I recently spent a few days exploring Holland in collaboration with KLM Airlines (press trip) and spent just over 24 hours in Eindhoven — a city that hadn't really been on my radar before. What was once an industrial city and the home of Philips Electricals is now one of the Netherland’s coolest cities, full of old warehouses and factories converted into destination restaurants, galleries, and slick design studios. I spent just over 24 hours in Eindhoven and totally fell in love with it as a small city with a huge focus on design and interiors. I thought I’d share here three favourites from my Eindhoven trip to give you a taste of the place, and hopefully inspire you to visit. Design junkies, get it on your list!
Piet Hein Eek
Piet Hein Eek’s studio complex is a necessary first point of call for any design lover! When Philips moved out of their factory in the Nineties, celebrated Dutch designer, Piet Hein Eek, moved in. The multi-storey complex still feels very industrial but is now made up of showrooms, a gallery space, a stunning restaurant, design store, and Eek’s own studios — all of his furniture is produced here on site. It’s a great place to wander around and gives you a real taste of both Eindhoven’s industrial history and exciting new design scene.
One of the city’s coolest restaurants, Radio Royaal is located in one of the converted factories in Strijp-S, an industrial area formerly occupied by Philips. The huge restaurant is one of the best examples of how the city is embracing its past and transforming industrial buildings into cool destinations. It’s all high ceilings and exposed pipes with a checkerboard tiled floor, retro school chairs at low tables, an air hockey table and a punching bag — great fun and who doesn’t love a little post-dinner entertainment? It’s only open for dinner but it’s a must-visit in Eindhoven. The food is fantastic and it's crazy affordable at €33 for three courses.
Located in the city centre, Kazerne is a restaurant-come-exhibition space (and recently boutique hotel too) located in an old army barracks in the laidback De Bergen neighbourhood. All open-plan with beautiful stripped back moody interiors, it’s a really cool spot, and the Italian food served out of the open-kitchen is fantastic. Fresh pasta to die for! Go for lunch or dinner, and wander around the exhibition between courses. There was a small but brilliant exhibition on sustainability on when I visited.
This post is part of a paid press trip with Visit Holland and KLM Airlines, in celebration of KLM's 100 year anniversary, but all opinions and recommendations are my own. I flew to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol from London City with KLM, and took a direct train (1hr36, approx €22) to Eindhoven.