Utopie is a small grand café in the Zeeheldenkwartier, part of The Hague city center. Excellent to work in, to meet people, or just to relax and listen to the background music, like I did last Friday. Thanks to music recognition app Shazam, I now also have a great 1930 Woody Herman and Sister Rosetta Tharpe soundtrack at home.
Utopie (in English: Utopia) was founded by two idealistic Hague lawyers: Marco van Duijn and Etienne Prins. You can find their grand café at the ground floor of the building called Grote Pyr, a living-work community and former squatter stronghold housed in a major 1907 school building.
The warm interior of the café is largely made of wood and contains among others a conference kind of table and an intimate living room setting with soft inviting armchairs.
However, the most remarkable things in my opinion are the cozy loft above the bar and the nice view over the hen house in the backyard of Grote Pyr. In a way, Utopie is exactly what you would expect from both a distinguished lawyer practice and a former squatters community. The idealistic nature of its founders is of course not only reflected in the location of Utopie, it is also in the activities organized within this venue and on the menu. Utopie offers a large selection of drinks and a small selection of dishes. All ingredients used are as much as possible vegetables and of organic origin. Utopie only accepts payment by card.