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Eindhoven is a vibrant city that grew from being a mere village to Netherlands’ fifth largest city thanks to electronics giant Philips. During the 90’s, many of the iconic factory buildings in Eindhoven were abandoned by Philips forcing the city to reinvent itself. Now a busy university town, home to a large collection of tourist attractions, from art museums to historic churches and galleries.
Although I have visited the Netherlands before, I must confess that Eindhoven was definitely not on my travel list until a few weeks ago when Eindhoven365 invited me to come down and explore the city.
I arrived early in the morning and made my way into the Arrivals searching for a cash point. Whenever I travel to Europe I try to use my cards instead and not carry cash with me. To my disbelief none of the cash points at the airport were working, so if you’re planning to visit make sure you have enough cash with you.
Calling an Uber was out of the question, so I had to wait for a local taxi. Prepare yourself to pay a little extra if you’re paying for your trip with a card.
Where we stayed
The taxi dropped me at the Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven, a unique and artistically designed hotel partly housed in the monumental Philips Light Tower. Before being abandoned by Philips during the 90’s, the space served as a factory for testing the lightbulbs. This explains the slightly industrial-looking, but equally beautiful building.
Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven is conveniently located in the vibrant city centre, at a stone thrown away from all the shops, cafés, restaurants and museums.
Around the city
If you’re planning to visit Eindhoven, the best place to stay is in the city center. Most of the top attractions cluster in this area within a short stroll or cycle from each other, including the Van Abbemuseum, St. Catherine’s Church and the Eindhoven Museum. I highly recommend wearing comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking a lot – I opted for a pair of waterproof boots from EMU Australia. Your feet will thank you later!
Eindhoven is a biking paradise, and there’s no better way to experience it than pedaling through the historic streets. Don’t wear a helmet? I know that sounds crazy, but bicycle helmets never made it to Netherlands. But for your safety take into consideration the designated bike lanes and the slow pace. FIY I nearly got run by a bus!
Where to shop in Eindhoven
Eindhoven is blessed with a number of excellent boutiques and stores providing locals and tourists alike with a large selection of high-street and designer buys. Among my favourites were Urban Shopper, Vielgut, MLY and Scotch & Soda. I don’t normally shop on a press trips, but on this occasion I purchased a few pieces in C&A and Douglas.
Where to eat in Eindhoven
Looking for a quick snack, a refreshing drink or a three-course dinner? Eindhoven has all of that and more! I can’t recommend Street Food enough – the food was delicious, reasonable priced, would definitely love to go back! If you’re after a healthy bite, then I highly recommend visiting Onder de Leidingstraat. Their smoothies are exceptionally tasty!
You’ll have a memorable meal at Valenzia (it’s a promise!), a cozy and very Instagrammable restaurant serving scrumptious Mediterranean food. When it comes to dining out, Eindhoven really has something for everyone. So no matter your budget, the time of the day, or the type of cuisine you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.
If you’re planning to visit Eindhoven in the near future and you need more tips, drop me a line or leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you Eindhoven365 for a memorable trip!