakfast buffet contains home-grownapples, pears, strawberries, berries, cucumbers, courgettes, pumpkins and herbs: “you name it, we grow it,” general manager Karel Vandenberghe tells us. An excellent reason to get out of bed in the morning.

The warm and cosy Court Garden Hotel was built entirely with sustainability in mind. Not only has the former office been renovated using nothing but green materials and energy efficient isolation systems, it has also recently opened its very own vegetable garden. The marriage of environmental awareness and calm, relaxing vibes makes this home-away-from-home an ideal place from which to discover the bustle of The Hague.

city centre is within walking distance: options aplenty for any type of guest. With Scheveningen beach around the corner, The Hague is where to be during a summer like this, so grab the swimwear, pack some snacks and make the most of the hotel’s bike rental service. Not quite used to cycling yet? Fret not: tram 1 will take you there in less than 20 minutes. And then there is breakfast, which is something that Court Garden Hotel takes very se-

Whether a first time visitor or here for business, Court Garden Hotel will make everyone feel at home as soon as they walk through the door. Rooms are catered for all needs, and the welcoming hotel lounge invites gueststo help themselves to an organic cuppa whenever they please. As the hotel is located in the lively and historic Zeeheldenkwartier, going out is equally as simple. Popular bars, cafes and restaurants are only a hop, skip and a jump away, and the

LEFT: Guests are welcome to help themselves to coffee or tea in the hotel’s friendly and comfortable lounge. RIGHT: The hotel’s breakfast is entirely organic, including fruit and veg from their own picking garden.


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