Considering its size Eindhoven has more than its fair share of cultural attractions
including numerous restaurants that easily rival other culinary establishments in bigger cities around the Netherlands. In fact the following list includes two Michelin starred restaurants as well as several other spots that are housed in ridiculously stunning locales.
Avant-Garde van Groeninge
Restaurant, French, European, Northern European, $$$
Philips Stadium | © StadiumDB / WikiCommons
This fine dining restaurant is located inside Eindhoven’s state-of-the-art Philips Stadium which serves as the home grounds for the city’s world renowned football club, PSV Eindhoven. Michelin has awarded Avant-Garde van Groeninge
one star every year since 2004 and the restaurant is renowned for its superb, internationally inspired menu and exceptional service.
Eetkamer de Gaper
Restaurant, European, $$$
This cosy restaurant on Wilhelminaplein adds new dishes to its repertoire every two weeks in order to tailor its menu around fresh, seasonal produce. Aside from delicious temporary dishes, Eetkamer de Gaper
also serves more permanent specialities such as charcoal grilled ribs or pata negra. The restaurant is also renowned for its impressive selection of international beer and wine.
Restaurant, European, $$$
Effenaar is a bulwark of Eindhoven’s music scene and has hosted gigs for over four decades. The building was originally designed to house a linen factory, but has since been converted into a two-stage concert venue. Effenaar also features a popular restaurant that offers patrons the option to choose between two three-course menus that change on a weekly or monthly basis.
Oriëntal Green House
Restaurant, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, $$$
There are three individual restaurants inside this spacious, green building
on Aalsterweg, each of which focus on specific aspects of Asian cuisine, including teppanyaki and Pacific style buffet. All three of these restaurants look amazing and are decorated according to interior design style associated with their given cuisine.
Restaurant, Bar, European, $$$
Lichttoren | © Rosemoon / WikiCommons
As with many other businesses around Eindhoven, Café Restaurant Usine
is housed inside a building that was created by the city’s most successful company, Philips. The building in question, de Lichttoren, was designed according to functionalist principles and resembles a short, heptagonal lighthouse. Aside from having one of the best locations in the city Café Restaurant Usine is renowned for its classic Dutch fare, welcoming ambience and chic interior design.
De Karpendonkse Hoeve
Restaurant, European, none
This fine dining restaurant in Eindhoven’s Karpen district has been awarded one Michelin star every year since 1979 and is one of the longest standing high-end establishments in the Netherlands. De Karpendonkse Hoeve
‘s menu revolves around fresh, local ingredients and includes staples drawn from French, Dutch and Italian cuisine.
Restaurant, Bar, Contemporary, $$$
Gamko koelingen in café de Vooruitgang te Eindhoven / WikiCommons
‘s interior design is certainly among the most adventurous of its kind in the Netherlands. The entire restaurant appears as though its stacked upon a series of industrial metal staircases! This awesome layout matches perfectly with De Vooruitgang’s down-to-earth vibes and hard-hitting menu.
Restaurant, European, Contemporary, $$$
© Suzan Baars - Bright Light Fotografie / Radio Royal
is part of Eindhoven’s innovative Strijp-S quarter which features many creative hubs such MU Artspace
, 040 BMX Park
and Natlab cinema
. Much like many other organisations in the area, Radio Royal is housed within an industrial building that once served as a power station. This spacious locale has been adapted around culinary needs, but still retains a rustic, factory-esque charm and now features a large dining area that is divided by several vertical iron girders.