For his Couperian Refinement newspaper column, “The Duinoord area – living, breathing history” (Couperiaanse verfijning: Duinoord ademt geschiedenis), performer and writer, Marcel Verreck took a stroll along the Reinkenstraat:
The long, crooked Obrechtstraat, which the young racing driver, Michael Boogerd used to eagerly cruise down when headed for the dunes, leads you to the shopping heart of Duinoord, the fabulously charming Reinkenstraat. A smaller version of the famous ‘Fred’ shopping street with a fine assortment of unusual little shops, cafés, restaurants and bars, such as the Augustus bistro, the child-friendly Ziani pizzeria and De Sampan, for great, very tasty Thai food.
For more Asian food with a lovely assortment of wines there is also Kruid en Druif, a name that is perfect practice material for speaking in the accent that typifies The Hague. It will be of no surprise to anyone that there is an abundance of wine and cheese in this area.
But there is so much more than that in the Reinkenstraat. Bakers, including one owned by the Hessing brothers, the creators of the ‘Haagse kakker’ (a delicious currant teacake filled with almond paste), a regular and a biological butcher, several florists, including Studio 31, a shoemaker, the ‘Colette’ antique bookshop, currently displaying a selection of Charlie Hebdo editions since the magazine has gained worldwide fame, a pet shop and another shop selling animals – but then in a different way – the ‘Blub’ fish shop.
Discover the rest of the wide range of shops for yourself, but do include a stop-off at the lovely little park, ‘Sunny Court’ in your visit. The entrance is around the corner at the end of the rounded row of houses, just off the Laan van Meerdervoort. There used to be a steam tram line here, which explains the wide gap between the rows of houses. Local residents have put in a lot of effort to create this wonderful little park. The name ‘Sunny Court’ dates back to the Sixties when there were tennis courts here. In the winter they were flooded with water so that children could skate on them. Now there are little benches to sit on and a playground. This little oasis in the middle of the city is open during the day and is looked after by volunteers.
Wander back along the Reinkenstraat to where it snuggles up to the Sweelinckplein and enjoy again the many benefits of Duinoord. And if you are lucky enough to live here – well, just enjoy it!
Read the whole article, “Couperiaanse verfijning: Duinoord ademt geschiedenis” (Couperian Refinement: The Duinoord area – living, breathing history), published in the Den Haag Centraal newspaper on 6th February, 2015, on Marcel Verreck’s website.