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13 Oct 2016

Eindhoven: Industrial City Turned Creative Hub

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands

Eindhoven. A city with industrial beginnings best known for being the birthplace of Phillips, the architecture is functional, no-nonsense and at times even a little brutalist. Now steadily gaining a reputation for being a creative, technology & design focused city, when Eindhoven365 invited a bunch of us down to spend a day exploring Eindhoven (on bikes, no less!)  and visiting some of their fashion & design neighbourhoods, I jumped at the opportunity. You know me, I love to explore new places. 

I arrived late the evening before, so headed straight to my room, ordered room service & promptly fell asleep.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands

The next morning, bright & early, I awoke to my wake up call and sleepily dragged myself downstairs to have breakfast & meet the others. After brief introductions, our day in the city began.


Designer of all things colourful & patterned (mostly made using eco-friendly, biodegradable materials), the lovely Emily Hermans talked us through her creative process and had us regressing back to kindergarten children again with her design-your-own-shirt-pattern workshop, where we bonded over how bad we all were at being creative (and we call ourselves bloggers...pah). 

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands

Carl and Andrea try to figure out how best to display our divine pieces of art...

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands


An indoor marketplace located inside a former Phillips factory, it's the ultimate destination for all things urban chic, from vintage denim jackets to industrial furniture to design-your-own Converse to everything bicycle. There's even a barbershop inside.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands

Fun fact: that tiny blue house on wheels is actually a hotel room you can stay in!

This place is divine. A small but delicious selection of ice cream flavours but the real hero is the chocolates - shaped like little spaceship discs, each one holds a fascinating surprise of flavours in the middle. From lemon and basil (I could taste both so intensely!) to strawberry and champagne to the bewildering soy sauce, sesame and red pepper; it's been a while since I enjoyed trying a new chocolate brand so much and they really had me wishing there was a store in London.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands

After lunch, we headed into town. The city center is very walkable - you'll find myriad cafes, boutiques, restaurants and the like. Some places worth checking out:

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands


Good coffee, cosy atmosphere, love the name. Look no further for a decent flat white that isn't just coffee flavoured milk. A genuine worry of mine when I visit any small town.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands


"Raw, authentic, care for the world." Their slogan says it all - the brands they stock use many raw materials and most are sustainable. This Samsoe & Samsoe green coat felt like a warm hug from a fluffy cloud. 

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands

If you're staying the night, I would happily recommend the Inntel Art Hotel. Located in the center of the city, it's a modern, boutique hotel with dark, atmospheric rooms, friendly staff and quirky design.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands

Food & drinks: We had fresh, no sugar added smoothies at Onder de Leidingstraat, a mini organic supermarket-cum-cafe; a light & healthy lunch at the uber cool Ketelhuis; and a delicious Spanish-style tapas dinner at Valenzia. I also had drinks later that night with an old friend at Berlin Bar 5611 - if you're a G&T lover like me, you'll enjoy their endless menu of gins on offer.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Eindhoven365 bloggers trip in the Netherlands

From left to right: moi, Beth, Andrea, Diana, Andy, Carl. Missing from this photo: Nathalie. Such an awesome group (especially enjoyed our precarious bike rides through the city). Thanks to Andy for sending this photo over!

A big thank you to Eindhoven365 for inviting me and taking me around the city. All words & opinions are my own.

12 comments :

  1. I lived in Vokel for 4 years and we use to go to Eindhoven to hit the movies, shop and hit the restaurants. Sure it has changed over the years. Would love to visit once again.

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    1. Such a small world. I'm sure you'd find it's changed a bit since you used to visit - maybe a nostalgic return is on the cards for you!

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  2. I love Eindhoven! Looks like you had a great time :)
    xx nicole
    www.nicoleparise.com

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  3. This looks like such an amazing place, thanks for sharing these great pictures! I felt like I was there with you :)

    XO
    Lee Anne
    www.lifebylee.com

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    1. Thanks Lee Anne, glad you enjoyed!

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  4. Beautiful places and great shots too!

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  5. Gorgeous images, looks like a great place to explore x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! It was a fun weekend.

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  6. This city looks pretty! Hope you had a great time!

    http://violettedaily.com

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