The sweetest place in The Hague
TEXT: ELLA PUT | PHOTO: BIJ LOTJE
No wonder this place is called the sweetest in The Hague. With toys, sweets and delicious high tea and ice cream, Bij Lotje is a place where everyone wants to pay a visit.
Not far from the city centre of The Hague in the picturesque Zeeheldenkwartier, the little shop Bij Lotje on the corner, offers a large selection of ice cream, cakes and teas. “It’s the place where locals and tourists meet, which is quite unique,” owner Anouchka Mau-Asam explains.
Bij Lotje embodies the atmosphere of a family living room combined with the feeling of being outside. Here, the children can play whilst the parents catch up over a cup of coffee. And everyone is welcome to grab an ice cream to devour on the sun-soaked terrace. From August, Bij Lotje will also be able to offer children’s parties, where partygoers can decorate their own cupcakes. And even better: eat them afterwards.
As soon as the summer season is over, the cute shop turns into a cosy living room where guests can enjoy a delicious high tea, served with homemade cupcakes, whilst checking out the passing crowd from the large windows. A wide selection of different teas can also be bought.
“The funny thing is that nobody is ever grumpy here. I only ever see happy people come in and leave the store. But it could just be the magic of sweet treats and ice cream,” smiles Anouchka. Or it could well be that everyone is happy because of the truly unique atmosphere that the shop offers to all its visitors.