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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.