Statenkwartier – as part of the wider district of Scheveningen – is an upmarket neighbourhood popular with locals and expats alike.
It is ideal for those with a desire for the picturesque combination of the sea, the sand dunes and the beach. The famous Scheveningse Forest is also just around the corner.
The neighbourhood is widely known as the International Zone (or the International centre of Peace and Justice). With a specific spatial strategy in place, the Dutch government chose Statenkwartier for its proximity to major International organisations such as the World Forum, OPCW and Europol as well as major Embassies.
You will notice that many streets are architecturally Art Nouveau and are largely named either after political figures or marine life (for ex. Van Aerssenstraat or Zalmstraat – Salmon street)
The connected harbours are another major attraction. Whether you wish to visit the “rough around the edges” hub of the fishing industry and buy local produce or prefer to overlook beautiful yachts over a glass of champagne and gourmet dishes, all these are at your doorstep. Don’t miss the infamous Simonis restaurant chain and fish monger, which serves and sells the freshest produce in numerous unique settings.
For a quality shopping experience, stroll along the highly popular Frederik Hendriklaan (or as the locals say “De Fred”) where you will find quaint clothing and artisan shops as well as superb restaurants and a major supermarket.
The Gemeentemuseum and Fotomuseum are both highly impressive venues for a spot of culture.