Living Room

If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer,
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For I have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!
– Shel Silverstein

The name ‘HEM’ stems from the Germanic word ‘haima’, meaning ‘home’. Het HEM is a lively meeting place for contemporary culture. A home for critics and dreamers, the curious and questioners: where art acts as a sounding board to reflect on our current times. Our Living Room is Het HEM’s heart: here you can boost your batteries with unique stories, delicious food and drinks, or a good conversation by the fire.

Café Restaurant

In the Café Restaurant Het HEM you can order from the menu all day long. Our products come from quality suppliers and all of the menu is prepared in our own kitchen.


Books, podcasts, videos

Every season we select a special collection of books, documentaries, lectures, art films and podcasts on demand, carefully compiled by our guest curators – on occasion even borrowed from personal collections. These works not only offer further depth to the current Chapter, but are also masterpieces in themselves.

The books currently on our shelf:

  • Virgil Abloh, Insert Complicated Title Here
  • Soul of a Nation, Exhibition catalogue Tate Modern
  • Dana Lixenberg, Tupac & Biggie
  • Will Ashon, Chamber Music (about the Wu-Tang)
  • Robert Farris Thompson, Flash of the Spirit
  • Ewalt van der Vugt, Roofstaat
  • Anton de Kom, Wij slaven van Suriname
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • The Confessions of Rick James: Memoirs of a Super Freak
  • Brian Elstak & Karin Amatmoekrim, Tori
  • Iceberg Slim, Pimp the Story of My Life
  • Patti Smith, Just Kids
  • Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise
  • James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
  • Soort Kill, Smibanese Woordenboek

Our current selection of watching and listening: