Tips by local Joep
Hi, my name is Joep. I am chef and co-owner of the restaurant Ketelhuis at Strijp-S. An urban area that is changing and renewing constantly. With my partners André Amaro and Chris Swart we seek renewal in the Ketelhuis as a permanent process. Not only on the menu but also outdoors. Alongside the self-built flame kitchen, for example, in the summer they install a swimming pool in a sea container.
Angled opposite the Ketelhuis is Area 51 Skatepark, a building that will certainly impress the kids, with its graffiti, the steps leading upstairs and the huge skateboarding hall. They’ll remember their visit 20 years from now! One of the largest indoor skate parks in Europe, the whole structure is made of wood.
Strijp-S recently added a hotel to its list of facilities, the Blue Collar Hotel. With its rough Rock 'n Roll image, the hotel features a huge portrait of Lemmy, the frontman of heavy metal band Motörhead on the right, and on the left a portrait of Beethoven.
Radio Royaal opened at about the same time as we did at Strijp-S. The restaurant is housed in a fantastic historical building, the Machinekamer. They have successfully retained the industrial character of the original building that oozes history as you walk through the door! Nonetheless, the atmosphere is pleasantly quiet, and the menu extensive. All in all, Radio Royaal is the ideal location for a business lunch, or dinner.
The Urban Shopper in the Anton building is a bazar of the kind you could find in Morocco, but selling innovative concepts, eco design, vintage, furnishings, urban art and fashion, and even featuring a florist and hairdressing salon.
In the former Philips ceramics factory, a little bit further down the road, is Piet Hein Eek, once again in a fabulous location. What he produces are not just items but also ideas; the true mark of a craftsman. As well as a workshop and restaurant, they have their own store with small decorative items and large pieces of furniture.