New in the list of districts is the Kanaalzone. For years, the area has been a fixture during Dutch Design Week, but it is proving to be an attractive district all year round.


More and more creatives, innovative eateries, and other must-visits are settling in this emerging factory area consisting of NRE and De Caai. Previously, PHOOD, creative collective NUL ZES, and Onomatopee took the lead. What about the rich history, you ask? This becomes visible through the DAF Museum, the former Campina factories, and the raw, casual atmosphere.

Aquaponic... what?

At De Caai (formerly known as the Campina grounds), you will find Phood Kitchen, the world's first aquaponic farm restaurant. Through aquaponic farming, a circular system that combines hydroponics (growing plants on water) with aquaculture (growing fish), they provide fresh and ecological ingredients for your plate. 

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Kanaalzone fun facts

The Kanaalzone consists of several sites, including the NRE site and De Caai.

NRE has a long history as a former gasworks site and has undergone many transformations since its foundation in 1899.  

The number five in Fifth NRE is a clear reference to the time of municipal utilities on this site. At the time, this building was better known as 'building number 5'.

DAF is still known all over the world, thanks to its history as a proud cargo and former car manufacturer. In 1928 Hub van Doorne started a trailer factory, which later became DAF.

In 1928, Hub van Doorne started a small trailer factory, from which DAF, short for Doorne's trailer factory, later evolved.  

Almost every building in Kanaalzone has a cool story, historically speaking. For example, Koelhuis is located in a former Campina freezer building.