Spuiplein, several blocks west of Centraal station, is the city's modern cultural square. Here you'll find the Zuider Strand Theater, Spuiplein 150 (tel. 070/880-0333;  www.zuiderstrandtheater.nl; www.ldt.nl), where the Hague's Residentie Orchestra and the renowned Netherlands Dance Theater perform. If you're more into jazz, rock, hip hop, and experimental music, check out Paard van Troje, Prinsengracht 12 (tel. 070/360-1838; www.paard.nl).

The Hague's natural formality somewhat subdues its nightlife, but there is a thriving bar and cafe culture. Plein, a large square in front of the Tweede Kamer (lower house of Parliament), is a favorite for recess with politicians and civil servants. The Grote Markt square is lined with busy bars and restaurants, ranging from traditional brown cafes to trendy designer spots. 

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