Fabric Shopping in The Hague | A mini guide

Fabric Shopping in The Hague | A mini guide

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.

Here are my candid impressions recorded for other potential travellers, in the now traditional style of the Fabric Shop Directory project. If you want to know more about this, check out this page.

Haagse Markt

Now this is an experience! Haagse Markt, or the Hague Market is pretty much what it says on the tin. However, you cannot imagine the extent of it. Especially if you have not been to Eastern Europe or the large Turkish bazaars, this is something to behold. They proud themselves to be one of the largest multi-cultural markets in Europe and it is indeed massive. You might go for the fabric shops, but you can find everything from clothes, to cheese, to fish to veg and much more.

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 (Goote Markt) or from Spui, you can take tram 6 for 5-6 stops (approx. 15 mins ride), then get off at Haagse Markt. Google was really unhelpful all my trip to the Hague, giving me very random travel advice, so you could just use a map or another app. The entrance is from the right-hand side of the market, and it goes on for a few good blocks.

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.

Fabric Shopping in The Hague, The Netherlands
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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.

Fabric Shopping in The Hague, The Netherlands
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Fabric Shopping in The Hague, The Netherlands
Check out much more other fabric shops city guides on Sewrendipity.com
Fabric Shopping in The Hague, The Netherlands
Check out much more other fabric shops city guides on Sewrendipity.com

Haagse Markt Details

Website

Address: Herman Costerstraat 571, 2571 PJ Den Haag, Netherlands

Hours:

Friday9am–5pm
Saturday9am–5pm
SundayClosed
Monday9am–5pm
TuesdayClosed
Wednesday9am–5pm
ThursdayClosed

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!

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So, back to the fabric shopping. Upon Els’s recommendation, I headed to this quaint little shop in a lovely quiet neighbourhood, just a few stops away from the Central Square. You can take tram 16 from near the big church in the centre, or it’s a 15 mins walk.

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As it was a bit quiet, I had a chance to chat to the owner, a really lovely lady who is very passionate about textiles and sourcing the nicest fabrics from artisans in India. This is no big box store, so the selection is not mad, but I found enough options to keep me browsing. A lot of silk, cotton and even cashmere (pricey!!), in beautiful prints, but also nicely bright coloured solids too. The prices were reasonable, especially if we are talking about natural fibres. They also store loads of pre-made textile items as well, such as bags, bed linen, table cloths, bath robes etc. and a bit of haberdashery. It’s a really cute small shop and I felt really happy to support an independent shop, where you can see a lot of heart has gone into it.

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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.

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Heinde & van Verre Interieur Details:

Website (in Dutch)

Address: Vondelstraat 48, 2513 EV Den Haag, Netherlands

Hours:

Friday11am–6pm
Saturday11am–6pm
SundayClosed
MondayClosed
Tuesday11am–6pm
Wednesday11am–6pm
Thursday11am–6pm

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.

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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.

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Main floor

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.

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Basement

They had a sale on winter fabrics and I was tempted to get a meter of tartan coating to make a scarf, as it was navy and dark green like my coat. I decided against it in the end, as it was acrylic and I was thinking it might end up piling.

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Balcony

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.

Domburg Textiles

Address: Thomsonlaan 76A, 2565 JE Den Haag, Netherlands

Hours: 

Saturday10am–5pm
SundayClosed
MondayClosed
Tuesday10am–5pm
WednesdayClosed
Thursday10am–5pm
Friday10am–5pm, 6–8pm

Phone: +31 6 48062823

Minty

Address: Frederikstraat 3, 2514 LA Den Haag, Netherlands

Hours: 

Saturday11am–5pm
SundayClosed
MondayClosed
Tuesday10:30am–5pm
Wednesday10:30am–5pm
Thursday10:30am–5pm
Friday10:30am–5pm

Phone: +31 70 345 5300

Cotton & Silk

Address: Frederikstraat 481, 2514 LN Den Haag, Netherlands

Hours: 

Saturday10am–5pm
SundayClosed
MondayClosed
Tuesday9am–6pm
Wednesday9am–6pm
Thursday9am–6pm
Friday9am–6pm

Phone: +31 70 345 1719

Cross & Woods

Address: Westeinde 73, 2512 GV Den Haag, Netherlands

Hours: 

Saturday10am–5pm
SundayClosed
MondayClosed
Tuesday10am–6pm
Wednesday10am–6pm
Thursday10am–8pm
Friday10am–6pm

Phone: +31 70 250 0801


Thank you for reading about my adventures fabric Shopping in The Hague.

HAVE YOU BEEN THERE? HAVE YOU VISITED ANY OF THESE SHOPS? LET ME KNOW IN COMMENTS.

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1 Comment

  1. 10 April 2019 / 4:12 PM

    You were in my (current) home town!!!!! The most beautiful and inspiring fabric shop in the city is definitely Cross and Woods – such a pity you didn’t make it there during your visit!! It’s definitely the only one in the city which is attune to the indie sewing world and where you can buy indie patterns. It is a feast for the sewing senses (although someti,es I try not to go too often because it’s just too tempting!)

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