24 Hours With Claudia
Claudia van Schilt is completely in love with Eindhoven. So in love that she organizes free walking tours so that others can enjoy the city as much as she does. Her tours start at the Philips Museum and focus on the off the beaten track places in Eindhoven. Claudia is married and has been a proud mom of Lola since February. "In my 24 hours in Eindhoven, I take you to the places I like to visit. I love coffee, vintage shopping, street art and of course children's shops".
9:00 Exploring Woensel-West
Claudia's ideal day starts in the Woensel-West district. This up and coming part of the city can be reached with a short bike ride from the city center or you can take the train to the Strijp-S Station and walk to the Edisonstraat. "I like Jungle Café for breakfast. Everything they serve here is vegan and I love their banana bread and the nice coffee of Bocca. It's also a very nice place for kids."
After breakfast, Claudia likes taking some time to look at the special shops in the street. At Van Alles en Co, you'll find great vintage home deco items as well as coffee and at Hella's Home, you can go wild if you like colorful children's stuff and toys. Claudia also has a great tip for lovers of street art: "Walk down the street between Black & White and Valli's Corner and discover beautiful works by local artist Niels Bakkerus."
Further down Edisonstraat, you will find Yatva, a true vintage Walhalla according to Claudia. "You'll have to take some time here if you like vintage clothes." Owner Yetunde collects everything you could wish for in vintage clothing and accessories.
11:00 Onwards to Strijp-S
From Woensel West, it is a short walk in the direction of Strijp-S, the former Philips factory site. On the ground floor of Het Veem, one of the former factories, you will find Vershal Het Veem. "I like to get fresh tea, herbs, and nuts here. When you step out on the side of Brewery Het Veem and turn right, you'll come across another beautiful work by Niels Bakkerus under the bridge, called Strijps Bultje".
While you're at Strijp-S, stop by Urban Shopper, a collection of surprising shops. "Don't forget to shop your Eindhoven souvenir at Brainstores."
Claudia has a tasty tip from you: "On the ground floor of the Apparatenfabriek, on the same street as Urban Shopper, you will find Tea Stories. If you want to try a really good natural -so no chemical additives- bubble tea, then that's the place to visit. I always go for the Hong Kong tea myself. Very delicious!"
To get to our lunch spot, we have to walk or cycle a bit. Claudia takes us to Fifth on the NRE site. "They have a very nice terrace and the most delicious club sandwich of Eindhoven. Really, you've never eaten anything like it before. If you still have room for something sweet afterward, I can recommend a walk to Pinkie Patisserie. Here you will be served true works of art."
14:30 Shopping on the Nieuwe Emmasingel
"When downtown, I always go to the Nieuwe Emmasingel. I like looking around at Home Stock to see if I can find something nice for our house. I just love home decoration. Bookstore Van Piere is also one of my favorites. Their book and magazine collection is so extensive. By the way, next to the cinema, you'll find a nice mural by Studio Giftig."
15:30 A visit to De Bergen
From the Nieuwe Emmasingel, it is a short walk to the cozy district of De Bergen. Here you will find one of Claudia's favorite coffee shops: Lucifer. "What's funny, is that many visitors from outside the Netherlands think the name has something to do with the devil, but the name is derived from the fact that there used to be a match factory here. Nothing devilish about it. The nice thing about Lucifer is the Brooklyn vibe that hangs there. My favorite drink is a flat white with oat milk." Do you want to enjoy their coffee at home? Then buy Lucifer End Blend.
Around the corner, on the Bergstraat, you'll find two more of Claudia's favorites: Eeden the Label and Mase Concept store. "Eeden the Label offers a mix of their own design and vintage clothing. Mase Conceptstore is the best children's clothing store in town if you ask me".
18:30 Sushi for Dinner
Claudia knows what she wants for dinner: "I'm a real sushi fanatic. There are several great sushi restaurants in Eindhoven, but I prefer Mood Street Food. Aside from the gorgeous interior, their sushi and sashimi are to die for."
For a cozy drink, Claudia chooses Ginscal at Stratumseind. "A nice intimate affair with over 300 different gins on the menu and another 100 kinds of mezcal. Some nights offer live music. By the way, they also have a menu with all kinds of snacks. I've had a lot of lovely evenings here."
22:00 Skybar and a good night's sleep
To end the day, Claudia chooses cocktails at Skybar VANE. Report to the reception of NH Collection Eindhoven Centre and take the elevator to the top floor. "The skybar has a 360-degree view of Eindhoven. Weather permitting, you can enjoy the special cocktails outside on the terrace. If you're staying in Eindhoven, I would recommend the suites in this hotel. Especially if you've always wanted to enjoy your view while taking a bath. Sometimes you just have to threat yourself." Sweet dreams after this perfect day in Eindhoven.