Culture and Life
The city itself
I really enjoyed living Eindhoven as it was very easy to get around, had a good range of shops and places to eat, and it had quite a youthful and interesting urban feel. The City isn’t too large but had a lot going on for its residence of all ages. The Philips Stadium frequently held football matches for the local team PSV (finished top of the league 2016 in NL), and often there would be a music/food or sports festival or event going on in the city centre.
I lived near a renovated area called Strijp-S, where multiple vintage style shops and cafes have be built within an old Philips warehouse – called ‘Urban Shopper’. In this area there is also the ‘Vers hall het veem’ which is a permanent street food market and ‘Area 51’ which is a indoor skate park.
During my time, I also visited The Van Gogh cycle path nearby and the Daf Museum and Philips Museum in Eindhoven. I also cycled to the next town, Best, where there are a few more stores such as Decathlon, a watersports centre ‘Aquabest’, and a famous Statue of Michael Jackson. I also took part in the annual ‘Philips Connect Run’ for employees of Philips at the HTC and the site in Best. The 12.5km route ran along the canal between the two Phillip’s sites was a lovely company event to be a part of. We also received little medals at the end.
Stratumseind, in the city centre, is the longest street of club/bars in the Netherlands and where we went for a night out. There are also several nice breweries (Van Moll, Stadsbrouwerij – on the river) and cocktail bars (e.g. The little one, Lounge 8, De minibar) to look out for for a casual evening drink in the sun. The market square in the city centre also has several restaurants bars.
Some restaurants worth checking out in the centre are Vapiano, De Burger, Bagel and Beans, sopranos (bit more expensive, good for parent visiting) and Happy Italy (huge portions).
Albert Heijn is the main supermarket but look out for Lidl which is cheaper. There is also the ‘Amazing San Lee’ superstore which offers more international food.