Coffee Restaurant The Hague

Capriole Café

Coffee roastery and restaurant in a former paint factory

Winner ‘Most beautiful Coffee Venue 2018’ in the Koffie Top 100 by Misset Horeca

Nomination for ‘Best Project 2017’ by Archilovers

A former paint factory in The Hague has been converted into a coffee bar, restaurant and business centre with a fully steel bar element as an interconnecting eye-catcher. The restaurant and coffee experience named Capriole Café is one of the first hospitality concepts in the upcoming industrial neighbourhood the “Binckhorst” in The Hague, which will be developed into a residential and business area the coming decade.
The existing small windows of the building were replaced by 5 meter high steel window frames with doors opening up the interior towards the terrace and marina in front of the café.

The main goal of the design of the Café was to create a total experience of every aspect of the making and consumption of “coffee”.
While the ground floor functions as a coffee roastery, coffee bar, lounge and restaurant, the first level functions as a barista training centre, a showroom, an office and a meeting room for Capriole Coffee Service.
By introducing a central void with a 4,5 metre high black steel bar element, these two levels were visually connected with the meeting room as illuminated “lantern” overseeing the restaurant.

“The bar element fully built from massive steel beams wraps itself through the whole restaurant.”

The prefabricated interconnecting bar element is completely composed of heavy structural steel beams and frames the roastery downstairs and the barista training centre upstairs. Also the entrance volume containing the Capriole logo, the toilets and wardrobe is completely composed of steel as well.
On the ground floor, the spacious entrance hall is designed as an internal alley that connects the street with the collective courtyard and the bicycle parking.

More than just an entrance hall, it is the perfect place to bump into your neighbours and have a chat. The bicycle parking is deliberately not hidden in a basement, but rather designed as an integral part of the entrance with a prominent position on the street side and high-quality finishing and lighting.

A composition of steel, concrete, oak and brass referring to the historical heritage of the building.

Capriole Café became a hotspot in the new mix-use neighbourhood of the Binckhorst.



‘Most beautiful venue The Netherlands’ – Koffie top 100 2018 by Misset Horeca.


‘Best Coffee Concept’ – Entree Hospitality & Style Awards 2016



completed 2016


Capriole Coffee Service



interior builder:

Metnils Interieur Maatwerk




Binckhorst, The Hague (The Netherlands)

project typology:



René van Dongen (exterior shot: Pascal Striebel)


‘Most beautiful venue The Netherlands’ – Koffie top 100 2018 by Misset Horeca.


‘Best Coffee Concept’ – Entree Hospitality & Style Awards 2016

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