Last weekend I enjoyed the most amazing mini holiday in The Hague (The Netherlands) with my best friend from Romania. I was at a work conference Monday to Wednesday, so we took advantage and squeezed in a few ‘girlfriend-time’ days as well. If you have not been, I definitely recommend as an antidote to the craziness of Amsterdam (and definitely less smell of weed everywhere!). And of course, what is a sewing nerd to do other than to find the nearest fabric shops, right? Whilst my friend engaged in some more traditional retail therapy, I did a whistle-stop tour of a few fabric shops that I managed to squeeze in before closing time on a Saturday afternoon.
How to get there: Be warned that it’s not anywhere near the centre of the city, but it’s not difficult to get to either. From the Central Square (
The fabric stalls are scattered here and there, so if you want to see them all, you have to take a systematic approach and follow the rows to the end and back. I have seen at least 6-7 shops, but we were a bit haphazard as my friend was looking for flowers and dragged me with her. The shops are stalls inside the market, with outside displays, but also rolls and coupons inside as well.
Somehow, this place made me think a bit about the Man outside Sainsbury’s in Walthamstow market in London. The prices were very reasonable depending on the shop, you could get some nice neat rolls, or a jumble to dig through. The types of fabric are very diverse, from dressmaking to household pieces, curtains, wool suiting and of course, African wax print. Let’s not forget Vlisco is Dutch. I wasn’t after anything in particular, so I did not go browsing too closely, for fear of leaving with some fabric I didn’t really need.
Haagse Markt Details
Address: Herman Costerstraat 571, 2571 PJ Den Haag, Netherlands
Phone: +31 70 353 9320
Heinde & van Verre Interieur
This was the second fabric shop I visited in Den Haag, and it was a recommendation from a local. My friend and I did a walking tour and it turned out that our guide was also a sewer and very passionate about sustainability. We only figured this bit out at the end, so we didn’t get to chat too much about it, but she did suggest visiting this shop. Also, just to give a shout out to a great tour, if you are in The Hague, you just have to do the free tour with Els, we thoroughly enjoyed it, she is an awesome guide, very knowledgable and very funny!
So, back to the fabric shopping. Upon Els’s recommendation, I headed to this quaint little shop in a lovely
As it was a bit quiet, I had a chance to chat
I ended up buying a small piece of fucsia crepe cotton as a souvenir. I am planning on making something for my friend, to help her remember our lovely holiday in The Hague.
Heinde & van Verre Interieur Details:
Address: Vondelstraat 48, 2513 EV Den Haag, Netherlands
Phone: +31 70 346 3792
The Boerenbonthal Fabrics / Tessuti Stoffen & Zo
This shop really confused me, as it’s showing on Google under both names. I was convinced there were two different shops, but then realised the address was the same. I guess best to look up Tessuti in Google, as this is the name on their shop front.
It’s located very centrally, between the main shopping area and the Palace Gardens, so it’s easy to find and you can have a nice stroll on the way there, full of small boutiques and a lot of character buildings.
The shop itself is quite big, with a main floor, a balcony and a basement. They stock what you would typically expect from a large fabric store, with pretty much all fabric categories represented, dressmaking, home furnishings, crafts and interfacings, as well as haberdashery, trims and dyes. I was after a bit of denim, but I can’t say I was impressed with their selection.
They had a sale on winter fabrics and I was tempted to get a meter of
In general, the majority of fabrics were man-made, but I saw some linen and printed cotton that might appeal. Probably if you don’t have a lot of time in the Hague, this might be the one you can visit the easiest as it’s quite central.
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Other fabric shops in The Hague
These are a few more options, but I did not visit them personally.
Address: Thomsonlaan 76A, 2565 JE Den Haag, Netherlands
Phone: +31 6 48062823
Address: Frederikstraat 3, 2514 LA Den Haag, Netherlands
Phone: +31 70 345 5300
Cotton & Silk
Address: Frederikstraat 481, 2514 LN Den Haag, Netherlands
Phone: +31 70 345 1719
Cross & Woods
Address: Westeinde 73, 2512 GV Den Haag, Netherlands
Phone: +31 70 250 0801
Thank you for reading about my adventures fabric Shopping in The Hague.
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