There are plenty of unique things to do in Eindhoven – especially for foodies.

Unless you’re a football fan, there’s a good chance you have no idea where Eindhoven is. But that’s okay – Eindhoven is a city full of secrets and surprises, and its very existence may well its biggest secret of all.

(It’s in the Netherlands, by the way.)

Around 100km from the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, Eindhoven is the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands. It’s also probably my favourite (just don’t tell Amsterdam!). 

If you’re wondering whether Eindhoven is worth visiting, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. And, if you’ve already booked your trip to Eindhoven, you’re still in for plenty of surprises. 

There are lots of wonderful and unique things to do in Eindhoven, and I’m going to share the best ones below. Whether you’re visiting Eindhoven for one day or an entire week, there’s plenty to fill your Eindhoven itinerary with!

Oh, and many of them involve food, so I hope you arrive hungry! 

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Foodie things to do in Eindhoven, the Netherlands

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Is Eindhoven worth visiting?

If you’re planning a trip to the Netherlands, Eindhoven probably isn’t the obvious choice. In fact, it may not make your short list at all (for now!). 

Nicknamed the “City of Lights”, Eindhoven is best known for its connection to electronics giant Philips.

It was named by Forbes as the world’s most innovative city and it doesn’t look like that title’s going to anyone else anytime soon.

I arrived in Eindhoven knowing nothing about the city, and the first thing I noticed was that this is a city built on a love of design.

Yet, while this quirky Dutch city is still buzzing hub for innovation and technology, there’s much more to Eindhoven that its big name past.  

A whole lot more, in fact!


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What’s interesting about Eindhoven is it’s very much a city in its infancy.

Where other cities have some form of long-established culture or historical identity, Eindhoven is still taking its first steps and writing its own story.

When you’re there, you get the feeling that there are many, many chapters yet to write. That makes Eindhoven an exciting city to experience and well worth visiting.

After all, the history and culture of the Netherlands’ other cities aren’t going anywhere… but Eindhoven is still growing.

It’s also a fantastic city for food. Seriously – it’s worth visiting Eindhoven for the food alone. 

Whether you like art, food, fashion, architecture or design, you’ll love exploring Eindhoven.


Street view of Modern architecture Eindhoven, Netherlands

Things to do in Eindhoven for foodies

As much as I love learning about the history of a town and seeing all of the monuments, museums and other artefacts that keep its past alive, my absolute favourite thing about travel is getting to know a city for what it is today.

And, today, Eindhoven is very much about food. 

Dutch food might not be world famous, but Eindhoven will change your mind.

Eindhoven’s foodie scene is just as innovative and eclectic as the city itself – I mean, what else would you expect? 

Here are some of the best things to do in Eindhoven if you’re a fellow foodie!


1- Eat breakfast at Broodt

Owned by an ex-Philips designer (there’s no escaping the connection!), start at least one day in Eindhoven at the Broodt bakery.

This minimalist bakery is decorated with quirky Pantone chairs, unusually shaped tables and bicycles. There’s no forgetting that you’re in the Netherlands here!

The display of fresh bread is enough to make any mouth water. Apparently, it’s also enough to make locals from the nearby villages come all the way into town to pick up.

My personal favourite treat, however, has to be the gluten-free brownies. The perfect balance of indulgent and guilt-free, they’re the perfect breakfast dessert. 

My Dutch isn’t far from non-existent, so I couldn’t fully appreciate the name of this quaint little breakfast spot until someone pointed it out and explained: ‘brood’ is the Dutch word for ‘bread’ and the spelling used here is an old form of the word.

The owner chose the name for two reasons. Firstly, simply because it’s memorable. And, secondly, because it works well for the internet. Which I’m sure any blogger who’s ever struggled to find an available domain name (hello!) will relate to.

Address: Smalle Haven 101, 5611 EH Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Broodt bakery Eindhoven
Broodt bakery Eindhoven

2 – Cheese tasting at JokkMokk

What with all the new innovation taking place throughout the city, you might think that tradition would be practically non-existent here. But that’s not so.

I couldn’t have taken my first trip to the Netherlands without trying some of the local cheeses. Luckily, Eindhoven is home to an incredibly cute little cheese shop called JokkMokk.

I tried 7 cheeses in total, all of which are made with raw (rather than pasteurised) milk. All of the cheeses are produced locally and one of them is now only made by two farms in the world!

I wish we’d had more time to learn about the cheeses – I think I could spend an entire morning just trying them all. Mmm!

Address: Tongelresestraat 260, 5613 DV Eindhoven, Netherlands. 


3 – Sip a unique cup of coffee at Coffeelab

If you wanted proof that the innovative nature of the Eindhoven doesn’t stop at invention and architecture, look no further than Coffeelab. Even the coffee is a work of art here.

And no day in the Netherlands is complete without at least a couple of cups of coffee! 

There’s no better place to stop for coffee in Eindhoven than it for yourself than at Coffeelab. This cafe-meets-laboratory serves some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted.

Every cup is made using the Rolls Royce of  coffee machines, which – you guessed it – was also invented in Eindhoven.

This quirky venue is also slowly phasing out the small fridge of bottled soft drinks as they replace them with their own concoctions. That means less plastic usage, too, earning Eindhoven some bonus ecotourism credentials.

Address: Stationsplein 17, 5611 AC Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Coffeelab cafe Eindhoven
Coffeelab cafe Eindhoven

4 – Indulge at Zarzo

Eindhoven isn’t just home to a host of small cafes and shops that give the technology and design giants some serious competition in the innovation stakes.

Eindhoven also has the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants outside of Amsterdam. Not bad for a city that’s less than a third of its size, huh?

Lunch at the very trendy Michelin-starred Zarzo is a must for every foodie who visits Eindhoven. In fact, it’s one of the best things to do in Eindhoven even if you’re not a foodie yourself.

We were treated to some really unusual flavour combinations – such as creamed potato and caviar, and melon and leek – all paired with a carefully chosen wine or champagne.

After spending 3 hours(!) at Zarzo, it’s not hard to see why so many Italians flock to Eindhoven for both its design and food.

Address: Bleekweg 7, 5611 EZ Eindhoven, Netherlands.


5 – Enjoy a pint at Het Veem

Ready for a post-lunch pint? Stop for a drink and a rest at Het Veem, one of the bars in Eindhoven’s Strijp-S district.

Since this is Eindhoven, Het Veem is no ordinary bar.

Het Veem is the only brewery-meets-bar in the Netherlands where the beer is brewed in the bar area. That means you can drink directly from the tank – and we did just that!

And with a menu so long I couldn’t even read half of it – plus over 700 beers stocked in the brewery’s shop – there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.

Address: Torenallee 86-02, 5617 BD Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Graffiti at Strijp-S in Eindhoven

6 – Try something new at Intelligentia Taste Rooms

Intelligentia Taste Rooms is an ice-cream and chocolate shop serving unusual flavours of both.

I highly recommend the Creme Brulée but there’s also a Mandarin & KumQuat flavour for fruity fans.

The shop and all its flavours are the work of famous oenologist (that’s someone who makes wine, FYI) Björn Cocu. He travelled to Italy to learn his art before opening up shop back in his hometown of Eindhoven.

It’s yet another perfect example of the type of innovative nature that exists all around the city.

Address: Leidingstraat 43, 5617 AJ Eindhoven, Netherlands.


7 – Have a unique dessert experience at Pastryclub

What would you do if you came across a deserted factory? One so deserted that the paint still hangs off the walls and a huge hook hangs in the centre of the room?

When Pastryclub owners Jurgen and Richard came across one, they decided to turn “deserted” into “dessert”. That’s how Pastryclub, a kitchen and patisserie serving some of the country’s most delicious sweets, chocolates, ice-cream and tea, was born.

And I can’t think of a better way to use a space like this!

Pastryclub is yet another example of Eindhoven at its innovative and quirky best. The whole Pastryclub experience is a little bit surreal – in the best way possible.

Look left and you see cabinets stacked with sugary treats.

To your right you’ll see a loft-style room with dining tables and chairs that fold up when you want to squeeze wedding parties in.

Look up and you see that huge hook casually dangling above you…

Oh, and the sweet treats are (of course) incredible. 

Address: Ketelhuisplein 7-9, 5617 AE Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Pastryclub Strijp S Eindhoven
Pastryclub Strijp S Eindhoven

8 – Bar Bistro Calypso

When the sun goes down, the foodie treats don’t end in Eindhoven. One place you absolutely shouldn’t miss after dark is Calypso

Like everything else in Eindhoven, Calypso has a great story behind it.

Calypso is a true story of transformation after its owner took it from a typical bar for young people to one where people of all ages want to meet, eat and drink.

The result is a bistro bar with a really warm feel. Children play card games and get everybody in sight involved while their parents unwind with a beer or coffee and some local food.

It’s a lesson that many British places could probably learn from.

Head here for a casual drink or a hearty dinner. Whichever you choose, you can be sure of a warm and welcoming atmosphere you won’t want to leave. 

Address: Stratumseind 83, 5611 ER Eindhoven, Netherlands. 


9 – End the night at Blue Collar

TheBlue Collar Hotel bar is open to both residents and non-residents. Even if you’re not staying there, it’s well worth stopping by for a drink. 

It’s located inside an iconic building, the “Klokgebouw”, mixing industrial foundations with modern design. 

It’s a quirky bar that sums up Eindhoven – and makes for a great place to enjoy a tipple before bed. 

Address: Klokgebouw 10, 5617 AA Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Blue Collar hotel bar Eindhoven

What to do in Eindhoven when you’ve eaten enough

Of course, there’s much more to Eindhoven than the food.

If you need a break from eating, here are some other fun things to do in Eindhoven. 


Discover the city’s art scene

As well as giving birth to a number of inventions, Eindhoven has also produced some of the world’s best designers.

I was lucky enough to meet one of the city’s most famous designers, Maarten Baas, who talked me through one of his latest projects.

He was working on an interactive food experience for Dutch Design Week, and had lots to say about the city’s arty side.

You can check out a full calendar of events in Eindhoven by clicking here


Strijp-S

Strijp-S is an entire region of the city of the city Eindhoven. Previously a warehouse, it’s arty, upcoming and completely bursting with character and creativity.

The Shoreditch of Eindhoven, if you like, but a little less try hard and with a very welcoming feel to it.

You could spend an entire day or more exploring the area of Strijp-S. If you only have a few hours then you can easily lose them exploring the many independent shops.

Make sure you leave time to walk around the outdoor area, where there’s plenty of graffiti, plants and quirky architecture to enjoy.


Strijp-S Eindhoven

Visit the Philips Museum

Perhaps the most famous attraction in Eindhoven,the Philips Museum will show you how the electronics giant shaped the city. 

You’ll probably only need a couple of hours to see it,  but it’s well worth a visit if you want to understand how Eindhoven became the city it is.

Address: Emmasingel 31, 5611 AZ Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Take a day trip to Efteling Theme Park 

If you have more than a couple of days in Eindhoven, consider using one for a day trip. 

There are lots of places to visit nearby, but the most fun of all is probably Efteling Theme Park.

This fairytale-themed park has something for all ages, and is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been.

Continuing the unique and quirky theme, Efteling would be at home in a city like Eindhoven. It’s actually a short drive (or ride on public transport) from Eindhoven, making it the perfect day trip.

Address: Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands.


Street view of Modern architecture Eindhoven, Netherlands


How many days do you need in Eindhoven? 

Eindhoven is the kind of city that makes the perfect city break. With regular and direct flights from many other European cities, it’s easy and affordable to get to. 

However, if you really want to have the full experience, I would allow at least 2-3 full days in Eindhoven.

There are plenty of things to do in Eindhoven to keep you entertained in that time, and plenty of day trips you can tag on if you have more time.

Plus, you’ll want to allow enough time to enjoy as much of the food in Eindhoven as possible!

However long you go for, the city of Eindhoven has a fantastic, buzzing kind of vibe that will draw you in. I still can’t get over just how friendly and excited everyone was to talk about what they do.

Eindhoven is a city where anything is possible and new concepts are welcomed and appreciated. But just be warned: like me, if you do visit, you might not want to leave.


My trip to Eindhoven was hosted by the Eindhoven Tourism Board, but all content and opinions are mine.


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Jodie Marie Dewberry

Jodie has been travelling the world full time since 2017, sharing the most unique places in the world along with tips for living as a digital nomad. She is a passionate wildlife photographer and has worked with a number of prominent travel brands, including airlines, tourism boards, hotels and tour operators.

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