The Hague, or Den Haag in Dutch, is one of those places that makes the international headlines for one reason - the latest judgements from the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court.
As the city also hosts the Dutch government, it might seem that it's known for little other than politics.
But, look a little closer and you will find a surprisingly quirky city with some unexpected food and drink options. So if you happen to find yourself in this unique city, here are some things that are not to be missed.
They say that The Hague is one of the best places to find Indonesian cuisine outside of Indonesia - a residual effect of the colonial era. It's one of the most popular and long-established cuisines in the city. One of the oldest restaurants, Garoeda, has been operating for over 60 years. There, the decoration, food and even the staff's uniform remains distinctively traditionally Indonesian.
Known in the vegetarian community and loved in the Netherlands, The Hague is where you'll find the shop-front for The Vegetarian Butcher. Using vegetable proteins, especially from beans, The Vegetarian Butcher creates alternatives to meat. What's more, it tries to replicate meat in terms of flavour, colour, texture and smell so, in theory, you can't tell that you're not eating meat.
If you're a gin lover, or you've read my recent piece on gin, you might be interested in trying genever. Genever is the forefather to gin and is still produced in the Netherlands today. Head to Van Kleef to find the oldest working genever distillery in The Hague where you can learn about genever in its museum and taste some interesting liqueurs and spirits with local food.
Bike and coffee:
The Hague is a seriously bike friendly city and cycling is one of the best ways to get around. Lola bikes & coffee is possibly the friendliest bike place on the coffee circuit - it sells coffee and bikes. Its coffees were recently voted the best in the Netherlands by Esquire. And just down the road is where you will find Totzo, where you can rent your own bike or go on a coffee and bike tour.
Breakfast by the sea:
A short tram journey, or indeed bike ride, takes you to Scheveningen - the Den Haag seaside. It's not the most picturesque of beaches but breakfast is served at its beach clubs. Doen does a three-tiered breakfast stand that includes waffles, doughnuts, omelettes and smoked salmon. Plus, there's indoor heating if the day hasn't quite warmed up yet.
Travel and stay:
The closest airport to The Hague is in Rotterdam or you can travel by train. Railbookers offers a 2 night break to The Hague from £239 per person which includes rail travel to The Hague and 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast at the historic 4* ParkHotel Den Haag. It's bookable by calling 020 3327 3548.
See www.holland.com for more edible ideas in The Hague.