Eindhoven is a young and vibrant city with a lively, modern atmosphere. Expats who work here can enjoy a healthy work-life balance with the city's range of things to see and do appealing to a variety of lifestyles.
With a focus on technology and innovation, many attractions and activities are in some way related to the tech or design sector, with plenty of museums and buildings showcasing the city’s many talents. There are lots of green spaces to relax outdoors, and an abundance of clubs and bars for expats keen for a night out.
Shopping in Eindhoven
From small, exclusive boutiques and eclectic markets to large department stores and modern shopping malls, Eindhoven is a shopper's delight and has something for every taste and budget.
The best shopping can be found in the area surrounding the Markt in the city centre, which is Eindhoven’s main market square. Here pedestrianised streets allow shoppers to wander around at leisure. There is also a regular Saturday market offering all kinds of goodies from flowers to local cheeses and meats, household items and hand-crafted products.
De Bergen is another exciting shopping district with smaller speciality shops, including book shops, galleries and antique and interior design stores. Those looking for something more exclusive can head to Hooghuisstraat, while Boexstraat offers a wide variety of clothing stores.
Eating out in Eindhoven
Thanks to Eindhoven’s multicultural makeup, there’s a wide variety of cuisine available across the city. International fare, from Azerbaijani and Ethiopian to American and Chinese, are also available. However, the weekly markets are the best place to sample typical Dutch street food.
Although eating out in the Netherlands can be expensive, expats will find plenty of tasty budget options in Eindhoven. When it comes to fine dining, expats can take their pick from a selection of Michelin-starred restaurants, while chic bistros and pubs offer more affordable menus.
Nightlife and entertainment in Eindhoven
With a young student population, Eindhoven offers an exciting nightlife with everything from vibrant bars, live music venues and clubs to quaint pubs and trendy cafes. The Markt offers fantastic nightlife, while Stratumseind, the Netherlands’ longest pub street, is arguably the best place to enjoy a night out. For a slightly calmer evening out, De Bergen offers cosy cafes and popular bistros.
Expats looking for a more cultural experience can visit one of Eindhoven’s many theatres and art galleries. Van Abbemuseum is a favourite among visitors who enjoy modern and contemporary art, while the DAF Museum exhibits trucks and vintage automobiles. The St. Catherine's Church is another top attraction in the city with its neo-gothic architecture dating back to the 1860s.
Sports and outdoor activities in Eindhoven
Given that cycling is one of the most popular ways of getting around in Eindhoven, it makes sense that this city also caters to its sporty residents. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the skateparks and bike trails, such as the Hovenring suspended cycle path, as well as climbing walls scattered across the city.
A visit to Eindhoven would not be complete without taking in a game of football (soccer) to see the local team, PSV Eindhoven, compete against many of Europe’s top teams at the Philips Stadium.
Eindhoven is also one of the greenest Dutch cities, and numerous parks are dotted in and around the city. All residents, from dog walkers to families with children enjoy strolling or jogging around the parks, which are beautifully green all year round. Henri Dunant park or the pond and sculpture garden in Stadswandelpark are great spots for a picnic with the whole family, while Philips de Jongh park boasts a pleasant outdoor eatery.