Everyone loves pannenkoeken, wafels and poffertjes! (In English: pancakes, waffles and fritters.) Right? Well, I do at least. Especially at Paviljoen Malieveld, which is probably the only beach pavilion in the world that’s located within a city center. As can be expected from such a peculiar place, Paviljoen Malieveld hides a lot more secrets than old family fritters- and waffle recipes…
The original pancake pavilion stood at Scheveningen. However in World War II, the beach had been declared a restricted area, therefore in 1941 the pavilion was moved to the Malieveld. It is said that after the liberation, Queen Wilhelmina herself decided it had to stay at its new location. During the heyday of the Cold War, KGB spies frequently met their Dutch contacts in Paviljoen Malieveld, according to well-known thriller writer Tomas Ross, whose father worked for the Dutch homeland security office. In those days, the interior of Paviljoen Malieveld contained high fences of wooden board, which made it a more than excellent place for a secret rendez-vous. Only in 1982 was the original pavilion replaced by a new construction, maintaining the informal beach pavillion atmosphere.
Very public information, but even more important: the current Paviljoen Malieveld menu includes 5 types of poffertjes, 20 types of pannenkoeken and 13 types of wafels. Upon request the cook prepares your pannenkoeken or poffertjes gluten- and lactose free.