If you know the right places in Eindhoven, it's actually a really cool city. There is so much going on in terms of architecture and design (Have you heard of the Dutch Design Week?).
The highlight of the city is the Strijp-S district.
The Strijp-S District
Anton Philips started producing light bulbs in 1892. In 1916 Anton Philips moved to Strijp-S and built a glass factory. This was just the beginning. A few years later the grounds included factory buildings like the Philips Physics Laboratory, The Klokgebouw, The Ketelhuis, The Engine Rooms and The Veemgebouw. Who could imagine at that time that Philips is now a leading health technology company? All the former factory buildings at Strijp-S now houses various hot spots. From shops and galleries to hipster bars and restaurants. The once "forbidden city of Philips" is now a trendy industrial site where you can casually hang out. Please tell all your friends about it.
Local tips are always the best ones. And hey, this time I am the local myself. Please find my favourite places below. You'll probably notice that the Strijp-S district is a winner for me!
Restaurants | Breakfast & Brunch | Coffee | Shops | Museums | To do | Hotels
Restaurants in Eindhoven
Downtown Gourmet Market - Order food from the 21 different stalls and eateries and sit down somewhere in the central seating area. A superb choice of Vietnamese, Turkish, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish and Greek dishes to name a few. If you are that lazy, you can even order with the QR code from the table. It gets busy in the evening and they don't take reservations. Located near the city center of Eindhoven. downtowngourmetmarket.com
Kazerne - One of my favourite restaurants. A very cool design hotspot. Set in former military barracks and an industrial warehouse,The Kazerne houses two restaurant; bar/restaurant Kazerne with an Italian touch and bar/restaurant Benz with a Nordic touch. It is also a boutique hotel with eight rooms, a gallery and a meeting and event space. Please go. kazerne.com/en
Het Ketelhuis - Amid other former Philips buildings, Het Ketelhuis houses a nice cafe and bar. The restaurant is upstairs. ketelhuis.com/en
Mood - Asian and french cuisine restaurant by Evelien Wu. She has two outlets in Eindhoven. Mood Streetfood recently opened on the EmmaSingel. mood.nl/strijp-s
Restaurant Zarzo - High on my list, supposed to be excellent. Mediterranean sea food with a great wine selection. zarzo.nl
Piet Hein Eek Restaurant - You don't know Eindhoven if you don't know about Piet Hein Eek. His little empire at Strijp-R consist of a shop, showroom, workshop and restaurant. We enjoyed our dinner but this place is also good for lunch. pietheineek.nl/en
Radio Royaal - My number one favourite. Restaurant Radio Royaal is the sister of Restaurant The Goudfazant in Amsterdam. The food, the atmosphere and the cool building makes this a winner. radioroyaal.be
Soul Kitchen - I am curious about this place but haven't been yet. soulkitcheneindhoven.nl
Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch in Eindhoven
Meneer De Boer - Hey Hallo Mister De Boer. How are you? I am doing very well. Fabulous place for breakfast. Keizersgracht 20, 5611 GD Eindhoven - meneerdeboer.nl/en
Onder de Leidingstraat - A mini supermercado, deli, lunch and coffee place in one. Recently re-branded to Coffeelab Strijp-S. Read more about Coffeelab further down in this article. Leidingstraat 45, 5617 AJ Eindhoven - onderdeleidingstraat.nl
Pastry Club 1.0 - Divine pastries, cakes, ice creams and coffees. Housed in industrial building The Machinekamer at Strijp -S. Ketelhuisplein 7-9, 5617 AE Eindhoven - pastryclub.nl/en
Stories Eindhoven - Located on the ground floor of another former factory, The Apparatenfabriek, part of the Philips building at Strijp-S. A great place for coffee and lunch. Conveniently located next door to a co-working space. Only open on week days from 10am - 4pm. Closed on the weekends. Torenallee 22-02, 5617 BD Eindhoven - stories-eindhoven.nl
The Happiness Cafe - When you are happy and you know it. All-day healthy breakfast, , coffee, lunch and brunch spot. One to try out. Nieuwe Emmasingel 9, 5611 AM Eindhoven - thehappinesscafe.nl
Thym by Parkzicht - You always need your own local. This is ours. A great place for lunch, drinks and dinner. Next to the park and theater in a quite residential neigbourhood area. Alberdingk Thijmlaan 18, 5615 EB Eindhoven - thym.nl/en
Coffee in Eindhoven
Bean Brothers Coffee Stadsbranderij - Tucked away in a little alleyway, this cute tiny coffee house is a little gem. They roast their own beans which you can buy and take home. Bean Brothers also offer barista workshops. Only open Friday - Sunday. Bergstraat 14A, 5611 JZ Eindhoven - beanbrothers.nl
Coffeelab - They now have two outlets; one next door to the station and one at Strijp-S (where Onder de Leidingstraat used to be). Great urban vibes, excellent coffee and bites from their own baking lab. They also have wifi. Stationsplein 17, 5611 AC Eindhoven - coffeelab.nl
DENF Coffee - They use the beans from their own coffee roaster. You can also buy the coffee beans and take them home. An arty cafe with industrial vibes, a nice place to meet friends or to get some work done with an excellent cup of coffee and free Wi-Fi. Clausplein 4, 5611 XP Eindhoven - denfcoffee.com
Lucifer Coffee Roasters - Lucifer is selling specialty espressos and filter coffees roasted in their own coffee roastery. A great place for lunch or to get work done. They have a special table for laptops. I like that. Kleine Berg 47, 5611 JS Eindhoven - lucifercoffeeroasters.com
Shops in Eindhoven
My main go-to shopping areas are the "Kleine Berg" part a district called "The Bergen" and the "Emmasingel". Both have a wide range of boutique shops, bars and restaurants.
Books 4 Life - Around the corner of my house. A second hand bookstore where 90% of the proceeds go to charity. I buy most of my books from a local bookshop or second hand so I was very pleased to discover this gem. Check the opening hours. Hertogstraat 2C, 5611 PB Eindhoven, Netherlands - books4life-eindhoven.nl
Bookstore Spijkerman - We always support our local bookshop. This one is particular great, as the owner has read most of the books he is selling and therefore has great recommendations! Whilst you are there, the "Kleine Berg'' is one of my favourite streets with boutique shops, restaurants and bars. Kleine Berg 5, 5611 JS Eindhoven - boekhandelspijkerman.nl
Gusj Market - A cool bohemian furniture shop selling new and vintage items located at Strijp-S. Worth to take a peek inside. In between restaurant Radio Royaal and The Pastry Club, around the corner from Het Ketelhuis. Ketelhuisplein 7, 5617 AE Eindhoven - gusjmarket.nl
Loods 040 - A cool and quirky vintage, industrial design and antique shop. This massive building is full with retro furniture, lamps and recently also clothing. Aalsterweg 145, 5644 RA Eindhoven, Netherlands - loads040.nl
Scoopstore Eindhoven - A design store supporting young designers and upcoming brands. A great shop for gifts. Nieuwe Emmasingel 24, 5611 AW Eindhoven - scoopstore.com
Studio Ruig - Contemporary, classic and androgynous fashion. The whole approach with regards to slow fashion. Bring your wallet. Torenallee 60-10, 5617 BD Eindhoven - studioruig.com
Urban Shopper - Over twenty local art, design and boutique fashion shops in the converted Anton building, another former Philips factory at Strijp-S. My two favourite shops are Brokaatje (a brocante shop) and Frankies (high end - second hand - ultimate slow fashion) Torenallee 60, 5617 BD Eindhoven - urbanshopper.nl
Vielgut - This cool clothing store sells brands like Samsoe & Samsoe, American Vintage, Rains and part of the collection of Piet Hein Eek: furniture, accessories (like towels and bath clothes and other accessories). Nieuwe Emmasingel 38, 5611 AM Eindhoven - vielgut.nl
Galleries and Museums in Eindhoven
Van Abbe Museum - The modern and contemporary art museum of Eindhoven. Next door is Cafe Karel 1 with an adjoining terrace overlooking the museum building. A cute little spot in the sunshine. Bilderdijklaan 10, 5611 NH Eindhoven - vanabbemuseum.nl/en
Daf Museum - Only go if you are fascinated by cars and the DAF brand. My dad owns one of the few DAF'44 so I actually quite enjoyed this museum. Tongelresestraat 27, 5613 DA Eindhoven - dafmuseum.nl/en Philips Museum - Eindhoven's biggest heritage and historically very important.This is the Philips' brand museum. Learn more about revolutionary inventions, products & developments. Emmasingel 31, 5611 AZ Eindhoven - philips.nl/en
What To Do in Eindhoven
Area 51 Skatepark - One of the largest skate parks in Europe at Strijp-S. For when you are really into skating. Re-opens at the end of 2020. Klokgebouw 51, 5617 AB Eindhoven - area51skatepark.nl
Dutch Design Week - This is cool he. The Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven is the largest annual design event in Northern Europe. During this week work and concepts from more than 2600 designers are on display. This is a biggie. Visit the website for more information and events.
Effenaar - A pop music venue in the heart of Eindhoven with two concert halls. An institution in Eindhoven. Dommelstraat 2, 5611 CK Eindhoven - effenaar.nl
Foodmarket Vershal het Veem - A hipster indoor food market for your daily food produce. You'll find food stalls with names like The Butcher On Wheels, Woeste Burgers, Willy Nacho, Kopje Koffie and the Pastry Club 2.0 among others. Shops like Wine and Nuts and Brouwerij Het Veem are perfect for gifts. Not all outlets are occupied yet but visiting Vershal het Veem is a nice relaxing Saturday morning outing. A shame it houses a tiny Albert Heijn though. Torenallee 86-02, 5617 BD Eindhoven - vershalhetveem.nl
Free Walking Tour Eindhoven - Free walking tours done by locals. Every Saturday at 13.00 PM. Two loops, one visiting the Strijp-S area, the other one stays close to the city-center.
Glow Light Art Festival - A free annual light art festival held every November. There is a walking route that connects all the light artworks. It attracts a good crowd. Visit the website for more information and events.
Lab-1 Cinema - A cozy cinema theater with retro vibes showing all sorts of festival, indie, art house and Hollywood films. The few times I have been it wasn't that busy and you can order drinks from your seat. I had a great experience. Keizersgracht 19, 5611 GC Eindhoven - lab-1.nl/en
NatLab Cinema Eindhoven - Oh NatLab! We like you. A lot. Housed in the former Philips' Physics Laboratory at Strijp-S. This movie theater is lovely and they offer an English program too. A great evening out with dinner and an art house movie. Another one for the list. Kastanjelaan 500, 5616 LZ Eindhoven - natlab.nl
Proeflokaal De Gaper - What you want your own local pub to be. A no-nonsense cozy "bruin cafe" with a wide selection of beers and whiskey. Wilhelminaplein 5, 5611 HE Eindhoven - gaper.nl
Stadsbrouwerij Eindhoven - The city's beer brewery housed in the old factory. Cafe 100 Watt is a tasting room and serves a lot of special beers. They also have a small garden courtyard and a terrace at the front. A great international vibe. You can also book a guided beer brewery tour. Bleekweg 1, 5611 EZ Eindhoven - stadsbrouwerijeindhoven.com
Visit Strijp-S - Trendy and urban Strijp-S District in Eindhoven is a neighbourhood and former industrial park that belonged to electronics company Philips. The old Philips factories are transformed into cool bars, restaurants and shops.
Hotels in Eindhoven
Blue Collar Hotel - A hotel, restaurant, theater and event space. Klokgebouw 10, 5617 AA Eindhoven - bluecollarhotel.com
The Student Hotel Eindhoven - An innovative design hotel conveniently located next to Eindhoven Centraal Station. Stationsweg 1, 5611 AA Eindhoven - thestudenthotel.com/eindhoven
What To Do near Eindhoven
Visit Den Bosch
Visit the fortified town of Heusden
Visit Nuenen - A village linked to Vincent Van Gogh
Want to know more about Eindhoven and Strijp-S
Visit the website of Strijp-S
Visit the website of This is Eindhoven