Sheveningen seafront, with a specific recommendation for chips/frites/fries

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Sheveningen seafront, with a specific recommendation for chips/frites/fries Scheveningen Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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Schevininger seafront, with a specific recommendation for fries Nov 11, 2007
Sheviningen is the beach near Den Haag, which is a two-strip tram ride from the city centre. There is a wide, sandy beach (apparently there is a nudist beach a mile North - I went in November. You'd need very tough nudists!). There are some nice statues, including a rather fun one of a giant man eating a herring. There is also a sealife centre, the usual compliment of gift shops, a small mall and some cafés. The beach looked clean, apart from some storm flotsam, and it was November so you can't blame them for that. The sand is fine and in summer it looks like they don't allow dogs.

The pier is rather classier than the British ones, with a bungee tower but no fairground, at least not in November. There is also a casino, a restaurant, a couple of cafés and a pancake house.

For me, though, it was simpler pleasures that caught my attention. The De Jong Snack stall further along the beach serves some of the best chips (fries/ frites - but the fat kind) I have ever had. Fluffy in the middle, crispy on the outside, and served with a kind of reddish seasoning that I suspect contained paprika and a great big dollop of sauce. It beats the incipid commercial cardboard served in the incomprehensively popular chains (Mannekin Pis, Utrecht - this means you I'm afraid!) into a cooling pulp. There are few things to compare with good chips on a winter seafront, and these were really, really good chips.
Giant man eating a herring.
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the sea
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Sweetski says:
Doing OK.., and jobless as of today.. So, plenty time to go to the beach :)
Posted on: Apr 20, 2010
sarahelaine says:
I still need to come back and try some more! how are you?
Posted on: Apr 20, 2010
Sweetski says:
I agree with your description of good chips, and I have to say the chips at the different stalls at the seafront differ in quality from stall to stall. I guess you just have to try them all to determine your own favourite. :D

BTW, there is also a nudist beach further south form Scheveningen, less than 2 miles past Kijkduin (or 5.5 miles from Scheveningen).
Posted on: Apr 20, 2010
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