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You probably have seen this all over the newspapers and on tv: this is the best oliebollen stand in The Hague, the one by Jan Vermolen at Spui!
Every year AD does a national ‘oliebollen test’ and this year Jan’s stand ended at place 13, his ‘balls’ scored a 8,5, congrats guys! I tried them and I can ensure you, they are damn tasty! Did you know Jan has more stands? One of them is at Het Plein and sells oliebollen and other sweets as well.
I dived a little deeper into Jan’s family history, he’s family is in the fair world for a very long time. Johannes Mattheus Vermolen owned a fun fair shooting range and a carrousel. So, his son Cornelis Vermolen joined him in the family business after finishing primary school. Cornelis was born in 1877 in Waddinxveen and after working at his dad for years, he eventually became one of the biggest owners of fair attractions in the whole country. He owned luna parks and a lot of other fair attractions. You will find a lot of information about their family history on this website, including old newspaper articles, pictures and portrait pictures.
Anno 2015, his relatives are still in the fair business, but with oliebollen and other food stands, how cool is that!?
Enough about the history, tomorrow it’s new years eve and we want to celebrate this with oliebollen, right? So, if you are going to buy some delicious oliebollen at Jan Vermolen tomorrow, here some little advice:
1. Be in time – the queue will be LONG.
2. Be patient.
3. Know what you want to order, make a list on forehand.
4. Bring small money, so no 100 euro bills please.
5. Eat before you go, you will always order to much when you are hungry 😉
6. Order something extra you don’t know or haven’t tried yet, I’ve heard they sell Nutella balls also (oh my!).
Enjoy your overload of oliebollen and make sure to post your new years eve pictures with #denhaagtogo!


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