Canal Zone Walk | A Tip from Rik
From a stroll in the park to the food walks hosted by Stadswandeling040 and Hapjestour: it is no secret that we all have embraced the fine art of strolling. In addition to Strijp-S and the city center, the Canal Zone might just be the perfect location for your next walk. Rik shares all his tips around this up-and-coming area.
Maybe you know the Canal Zone as an industrial area or a popular destination during the annual Dutch Design Week. But you can visit the whole year-round. Start your walk at the DomusDela complex. The complex, including the Augustijnenkerk and the accompanying monastery, has been given a total makeover. They even won the public vote for Best Building of 2020. Nowadays you can go there for good food (Brasserie Rita) and a heavenly overnight stay (Hotel Mariënhage). The hotel lobby alone is worth a visit; here, the lighting design of Studio Drift adorns the ceiling. Also, check the art installation by Maarten Baas in the front called ‘Iets Hoger’.
Did the refurbished church serve you a slice of Heaven? Then it is time for your next stop: the NRE site. In 1899 the very first gasworks in Eindhoven was established here. Decades later, the gas industry made way for local utility companies. Which were responsible for the name of the site: Nutsbedrijven Regio Eindhoven (NRE). And as befits Eindhoven, we transformed the industrial grounds into a trendy breeding ground.
In recent years the site has been transformed into a small-scale, lively, and above all creative urban neighborhood. Both the restaurants and the local designers contribute to that. For example, the Cyklist provides you with red-hot bitterballen, a cold beer, and bike rental. Fifth NRE is your hotspot for bites (to go), sultry Jazz, and coffee from in-house roasters Sprout. Some creative minds in the area include artist, designer, and 2021 design award winner: Bart Hess, Aptum Lighting, and creative collective NUL ZES. Extra tip: at the latter, you can also follow fun workshops (for example, make your own OER service with Lotte de Raadt).
We head back to the canal. Before heading over to the Campina Area, Rik gives a shoutout to the DAF Museum. Walking along the canal, you will find three highlights in a row: design duo Kiki + Joost, hidden gem OKER Vintage, and Bottle Distillery, which is also a liquor store and tasting room.
The chimney, which sticks out behind the old milk factory where Bottle Distillery is located, leads you the way to the next must-visit: PHOOD. In this old boiler room, you'll find this innovative eatery Together with indoor city farm Duurzame Kost that recently moved to the PHOOD Farm they grow most of their ingredients themselves.
When you start heading back take a quick look at the mural ‘De Kadebrug’ by Luuk Bode. The last location on your route is Onomatopee; for presentations and exhibitions on current topics, and the place-to-be for unique books and publications.
Rik studied architecture and is a city guide in Eindhoven. Every month he shares a tip.