Just across the border with Belgium you will find Eindhoven, a city mostly known because of Philips and PSV.
But for me, the city has a special meaning because I lived here for almost 4 years because of my Ph.D. With my boyfriend, I explored a lot of restaurants and we enjoyed the atmosphere and the ambiance. The many pubs were perfect for a nice drink and some ‘bitterballen’. And I have to admit that I still miss it sometimes.
We decided to relive everything and visit the city for the weekend.
Lunch: De Vooruitgang
After an hour car ride from Mechelen, we decided to go straight for lunch. At De Markt, you have a wide variety of places where you can have a yummy lunch.
For me, this is the biggest difference with Belgium where you often see the same dishes on a menu. And a small lunch isn’t always possible. Today we ended up at De Vooruitgang. After a fire in 2013, this pub is back with an amazing interior. Check out that wall behind the bar.
On the menu, you will, of course, find some Dutch specialties like ‘uitsmijter’ or a ‘broodje kroket’. But also some inventive sandwiches, burgers, or a club sandwich. We ended up getting a ‘uitsmijter’, which is bread with eggs and cheese, and a mezzaluna with chicken. In contrast to my modest sandwich, the ‘uitsmijter’ was a very decent size.
Drinks: Van Moll
Shopping and wandering around gets you thirsty. Because my boyfriend loves beer, we had one at Van Moll, a brewpub in the city center. The home made beers have very special names and you notice that they love experimenting with the flavors. What to think of nirvana (a white beer American style with fresh orange zest, lemon grass, and Indian cilantro), or a Black Metal Manita (a stout with 12 different kinds of malt). My boyfriend ordered a Bloody Herrie, an IPA with blood orange. Together with some meatballs with barbecue sauce and a white wine for me. The perfect stop in a cozy setting.
See their beer menu on untappd: https://untappd.com/v/van-moll/1086245
Sushi: Mint sushi
Because it is a tradition when we are in Eindhoven: we had dinner at Mint for some ‘all you can eat’ sushi. Luckily we made reservations because the restaurant was completely full. To good practice, we put a lot on the list for our first order. To our surprise, we heard that we could only have 5 pieces per person per round. This is not really ‘all you can eat’, certainly because you can only order for 5 rounds. So for people with a big appetite, this is a disappointment. But all in all, we enjoyed our sushi.
Drinks: Drinkers Pub
We ended the day at Drinkers Pub, one of the biggest beer pubs in The Netherlands. They have around 1000 different beers in a bottle and around 30 on tap. Plenty of choice, but a difficult one. The first beer was Zuster Agatha followed by a Mosaïc Hopfen Weisse. This is a beautiful pub with a very big beer menu and a very friendly service. And if you want some water, don’t worry, it is free.
Breakfast: Happiness Café
During a short stop in Eindhoven some time ago, I already visited Happiness café to have a frappuccino. At that moment, I decided that I wanted to have breakfast here. And so we did: I had an acai bowl and my boyfriend a breakfast party with smoked salmon and some chicken. The food was delicious and it was so nice to enjoy it outside in the morning sun.
Drinks: Brewery het Veem
Before heading home, we made a short stop at Vershal het Veem at Strijp-S, a new neighborhood outside of the city center. In this food hall, you can buy fresh herbs, meat, wine, beer but you can also enjoy a nice drink or a bite to eat. Because we were still pretty full from breakfast, we just had a drink at brewery Het Veem. They also make their own beer: you can see the kettles in the pub. I had a glass of prosecco and my boyfriend a Veem Pils. I liked it that it was served in a little bottle, which ended up being more than a glass. But you didn’t hear me complaining.
Sleeping: Hotel La Reine
During the city trip in Eindhoven, we stayed at Hotel La Reine. This little hotel was perfect for the weekend. Although it was located on a busy square, I slept like a baby. The friendly people at the reception, the cozy decorated rooms, and the amazing location make this hotel a must.
What to do in Eindhoven?
We only did some wandering around and shopping. But there is much more to do in Eindhoven: visit a museum like Van Abbemuseum, visit the beautiful Catharina church, or have a stroll in one of the different parks of Eindhoven.
Other places to eat and/or drink
- Meneer De Boer Allday breakfast: This is the place to be for breakfast all day. Yummy pancakes, rolls, eggs, granola, … I highly recommend it!!
- Grand Café Centraal: Delicious nacho’s and other food to enjoy with your drink. Perfect for a stop between shopping.
- De Effenaar: This is the place I had my party after my Ph.D. defense. Amazing food that is presented beautifully. The menu changes regularly.
- Gusto: Outside of the city center, so you need a bike or a car to get there. Delicious food with fresh produce. Definitely try their cheese fondue for one person with vegetables and home made bread.
- Houwens vlaai: If you want a memory of Eindhoven and you like pie: buy one at this place. You can also buy a half one or just have a piece at their shop. My favorite? It is a difficult choice between cherry and apple crumble.
Eindhoven will always have a special place in our hearts and we love coming here. And I still love to discover new places.
Have you ever been to Eindhoven? What are your favorite places?