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April 2015 - March 2016

Vincents Tekenlokaal
See where Vincent van
Gogh learned his craft

Tilburg’s Fair

The biggest fun fair in
the Benelux Region

History and the newest technology merge together in Vincent’s Art
Room! The young Van Gogh attended school in this former palace of
King Willliam II.
Witness how he received his first serious drawing lessons in a
reconstruction of this classroom and get to work at once in the digital



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Opening hours:
Tuesdays - Sundays 13.00 - 16.00 hrs




Leisure & Lifestyle
Spas, doctors, laundries and other useful information

A few words from the editor

Arrival & Getting Around


Tilburg’s past on two pages

Culture & Events 12
Concerts, festivals and events



The Dutch have much more than cheese to offer



Classic cafés and high tea



Bars, pubs and clubs

Museums, churches and other sights


Loon op Zand & Kaatsheuvel


Discover natural beauty and three historic towns

Getting to grips with Tilburg


Beds for backpackers, familes and business execs

How to get to your hotel

Tilburg Basics


Boutiques, souvenir shops and shopping centres



List of small features
Mayor’s message
The Spoorzone
Festival Mundial
Tilburg Fair
Best local beers
Monumental streets
King William II
Tilburg for kids
Following Van Gogh

Maps & Index
Old town street register
Venue index
Old town map
Tilburg map
Greater Tilburg map
Netherlands map


The Tilburg Fair


April 2015 - March 2016


Ever since we published our very first publication in 2011
we realised how incredibly lucky we are to work in the vibrant city of Tilburg. Thousands of local and international
students ensure an exciting atmosphere full of hope and
promise and these creative youngsters also guarantee that
the city is never short on nightlife or interesting festivals. If
you need convincing just take a look at our Culture & Events
or Nightlife chapters. For those of you who aren’t particularly keen on crowded events, this guide offers plenty of other
unknown treasures to discover. For starters, the green parks
in and around Tilburg are perfect locations for an unhurried picnic or a lazy stroll. Whatever you decide, we’re 100%
convinced that Tilburg In Your Pocket, which contains the
latest and most accurate information, will be the perfect
companion to one of Holland’s most intriguing cities. And
– as always – we welcome any suggestions, rants, remarks
or complaints at [email protected]. Enjoy Tilburg
with this essential city guide in your pocket.

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Editorial team Theo Leerintveld & Martins Zaprauskis
Contributors Frank van Bergen & Dirk van den Assem
Research Theo Leerintveld, Bob Oostelbos & Frank van Bergen
Layout & Design Martins Zaprauskis
Photography Theo Leerintveld, Jeroen Vos, Gemeente Tilburg,
various concert organisers
Cover Jeroen Vos


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Visit the place where the 19thcentury Dutch master received
lessons when he was only 13
years old and follow in his illustrious footsteps. Get to know
Van Gogh in the former palace
of King William II of the Netherlands as seen on this issue’s
cover. Children can learn to
draw on a computer or, like the
painters of yesteryear, on paper. Will you become the
next Vincent van Gogh?

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Arriving & Getting Around
These days it’s easy to reach Tilburg. The central station
borders the city centre, while the smaller train stations give
access to the suburbs. On the motorways ‘Tilburg’ is also
regularly indicated on road signs. From the two airports
(Schiphol and Eindhoven) it takes an hour and a half or
an hour respectively to reach Tilburg by train. The public
transport system is fairly clear and well organised, however,
many people prefer to walk to the city centre.

Tilburg can be easily reached via motorway A58 or other
provincial roads. In and around the city centre there are
seven indoor car parks; along the roads into the centre
electronic signs will show you the right direction and free
spaces available. You pay when you exit the car park again.
For drivers with physical limitations there are disabled parking spaces available at the indoor car parks at Koningsplein,
Tivoli and Pieter Vreedeplein. On many streets in the city
centre, and at the outdoor car parks, you’ll find ticket machines. Pay in advance and place the ticket on the dashboard in a visible place. The indoor parking options are

If you arrive at either Schiphol or Eindhoven airport Tilburg
is only an hour away by public transport. A single trip from
Schiphol by train costs about €15, and from Eindhoven Airport the bus followed by the train will cost you about €10.
Both routes will take just over an hour of travelling and you’ll
arrive at the Tilburg Central Station. Check www.9292ov.nl
for more information on schedules and prices. The bus and
train journey from Eindhoven Airport to Tilburg costs about
€9. A single train ticket from Schiphol costs €17 and the
journey takes about an hour and a half. Be aware that when
you travel from Schiphol to Tilburg, you will have to change
onto the train to Venlo in Rotterdam, within 10 minutes of
your arrival. From the central station in Eindhoven you take
the train that is headed for Den Haag (The Hague). Find
more information at journeyplanner.9292.nl.

Right next door from the ‘Natuurmuseum Brabant’ is
the VVV-office of Tilburg. You can buy typical Tilburg
souvenirs here such as the leesplengske (horn book),
real Kruikenstad items and Willem II products. Everything you’ll need to know about the city is also available here and the friendly staff will do everything they
can to inform you about what to see and do in Tilburg.
In the back of the room you can even email your own
picture in a postcard of Tilburg to your friends and
loved ones.QB-2, Spoorlaan 434a, tel. (+31) 135 32
37 20, www.vvvtilburg.nl. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Mon
13:00 - 17:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

Tilburg is vibrant, enterprising,
full of initiatives. Pleasant to reside and live in. Rural and worldly
at the same time, a place where
small villages have strung together into a green city. A city
that is more than worth visiting.
In this Tilburg In Your Pocket
guide you will find the most important places and attractions
of Tilburg. When you browse through this guide, you
will discover that the atmosphere of Tilburg is young,
quirky, and slightly diverse, because we are a real student city, with Tilburg University and six art schools
right in the centre of the city. Students are trained there
as dancers, rock musicians, even as musical stars. The
various theatres and venues like 013 offer them the opportunity to showcase their talents to a large audience.
So if you are looking for a cultural night out, Tilburg is
the place to be.
The city of course has much more to offer. An extensive range of shops, with surprising shops in the
Wander Area. Internationally renowned museums,
such as De Pont museum of contemporary art. Also
wander around the Railway Zone, the old train station area full of industrial buildings where trains were
once serviced. These buildings now act as a skate park
or events hall for example. And, of course, Tilburg has,
like any other large city, numerous terraces, restaurants,
and nightlife venues.
Tilburg is also distinguished by a packed events
calendar. During the event season the centre of Tilburg
is everybody’s living room. You encounter each other
at the Gypsy Festival, Tilburg Ten Miles, Incubate, or
Roadburn. And of course in the summer also at Festival
Mundial or at the Tilburg Fair.
So in short, with the Tilburg In Your Pocket guide in
hand, you have made the first step towards an unforgettable time in Tilburg.
Peter Noordanus
Mayor of Tilburg

Enter Tilburg by boat and experience its lively harbour

April 2015 - March 2016


Arriving & Getting Around


The city has a substantial network of cycle paths, known as
the star net-route or the ‘red cycle paths’, which criss-cross
their way through the city. The network enables students
(and their professors!) to cycle to the university quickly and
safely. You can rent a bicycle at the central station at Fietspoint Derks for €7.50/day. The bicycles have handbrakes
and gears which allows you to decide how hard you want
to pedal. Taking a bike on the train cost you for the whole
day €6. In Tilburg you can reach almost anywhere by bicycle. This is why the local town council has built many large
bicycle parks where you can park your bike safely. The city
has five free guarded indoor bicycle ‘parks’: Heuvel, Concertzaal, Katterug, Pieter Vreedeplein and Stappegoor.

Ordering a taxi by phone will get you better service and
lower rates for longer distances. The following companies
are among the most reliable of the bunch.



The old town is so small, that you can easily get everywhere
you need to go on foot. Travelling to farther destinations by
bus or train requires an OV-chipkaart.
An OV-chipkaart is required to use the entire public transport system in The Netherlands. The smart card
is the size of a bank card and contains an invisible chip.
The OV-chipkaart can be loaded with credit in euros with
which you can travel anywhere within the country, or with
another travel product such as a single or season ticket.
You can also choose a personal, anonymous or disposable
card. The personal OV-chipkaart can be purchased online
or from the city public transport company. The anonymous
OV-chipkaart can be bought at the ticket office and vending machines at the station. The disposable card can be
purchased at the station vending machine. This card allows
the holder to travel immediately, but it can’t be re-charged
with another than the original travel product. You have to
load travel credits onto the OV-chipkaart or it won’t be valid
for travel. You can add travel products to your card at the
station vending machine or at your public transport company’s ticket office. You can load travel credit onto your card
using your bank card and PIN code at a vending machine
or at a ticket office. If you have a personal OV-chipkaart,
you can also select the auto-reload option, to ensure you
always have enough OV-chipkaart credit with which to
travel. Orders from the webshop have to be loaded on the
OV-chipkaart at a pick-up device.
You have to check in at the gate of the tram or bus by
holding your OV-chipkaart up to the screen. The sound and
light signal indicates your card has been read. If you do not
have a specific product on your card and, therefore, pay for
your journey using the OV-chipkaart e-purse, a boarding
rate will be deducted when you check in. The credit on
your OV-chipkaart should be enough to cover the boarding rate or you won’t be allowed to go through the gate.
The boarding rate is €4. At that end of your journey, you
check out by holding your card up to the gate screen. The
sound and light signal once again indicate that your card
has been read. Checking in and out is required when you
transfer from any one form of transport to another, except
when you transfer from one train to another.

Tilburg has three train stations: Central station, Tilburg Universiteit, and Tilburg Reeshof. The central station, with its
three tracks, is a dwarf compared to the train stations in
Utrecht, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Amsterdam. The front of the
train station faces right onto the city centre, and to get to
where you want to be, all you need to do is cross the street
and turn left or walk straight on.
For waiting travellers there are two kiosks, a shop with coffee and cakes, a bookshop and a Sushi restaurant within the
station. Outside you will also find a kebab place and a tiny
supermarket. You can purchase train tickets at the service
desk in the hall or at one of the ticket dispensers. Do note
that the ticket dispensers do not always accept foreigner
bank cards, so make sure you have plenty of coins with you
to operate them. Close to the entrance you can change foreigner currencies into Euros and vice versa.Tilburg Universiteit and Tilburg Reeshof can only be reached by ‘stoptrein’
(a train which stops at all small stations). Tilburg Universiteit
is a small way station with three tracks and is located close
to Tilburg University. Which also explains the presence of
large groups of young people with a thirst for knowledge.
Tilburg Reeshof has two tracks and connects to the most
westerly part of Tilburg, the new estate called Reeshof.

6 Tilburg In Your Pocket

Qtel. (+31) 135 42 08 00.
Qtel. (+31) 640 19 83 59, www.fietstaxitilburg.nl.
Qtel. (+31) 135 32 18 38, www.taxibaron.nl.
Qtel. (+31) 138 50 11 11, www.taxireeshof.nl.

There’s lots to discover in Tilburg, so take your time


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Avans has been one of the top three universities of applied sciences in the
Netherlands with sites in Breda, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Tilburg. We set the bar
high. Also for ourselves.
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Tilburg Basics
Read on and find out why the Dutch allow people to smoke
joints, but not to operate a bicycle while intoxicated. Plenty
of other funny facts about the Netherlands are available

‘Tilburg has many cafés and restaurants so you’re never far
from a glass of wine or a pint of beer. Heineken, Grolsch
and the Belgian Jupiler are the three most popular beers on
offer at most places in the inner city. Other tasty brews include Brand, Bavaria, Hertog Jan and Amstel. Beer is served
everywhere, but you must be able to prove that you’re at
least 16 years old (to drink beer or wine) or 18 for spirits. If
you look too young you’ll be carded, so always bring identification. This holds true for supermarkets and off-licences,

Being one of the smaller countries in the world and as flat
as a pancake, makes this country attractive for cyclists.
Add to that an unbelievable amount of criss-crossed cycle
paths, and you know why the Dutch love cycling so much.
Although cycling in the bigger cities can be - thanks to lots
of traffic- equal to a premature death certificate, we recommend that you cycle as much as possible. Yes, even in the
rain. It seems like all foreigners stop simultaneously when
there is only a few drops falling from the sky. So, if you’re up
before happy hour and feel like doing something healthy
for your body for a change, rent a bike and discover Tilburg.

It comes as no surprise that in many places in the Netherlands you’re allowed to buy and smoke marijuana and other soft drugs. And you may have also heard that dealing or
possessing hard drugs is forbidden. You can be arrested for
it and punishments are no laughing matter. Soft drugs are
sold exclusively at so-called coffeeshops so don’t buy them
on the streets. These products are often uninspected and
may be adulterated with unknown rubbish. Again, dealing
is forbidden. Stay wise and limit yourself to the coffeeshops
and get high responsibly.

Tilburg has a striking modern train station

8 Tilburg In Your Pocket

Dutch is an Indo-European Germanic language that is
mostly spoken in the Netherlands, Flanders and Suriname
(South America). It is closely connected to the Low German
dialects which by now have largely been flooded by official
German. These dialects managed to keep a number of proto-Germanic characteristics, and for this reason, Dutch as a
language is a living fossil. It represents a group of important
dialects that were spoken by the founders of the Frankish
Empire and the Saxons. The latter group were the founders
of the English language as it is spoken today, hence AngloSaxons. Afrikaans, as it is spoken in South Africa, is descended from the 17th-century version of modern Dutch. To the
dismay of language purists, many English words have been
integrated into Dutch. Moreover, many youth are responsible for a shift in the language. This is not something recent:
in the first half of the 19th century, students already started
thinking up their own words, which became widely used.
Most Dutch have a more than fairly healthy command of
the English language. Many will also be adept at other European languages with German being the most commonly
spoken. Mastering the Dutch language can be a terrifying
ordeal, but learning a few key phrases will make things
easier and may even win you friends and admirers.

From 28 March to 31 October, the Netherlands is in the
Central European Summer Time Zone, or GMT+2. The rest
of the year the clock ticks according to the Central European Time Zone, or GMT+1.

On public holidays shops and museums often close
earlier and some stay closed the whole day. Schools,
city councils, post offices and banks are closed and
some shops and restaurants may also take the day off.
January 1
April 3, 2015
April 5, 2015
April 6, 2015
April 27, 2015
May 1

May 4

May 5
May 10
May 14
May 24 - 25
June 21
June 27
September 15
December 5
December 25 - 26
December 31

New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag)
Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag)
Easter Sunday (Pasen)

Easter Monday (Pasen)
King’s Day (Koningsdag)
Labour Day (Dag van de Arbeid)
Remembrance of the Dead
(Nationale Herdenking)
Liberation Day (Dag van de Vrijheid)
Mother’s Day (Moederdag)
Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag)
Whitsun (Pinksteren)
Father’s Day (Vaderdag)
Veterans’ Day (Veteranendag)
Budget Day (Prinsjesdag)
St. Nicolas (Sinterklaas)
Christmas (Kerstmis)
New Year’s Eve (Oudejaarsdag)

Tilburg Basics
Since 2002, a large part of the European Union has adopted
the euro as its local currency and the Netherlands is no exception. One euro contains 100 eurocents. There are coins
of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 eurocents, and also of 1 and 2 euro.
Banknotes are available with the following values: 5, 10, 20,
50, 100, 200, and 500. Although a collection of €200 and
€500 bills in your wallet might make you feel like Bill Gates
or some Russian tycoon bear in mind that they’re almost
never accepted in shops or restaurants.

The Dutch postal system works more or less infallibly. Letters and parcels are sent without ado across the whole
world. At post offices and post agencies (store-in-store, for
example at supermarkets) you can buy stamps and drop
off parcels. In the old days any Dutch street would be incomplete without the orange or red TNT post-boxes, but
nowadays you have to look for one. You can drop off your
postcards in the slit labelled overige postcodes (other postcodes). Posting a letter or a postcard within the Netherlands
will cost you €0.50, within Europe €0.85 and for the rest of
the world you pay €0.95. For parcel shipping prices and the
most up-to-date postage rates check www.tntpost.nl.

Despite the excellent state of Dutch roads traffic quite frequently jams at a large number of bottlenecks. The majority
of Dutch drivers never break the speed limit, and considering the severity of traffic fines, this seems wise enough.
Driving through a red light? This will cost you €160. Driving
too fast within city limits? Be prepared to pay €180! And as
soon as you exceed the maximum speed by 50km/h you’ll
lose your driving licence and be fined. Just a few rules:
within city limits you must drive 50km/h, outside city limits
80 and on motorways 100 or 120 (check the road signs!).
In the Netherlands you must drive on the right side of the
road, and you are not allowed to cycle on motorways!

The Spoorzone (Railway Zone) is an ever-developing
area next to Tilburg’s railway lines, which measures a
whopping 75 hectares spread out over 3km. It’s located between the East and West Ring Roads and can
be easily spotted by some local landmarks, namely
the residential Westpoint tower and the Interpolis
For Tilburg this is a great opportunity to improve
its city centre and to increase the city’s economic significance by creating a hub for knowledge and innovation with a combination of educational institutes,
entrepreneurs and private citizens. The area includes
space for living, working and going out. In the heart
of the Spoorzone you’ll also find the old NS (Dutch
Railways) Workroom, where generations of Tilburgers
used to maintain locomotives and trains. Events, entrepreneurial spirit and innovation are given space to
flourish amidst all this industrial heritage and modern
architecture. And this isn’t just a plan on some drawing board, it’s already happening!
Entertaining activities, including art exhibitions,
parties and concerts, are organised on a regular basis
in the historic and magnificent Koepelhal. Another
highlight of the renewed Spoorzone is the Hall of
Fame. This space was established by young Tilburgers
in order to bring together the town’s youth subcultures, so they might inspire one another. It moved to
its current location in the Spoorzone a few years ago
and includes a spectacular skate park called Ladybird as well as rehearsal rooms and a stage. Needless
to say, the Hall of Fame is a valuable addition to the
The brand new area has also attracted bigger
events. After 25 years at Leypark, Festival Mundial moved to the Spoorzone in 2013. This means Mundial is
once again an intimate and accessible festival full of
promising talent from all over the world. In short, this
vibrant, contemporary area is definitely worth a visit!
For more information visit www.spoorzone013.nl

Since the introduction of a ban on smoking in public places
on 1 July 2008, smoking has become a lot less common in
Holland. Today you can have a wild night out and come
home without your hair and your clothes reeking of cigarette smoke. Smokers now have to banish themselves to
the many smokers’ rooms throughout the country and
thanks to unclear rules you may suddenly find yourself in a
pub where there are people smoking. This is usually in pubs
with just a single staff member: the boss. Or you may find
yourself in a pub that flouts the ban on smoking. This will
not have any consequences for you: if you light a cigarette
in a pub and the manager tolerates this, then the manager
will receive a fine upon inspection. Next to cigarette smoke,
the Netherlands is of course also known for its wafts of marijuana. For more information see ‘Drugs’.

April 2015 - March 2016


Tilburg’s long history stretches back to the 8th century.

On May 21, 709 priest Vigilius in ‘Tilliburgis’ makes a certificate on which the nobleman Aengilbertus donates
a farm to the Utrecht bishop Willibrord. Tilliburgis is
probably the name for a number of settlements.

1232 - FIRST
Duke Henry I of Brabant grants patronage rights of the Church of (West) Tilburg at the Abbey of Tongerlo. When
the first church was built in Tilburg is
unclear, but it was located on the site of the present
Heikese Church.

Knight Paul of Haestrecht, High Sheriff of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, is willing to provide Joanna, Duchess of Brabant,
a loan. She names the villages of Tilburg, Drunen and
Goirle as collateral and Paul Haestrecht becomes Lord
of Tilburg.

1453 - A PRIVATE
Philip the Good of Burgundy and the
Duke of Brabant grants Paul Haestrecht
the power to annually appoint the
seven town aldermen and to regulate
the law in its villages of Tilburg and Goirle.

Tilburg is comprised of a number of villages including
Goirle, Heike, Hill, Hasselt and Heikant where many
sheep are kept on the vast moors surrounding the villages. The large amount of wool that they supply is ideal
for the development of the textile industry in Tilburg
and many residents find work as shearers, spinners or
weavers. Tilburg evolves into the most important textile
centre in the Netherlands over the coming centuries.
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The first written mention
of a fair held in Tilburg
in August as part of a
custody account. In 1575
King Philip II grants Tilburg permission to hold
three annual fairs. The fair
in Tilburg now attracts over 1 million visitors each year.

1746 - PAINTER
The son of the late Mayor of Tilburg trains as a painter
under Guillaume-Jacques Herreyns in Antwerp. In 1769
he moves to Paris where he becomes famous as a painter
of flowers.

By royal decree, on April 18, 1809, King Louis Napoleon
grants Tilburg its city rights. According to an earlier
census Tilburg has just 9,465 inhabitants.

Peter Donders is born on October 27 in Tilburg. Peerke,
as he is called by Tilburgers, studies to become a priest
before leaving for Suriname in 1842. There he becomes
a priest of a leper colony. After his death in 1887 several
miraculous cures were ascribed to him and his birthplace turns into a pilgrimage site. In 2009 the Peerke
Donders Pavilion, Museum of Charity, opened in Tilburg.

Pieter van Dooren installs
the first Verviers steam
engine in his wool mill
that was founded in 1825.
Fearing the loss of their
jobs, Tilburg textile workers protest.

King William II comes to power on October 7. This
Orange family member prefers living in Tilburg because, as he said, ‘Here I breathe fully’. In 1847 he orders the construction of a palace that will serve as his
retreat. King William II died in Tilburg on March 17, 1849.

From the mid-19th century many shooting associations and skittle clubs are founded. In the 20th century
cycling and football become prominent sports. After
the war football (titles for Willem II in 1916, 1952 and
1955) and later ice hockey become popular. The Tilburg Ten Miles which began in 1988 has grown each
year and is now a major international event.

At the age of 13 Vincent van Gogh is sent to Tilburg to
attend the state higher secondary school, in the former
palace of King William II. He receives his first drawing
lessons from September 1866 to March 1868.

The Roman Catholic Trade High School, as it was known
then, is founded and run by 28 economists. Since 1963 a
number of new faculties are added including the faculties of Law, Theology and Language.

Tilburg was traditionally a wool town where small weavers evolved into dozens of textile mills, of which Aabe
was perhaps the best known. The Railway workshops
and the Volt (1909) are also large employers in the city.
The traditional wool industry was abandoned in the
1960s and 1970s. In the 20th century Tilburg experiences a major rise in population growing from 40,000
to 140,000 residents in only half a century. Substantial
expansion of the city in the west and north and urban
expansion in the ‘old’ city created extra living and working places in the 1950s. In 1967, the population peaked
at 150,000 inhabitants and then began to stagnate. Tilburg eventually grew to 200,000 people by 2006.

1940 - 1945 - WORLD WAR II
The German occupation begins on May 12, 1940. Life is
initially ‘normal’ until a number of incidents and atrocities are committed. The city suffered the most in 1944.
On October 27 (the birthday of city saint Peerke Donders) Tilburg was liberated by the Scots.

Coba Pulskens harbours five Allied pilots. The Germans discover the two of the pilots when
their car is stopped by soldiers
and the other three (Canadian,
British and Australian pilots) are
killed. Coba is arrested and dies
in the Ravensbrück concentration camp in February 1945.

The museum of National
and International Art
opens in 1992 in a former wool mill. It’s named
after the lawyer and
businessman JH De Pont
(1915 - 1987) whose will
stipulates the creation of
a foundation to stimulate
contemporary art. De Pont is one of the most visited
art museums in South Holland.

In the 21st century the areas on the edge of city centre are booming. The Railway Zone, the former railway
workshops north of the new station, is redeveloped
and revitalised. The neglected Piushaven (1923) is also
successfully restored. Apartments, recreation facilities
and small-scale workshops become common here.

April 2015 - March 2016


Culture & Events
When the Dutch think of Tilburg and events, the annual
Tilburgse Kermis (Fair) immediately comes to mind and as
far as culture is concerned the city has a lot to offer. A great
theatre and one of the Netherlands’ better concert halls
are both available in Tilburg. Any true music fan would be
happy to pay a visit to 013, which has gained worldwide
recognition as the venue for the Roadburn Festival. Check
venue websites for more musicals, theatre and concerts.
Tilburg’s various art academies and associations are also
a major driving force behind the cultural life of the city.
And its actually the only city in the Netherlands that has
six vocational art academies. This diversity produces a wide
variety or performances, concerts and events.

After a long rebuilding this theatre looks better than ever. In
a beautiful building in the middle of the city you can enjoy
movie gems from all over the world. Thanks to the extensive
renovations, the theatre now offers a ristobar. It’s a gorgeous
building where old and new design complete each other in a
beautiful way. Enjoy a snack, a drink and quality cinema.QC-2,
Willem II Straat 29, tel. (+31) 859 02 29 76, www.cinecitta.
nl. Open 13:00 - 22:00, Sun 10:30 - 22:00. JG
This massive Belgian cinema offers 12 screening rooms
and a wide variety of popular current films including some
in 3D. Tickets are also a euro cheaper here than at places
in the city.QI-6, Olympiaplein 2, tel. (+31) 135 81 28 20,
www.euroscoop.nl. Open 14:00 - 24:30. TG
This cinema boasts seven theatres with a total of 1400
seats. Although virtually every type of film is shown here,
it’s a cinema that seems to attract mainly younger people,
a fact that’s also reflected in the selection of films. The
big theatres are equipped with excellent sound systems
and digital projectors and some movies are also shown in
IMAX and 3D.QC-2, Pieter Vreedeplein 174, tel. (+31) 900
14 58, www.pathe.nl. Open 13:00 - 24:00. PJUG

013 013
City Centre
CZ Concertzaal
De Pont
HP Heuvelplein
Interpolis Tuin
LP Leypark
Natuurmuseum Brabant
De NWE Vorst
PA Paradox
PP Piusplein
Schouwburg (Theaters Tilburg)
SZ Spoorzone
Audax Textiel Museum

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Hardstyle. Go hard or go
home! B2S presents 'Remember'! Tatanka, D-Block
& S-te-fan and many more.
Prices from €20
Soul. Bo Saris is a former
'Idol' star who turned into
a soul legend
Dance. Student Sounds
managed to get a very
special headliner: Ummet
Ozcan! €9
Jazz. The last concert
evening from this VJAZZ
season. Time to enjoy
some live jazz and video
art! €15
Metal. Wait, we can't hear
you! Neurotic Deathfest is
the biggest extreme metal
festival in Europe









Jazz. Tineke Postma and
her saxophone are the
best of the best in the
world of jazz. €10
Country. 'Blauwgras' trans20:30 lates bluegrass hits into
catchy Dutch songs
Folk. Andy Irvine is a famous singer and bouzouki
player from the even
more famous Irish folk
bands Planxty and Patrick
Street. €8




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Hartslagcafé' with
Maarten van Rossem.
Europe will come alive this




Kamelot, with their only
show in The Netherlands.
Symphonic metal concert.
Dutch folk music. De Dijk
and their charismatic
lead singer Huub van der
Lubbe. €26.50





Destine. Dutch pop / punk
band from Tilburg! €12.95
Caro Emerald from
Amsterdam. Check her out
before she truly breaks
out. €32.50



From Cypress Hill and Robbie Williams to Editors and
Moby, the biggest names in pop and alternative music have all played at 013, which is named after the
area code of Tilburg. This famous music club draws
crowds from all over the Netherlands.QD-2, Veemarktstraat 44, tel. (+31) 134 60 95 00, www.013.
nl. Open 07:30 - 02:30, Thu, Fri, Sat 07:30 - 04:30.
Tilburg has a long tradition of Jazz music, but even though
several of its pioneers were born here, these days it’s
still a genre which is only regularly heard at a place like
Paradox. Established long ago by Tilburg Jazz musicians
as a place where all artists could play, it still serves that
function today. In other words, the perfect venue for
jazz.QC-2, Telegraafstraat 62, www.paradoxtilburg.nl.

De Pont combines the history of Tilburg with contemporary art. It offers both temporary and permanent exhibitions.QI-5, Tjeuke Timmermansstraat 4, tel. (+31) 135
43 83 00, www.depont.nl. Open 11:00 - 17:00. Closed
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Tilburg offers the greatest fair in the Benelux Region. Photo courtesy
of PVEnews

Date Time Event
Classical. Philharmonic of
20:30 the South. Harmony on
Copper. Prices from €17.75
Classical. Fine Arts Quartet
20:00 & Cristina Ortiz. Music
from the ´Souvenir´ series
Classical. Dutch Trumpet
Ensemble ´De Hemel´
24 20:30
with Bart Moeyaert. Prices
from €22
Classical. Kings concert:
27 20:00 music from the 'Souvenir'



Classical. Philharmonic of
20:30 the South. Flirting with
Opera. Opera South
20:15 performs Rossini's La Cenerentola. Prices from €21
Classical. Euregio Orches14:30 tra performs Mahler's II.
Prices from €17.50





Culture & Events
The magnificent building of the Brabant Museum of Nature is home to thousands of beautiful stuffed animals,
fossils, plants and insects. In addition, the museum has
permanent and temporary exhibitions and a very creative way marketing them.QB-2, Spoorlaan 434, tel.
(+31) 135 35 39 35, www.natuurmuseumbrabant.nl.
Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon.
The Textile Museum offers insight into the rich textile history of Tilburg. It is housed in a 19th century building and
the collection is divided into 4 sections: textile science, design, industrial culture and arts.QI-5, Goirkestraat 96, tel.
(+31) 135 36 74 75, www.textielmuseum.nl. Open 10:00
- 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00.

This gallery represents several national and international
artists and its exhibits change nearly every month.QB3, Nieuwlandstraat 31, tel. (+31) 135 43 49 46, www.
luycksgallery.com. Open 12:30 - 17:30. Closed Mon, Tue,
Sun. Wordt ook geopend op afspraak.

In 2011 this place was named one of the best pubs in the
Netherlands. The stage at the back is frequently occupied
by live bands and you might just stumble upon a fairly
famous group, even on a weekday.QD-3, Piusplein 8,
tel. (+31) 135 81 02 90, www.cafebolle.nl. Open 10:00
- 04:00, Mon, Tue, Wed 10:00 - 02:00, Sun 11:00 - 02:00.
(€9 - 14). TJEGBKX
After a thorough renovation in 1998, the former monastery chapel of the Cenakel has become a popular venue for
concerts and exhibitions.QJ-6, Cenakel 1, tel. (+31) 135
81 13 67, www.cenakel.nl.

Date Time Event
Concert. BLØF, 'in het mid1
20:15 den van alles'. €28 at www. SB
Comedy. Huub Stapel:
MV2. Prices from €19.50
Comedy. 'De Troupe van
20:15 Joep'. Farmer Wants a BetSB
ter Wife. Prices from €15
Musical. 'Heerlijkheid
20:15 duurt het langst'. Tickets
from €25
Dance. 'DansBrabant'.
18 19:00 Studio trade by Aisling
Cabaret. Marc Marie
18 20:15 Huijbrechts performs
'Florissant'. €27
Tilburg Smiles. Open mic
30 20:30
comedy night



Dance. Introdance, MODERNlive from €14
Cabaret. Jandino Asporaat
performs 'Hoe Dan Ook'. €19
Classical. Grigory Sokolov
on the piano. Music from
the ´Souvenir´ series.
Tickets from €35
Theatre. Tilburg Tigers,
Welcome To The Jungle








Concert: Nick and Simon
20:15 with their show 'Herinneringen!'
Musical. Ellen ten Damme,
20:15 ´Thuis bij Ellen´. Tickets
from €16.50
Comedy and music:
´Vanavond komt Visscher
20:30 zingen´ with the famous
comedian Bert Visscher
and his orchestra
Tilburg Fashion. Straight
20:15 from De Rooi Pannen,
Fontys and ROC Tilburg





The Dutch love their beer. Taste some at the annual Beer Festival


April 2015 - March 2016


Culture & Events
Date Event
So you love hardrock? Let us
introduce you to the Roadburn
9 - 12 Festival. Line-up: Brimstone, Focus
and Junius. More info at www.




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Fancy a little party? 'Kindergarten'
is thé electronic festival you need
to be, especially if you love good
dance- en housemusic.
Beautiful people, nice atmosphere
and good musicians is what you'll
find at the International Gypsy
Festival at the Interpolistuin. Open
Fri 17:00 - 01:00, Sat, Sun 14:00 01:00, Mon 14:00 - 22:00
The 'Hap Stap' festival where you'll
feel at home while you're out.
Great food and live music at the
Interpolistuin. Open from 14:00.

Best Kept Secret is a great festival held near Tilburg

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Want to learn more about real
Dutch classics? Sing with the locals
at 'Festival van het Levenslied'.
Free admission. More info at www.
festivalvanhetlevenslied.nl. Open
Sat 20:00 - 01:00, Sun 14:00 - 21:00
Best Kept Secret Festival. Line-up:
19 The Tallest Man on Earth, First Aid
Kid and many more





Festival Mundial will take place at
the Spoorzone. Line-up: Kraantje
Pappie, The Sexican and Dub Inc.
Tickets at www.festivalmundial.nl
True beer lovers can sample
hundreds of brews at the Tilburgs
Bierfestival which begins at 13:00.


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WooHah! A big hip-hop party with
guests like Cypress Hill. €39
Back 2 The 90s in the Leijpark!
Liten to Scooter and DJ Paul Elstak
among others. Open 13:00 - 23:30
The Full Moon Festival at the
Muzentuin! More info and tickets
at www.fullmoonfestivaltilburg.nl
The 'Tilburgse Kermis' is Holland's
best fun fair and this year it
promises to be even bigger! www.





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Theater De NWE Vorst is an impressive building worth visiting

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Tilburg Ten Miles. One of the Netherlands’ biggest running events.
Incubate Festival. Dancing, music,
film and art from black metal to
jazz. More info at www.incubate.
org. Open 13:00 - 23:30
European Social Innovation Week.
A week full of inspiring new forms
of cooperation between entrepreneurial business people, government, education and science that
lead to new markets, products and
services in consultation with the
end user, www.esiw.nl

Culture & Events
This 30-acre park was built in an English landscape style as
a job creation project prior to World War II. The tiny De Leij
stream from which the park derives its name lends it extra allure. In the summer, several festivals take place here.
QJ-6, Ringbaan Zuid.
The Muzentuin is a hidden gem where concerts and theatre events take place on a regular basis. It was formerly
the garden of the monastery of the Order of Our Lady of
Visitation.QC-4, Zwijsenplein 1.
The Tivoli Park is located on the edge of the shopping
and entertainment district of the city centre. Its trees
and ponds make it the perfect place for a wide variety of
cultural events. The name of this green oasis comes from
its sponsor, the Interpolis insurance company, which also
owns the gigantic futuristic building next door.QE-2,
Spoorlaan 298.

For years this has been the home of the Tilburg Trappers,
a local ice hockey team. Individuals and groups can also
come here to practice their pirouettes or hockey stops.
Take buses Nr.1 or 11 from central station. Only open in autumn and winter.QI-6, Stappegoorweg 3, tel. (+31) 135
32 58 00, www.tilburg.nl. Open 10:00 - 22:00. TL
Irene Wust, a skater from the nearby village of Gloirle, won
two gold medals at the Olympic winter games in both
2006 and 2010. She’s also one of the biggest all-round
skating stars in Holland, so it comes as no surprise that the
Tilburg Ice Rink was named after her.QI-6, Curlingstraat
15, tel. (+31) 135 83 61 00, www.ijsclubtilburg.nl. Open
10:00 - 22:00, Mon 10:00 - 19:30, Sat 12:00 - 17:00, Sun
10:00 - 17:00. (€5.80). T
Since the local football club hasn’t had much success recently, most people come to this great stadium for concerts by famous Dutch pop stars.QI-6, Goirleseweg 34,
tel. (+31) 135 49 05 90, www.willem-ii.nl.

The Tilburg Ten Miles is held every September


´Brabant in de Ban van Buiten´ is a
permanent exhibit at Natuurmuseum
Brabant. You´ll get a taste of the beauty
the Netherlands, especially Brabant
Back to the Ice Age! Don´t be afraid of the
huge mammoth and his other firends at
this wonderful exhibition
Toon Verhoef, Recent Paintings. Every
painting arose from one of his many
sketches. On display until 03.05.2015
The films of Isaac Julien are both fact and
fiction, aesthetics and critical reflection.
On display until 31.05.2015
The innovative part of the TextielMuseum, called The TextileLab, worked
together with some great designers to
create the beautiful yet pratical products
shown here. On display until 14.06.2015
One of the recent films by Hamza Halloubi will be shown for the first time in
the Netherlands at De Pont. On display
until 30.08.2015
Dumas loves photography, but gets
inspired by art. Dogs, horses, tigers and
wolves are a major part of her collection.
On display from 05.09.2015 - 10.01.2016
Sculptures made of fabric and human
hair create something between animals
and humans. On display until 20.09.2015

This building has served various functions since it was
built in 1872, but today it’s a modern, unusual theatre.
It offers two stages, one large and one incredibly small
where you’re practically sitting in the laps of the actors.
QC-3, Willem II straat 49, tel. (+31) 135 32 85 20, www.
denwevorst.nl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 15:00 - 18:00.
Closed Mon, Sun. TJHGK
Theaters Tilburg consists of a monumental theatre, a strikingconcert hall, a studio and intimate arthouse cinema.
A culturalspot with a wide range of performing arts and
film. Enjoy more than 300 performances and concerts
and 600 movies this year. Also many Dutch musicals have
premiered and young talents from the neighbouring Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Art College) regularly perform
here. Quality and service are paramount, even their own
restaurant-café Lucebert.QB-4, Louisbouwmeesterplein 1, tel. (+13) 135 43 22 20, fax (+31) 135 43 95 53,
[email protected], www.theaterstilburg.
nl. Open 12:00 - 01:00. GBK
April 2015 - March 2016


With a population of thousands of international students,
Tilburg isn’t exactly a Mecca for foodies and gourmets, but
local restaurants do cater to pretty much every ethnic taste.
It’s possible to sip margaritas at siesta time and savour souvlaki for supper. And compared to other European cities,
typical tourist traps are relatively rare. Tipping isn’t mandatory, but it’s a nice gesture to leave 10% for good service.
Prices that appear in parentheses indicate the average cost
of a main course only.



6 Pets allowed

X Smoking section

S Takeaway

W Wifi

Even if Afghan cuisine doesn’t ring any bells, anyone who
has enjoyed a meal at Sarban will leave the restaurant full
of praise and admiration. The starters and mains consist of
several dishes with a variety of appetisers. The service is
very friendly and the staff is keen to explain what’s on offer. The Sarban logo depicts camels and they’re also to be
found in photographs and statues all over the restaurant.
Strangely enough it’s main table is at the back and is typically Afghan. Think of a raised stage with gorgeous cushions on which guests sit cross-legged. Diners remove their
shoes and beach wraps are available for women wearing
short skirts. Also a perfect place to smoke a water pipe.QI5, Besterdring 2, tel. (+31) 135 35 35 67, www.sarban.nl.
Open 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€27). TG

This Asian restaurant has a large menu with Chinese,
Japanese and Thai dishes. While it isn’t cheap, the pricequality ratio is quite good at Jade. The interior is a different
matter. Jade has held onto the standard Asian restaurant
interior design of the 1980s with a lot of rubbish on the
walls and shoddy use of colours. However, the varied cuisine largely makes up for that and it also offers take away.
You can watch the tasty lobsters in the tank while you
wait.QB-1, Spoorlaan 406-408, tel. (+31) 135 42 31 81,
www.restaurantjade.com. Open 16:00 - 22:30, Fri 12:00
- 22:30, Sun 13:00 - 22:30. (€25 - 30). PAGS

Antwerp on the Oude Markt; that’s Anvers. This ‘pub with
kitchen’ has a large, heated terrace and inside you can experience a typical Belgian atmosphere that’s hard to beat.
Make sure to check out the beautiful atrium and enjoy
the views of the historic ceiling with its beautiful wooden
beams. If you’re wondering why the food is so tasty, the
kitchen boasts a Spanish charcoal oven where many of
the dishes are cooked. The menu also offers more than 70
beers from around the globe, but the authentic Belgian
brews are still our favourite.QB-3, Oude Markt 8, tel.
(+31) 135 83 35 33, [email protected], www.oudemarkt.nl.
Open 10:00 - 01:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 02:00, Sun 10:30
- 01:00. (€13 - 18). PTJABW
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A Accepts credit cards P Air conditioning
O Casino

I Fireplace

V Home delivery

E Live music

J Old town location B Outside seating

From the outside this restaurant looks like an English mansion, yet the interior is reminiscent of an old-fashioned
ocean liner. In the middle there’s an enormous clock
which you can walk through to access the balcony. This
may sound romantic like a scene from Titanic, but Etenstijd is hardly a suitable location for an intimate dinner for
two. It is, however, ideal for families and groups who can
get stuck into an all you can eat offer for a set price within
a two-hour time frame. The extensive buffet offers some
refined dishes as well as plenty of stuff for the little ones.
The cellar also houses a playground.QJ-6, Professor van
Buchemlaan 4, tel. (+31) 135 37 26 50, www.etenstijd.nl.
Open 17:00 - 22:00, Fri 17:00 - 22:30, Sat 16:00 - 22:30,
Sun 16:00 - 22:00. (€25). PZTAGBXW

This isn’t just the best Chinese restaurant in Tilburg, but
probably one of the best in the Netherlands. Put aside the
horrible, typically Chinese kitschy interior and get ready to
feast. Although some people swear by the egg rolls, our
favourites have to be the Peking duck, Tipan dishes and
crab cocktail with, yes, real crab. I Pin Ke actually delivers
that which many similar establishments merely promise.
QH-5, Bredaseweg 105, tel. (+31) 135 43 41 05, www.
ipinke.nl. Open 15:00 - 22:00, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 22:00. (€2 - 52). TLGS

Enjoy great atmosphere and food at Taste!


Although this restaurant has been owned by the Mutsaers
family since 1644 you shouldn’t expect antique furnishings
in this modern multi-functional building. The restaurant
part is not particularly large, but has a cosy, nostalgic atmosphere and puts one more in mind of the English countryside than a location near the Tilburg West train station.
The unusual menu covers many regional dishes, including
the popular peppered hare, which has been prepared here
according to the same secret family recipe for four centuries.QH-5, Vijverlaan 2, tel. (+31) 135 90 08 08, www.
boerkemutsaers.nl. Open 09:00 - 21:00, Sun 11:30 - 21:00.
Closed Mon. (€19). PTHAULBXW
This restaurant, which is part of a national chain, is located
in the same building as Euroscoop, Tilburg’s largest cinema. Unfortunately, the large scale of the massive hall
doesn’t contribute anything to the restaurant’s atmosphere. If anything, it feels like a theme park restaurant. A
couple of stuffed bears have been placed here and there
and an attempt has been made to imitate some kind of
medieval castle interior, but it doesn’t really work. It may
be a fine place for families to have an affordable bite to eat
before or after a film, but couples out for a romantic dinner
for two are better off skipping this place.QH-6, OIympiaplein 1, tel. (+31) 135 82 03 44, www.beren.nl. Open
12:00 - 23:00. (€11 - 16). PTUBK
Humphrey’s three floors are very modern, yet still classical in keeping with the successful formula employed by
this Dutch chain of restaurants. You’ll come across large,
fully-stocked bookcases and glass jars filled with grains
and beans. From the first floor you have a great view of the
Heuvelplein, where you can sit and watch children play in
the fountain in summer. Order a set three-course menu for
a fixed price, but don’t forget to ask for a traditional Dutch
baguette with herb butter to start. Humphrey’s menu
changes every month.QD-3, Heuvel 34a, tel. (+31) 135
81 01 46, www.humphreys.nl. Open 17:00 - 22:00, Fri,
Sat 17:00 - 22:30. (€24.95). JABK
Want to get a good idea of what this city looks like in only
an hour? Try Klein Tilburg. Wherever you look, you’ll see the
town’s distinctive buildings in its décor. The restaurant is located just outside the centre and is remarkably versatile. In
summer you can have a full barbecue or organise a high tea
with your friends in the afternoon. The smallest option will
only cost you only €15.25 and includes 11 different dishes
plus a cup of tea. You can also try high tapas with starters and
mains that change with the seasons. Klein Tilburg also offers
an extensive menu for lunch and dinner.QI-5, Beukenstraat
40, tel. (+31) 134 68 30 12, www.kleintilburg.nl. Open ,
Wed, Thu 16:30 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 16:30 - 01:00, Sun 12:00 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€17 - 22). PTUBKS

Intimate and accessible describe Festival Mundial perfectly. In fact, Festival Mundial has been searching the
globe for the latest sounds and inspiring, exciting performances for years now. You won’t find any huge commercial acts in its line-up, but it does offer a wide variety of talent from nearly every continent on the planet.

This year, for the first time in its history, the festival
will be spread out over three days and the additional
Friday night will have a special Mexican theme that will
showcase the latest Latin American trends. Tilburg’s
trendy Spoorzone will once again host this year’s artists,
volunteers and visitors from June 27 - 29. A colourful
programme consisting of music, dance, theatre, circus
performances and exceptional food will all be within
reach both indoors and out. With 20 events areas and
12 stages you’ll never be bored and your only problem
will be how to divide your precious time between all of
the amazing acts on offer. And skaters, don’t forget to
bring those boards because you’ll be able to show off
your skills in the Hall of Fame!
Anyone who wants to enjoy the full three-day
spectrum of cultures can stay on the premises over the
course of the weekend. For the ultimate Mundial experience you and your fellow travellers have the opportunity to keep the party going until the wee hours by
staying at the campsite, which is located within walking distance of the festivities. Holiday caravans, mobile
homes and tents are all welcome at the campsite. For
more information visit www.festivalmundial.nl.

April 2015 - March 2016


This is the place to go during the summer months. Enjoy
the beautiful waterfront terrace at the Piushaven, but if
the sun refuses to cooperate then head inside and relax in
what looks like Biku’s living room decorated with beautiful Bali Buddhas. Although you’ll no doubt be impressed
by the aroma of the food, special fragrances, fine soaps,
scented candles and other lifestyle products also create a
heady perfume at this restaurant.QJ-6, Havendijk 75, tel.
(+31) 138 22 50 02, [email protected], www.biku.nl. Open
10:00 - 20:00, Sun 12:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€17
- 22). GB
If you’re looking for a modern, trendy restaurant with
a matching menu, this is the place. The businesslike interior where white, brown and dark grey tones
prevail make for a calm, yet refined atmosphere. The
menu lists such dishes as corn chicken fillet, jumbo
shrimp and salads, all for affordable prices. Because
this restaurant is connected to the hotel of the same
name, you’ll find plenty of business travellers and
tourists here. If you’re into the brown stuff, sample a
dram of single malt from the bar’s extensive collection of whiskeys.QD-3, Heuvelpoort 300, tel. (+31)
135 35 46 75, www.puur-mercure.nl. Open 09:00 01:00. (€13 - 18). JAB
‘Hier adem ik vrij en voel ik mij gelukkig’ (or ‘here I
can breathe freely and I feel happy’), is written on the
wall of Taste. It’s actually a quote that King William II
once made about Tilburg. This restaurant, which can
be reached through Hotel Mercure, only serves the
crème de la crème of the culinary spectrum. The interior is modern and you can see exactly what the chefs
are doing in the open plan kitchen. The wines are perfectly suited to the dishes served and each plate is a
feast for the eyes and a surprise for your taste buds. In
short, this is one of Tilburg’s best restaurants.QD-3,
Heuvelpoort 300, tel. (+31) 135 35 32 96, www.tastetilburg.nl. Open 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Sun. (€21 - 26).

This place offers little ambience, but it does sell really
tasty hot and cold sandwiches. Specialised in Surinamese delicaties. All the local businesses in the surrounding area come to De Ritz for lunch and in the evening
you won’t find the kind of people that enjoy a kebab or
a hamburger, but rather the kind of person that wants a
healthy meal.QD-2, Heuvelring 43, tel. (+31) 135 43 06
66, www.ritz-broodjes.nl. Open 11:00 - 21:00. (€3 - 6).
This place is a must for frites fanatics. You’ll find this chip
shop par excellence in one of the working class areas
just outside the city centre. The cheerful owner fries
the best chips for miles around with a sense of humour,
pride and craftsmanship. Avoid Sundays or queue up
behind the last local around 18:00 as it’s rush hour at
Snitz!QI-6, Nieuwstraat 124, tel. (+31) 624 88 26 60.

if you’re indecisive about going out for a posh meal or a
bite to eat in a more casual café, you can satisfy both options at Lucebert. To the left of the entrance you’ll find a
chic restaurant and to the right a cosy bistro. Its location
next to the main entrance of Theaters Tilburg means that
many a culture vulture, including posh folk over 60, can be
spotted here before or after a play. The well off won’t regret
the three-course menu in the restaurant with its linen covered tables and beautiful décor, while the budget-minded
will be happy with the cheap dish of the day in the relaxed
bistro. From the elaborately decorated walls, the deceased
poet and painter Lucebert observes the goings on here,
but bear in mind that the establishment named in his honour is only open on nights when performances are scheduled in the theatre.QB-4, Schouwburgring, tel. (+31) 135
43 25 15, www.theaterstilburg.nl/lucebert. Open 17:00
- 22:00. (€24 - 28). PJAULGBX

If you’re looking for an authentic snack from Tilburg, you
have to taste Broodje Jantje. It’s a kind of hamburger with
sauce that’s made according to a local recipe and it has
been eaten in the city for generations by people of all
ages. In addition to the roll, you can also buy fries, croquettes and frikandellen to truly experience Dutch fast
food culture.QD-2, Pieter Vreedeplein 2, tel. (+31) 135
49 96 00, www.broodjejantje.nl. Open 12:00 - 20:00,
Thu, Fri 12:00 - 04:00, Sat 15:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon,
Sun. (€2 - 5). JS
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De Burgerij is a good place for local food


Does French cuisine infused with global flavours and eccentric architectural design in a beautiful location sound
appealing? Then pay a visit to the former Sacred Hearts
mission for a wonderful culinary experience. The interior
of the restaurant is impressive, especially its lovely view
of the garden populated by giant trees and the dishes on
the menu are properly paired with the more than 80 European wines in its ‘cellar’. Although recently opened, this
is fast becoming one of Tilburg’s best restaurants.QI-5,
Bredaseweg 204, tel. (+31) 135 36 58 05, info@monarh.
nl, www.monarh.nl. Open 18:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon,
Tue. AG

You’ll find everything you expect from a Greek restaurant here including a bit of kitsch and a lot of Greek
décor like faux columns, wall paintings, ceramic pots
and wooden furniture. The menu however, is quite
surprising. The Greek dishes are authentic and the
seafood, like the swordfish, is excellent. There’s also
an outdoor terrace at Minas Palas, which reinforces its
Mediterranean atmosphere when knocking back an
ouzo or two. Unfortunately, its only view is of a busy
motorway.QD-3, Heuvelring 224, tel. (+31) 135 35 00
35, www.minospallas.net. Open 16:00 - 22:00. (€19 24). AB
Located in the center and within walking distance of
the trainstation, this Greek taverna offers an extensive menu full of mezedes (Greek tapas) and authentic
Greek cuisine. Are you familiar with Spanakopitakia ,
souvlakia or koftedakia? It may be difficult to pronounce, but it´s light on the taste buds. This restaurants
also offers a take-away menu.QD-2, Heuvelring 33,
tel. (+31) 135 35 86 96, [email protected],
www.tavernadegriek.com. Open 17:00 - 23:00. (€18
- €23). JGS

Are you up for some grillin’ and chillin’ at the Piushaven? Just look for the beautiful mural of a life buoy
and a piece of meat skewered on a pitchfork on the
terrace of this former factory. Inside, the bare brick
walls and the steel beams painted green create a
pleasant industrial atmosphere. Almost everything
on the menu is grilled, the meat as well as the vegetables, so if you’re not a fan of the open flame then
this probably isn’t the place for you. Every last Friday of the month you can also stop by for ‘Dance in
Heaven.’QE-4, Piushaven 21, tel. (+31) 135 43 20 14,
[email protected], www.heavenskitchen.nl.
Open 17:00 - 23:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 01:00, Sun
11:00 - 23:00. (€17 - 22). GB

Enjoy a drink with friends at one of Tilburg’s many terraces!

Carnivores can get their daily intake of iron at the Latin
American-style Rodeo, which specialises in meat dishes of
all stripes including small 180g fillets and monster 800g
steaks that could give a lion a run for its money. There
are a few seafood options for the vegetarians among us,
but the delicious aroma of sizzling flesh would probably
be too much for them to stand. This is the sort of place
where lumberjacks would feel at home, due to the generous servings and the wood interior, although a bit more
privacy might attract even more gluttons to this affordable restaurant.QD-3, Heuvelring 120, tel. (+31) 137 505
841, www.rodeo-tilburg.nl. Open 17:00 - 23:00. Closed
Mon. (€15 - 20). PJABKW

You’ll find ‘t Tuinhuis (the Garden House) at the fringe of a
not particularly appealing shopping centre. As the name
suggests, the owners enjoy outdoor living and the menu
they’ve created from candied steak and teriyaki dishes to
steamed duck breast and tempura fried Dutch herring reflect their travels around the globe. All of these eclectic
dishes are prepared with dedication and love in an openplan kitchen.QH-5, Westermarkt 5, tel. (+31) 134 63 48
68, www.tuinhuisculinair.nl. Open , Mon 12:00 - 18:00,
Tue, Wed 11:00 - 20:30, Thu 10:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 23:00. Closed Sun. (€18 - 23). ZTULBKSW
Ever since this establishment moved to the Piusplein, it
isn’t hard to find anymore and especially if you like a trendy
atmosphere and healthy meals that you can take away in
a card board box with chop sticks this will be your thing.
Yammie’s menu is very large, but the food tastes really
good. This little take-away restaurant also has a lounge
corner where you can wait while your meal is being prepared. Yammie also delivers.QC-2, Piusplein 74, tel. (+31)
135 80 29 23, www.yammietilburg.nl. Open 12:00 21:30. (€4 - 15). JVGS
April 2015 - March 2016


Next to the Church of Saint Peter you’ll find the comfortable terrace of Saint Peter’s Inn. The fitting name as well
as the furnishings seem to have borrowed much from the
church next door, but in a modern fashion. A priest delivers a sermon from his pulpit in the middle of the room and
on the left hand side of the restaurant you could confess to
the greed which is bound to overwhelm you when looking at the excellent menu. The same owner runs Taverne
Paulus next door.QM-8, Gelderstraat 1, Hilvarenbeek,
tel. (+31) 135 05 21 66, www.petrus-paulus.nl. Open
08:00 - 22:00. (€25 - 30). AUBW

If you want to taste the most delicious, home made ice cream
in the city, then look no further than Intermezzo. Unfortunately, the clean and sleek salon on Heuvelring is only open for a
few months every year, but in the spring and summer local
Tilburgers queue up here for the Italian-style frosty stuff. You’ll
find flavours like grandma’s apple pie and white chocolate as
well as ciambella, fruitella and green apple. Most customers
take their ice cream cones with them.QD-2, Heuvering 31,
tel. (+31) 135 44 89 22, www.intermezzotilburg.nl. Open
12:00 - 22:00. (€1 - 5). JGBS

The décor borrows heavily from traditional Indonesian
furnishings, but with a modern twist. The window sills are
covered in Wajang dolls, the tables are set with bamboo
placemats and, true to tradition, the staff wear sarongs.
The food’s authentically Indonesian, prepared the way old
Javan women might, but in a professional manner. Several
types of satay form the core of this traditional menu and
typically Indonesian drinks like klappa muda (rose syrup)
and tjendol (coconut milk) are also served here.QI-5, Professor Romeinstraat 19, tel. (+31) 135 81 29 90, www.
dekleine-indo.nl. Open 16:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue.
(€11 - 16). TUS

Enjoy tasty Mexican food at Tortillas

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You can order your food as spicy as you like it at the Gember & Sereh Indonesian speciality restaurant, but you’re
personally responsible for any pain and discomfort
should your burning tongue and watering eyes cause
you any problems. The tables aren’t pushed together
due to lack of space like at many restaurants. Instead,
a large room full of tables and chairs with high backs
help keep your conversations private. Recommended.
QD-3, Heuvel 3, tel. (+31) 135 36 05 85, www.gembersereh.nl. Open 16:00 - 22:00. Closed Tue. (€17 - 22).

More than a century ago farmer Peerke van de Staak established a pub miles from the city centre of Tilburg. A
hundred year later this establishment is now called ‘Reeshof’s Livingroom’ after the surrounding estate. Some of
the main courses sound a bit pretentious like the caramelized duck breast and Iberico pork roulaux (rolls) and the
chef hasn’t put much effort into the kids’ menu. Unfortunately, the staff aren’t very capable either and our food
was served lukewarm. All told, in spite of its excellent location, the beautiful building and terrace, this place could
use some improvement.QF-4, Nijkerkstraat 1, tel. (+31)
135 70 51 05, www.dekievitshoeve.nl. Open 11:00 24:00. (€18 - 22). TB
There are nearly 8,000 students at De Rooij Pannen, one of
the largest education centres for the hospitality industry
in Holland. No less than five different restaurants as well as
a hotel have been established in a distinctive old convent,
where the students learn the skills of their professions in a
practical setting. Don’t worry therefore, if a teacher turns
up to correct your waiter if he makes a mistake. Fortunately
the food that reaches your table has already been deemed
fit for human consumption in the kitchen and everything
that ends up on your plate tastes superb. All of this is available for only a fraction of the price you’d pay in a comparable restaurant. It is, however, closed during school
holidays.QI-5, Dr. Ahausstraat 1, tel. (+31) 135 95 56
50, www.derooipannen.nl. Open 12:00 - 13:30 & 17:3019:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Open 12:00 - 13:30, 17:30 - 19:00.
Closed Sat, Sun. (€15 - 20). THAULGW
This historic art nouveau national monument from 1910
is an ode to architecturally better times. Today people
can enjoy it with lunch or dinner at De Spaarbank which
is decorated by historic details like a bank vault, a period
chandelier, a fire place, a nostalgic train seat and, best
of all, many wonderful stained-glass windows. There’s a
large selection of beers available.QB-2, Noordstraat 125,
tel. (+31) 135 43 83 31, www.stadscafedespaarbank.nl.
Open 10:30 - 24:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:30 - 01:00, Sun 12:00
- 23:00. (€16 - 21). TJ6UEGBW


The Dutch and their bikes… Sooner or later you’ll have your own

Do not be discouraged by the semi-philosophical aphorisms on the wall, such as: ‘Two monologues don’t make
a dialogue’. The Talk will keep you guessing with its multifunctionality. This is a colourful place not only for a lovely
lunch or dinner, but also the right address for an affordable
drink. You can even ask the staff for a (simple) cocktail. The
open kitchen, the mixture of architectural styles and the
variety on the menu will put even the greatest pessimist
at ease.QD-2, Heuvel 20, tel. (+31) 135 81 02 23, www.
thetalk.nl. Open 11:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 24:00.
(€11 - 16). PTJVGBX
The concept is simple at this tapas restaurant. For a fixed
price you can eat as much as you like over the course of the
evening. Pile your plate high with ham and melon, fried
perch, mini-cheeseburgers or seared scallops. The décor
is warm and inviting, but we recommend a table upstairs
for beautiful views of the Heuvel Church.QD-3, Heuvel 5,
tel. (+31) 137 20 08 99, www.zusje-tapas.nl. Open 17:30
- 22:30, Sun 16:30 - 22:30. (€27). TJG

Cinqueminuti is a good place to grab a quick pizza, pasta,
panini or sandwich. The pasta is made right in front of you
so there’s no question about its freshness and a tasty Italian coffee can also be had if you’re only looking for a little
caffeine pick-me-up.QC-2, Willem II Straat 66, www.
cinqueminutitilburg.nl. Open 16:00 - 21:00. Closed
Mon, Tue. (€5 - 10). J

If you enjoy enormous fairs, you can’t afford to miss
Tilburg Kermis. This is the largest fair in the Benelux
nations offering between 230 and 250 attractions
every year. It’s also unique in that the whole city centre
is closed off to accommodate it creating a fairground
4.5km long. Each year the Tilburg Kermis attracts more
than one million visitors which makes it one of the best
attended events in the Netherlands.
The history of the fair dates back to 1570 when it
began as an annual market to celebrate the consecration day of Tilburg’s patron saint. The word ‘kermis’
developed from kerkmis or kerkemisse, meaning church
service. In its 440 year history, Tilburg Kermis has
grown into a leading event with loads of modern fairground attractions, many of which are often unveiled
for the very first time at the ten-day celebration. But
there’s also space for older attractions at the so-called
nostalgic kermis. You can find old-fashioned attractions, which are actually still pretty popular, especially
with kids.
In addition to the hundreds of rides and games
on offer, the rest of the city centre gets involved in the
event as well. Pubs and restaurants organise large-scale
stages, DJ-sets and special theme evenings. There are
afternoons with reduced prices, especially for the disabled and for kids and on the the famous Pink Monday.
This event, which brings gays and lesbians from all over
the Benelux nations to Tilburg, has turned this particular Monday into the busiest day of the entire fair. Many
artists perform on Pink Monday on one of many stages
in town or at special party tents and in the town’s gay
Tilburg Kermis even boasts its own radio station.
Kermis FM, which can be received on 107 FM only during the kermis and exclusively in the Tilburg area, offers a mix of information about the event, traffic info
and typical kermis music. When the full ten days of
partying are over, the kermis is traditionally buried. The
rides and games close at 22:00 and a funeral procession makes its way through the town towards the Pius
Harbour where the locals say goodbye to the Kermis
with plenty of noise and a 15-minute fireworks display.
In 2014, the Tilburg Kermis will be held from Friday, July
18 up to and including Sunday, July 27.

The name of this Italian restaurant loosely translates as
‘take it easy’. The formula of self-service and à la minute
cooking is nothing new but they still do a good job here.
Upon entering you’ll be given a pass which records everything you eat and then just pay at the register when
you leave. Chances are you’ll have to join a queue, but it’s
worth the short wait for the fresh food.QD-3, Piusplein
65, tel. (+31) 137 62 17 09, www.vapiano.nl. Open 10:00
- 24:00. (€4 - 9). TJGS

April 2015 - March 2016


A complete Asian food street in Tilburg. In this ‘street ‘ ,
different Asian cuisines come together : sushi (Japanese),
kimchi (Korean) and wok. The first two are all you can eat
restaurants. At the Korean department you can grill your
own meat and vegetables at the table. It are large restaurants with plenty of space. This is also the downside,
because it’s not really a nice place for a romantic dinner.
Perfect match with the cinema which is just a stone ‘s
throw away. There are also special combo deals on food
and film.QI-6, Curlingstraat 1 - 11, tel. (+31) 135 90 61
47/(+31) 135 43 19 70, www.asianboulevard.nl. Open
12:00 - 22:00. (€23.50). PG
You’ll find Enjoii at the NS Plein (Railway Square) not far
from the centre of town. It’s the latest in a long line of sushi
restaurants that have recently sprung up all over Tilburg.
The restaurant consists of a sushi section, a buffet area and
a place where you can sit together around the grill while
your food is being juggled right before your eyes. The buffet menu is very straightforward, but the sushi offers more
than a few surprises. For example, you can order frushi
(sushi with bits of fruit), which has just blown over from
the United States. The restaurant also offers an interesting view of the old rail yard.QD-1, NS-Plein 38, tel. (+31)
135 42 11 75, www.tasteofjoii.nl. Open 13:00 - 22:30, Sat
13:00 - 23:00, Sun 13:00 - 22:00. (€21). JG
At Shinzo sushi, lounge and grill, you can eat all you like
for a fixed sum of money, just like at many of the other
sushi restaurants in Tilburg. Free ice cream, good choices
of sashimi and a special price for children are small differences that set it apart from the rest. Downstairs you’ll find
a lounge area with sofas, wonderful broad chairs and ambient lights. The dining area upstairs is like a refurbished
farm attic, but in Japanese style. The decorations of enormous vases, gigantic lion statues and geishas will keep
you occupied between bites.QE-4, Piushaven 17, tel.
(+31) 135 81 28 17, www.shinzolounge.nl. Open 16:00 22:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 16:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon. (€23.50).
‘A lot for a little’ is the maxim here in every respect. An
all-you-can-eat meal can be had for a set price of €21.50
provided you finish within 2.5 hours. It’s obvious there are
several seatings a night, because the wait staff work so fast
that your order slip has disappeared before you realise it.
Although the uninviting arrangement of tables can be annoying, the cheerful and cosy area near the large windows
at the front is excellent and the sushi specialities are fingerlicking good and as fresh as can be!QI-6, Curlingstraat
1-11, tel. (+31) 135 90 61 47, [email protected],
www.asianboulevard.nl. Open 17:00 - 22:30. (€21.50).
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Tilburg has its own City Beach in the summer

Sushi Suki is a kind of square cafeteria that desperately
tries to imitate Japanese style with four rice paper columns. The menu offers more than 100 types of sushi
and the food is quite tasty. In contrast to the country of
the Rising Sun, tea here is served in enormous pitchers
and during the week you can order all-you-can-eat for
a fixed price. The friendly staff will also welcome you if
you simply want a few small appetisers, for which you
won’t have to pay the full price. The chefs also give you
as much wasabi as you can handle with your sushi.QD-3,
Piusplein 55, tel. (+31) 135 44 91 28, www.sushisuki.
nl. Open 16:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 22:30. (€23.50).

Given the often dreary weather in the Netherlands, the
Dutch enjoy escaping to warmer climates. The Mañana
tapas bar fills this niche perfectly with tasty Spanish mini
dishes. Although the restaurant is located in a rather
gloomy alley, locals know where to find it because it’s
always busy here. With a wall to wall canopy and flamenco dancers on the canvasses on the walls, the atmosphere is definitely Iberian.QD-3, Zwaanstraat 18, tel.
(+31) 135 45 34 37, www.tapasbarmanana.nl. Open
17:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 17:00 - 01:00. Closed Tue. (€3 - 8).
This place is Mediterranean and a tad exclusive, but despite the expensive exterior and typical hors d’oeuvre
before dinner, MeesterS is absolutely affordable for the
middle class. The restaurant is divided into multiple
rooms with different ceiling heights, so the bustle is
never overwhelming. A lot of the building’s original details have survived renovations such as leaded glass, the
high wooden doors between the rooms and the elegantly
decorated ceiling. A lot more can be seen on the terrace
including the highlight - an abstract fountain from 1972.
QC-3, Monumentstraat 6, tel. (+31) 135 36 29 87, www.
stadscafemeesters.nl. Open 10:30 - 22:00, Sun 14:00 22:00. (€18 - 23). TJHA6GB

Close the front door and you’ll think you’re in a tropical
paradise surrounded by decorations with strong and vibrant colours like parrots, traditional dishes, Mexican rugs
and all kinds of bits and pieces which contribute to the
restaurant’s atmosphere. The menu is good and affordable
and all the dishes are mouthwatering including the Cocoloco dessert. The restaurant boasts a big, beautiful courtyard garden which provides lots of privacy from the city in
summer. If you prefer people watching take a seat on the
terrace. Mind you, it gets busy - so don’t be late. Make sure
to try the fruity sangria, guaranteed to put you in a good
mood.QD-3, Heuvel 47, tel. (+31) 135 45 41 55, www.
tortillas.nl. Open 16:30 - 23:00. (€13 - 18). JAB

In the wooded area surrounding Udenhout you’ll find Boslust, a café that was founded in1897, which is now a real
tourist attraction. Play mini-golf, visit the playground with
your children or take a bike ride through the Loonse and
Drunense Duinen (natural dunes). The menu has something for everyone including food for kids and vegetarians. Boslust is also an ideal point of departure for anyone
who wants to explore the city’s rural surroundings.QM-7,
Schoorstraat 37, Udenhout, tel. (+31) 135 11 18 72,
www.brasserieboslust.nl. Open 10:00 - 00:00. Closed
Mon. (€14 - 18). TUBX

Tilburg’s city centre is full of ultra modern buildings, but
halfway down the busiest shopping street is a narrow alley
which leads to a coach house from 1897. It’s nothing short
of a miracle that these premises survived the forces of modernisation that altered neighbouring buildings forever. This
amazing place serves 250 different kinds of pancakes including our favourite: chicken satay pancakes! On sunny days try
the small garden behind the restaurant.QC-3, Heuvelstraat
40, tel. (+31) 135 36 14 26, www.pannekoekenbakkertilburg.nl. Open 12:00 - 19:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 20:00.
Closed Mon. (€8 - 13). TJGB

King William II in the city where he was happiest


Meesters is a beautiful spot worth visiting

These small, narrow premises with only a couple of tables
have the look and feel of a Surinamese bar, but it actually
has much more to offer. Faja Lobi is the only Surinamese
restaurant in Tilburg, so if you’re craving roti or catjang this
is the place to go. The menu is excellent for both lunch and
dinner and if you just need to cool down after an exhausting afternoon try the Surinamese Djogo beer.QB-3, Oude
Markt 9, tel. (+31) 135 44 96 66, www.fajalobi-tilburg.
nl. Open 12:00 - 21:00, Sun 16:00 - 20:30. Closed Mon.
(€5 - 10). JUBS

The restaurant is decorated haphazardly with an excess of
Thai frills, but the menu is attractive and organised very
clearly by the type of meat on offer: chicken, beef, pork or
fish. For added clarity there’s an indication of how spicy
each meal is. When you see three red peppers there’s a
danger of combustion and tears, whereas a dish with no
peppers is even safe enough for children. Daredevils who
order spicy courses can douse the fire with real Thai beer:
Singha. The music provided is no doubt popular in Thailand,
but definitely an acquired taste.QI-5, Molenstraat 136, tel.
(+31) 135 81 07 66, www.jasminethai.nl. Open 15:00 22:00. Closed Mon. (€8 - 13). G

For several years Turkey has been holiday destination
number 1 for the Dutch and this is partly due to the allinclusive all-you-can-eat packages that are often offered.
However, if you expect to be served the same processed
Western trash in Melisa that these holiday factories spew
out three times a day, you’re mistaken. Meilsa’s brilliant
food matches the view of the Donge Valley, one of Tilburg’s most attractive and relatively unknown areas of
outstanding natural beauty.QF-4, Dalempromenade 70,
tel. (+31) 135 70 47 70, www.restaurantmelisa.nl. Open
12:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€16 - 20). TALBS
April 2015 - March 2016


The Dutch share a love of espresso and cappuccino with
the Italians. Cafés in Tilburg quite often offer much more
than just a cup of coffee with pastry or a cup of tea. Most of
them have soups, salads and sandwiches on their menus,
so the border between restaurants, pubs and cafés is very
thin. But have a look over our carefully selected cafés and
pick the one that is just right for your mood or occasion,
Eet smakelijk!

This pleasant corner building at the Heuvelstraat is a good
place for a quick snack. Enjoy a traditional Dutch banquet
of homemade sausage rolls, quiche muffins and sandwiches, but bear in mind that it’s primarily a takeaway as
there’s only room enough for a dozen or so people.QD-3,
Heuvel 29, tel. (+31) 137 20 09 82, [email protected],
www.bakkertjebol.nl. (€2 - 7). S
Making proper bread can be an art. Simple ingredients
like flour, water and salt, and sometimes a piece of cheese
or some nuts, combine to create something wonderful.
This beautiful shop with old-fashioned stained glass in
wooden frames sells bread as it was meant to be.QC-3,
Willem II Straat 82, tel. (+31) 137 50 51 77, info@
tilburgsourdough.nl, www.tilburgsourdough.nl. Open
08:00 - 17:30, Tue 10:00 - 17:30, Sat 07:30 - 17:00. Closed
Mon, Sun. J
This tiny, old-fashioned shop has no website or Facebook
page and that says everything. Step in, sit down and let
Mr. Van Vlerken serve you a cup of coffee and a Dutch
snack. Afterwards, you can pay at the antique mechanical cash register and travel back in time before the digital
age arrived. The lunchroom offers both a bakery full of
goodies and an adjoining room to enjoy it in. In short, it’s
an oasis of calm and tranquillity in the bustling centre of
Tilburg.QB-3, Heuvelstraat 116, tel. (+31) 135 42 34 43.
(€2 - 7). JS

This lunchroom is the only one in Tilburg that can be
described as New York-style. On your way to the railway
station drop in for a good cup of fresh coffee. Order something typically Dutch and simple or well-sweetened the
American way with syrups flavoured with pistachio, caramel, tiramisu or chocolate and mint. Try a tasty and filling
sandwich or if you fancy something a bit more gourmet
then order a chocolate croissant, brownie or a muffin.
Beans & Bites is the perfect lunchroom for a quick takeaway, but the cosy décor is also inviting enough to make
you stay for a leisurely cup of java.QB-1, Stationstraat 14,
tel. (+31) 132 11 02 15, www.beansandbites.com. Open
07:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun.
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Despite its industrial-style interior, this café is cosy and a
great place to have a cup of Java. Take your pick of coffees,
enjoy a slice of homemade pie, finish some work on your
laptop or take a look at a new band or the latest art exhibition. Everything’s possible at this crowded, fun café. You
might, however, not want to order a coffee if you’re in a
hurry as the crew tends to take their time.QB-2, Stationsstraat 49, tel. (+31) 138 50 50 00. Open 09:00 - 18:00, Sat,
Sun 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon. (€10). J
Located in the heart of the Piushaven, this is the place to
go for a cup of coffee and a newspaper on a terrace with
a great view of the harbour. The menu isn’t what we’d call
exciting, but the food is good, especially the desserts. Try
the syrup mousse.QJ-6, Kempenaarplaats 156, tel. (+31)
138 22 82 00, [email protected], www.
havenmeestertilburg.nl. Open 11:00 - 24:00, Sat, Sun
11:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon. (€9 - 14). TB
Hidden in the Dwaalgebied, this small, cosy living room/
bar offers an ever-changing menu that can be found on
the large chalkboard on the back wall. If you’re in the
mood for a drink with some tasty snacks, then you’ve
come to the right place. The menu may be a bit limited,
but the atmosphere is inspiring. View exhibitions by local
artists, listen to guest DJs at the weekend or just drop by
when the owner plays old school vinyl from ska to 1970s
New York punk.QB-2, Tuinstraat 55, tel. (+31) 135 35
44 22, [email protected], www.fahrenheittilburg.nl. Open 11:00 - 18:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Closed
Mon. (€2 - 7). JGW
Frozi Yogi guarantees a guilt-free snack on the Heuvelstraat. Choose from several different frozen yoghurt
flavours and then add more toppings to complete your
personal frozi. You can also try the homemade brownies, which definitely aren’t healthy, but really hit the
spot!QB-3, Heuvelstraat 118, tel. (+31) 626 21 00 27,
www.froziyogi.nl. Open 12:00 - 20:00, Thu 12:00 - 21:00.
Closed Mon, Tue. JS

Discover one of the many lunchrooms in central Tilburg



You can’t walk past this sandwich shop without noticing
it. The enormous ILLY coffee cup and the memorable delivery bicycles that stand outside the door will definitely
grab your attention. The room smells of super simple, yet
delicious sandwiches, whose fillings are often of Italian
origin. Your order will be prepared right in front of you in
the open kitchen, but you could always try a fresh piece
of pie or buy something to prepare at home.QC-3, Willem II straat 27, tel. (+31) 135 44 40 42, www.kras2.nl.
Open 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€2
- 7). JGS
If all of the exhibits in the three-storey Museum of Nature
have exhausted you or if you just want to take a moment
to compose yourself after seeing the imposing elephant
genitalia conserved in formaldehyde you can take a break
at the museum’s spacious and modern café. If you prefer
simplicity you can prepare your own slices of bread or
have a plate of poffertjes (tiny pancakes), but we opted for
the large salmon sandwich. The luxurious red couches and
the large number of magazines and books will convince
you to linger a little longer than planned and when the
weather cooperates you also can sit outside. You don’t
have to be a museum visitor to take advantage of the
café.QB-1, Spoorlaan 434, tel. (+31) 135 35 39 35, www.
natuurmuseumbrabant.nl. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun
12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. (€3 - 6). TJULBW

This is a shop where it always smells like heaven. Unleash
your inner sugar freak with fresh cupcakes, brownies and
chocolate cakes, which are made from scratch every day.
The counter is full of cakes and other tasty delights and
you can also order a cup of tea or coffee with the cake of
the day. When the weather cooperates, you can sit outside in the garden .QB-2, Tuinstraat 61, tel. (+31) 650
89 84 86, [email protected], www.zoete-zaken.nl.
Open 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue,
Sun. (€2 - 5).

‘A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand’ is its motto
and Mugs & Muffins lives by it. Shoppers come here by
the bucket load to enjoy hot drinks and home made
pastries. Starbucks pales by comparison with this Tilburg favourite. Take a seat near the front window for
people watching or in the back for a view of a wellmaintained city garden. If you’re in luck, you might find
a seat in one of the two wonderful arm-chairs. Every
season three new drinks appear on the menu, which
are perfectly in tune with the winter chill or a summer
breeze.QC-3, Willem II straat 57, tel. (+31) 135 90 45
85, www.mugsandmuffins.nl. Open 08:00 - 19:00,
Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 08:00 - 22:00, Sat 09:00 18:00. Closed Sun. (€2 - 7). JG
April 2015 - March 2016


Tilburg’s brilliant nightlife scene includes dimly lit jazz and
blues bars, groovy strip clubs, cosy pubs and a vibrant underground music scene. Although closing times are strictly
regulated, some bars and pubs stay open until the last
group of customers have stumbled out. Most night spots
are concentrated around the area by Old Town square, with
the Korte Heuvel and the nearby Piusplein being all-time
favourites of locals and students. The town is small enough
to cover on foot, though as the night gets longer, so does
the distance between places. Some places refuse entrance
to anyone in scruffy jeans and trainers, so make a bit of an
effort before going out to the glitzier venues.

De Korenbloem is located at Tilburg’s busiest intersection
and yet you hear little of the traffic rushing by on its spacious terrace. Due to the many offices and businesses located in the vicinity, the crowds mostly come in for lunch
or after work. Suits, ties and scarfs of both genders come
to this old-fashioned cocktail bar to unwind, especially at
the end of their exhausting week. The evening menu will
definitely fill you up, especially the tasty Argentinian steak,
but there’s limited seating inside. Fortunately, in summer
the sliding doors are opened up and the terrace tempts
hungry or thirsty passers-by.QH-5, Bredaseweg 261, tel.
(+31) 134 63 39 80, www.stapperijdekorenbloem.nl.
Open 12:00 - 00:00, Thu, Fri 12:00 - 01:00, Sat, Sun 15:00
- 00:00. (€11 - 16). LGBKX
On the way to the toilet you’ll pass images of Dolly, Aretha
and Miss Ross at least four times so you can probably guess
what the DJs play here. De Slijterij is a pub of contradictions.
While you can still smell the freshly papered walls, the clientele look like they’ve been dancing here since the beginning
of time. The imposing display of spirits and expensive champagnes is in stark contrast to the minimalist style of the pub.
De Slijterij is a favourite among the older generations who
dance their weekly waltz on the spotless floor.QD-3, Heuvel 42, tel. (+31) 135 36 22 46, www.cafedeslijterij.nl. Open
17:00 - 01:00, Mon, Wed, Thu 17:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat, Sun
16:00 - 04:00. Closed Tue. JGBX

Tilburg is musical city with its Rock Academy and many music

28 Tilburg In Your Pocket

A Accepts credit cards P Air conditioning
O Casino

I Fireplace

V Home delivery

E Live music

J Old town location B Outside seating
6 Pets allowed

X Smoking section

S Takeaway

W Wifi

Extase was formerly known by the more alternative crowd
, but nowadays attracts a wider audience. On Monday you
will find acoustic performances here, comedy nights on
Wednesdays and Thursdays you are treated to some great
live performances.QD-2, Heuvelring 112, tel. (+31) 135 42
25 67, www.cafeextase.nl. Open 19:00 - 04:00, Tue 19:00
- 02:00, Wed 19:00 - 03:00. Closed Mon, Sun. JGX
The cosy, colourful benches on the Heuvel look inviting
and the cocktails Havana serves are delicious and reasonably priced. Best of all, this winning combination puts one
in mind of lazy summer days during the dark and wintry
months. On Saturdays you can even dance away the chill
with warm and sultry sounds. The menu is also impressive,
especially the fajitas, tiritas and tasty Cubanos, but we still
prefer the Steenburger. The food is well presented and unlike many restaurants in Tilburg, Havana uses locally grown
ingredients.QD-2, Heuvel 22, tel. (+31) 135 36 53 24,
www.havana-tilburg.nl. Open 10:00 - 24:00, Thu, Fri,
Sat 10:00 - 04:00, Sun 10:00 - 02:00. (€15 - 22). JBX
Drop by Karel to read a newspaper with a cup of coffee
or to strike up a conversation with people on shopping
breaks and business types in suits. The menu offers typical
international food like steaks, spareribs and pasta, but it’s
one of the few pubs in Tilburg that has a smoking room
at the front. The sun room affords you great views of the
Heuvel and in spring and summer there’s a large outdoor
seating area that’s perfect for people watching.QD-2,
Heuvel 24, tel. (+31) 135 36 92 24, www.cafekarel.nl.
Open 10:30 - 24:00. (€15 - 25). TJGBX
Kim’s Kroeg is a modern pub with a feminine touch and
a trendy look. The wood floor, dark green wallpaper and
1960s-style lamps provide a pleasant atmosphere for an
evening of drinks. You can also often spot live performances by young local artists and singer-songwriters on
its small stage.QD-3, Piusplein 61, tel. (+31) 138 22 84
14, [email protected], www.kimskroeg.nl. Open
20:00 - 01:00, Thu 16:00 - 01:00, Fri 16:00 - 02:00, Sat
15:00 - 02:00, Sun 15:00 - 24:00. Closed Mon. JGB

You don’t need to wander around Tilburg long to find a
party pub but if you want to find one of the best then
head over to Le Clochard. It’s always busy here, and if
it isn’t, that means it’s closed. There’s nothing in between. On Friday afternoon you’ll find a queue of about
50 teenagers outside and all the local students come
here for shelter. The walls of Le Clochard curve inward
with an occasional porthole so it feels like you’re dancing in a submarine, which can of course lead to seasickness. Or was it just too many drinks?QC-3, Heuvel
16, tel. (+31) 135 35 76 60, www.leclochard.nl. Open
21:00 - 04:00, Fri 14:00 - 04:00, Sun 20:00 - 04:00.
Closed Mon, Wed. JGX
What came first: modern man in Tilburg or a pub in Tilburg for modern people? Nobody knew that Tilburg could
be so trendy until Studio opened its doors. It has been a
catwalk for fashion-conscious people in their twenties
and thirties, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night
ever since. Of course this is supported by the trendy - and
really good - music played by the DJ. Nowhere else in the
city do people dance so well as here, but this is no surprise
considering the many dance academy students in attendance.QD-3, Heuvel 7 - 9, tel. (+31) 135 43 60 16, www.
studio-tilburg.com. Open 10:00 - 04:00, Mon, Sun 10:00
- 02:00. (€14 - 19). JGBKX
In the middle of Rome you’ll find the enclave of Vatican
City, but since 1994, this vibrant pub with a similar name
has been an enclave of fun in the centre of Tilburg. On Friday nights, young and old rock the place to great beats
and twice a week (on Mondays and Wednesdays) you can
sit down to dinner. There’s no menu so you just choose
whatever’s on offer that day. In summer, the wonderful, spacious terrace beneath an ancient tree is the place
to be.QD-3, Heuvel 2, tel. (+31) 135 35 79 47, www.
cafevaticaan.nl. Open 15:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 15:00 04:00. PJGBX

Everyone in Tilburg knows this 100-year-old bar whose
founder, Bet Kolen, was born in 1896. Although it was unusual for a woman to start a pub at that time, everybody
used to visit Bet’s and she offered many drinkers a home
away from home. In 2011 the pub still has the same name
and the same values: pay attention to the guests and make
sure everybody has a good time. The building consists of
three parts. Up front there’s a bar, next a large room which
functions as a party centre followed by a busy hall in which
men play darts and billiards on one of 18 dartboards and
16 pool tables.QI-6, Broekhovenseweg 111, tel. (+31)
135 42 28 60, www.betkolen.nl. Open 12:30 - 02:00, Tue
17:00 - 02:00, Fri 12:30 - 03:00, Sat 12:00 - 02:00, Sun
11:00 - 02:00. GX

Cafe De Bakker focuses on dutch craft beer

What makes this pub named after a popular Belgian comic
strip character so special, apart from its excellent location directly opposite the Wilhelmina Park, is that there’s
always something going on. Lambiek organises live acts,
jam sessions or workshops on an almost daily basis and
it’s an ideal place to go after a visit to Tilburg’s two largest
museums only a stone’s throw away. We personally keep
coming back for the 40 or more speciality beers it serves.
QI-5, Wilhelminapark 66, tel. (+31) 135 36 43 51, www.
kaffeelambiek.nl. Open 16:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 15:00 02:00, Sun 14:00 - 00:00. EG

This bar has placed an emphasis on local Dutch beers and
the interior consists of coarse wood and stone. Its raw and
industrial, yet somehow cosy owing to its many nooks
and niches. Two large beer tanks attached to brass chains
can be found at the bar and this fits in perfectly with the
rough atmosphere at Cafe Bakker. Order a beer from a local microbrewery at this café named after local baker Van
Erven who once lived in the building. A great addition to
the Tilburg nightlife scene.QD-3, Heuvel 44-45, tel. (+31)
138 89 74 44, [email protected], www.cafebakker.nl.
Open 12:00 - 02:00, Tue 14:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 04:00. Closed Mon. (€9 - 14). JGBK
This café named after the delicious milky beer calls itself the
Best Beer Pub in Tilburg and in capital letters no less. The
latest owners took over at the end of 2011 and still have to
prove themselves given such local competition as Kadinsky
and Buitenbeentje (Maverick). That said, the big bar looks
fantastic with its many stained-glass windows, wood panelling and original tile work and the toasted sandwiches made
with Turkish flat bread are excellent, but it still has to work on
that characteristic Belgian ambience to win over the locals.
Don’t leave without trying the heavenly taste of an Urthel
Samaranth brew.QD-3, Piusplein 2, tel. (+31) 137 20 06
22, www.hoegaardentilburg.nl. Open 11:00 - 24:00, Mon
12:00 - 24:00, Thu, Fri 11:00 - 02:00, Sat 10:00 - 02:00, Sun
14:00 - 24:00. (€15 - 20). PTJGBK
April 2015 - March 2016




The tremendous amount of smoke which is blown into the
club and which, combined with the light, muddles your vision
somewhat is a bit of a turn off, but this is more than made up
for by the games attached to the urinals in the gents. Don’t
worry. No touchscreens are involved. Just try and hit as many
penguins as possible with the snowboard controlled by your
pee stream: guaranteed fun. And you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice as there’s lots to drink at a number of different bars in the club.QD-2, Heuvelring 116, tel. (+31) 13822
67 84, www.epictilburg.nl. Open Thu, Fri, Sat 22:00 - 04:00.
Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun. J

Tucked away behind Café Anvers on the Oude Markt, you’ll
find the entrance to De Living. The relaxed owners have
done their best to create a good blend of retro design and
modern cosiness. You can sip a cocktail with your sweetheart on the leather couches or play a game of table football with your mates. Enjoy a drink, some finger food or
perhaps some chit-chat with one of the locals. An indoor
smoking room is also available for anyone who still hasn’t
kicked the habit.QB-3, Oude Markt 8, www.deliving.nl.
Open 15:00 - 00:00. Closed Mon. JG

As the owners of De Wijn are lesbians, this pub has been
labelled a lesbian bar. However, while there are many lesbian customers, everyone is welcome here. To describe its
interior just think of Moulin Rouge with lots of glitter and
glamour, frills, and the well-known red and black colour
scheme. Unlike many other pubs, beer isn’t the beverage
of choice here. You’ll notice this instantly by the strong liquor hanging behind the bar and the subtle sweet scent
in the air.QC-3, Stadhuisstraat 17, tel. (+31) 135 44 51 18,
www.dewijn.nl. Open , Thu, Fri 20:00 - 04:00, Sat 16:00 04:00, Sun 16:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed.

Cul de Sac has established itself as a lounge for an alternative crowd with a more evolved taste in music. It’s the
place to be for ‘new hippies’ and young artists, musicians
and other creative minds who like to have a beer or a Jack
Daniel’s in the pub area. Students from the Rock Academy
show off their newly learned skills in the dance pit at the
back of the room, while the crowds go wild on a wide selection of music, as this is what separates Cul de Sac from
other pubs in Tilburg. ‘Look Out! Dancing in Progress!’ is
written above the pit.QD-3, Heuvel 48, tel. (+31) 135 81
01 10, www.culdesac.nl. Open 15:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri,
Sat 15:00 - 04:00. JGBX
The whole weekend is one big party Tilburg’s only proper
piano bar. As soon as you cross the threshold there’s no
other option but to swing along with the rest of the crowd.
Only a few meters from the front door you’ll find a stage
with a white piano, a drum kit and - with a bit of luck a saxophone played by professionals and the incredibly
long bar is also designed to like a keyboard. The toilets
are located in an enormous vault, which isn’t that surprising when one considers that this building was once used
as a bank.QD-2, Heuvelring 90, tel. (+31) 135 42 65 92,
www.livemusicbar.nl. Open 20:00 - 04:00, Fri, Sat 18:00
- 04:00. PJUEGBKX
30 Tilburg In Your Pocket

Tilburg has recently become a real sports town and the
opening of the ‘T Kwadraat sports centre is a perfect
example of this trend. No less than three different pubs
and restaurants are housed in this industrial-style facility including the Eatery (Het eetcafé), the Après-ski bar
and the Lounge. All three are decent enough places to
eat a burger or schnitzel or to drink a glass of wine, but
they’re not exactly the height of fashion (especially the
Lounge) and are better suited as places to enjoy a Wieckse
Witte draught beer with friends after a hard workout.
QI-6, Marathonpromenade 383, tel. (+31) 135 81 28
84, www.horecatkwadraat.nl. Open 09:30 - 01:00.

Once you arrive on Tilburg’s main pub street, Korte Heuvel,
Karnak will lure you in. The strip light over the electrical
sliding doors, the camp neon lights in the windows and
the loud slogans on the façade are like a siren’s song. It’s
not the best kebab we’ve had, but no one, especially after
a dozen beers, complains about the quality of the greasy
Turkish pizza. Everyone’s just happy that it’s open so late
and is located so centrally. Ideal for getting a head start on
doing something about tomorrow’s hangover.QHeuvel
6, tel. (+31) 135 44 13 96, www.karnak-tilburg.nl. Open
16:00 - 02:15, Thu, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 04:15. JVGBS

Tilburg is alive from Tuesday to Sunday, even at night


This is a classic pool hall with lots of pool and snooker
tables, dart boards, good background music and room
enough for both amateurs and sharks. You can also take
lessons here.QH-5, Koestraat 144, tel. (+31) 135 44 22 81,
www.poolcentrum4friends.nl. Open 12:00 - 01:00, Fri
12:00 - 02:00, Sat 13:00 - 02:00, Sun 13:00 - 01:00. JU

Visit the oldest building on the Piusplein and order the ‘best
lager in Europe’, which apparently is Maes beer. In the summer it offers a pleasant outdoor terrace, but in the winter
months you’ll have to settle for indoor imbibing. The name
is a reference to the hat shop that was once located in the
building, so see if you spot small details from that bygone
era on the facade and in the bar itself.QD-3, Piusplein 3,
www.cafedebaret.nl. Open 16:00 - 04:00, Thu 18:00 04:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed. (€2 - 7). JGB
Any self-respecting city has an Irish pub and the best ones
are run by real Irishmen. Here you won´t find a local teenage disco, just Guinness, sports and a dark and cosy interior, the way an Irish pub is supposed to be. Outside, you’ll
no doubt also spot the Irish saying on the canopy which
reads ‘Cead Mile Failte’ or ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’.
Inviting enough for you?QD-3, Paleisring 19, tel. (+31)
138 22 86 69. Open 16:00 - 01:00, Thu, Fri 16:00 - 03:00,
Sat 12:00 - 03:00, Sun 12:00 - 01:00. (€4 - 9). JG

Holland is an excellent place to find unique, delicious
beers. Every region has its own special brands and
flavours and we’ve made a list of our favourite local
brews in case you need a little help deciding what to
drink. These beers are brewed exclusively in the Tilburg area and can be bought at the better beer and
liquor shops in the city. So if you want a taste of genuine Dutch beer, skip the cold green stuff for a change
and taste the real deal.
La Trappe Quadrupel: a complex, superior, genuine
Trappist beer.
La Trappe Tripel: a fruity, spicy tripel.
Tilburgs Proatwoater Tripel: a creamy, fruity tripel.
De Roos Bikse Tripel: a little sweet, yet hoppy.
Beerze Bier: a blonde beer that’s nearly a tripel.
De Roos Konjel: fruity and spicy.
Torens Wapen: a, easy to drink copper-blond beer.
Tilburgs Stadsbier Wervelend Wit: a genuine, fullflavoured wheat beer, that’s quite refreshing.
Zundert: the latest Trappist brew is a spicy tripel.

The ambiguous slogan ‘Pijpen? Een Euro!’ has put De
Boekanier on the map among students. ‘Pijpen’ for which
one euro is charged could refer to anything from pipes,
narrow glasses or bottles of beer to a blow job. In this case,
it’s not the latter. The slogan in fact refers to a narrow glass
of Jupiler beer which can be purchased for only €1.10 on
Thursdays.QC-3, Stadhuisstraat 11, tel. (+31) 135 43 19 03,
www.cafedeboekanier.nl. Open 19:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri
15:00 - 04:00, Sat 14:00 - 04:00. Closed Sun. JGBX
To many students in Tilburg, Café Philip is like a second living room. On the ground floor the bookworms dance like
sardines in a tin to Top 40 beats, which can be requested
through an English pay phone booth. One floor down you’ll
find a pub where you can be your own DJ, but nothing beats
the top floor. When you have danced yourself into a sweat
and have loaded up on beer, you can stagger upstairs to get
your coat and a greasy snack from the wall. There’s nothing
like a Dutch croquette at 04:00!QD-3, Heuvel 38, tel. (+31)
135 80 03 61, www.cafephilip.nl. Open 20:00 - 04:00, Tue
19:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Sun. JBX

This cozy little bar is the place to have a drink with some
friends. The bartender will pour you one of the 25 wines on
the menu.QB3, Heuvelstraat 139, www.wijnbarcorton.
nl. Open 15:00 - 23:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 15:00 - 00:00. J
Heartbroken? Square is the place for you. The saccharine
voices of Celine Dion and Whitney Houston commiserate
with your heartache from the loudspeakers, the precarious
tiles on the ceiling look like they might release you from
your pain at any moment and the view of the side of the
McDonald’s and bus station is guaranteed to depress. On
the other hand, the affordable prices, friendly service and
delicious snacks make up for many of these shortcomings.
All this modern looking place needs are a couple of lounge
chairs and you’ll be able to take your next date here! Hopefully your ex will be somewhere else.QD-3, Heuvelpoort
324, tel. (+31) 135 36 53 71, www.squaretilburg.nl. Open
09:00 - 18:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00, Thu, Fri 09:00 - 23:00, Sat
09:00 - 24:00, Sun 16:00 - 23:00. (€5 - 10). PJBW
April 2015 - March 2016


Tilburg has more history and more old buildings than most
Dutch people are aware of. Indeed, there may not be any
canals with accompanying canalside houses like they have
them in Utrecht and Amsterdam, and no prehistoric megaliths like in Drenthe. But Tilburg still has many old things
which grace the town. Tilburg especially owes King William
II and Pater Donders much for the tourist attractions they
left behind. And there are also plenty of amusement parks
in the area with Efteling being number one, followed by
Beekse Bergen, Oliemeulen and Dierenpark Nuenen.


6 Pets allowed

X Smoking section


S Takeaway

W Wifi

If you think that only monks live in silence and spend the
whole day praying, take a look at the Trappist farm Onze
Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven. Here they’ve been working hard every day brewing one of Europe’s best beers
since 1884. This is still the most important source of income
for the monastery, partially thanks to exports to the United
States where the beer is sold under the name of ‘Koningshoeven Trappist Ale’. Nine special beers are brewed here
under the close supervision of the clergymen themselves.
Visitors will get a great impression of the whole brewing
process in an audiovisual tour or a proper guided tour of
the abbey where 16 monks between the ages of 24 to 81
live and work. Even if you don’t like beer, you’ll still enjoy
a visit, as the peaceful surroundings and the impressive
complex with its characteristic towers are certainly worth
a look.QJ-5, Eindhovenseweg 3, tel. (+31) 135 40 85 08,
www.koningshoeven.nl. Open 11:00 - 19:00. K

Pop Stage 013 is a combination of three concert halls and
is the largest music temple in southern Holland. The large
Dommelsch Hall alone can offer space for at least 2,200
visitors. The building itself stands out because of the round
shapes on its exterior that make it look like it’s covered
with hundreds of CDs. 013 is conveniently located right on
Korte Heuvel, which means that many of the bands that
play here have a beer or whisky in one of the nearby cafés
after a gig. The Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Moby and members
of Faithless have all been spotted at pubs and clubs not far
from here.QD-2, Veemarktstraat 44, tel. (+31) 134 60 95
00, www.013.nl. PJUEGX

The nearby Trappist cloister is a true gem

32 Tilburg In Your Pocket

A Accepts credit cards P Air conditioning
O Casino

I Fireplace

V Home delivery

E Live music

J Old town location B Outside seating

Fontys Rock Academy is but one of the six academies that
comprise the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts.
Students receive ‘higher vocational education’ in pop
music here. The academy has brought forth a number of
well-known Dutch pop musicians including the rock band
Krezip, Leaf and Intwine. The distinctive building itself is
worth a visit.QC-4, Zwijsenplein 1, tel. (+31) 877 87 41
66, www.rockacademie.nl. PJHREW
The stadium where Tilburg’s William II professional football club plays has only existed in its current form since
1995. At the time it was a state of the art building, as most
Dutch stadia were standing room only prior to its completion. The club itself was founded 100 years earlier and
was once quite prestigious. In fact, William II was the first
Dutch professional club and it won the league in the first
year, a feat they only managed on two other occasions.
The team has been relegated to the first division and the
stadium is now considered to be rather outdated, but it’s
still worth a visit if you’re in town and into the beautiful
game. A number of exhibitions detail the glory days of old
and if you ask the right person, you’ll be able to have a look
inside the stadium.QI-6, Goirleseweg 34, tel. (+31) 135
49 05 90, www.willem-ii.nl. Open 13:00 - 17:00. Closed
Sat, Sun. HL
Many Tilburg wedding photos have been taken on the
stairs of the Palace-Town Hall. King William II had the place
built in 1847 as a country retreat in his favourite town, but
he diedin 1849 only 22 days before its completion. In 1864
the Rijks Hogere Burger school was established in the
palace and its most famous student was none other than
Vincent van Gogh, who studied there for two years. In the
south wing of the palace you’ll find a reconstruction of
Vincent’s art room.
Between the years 1934 and 1936 it was converted
into the Town Hall. As the building had several purposes
throughout the years, there’s not much left of the original
design. Windows were replaced and the entrance has been
decorated in Art Deco style. Today it’s part of the Town Hall
and it’s connected by a footbridge to the black box. QC-4,
Stadhuisplein 130. Open 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. J

Voted one of the most beautiful buildings in the Netherlands by a group of four leading Dutch architects in 2009,
this theatre is literally ‘a brick ode to the sixties’. The edifice
perfectly fits its surroundings and still has a modern look despite its age. Naturally a lot of rebuilding and renovating has
taken place throughout the years, but much of the decor is
still from the 1960s, such as the benches that were designed
by the architect Bijvoet.QB-4, Louisbouwmeesterplein 1,
tel. (+31) 135 43 22 20, www.theaterstilburg.nl. J
Tilburg University started in 1927 with 28 students as
the Roomsch Katholieke Handelshoogeschool (Catholic
Trade School). Today you can choose from a wide range
of studies. It offers over twenty bachelors and 50 masters programs. The number of students has increased to
12,000 and over 1,500 employees work at the school. The
quality of scientific research and education is high, which
is evident in the excellent position of the university in international rankings. And did you know that this is the only
university in the Netherlands with its own train station?
Tilburg University station is within walking distance of the
campus, in the west of Tilburg. Even if you are not studying
or working on campus it’s well worth a visit. The buildings are within walking distance of each other in a typical
park-like setting. From the upper floors you can take in the
view of the surrounding greenery and the Tilburg skyline.
You’ll also find that many of the students and faculty are
from abroad. So meet some new people and invite them
for a cup of coffee at Starbucks or one of the other restaurants on campus. And if you’re interested in current events
in the fields of science and social studies, visit one of the
lectures and symposia on campus.QH-5, Warandelaan
2, tel. (+31) 134 66 91 11, www.tilburguniversity.edu.
Open 07:30 - 18:30. Closed Sat, Sun. GKW
The sixth tallest building in Holland was built in Tilburg in
2004. Westpoint measures an impressive 143m in height,
which is less than 22 meters shorter than the Maastoren
in Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ tallest edifice. Hundreds of
people live and work in this colourful concrete colossus,
which can be seen from several kilometres away due to its
frequent use of distinctive light sources. The 47m-tower
contains 154 apartments.QI-5, Hart van Brabantlaan.

The Palace-Town Hall is a Neo-Gothic monument

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This chapel is located on a small square and dates back
to 1536. The statue of Mary was added to the chapel in
1796 and now the church organises an open day during
celebrations honouring Mary. This small house of prayer
has had several functions over the years from a weaver’s
house and a guest house to an emergency hospital. These
days the charming chapel is mainly used as a place to get
married, although a prayer service is held once a month.
QH-5, Hasseltplein, tel. (+31) 134 68 10 89, www.
hasseltsekapel.nl. Open 09:00 - 19:00.
The present Church of St.
Dionysius, popularly known
as Heikese Church, was completed in 1826. Its style is
neoclassical and inside you’ll
find pillars with Ionian capitals. The tower is the only remaining authentic part of the
original 15th-century Gothic
church, which makes it the
oldest church in Tilburg. Due to the ‘new’ bricks that were
added in 1895, the tower actually seems to be newer than
the rest of the building. The Heikese Church also has two
15th-century candleholders and a 17th-century painting
in its possession.QC-3, Stadhuisstraat 370. Open Sat
18:30 - 20:00, Sun 10:30 - 12:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed,
Thu, Fri. J
St. Joseph’s Church, which people in Tilburg often refer
to as Heuvelse Church, is a neo-Gothic cross-shaped
basilica with three transepts. The church, which was designed by Hendrik van Tulder, was built between 1872
and 1889. The two octagonal 72m-high towers at the
front stand out and make this church the fourth highest building in Tilburg. The church displays many influences from the French Gothic period as well as St. John’s
Cathedral in Den Bosch. In the 1950s the transept was
extended. The main organ as well as the choir organ and
the church itself are national monuments.QD-2, Heuvelring 122. Open 08:00 - 18:30. J
This neoclassical style octagonal St. Paul’s Church was
originally built in 1822 as a protestant house of worship. A
much older pipe organ from 1765 was later placed in the
church and is still there to be admired. King William I of
Holland visited the church only once, but King Willem ll of
Holland visited the church whenever he stayed in Tilburg.
In 2004 it was thoroughly renovated and both the church
and the organ are now considered to be national monuments. These days St. Paul’s belongs to an IndonesianDutch Christian congregation.QB-3, Heuvelstraat 141,
www.pkn-tilburg.nl. J

The thousands of students who climb the stairs to their
unique school building every day probably take its unusual architecture for granted. Anyone else who takes
the trouble to have a closer look at Avans Hogeschool will
most likely be impressed when first faced with this gigantic concrete colossus. The bright green façade and the
entrance with its wide stairs are uncommon to Dutch architecture. If you ignore the colours you could even imagine this building gracing an enormous freedom square in
some obscure city in North Korea or China. Once inside,
space prevails and you can see through the entire building
from front to back. What seem to be empty spaces and
wide passages are actually effective meeting points for
students.QCobbenhagenlaan 13, www.avans.nl.

This monument was erected in honour of the 15th Scottish Division. This division of the Scottish army liberated
Tilburg from German occupation on October 27, 1944. The
sculpture represents a bagpipe player.QC-4, Stadhuisplein. J
This monument in remembrance of the victims of World
War II can be found to the right of the Central Station. It’s
a bell tower with 12 small clocks, but due to its shape it’s
popularly known as the ‘clothes-pin’.QC-1, Spoorlaan.

The magnificent building of Natuurmuseum Brabant
houses thousands of beautiful stuffed animals, fossils,
plants and insects. Although the entire museum is so
child-friendly that it almost seems like it was built solely for
kids, this isn’t the case. Adults will find plenty of interesting
exhibits to keep them occupied. In the new OO-zone, the
Ontdek en Onderzoek (Discover and Research) part of the
museum, you can explore nature yourself. Compare bones
or browse through one of the hundreds of books about
flora and fauna. You’ll be amazed by the beautiful animals
behind the glass of the high display cabinets. In addition
to all this, the museum also has temporary exhibitions like
‘Moeder’s Mooiste’ (Beauty is in the eye of the beholder),
where you can learn about exotic animals. Discover how a
humming bird uses its beak as a pipette and how a giraffe
can have a neck of up to 160cm in length. One of the permanent exhibitions is ‘Brabant in de Ban van Buiten’ (Brabant under the spell of the outdoors). Here you explore
the diverse flora and fauna that make the Brabant region
so special.QB-2, Spoorlaan 434, tel. (+31) 135 35 39 35,
www.natuurmuseumbrabant.nl. Open 10:00 - 17:00,
Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Adults: €7, children
4 - 17: €5. TJAGK

This charming part of Tilburg’s city centre has special
appeal. The old houses and
wide pavements offer plenty of space for pedestrians
to explore the area and cars
are mere guests. This unique
part of Tilburg will no doubt
seduce you with its many
different shops, galleries
and museums that are all
located on these narrow, monumental streets. On your
way you’ll pass a number of small restaurants and cafés and you can stop and enjoy one of the area’s many
courtyards and gardens. Don’t forget to look up now
and again to admire the remarkable facades, many of
which have been completely restored.
De Pont combines the history of Tilburg with art. Since
1992 this former wool mill has served as an exhibition
space for numerous works by contemporary artists. The
natural light in the large hall illuminates the pieces in all
their glory. The so-called wool cages house small rooms
where you can see even more works of art. There are temporary exhibitions and the permanent exhibition contains
works by Charlotte Dumas, Anton Henning, Wolfgang
Laib, Steve McQueen and Giuseppe Penone.QI-5, Wilhelminapark 1, tel. (+31) 135 43 83 00, www.depont.nl.
The modern TextielMuseum
located at the Goirkestraat
offers a fabulous look into the
rich history of textiles in the
city of Tilburg. It offers inspiring exhibitions in the area of
design, art and heritage and
the adjacent TextielLab is a
unique centre of knowledge
and expertise where knitted
and woven fabrics are manufactured. Its workshop emphasizes innovation, so you can learn the latest trends.
Both domestic and internationally renowned designers,
including well-established names like Jan Taminiau, have
had the TextielMuseum manufacture their fabrics or at
least used the museum’s expertise in the area of yarn,
techniques and crafts. The permanent museum collection as well as the temporary exhibitions offer not just a
great afternoon out, but also a great boost to one’s creative processes.QL-6, Goirkestraat 96, tel. (+31) 135 36
74 75, www.textielmuseum.nl. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sat,
Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Admission: adults €8, children 13 - 18
years €3.50, children 7 - 12 years €2.50, children 6 and
under free. TULGBKW
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At the age of 13, Vincent van Gogh arrived at Tilburg as a
student at the Rijks HBS Koning Willem II school, the current Paleis-Raadhuis. Vincent took his first drawing lessons
there. His teacher was the famous C.C. Huijsmans. It is said
that here he made a drawing of two farmers, leaning on a
shovel. The development of talent is central in Vincents Art
Room. History and the newest techniques come together
in the building where Vincent took his first steps into the
world of art. There is a museum space where you can see
a recreation of Vincents art room (including a school picture of the then-young painter) and you can find a 21st
century drawing room, fully equipped with state of the art
drawing computers. Vincents Art Room offers their, mostly
young, visitors the opportunity to develop their drawing
skills with Vincent van Gogh as their inspiration. So give
it a try and maybe you’ll be Tilburgs next big painter! You
can visit the museum individually or with a group during
opening hours. .QC-4, Stadhuisplein 128, tel. (+31) 135
42 91 97, www.vincentstekenlokaal.nl. Open 13:00 16:00. Closed Mon, Sun. TJ

The best-known cemetery in Tilburg is Roman Catholic
and dates from 1828. A number of distinct, white cast-iron
statues seem to guard the graveyard on the side facing
the street. Many special tombstones can be found in the
cemetery itself, like Marietje Kessels’. She was murdered
in 1900, aged 11. Her body was found in the archway of
the Sacred Heart Church which was demolished in 1975.
The murderer was never found, but many people suspect
it must have been somebody associated with the church.
QA-3, Bredaseweg 45. Open 09:00 - 21:30.
Helga Deen is essentially the Tilburg version of Anne Frank.
There’s a little park in the centre of town named after this
Jewish girl who kept a diary during her incarceration in an
SS-concentration camp (National Monument Camp Vught).
There are only a few bushes, some shrubbery, nine small
chairs and several Stars of David in the paving stones, but
this 16m2 park wasn’t created at random. Whoever comes
here can have a moment of silence to contemplate a dark
chapter in Dutch history.QC-2, Willem II straat 20. J
This is the only remaining ‘star forest’ and one of the
oldest baroque forests in The Netherlands. The German
prince Wilhelm Von Hessen-Kassel had it designed in 1712.
The lanes crossing the forest come together in the centre
forming a star pattern. The four different parts each have
their own pattern: square, circular, diamond shape and
octagonal. The forest covers 60 hectares and it boasts
several works of art, including one by Rien Claessen called
Inanitas, which means ‘open space’. The latest addition is
Pavilion Grotto, designed by Australian artist Callum Morton. QH-5, Warandelaan.
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The Wilhelmina Park is one of the oldest parks in Tilburg.
It was designed in 1898 in romantic fashion by Leonard
Springer who also designed the Wandelbos and Leijpark
in the city. There’s a duck pond, open pastures and winding paths between the trees. Many students from the surrounding dorms move their books and other vital learning
materials (like bottles of beer) to the park on sunny days.
QI-5, Wilhelminapark. TJ6

De Heuvel is the central square in Tilburg and the most
important shopping street, de Heuvelstraat, leads up to it.
In 1419 ‘den Hoevel’ was named for the first time. Until the
water tower on Bredaseweg was built in 1898, Tilburgers
could only get water from de Heuvel as it was the only
place with a water pump. A replica of this pump can still be
found on the Oude Markt. Until 1994 the square boasted
an old lime tree, but despite major protests, the dead tree
was finally uprooted. Wood from the tree has since been
used to create the mayor’s gavel and in a tableau in the city
hall. The square was completely rebuilt in 2008 and three
descendants of the old lime tree were planted in prominent places in the middle of the square. De Heuvel also
boasts a statue of King William II, who proudly looks over
the city he loved so much.QD-2/3, Heuvelplein.

If you want to discover Tilburg with a professional guide,
you can sign up for a tour from the Stadsgidserij. You can
book various walks, such as the centre walk, the centre
west walk (which includes a visit to the cemetery on the
Bredaseweg), the hasselt walk (where the Tilburg Castle
once stood), the art walk, the architecture walk and the
culinary walk. Walks in various other neighbourhoods of
Tilburg that have rich histories are also possible. Whichever route you choose you’re guaranteed a fun, informative walk and you’ll discover places that you would have
never found by yourself. The walks don’t take place every
day so visit its website for exact times and dates.Qwww.

The Oude Warande is great for relaxing the senses



The Jug Pisser (Kruikenzeiker) is a local legend

This small statue was designed by Henk Smulders and
erected in 1986. The sculptor is also known for the many
statues he created for The Efteling theme park. The sculpture honours Tilburg’s past textile industry. The residents
of Tilburg used to save their urine in jugs, which was then
used to wash wool in the factories, hence the Jug Pisser.
QB-3, Nieuwlandstraat. J
The municipality of Tilburg bought this statue in 1924 from
The Hague and gave it a prominent place on De Heuvel.
The statue represents King William II as commander-inchief of the army. On the pedestal beneath the royal there
are four figures. The woman with a crown and sceptre represents the monarchy. To her right sits Law. On the backside there is Prosperity, complete with the Horn of Plenty
and coins. The last figure originally held a palladium, a
figurine of the deity of ancient Troy. This refers to the role
of William II as patron of the Netherlands. On the right side
of the pedestal is a lion with a sword between his front
paws, which represents the battles in which William II took
part.QD-2, Heuvel.

This house of reptiles isn’t for the faint hearted. You’ll see
tarantulas, piranhas, tiger pythons and crocodiles. It’s
a large building with a number of departments and the
front section of the farmhouse displays all kinds of special
frogs in bright colours. A little further on, you’ll arrive at the
chameleons, adders and snapping turtles and spiders and
snakes can be found in the attic. Monkeys, meerkats and
parrots are housed in the enormous garden and on busy
days and on weekends there’s an impressive presentation
of birds of prey. The house of reptiles displays informative
signs next to each cage, but, sadly, only in Dutch. If you
have similar pets you can buy live beetles, spiders and
particularly fat maggots here to feed your snake or frog at
home.QH-5, Reitse Hoevenstraat 30, tel. (+31) 134 63 00
26, www.oliemeulen.nl. Open 10:00 - 18:00.

If anybody ever left his mark on Tilburg, it’s King William
ll. ‘’This is where I can breathe freely and feel happy’’,
he once declared about the town in which he regularly
stayed until his death in 1849. Tilburg is proud of this
statement and often honours it. The football team, and
its stadium, were named after him, as well as the prison
and a secondary school.
His statue dominates the city’s main square and
references to this King who thought highly of Tilburg
can be found in many places. He even had a palace
built here!
Williem Frederik George Lodewijk was born in 1792
in The Hague to William I and Wilhelmina van Pruisen.
He fought in the Prussian and English armies and
in 1815 he became heir to the throne. As an English
general he took part in the famous battle that became
Napoleon’s demise and returned from the battlefield a
‘hero of Waterloo’.
In 1816 William
married Anna Paulowna, the daughter
of the Russian tsar
Paul I. They had five
children and he was
rumoured to have
had a number of
extramarital affairs
and children out of
wedlock. In 1840
he ascended to the
throne as William II,
a conservative king
who stopped every single constitutional change. The
King’s power decreased in the years that followed due
to revolutions in several European countries. Therefore
William declared himself a liberal overnight. The constitution was rewritten by Johan Rudolph Thorbecke and
Holland became a parliamentary democracy. In 1847
Willem ordered the building of a palace in Tilburg. He
already stayed in the town regularly, but he wanted
his own, representative home. The palace is still here,
although it was renovated and changed several times
over the years.
King William’s health quickly deteriorated after
the death of his son Alexander. He also had problems
with his eldest son, who later became William III, who
strongly disagreed with the 1848 constitutional changes. In March 1849 he announced that he would retire to
his beloved Tilburg. He passed away on March 17 in the
presence of his wife. He was buried in the crypt of the
House of Orange in Delft.

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While Tilburg isn’t exactly a shopper’s paradise in the traditional sense, its arty reputation makes it a great place
to pick up antiques, artwork and jewellery. Tilburg’s most
popular shopping area is the pedestrian street of De Heuvel. The city’s main department stores are also located here.
Enough patisseries and delicatessens are available along
the way to recharge from any shopping spree.

This book shop, one of the city’s last, is absolutely beautiful,
especially its counter in the coffee corner, which is made from
the covers of hundreds of books. But a good book and a cup
of coffee and stay for a delicious lunch.QC-3, Emmapassage
17, tel. (+31) 134 65 11 11, www.gianottenmutsaers.nl.
Open 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00,
Sat 09:30 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. JG

This is a butcher’s shop with an old-fashioned look, but the
meat of course is fresh.QB-3, Nieuwlandstraat 47-A, tel.
(+31) 135 42 22 16. Open 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 17:00.
Closed Sun.

This family-run business has been around for over 175
years. The menswear is located on the first floor and the ladies can browse through the dresses on the ground floor.
You can expect chic brands like Ralph Lauren, Lacoste,
Boss and Marc O’Polo.QC-3, Heuvelstraat 41, tel. (+31)
135 43 52 50, www.gimbreremode.nl. Open 09:30 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30
- 17:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. J
Jan De Cock Mode is an exclusive fashion shop with wellknown brands and very friendly staff.QD-1, NS Plein 45,
tel. (+31) 135 42 16 62, www.jandecockmode.nl. Open
09:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:00, Sat,
Sun 09:00 - 17:00.
This enormous clothing shop may be for people in a higher tax
bracket, but it’s still worth a peek if only to pretend that you can
afford something here.QC-3, Stadhuisstraat 9, tel. (+31) 135
43 44 86, www.jimmysmode.nl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Thu
10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J
Looking for the latest in fashion? Drop by this shop for your
daily dose of hip sneakers, clothing and accessories. Grey
concrete floors are combined with sleek white walls, which
make the clothes and shoes stand out that much more.
QTelefoonstraat 41, tel. (+31) 135 44 76 64, contact@
re-issue.nl, www.re-issue.nl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Mon
13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun
13:00 - 17:00. J
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This place only sells nostalgic wooden and tin toys. Neglected old toys are also patched up by the owner of the
shop, such as spinning tops that have been fabricated in
the same way since 1880.QC-3, Willem II straat 88, tel.
(+31) 135 35 38 29, www.hetzingendenijlpaard.com.
Open 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

Wereldwinkel sells original gifts and delicious, fair-trade
products from different countries and cultures. QB-3,
Nieuwlandstraat 39, tel. (+31) 135 36 22 26, www.
wereldwinkel-tilburg.nl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00
- 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun.

Sounds is a shop for true music purists. It specialises in
indie, alternative, metal, punk, prog, symfo, blues, pop,
country and other interesting music genres. Find new and
used CDs and vinyl LPs as well as turntables or just drop by
to watch a live band perform. Although the neighbourhood record store may be a dying breed, Sounds is still
‘Alive and Kicking’.QB-3, Nieuwlandstraat 33, tel. (+31)
135 45 60 21, www.soundstilburg.wordpress.com.
Open 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 21:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00.
This shop, which isn’t much bigger than an old 33 record,
sells soul, jazz and 1960s pop on vinyl.QSint Annaplein
6B, tel. (+31) 628 96 62 82, www.selectedsounds.nl.
Open 11:00 - 18:00.

This optician focuses not just on lenses and vision, but also
on eye fashion.QC-3, Heuvelstraat 59, tel. (+31) 135 80
07 41, www.eekelaar.nl. Open 09:30 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00, Sun 13:00 - 17:00. J

This guy knows his music


Retro is hip these days and thrift shop La Poubelle is retro
cheap. You can find almost anything here from couches
and electronic appliances to clothing and all sorts of rubbish you can use to decorate your house with. Next to
the thrift store is an ‘upmarket’ section that called Het
Domein that specialises in some excellent interior gems.
QJ-6, Hoevenseweg 3, tel. (+31) 135 43 92 22, www.
kringlooplapoubelle.nl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00
- 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun.
Humbled by the economic crisis or a lover of secondhand stuff? Whatever your reason, this is a good place
to buy a used washing machine, TV or other household
appliance for a decent price.QB-3, Nieuwlandstraat
55, tel. (+31) 634 00 29 87, www.usedbefore.nl. Open
10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00.
Closed Mon, Sun.

This is a rather chic, indoor mall with a wide range of
shops and there’s always plenty of natural light provided
by the glass ceiling. Among the 22 shops are a very large
bookstore, fashion and shoe shops, travel agencies, a jewelry boutique and a restaurant.QC/D-3, Emmapassage,
www.emmapassage.nl. Open 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00
- 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun.
This partially covered shopping centre houses over 35
shops. Some are privately owned and independent,
but some of the larger international franchises are
also available.QB-4, Schouwburgpromenade, www.
schouwburgpromenade.nl. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Mon
13:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. TJ6UB

Located in the Dwaalgebied, this place is a barbershop, a
sewing shop and a fashion atelier all in one. While hubby
gets a shave, the lady of the house can do some serious
browsing through the shelves, which are filled with bags,
jewellery and homemade clothing.QB-2, Tuinstraat
91, tel. (+31) 619 63 13 04/(+31) 641 81 03 71, www.
knusenknapper.nl. J
This is the spiritual shop of Tilburg. It offers everything in
the field of organic food and drink, singing bowls, stones,
meditation, yoga and massage. The store has over the
years become a meeting place for spiritual aficionados.
QB-3, Nieuwlandstraat 36, tel. (+31) 135 36 12 86,
[email protected], www.pleiadetilburg.nl. Open
09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 9:30 - 21:00, Sat
9:30 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. JG

De Wereldwinkel sells souvenirs from all around the world

Sportief Tilburg has been an expert on everything related to outdoor sports and travel for over 30 years. Winter
sports are also taken seriously and are well represented
in this 1,000m2 space.QI-6, Professor Goossenslaan 26,
tel. (+31) 135 43 39 60, www.sportieftilburg.nl. Open
09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu, Fri 09:30 - 21:00,
Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. AU

This place sells 700 different kinds of traditional Dutch and
modern sweets.QB-3, Nieuwlandstraat 58a, tel. (+31) 135
43 36 71, www.desoeteinval.com. Open 10:00 - 18:00,
Thu 10:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J

From the plant or bean to the liquid in your colourful mug,
the friendly lady who runs Kaldi knows all there is to know
about coffee and tea. You can also buy a present for friend
or attend a barista workshop here.QC-2, Willem II straat
68, tel. (+31) 135 35 07 51, www.kaldi.nl. Open 09:30 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 17:00. Closed Mon. PJGW

This liquor shop is the only place to go for praotwater (Tilburg Beer), Knipoogske, HullieGullie and all kinds of other
local, drinkable souvenirs. It also has the biggest selection
of whisky and beers in town.QD-3, Heuvelpoort 315, tel.
(+31) 135 80 11 26, www.tdrinks.nl. Open 10:00 - 18:00,
Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J
You can find a gorgeous wine for as little as €5 here although the Moet for €495 is no doubt also quite good.
QI-6, Korvelseweg 45, tel. (+31) 135 32 12 01, www.
wijnkoperijvanbilsen.nl. Open 09:30 - 18:00. Closed
Mon, Sun.
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Leisure & Lifestyle
New in town? Suffering a spontaneous allergy attack, a broken tooth or a bad hair day? For doctors, dentists, hairdressers and many more handy addresses read on.

The Factorium is a beautiful building where classes, workshops and lessons are given in the field of performing arts.
Tickle the ivories of a pipe organ, train your baritone voice,
move your hips to capoeira or try your dance skills Bollywood-style. You can watch all of the action from the comfort of a beanbag before you decide which course to take.
QC-4, Koningsplein 11A, tel. (+31) 135 35 40 55, www.
factorium.nl. Open 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. J

QB-2, Spoorlaan 378, tel. (+31) 135 80 18 88. Open
08:00 - 17:00, Fri 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. J

This experienced dive team will teach you how to appreciate life under water in a variety of pools.QL-7, Raadhuisplein 47, Rijen, tel. (+31) 682 04 71 20, www.d-diving.nl.

QD-3, Heuvelring 138, tel. (+31) 135 42 37 34. J

Only women are allowed to work out at this gym that specialises in spinning, zumba and pilates.QI-5, Cornelis de
Vriendtstr 39, tel. (+31) 135 43 98 40, www.kwidam.nl.
Open 09:00 - 22:00, Sat 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. GD
This is by far the cheapest option for fitness aficionados
in Tilburg.QH-5, Artemisstraat 6, tel. (+31) 135 90 01 40,
[email protected], www.puur-fitness.nl. Open 08:30
- 22:30, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 16:00. PTFLN

Having your hair cut here might be more expensive than
in similar places, but the stunning views of the Tilburg Piushaven from this hip hairdresser boat are worth the extra
cash. Call or make an appointment on its website.QE-4,
Piushaven 1-D, tel. (+31) 135 36 52 00, [email protected],
www.hardys.nl. Open 08:30 - 19:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00,
Thu 08:30 - 20:00, Sat 08:30 - 16:00. Closed Sun. J
You’ve come to the right place if you want to have your
hair cut by a local Dutch celebrity. John, the bald barber,
is one of the most well-known people in Tilburg.QH-5,
Professor Gimbrèrelaan 45, tel. (+31) 134 670 360, info@
johnbeerens.nl, www.johnbeerens.nl. Open 09:00 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:00, Fri 08:30
- 21:00, Sat 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. PA

De Voltage was originally a part of the Volt factory, nowadays it serves as an indoor entertainment centre where
you can have fun go-karting, playing laser tag or paintball, try a rodeo or sumo wrestling or even play bungee
football.QI-6, Groenstraat 139-391, tel. (+31) 135 80 00
07, fax (+31) 135 80 00 09, [email protected], www.
devoltage.nl. Open 15:00 - 23:00, Wed 14:00 - 23:00, Fri
15:00 - 24:00, Sat 12:00 - 24:00, Sun 12:00 - 23:00. Closed

Six washing machines, four dryers and a selection of
magazines is all you need to get the laundry done. And
45 minutes of your precious time.QI-6, Korvelseweg 132,
www.wasknijper.com. Open 08:00 - 21:00. J
Eco-friendly steam and dry cleaning services.QI-6,
Broekhovenseweg 73, tel. (+31) 135 43 24 80, www.
wasmegroen.nl. Open 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00,
Thu 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun.

Your dream golfing holiday doesn’t have to be the stuff of
fairy tales. The Efteling Golf course is a vast area with an
18-hole course and a practice course. The clubhouse has a
restaurant overlooking the rolling lawn of the golf course
and a golf shop for all your needs on the links. Everything
here exudes luxury, but you’ll also see all of the typical Efteling accents designed by Dutch artist Anton Pieck.QM-7,
Veldstraat 6, Kaatsheuvel, tel. (+31) 900 01 61, www.
efteling.com. Open 10:00 - 18:00. HGBK
40 Tilburg In Your Pocket

Children take advantage of the water on a hot summer day


Leisure & Lifestyle
Children can take advantage of a wide variety of attractions such as a tower and a climbing maze, but
their isn’t much for parents to do.QJ-5, Ceramstraat 9,
tel. (+31) 135 80 05 05, www.lolland.nl. Open 14:00
- 19:00, Wed 13:00 - 19:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 19:00.
Closed Tue, Thu. (€4.50). TGK
This indoor children’s paradise located on the edge of
Tilburg has a gigantic climbing attraction that’s four
storeys high and the outside playground is completely
self-contained so kids can safely run around to their
heart’s content. Parents can enjoy a drink while blissfully watching their offspring or they can just have a
chat with other moms and dads.QF-6, Tilburgsebaan
42, tel. (+31) 161 45 32 18, www.devossenberg.net.
Open Wed, Fri 09:30 - 19:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 19:00.
Closed Mon, Tue, Thu.
Come here for trampolines and water slides, bumper
boats, water bikes and pony rides. Most of attractions
are included in the admission fee, but you’ll have to pay
extra for a few of the rides, such as the bumper cars, mini
cars and the carousel. This children’s theme park shares
its name with the adjacent safari park, which is also
worth a visit.QM-8, Beekse Bergen 1, tel. (+31) 135
43 58 94, [email protected], www.speelland.nl.
Open 10:00 - 17:00. HALBKC

This ayurvedic massage salon has the perfect city centre
location.QC-2, IJzerstraat 15, tel. (+31) 135 42 14 61,
www.pure-l.nl. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00.
Closed Wed, Sun. J

A centrally located pharmacy with all the medicine and vitamins you might need.QD-3, Heuvelring 212, tel. (+31)
135 42 63 52, julianastaete.mediq-apotheek.nl. Open
08:00 - 17:30. Closed Sat, Sun. PJA

This sauna is conveniently located in the city centre. Although
the cheap prices might make one skeptical, the number
of different baths and saunas will certainly put you at ease.
City Sauna also offers a high tea or a wine special, which is a
nice way to complete your visit.QD-3, Heuvelpoort 300, tel.
(+31) 137 11 19 16, www.citysauna.nl. Open 16:00 - 23:00,
Sat, Sun 13:00 - 23:00. Admission: €9.95. J

Enjoy a cool splash in the Heuvel square fountains

You can let yourself be completely pampered at the largest and, in our opinion, best wellness centre in town. With
facilities like a Himalayan crystal salt stone cabin, a rose salon and a light therapy room, you can be sure that relaxing
has never been easier. Your whole body will be rejuvenated in the spa and the restaurant, which, of course, serves
healthy salads.QL-8, Moerse Dreef 10, tel. (+31) 135 71
54 10, www.thermentilburg.nl. Open 10:00 - 23:00, Fri,
Sat 10:00 - 24:00. PUGKD

The Dolphin has 10 bowling alleys, but air hockey and billiard enthusiasts can also have a great time here. Its shop
offers all the professional equipment you could possibly
need to bowl a strike and kids will have the time of their
lives at its disco parties where you can bowl under flashing
lights.QI-5, Ringbaan Oost 2a, tel. (+31) 135 42 43 80,
www.tilburg-dolfijnbowling.nl. Open 14:00 - 24:00, Sat
12:00 - 01:00, Sun 13:00 - 23:00. GK
If you’ve never skiiied before, this is an ideal way to
learn. You can pick up the basics on two small tracks,
each 6m-wide and 10m-long. Due to the large mirrored
wall you’ll be able to copy the movements of the instructors quickly and be ready for the real slopes in no
time.QM-7, Gen. Eisenhowerweg 7, Berkel-Enschot,
tel. (+31) 135 33 90 88, www.skish.nl. Open 17:00 23:00, Wed 10:00 - 23:00, Fri 14:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00
- 14:00, Sun 10:00 - 14:00. Introductory lessons: €18.

The Stappegoor swimming pool is small for a city like Tilburg, but children want for nothing here with whirlpools,
steam cabins and and the wild rapids slide, which is fun for
adults, too. It offers a pool for competitions, one for recreation and a small outdoor pool.QI-6, Stappegoorweg
1, tel. (+31) 135 32 59 00, www.sportintilburg.nl. Open
07:00 - 21:30. TGBKC
April 2015 - March 2016


Finding a place to stay in Tilburg takes some planning.
There are few low budget hotels and hostels, so, unfortunately, most options are more expensive accommodations.
If you’re a business traveller who can abuse the company’s
expense account, then you’re in luck. All prices listed below
include VAT and many offer breakfast, but often for a hefty



H Conference facilities U Facilities for the disabled

The small Auberge du Bonheur hotel has a beautiful, classic Jaguar parked in the driveway, which is characteristic of
the luxury and style you can expect here. Auberge du Bonheurs is, after all, the most chic hotel in Tilburg and each of
its 26 rooms is uniquely designed with rural themes. The
villa in which the hotel is housed is just outside the city
centre, but there’s enough to do close by. The hotel has an
outstanding restaurant and hikers can take advantage of
the nearby woods, de Oude Warande, where you can go
on long walks. The hotel is a short distance from Tilburg
University and it’s suitable for bon vivants as well as for
hardworking businesspeople.QH-5, Bredaseweg 441,
tel. (+31) 134 68 69 42, www.bonheurhorecagroep.nl.
26 rooms (doubles €129). PHALGBKXW

I Fireplace

F Fitness centre

L Guarded parking

R LAN connection

De Postelse Hoeve is located on the edge of the city near
many motorways, so it’s ideal for business travellers and
free parking is another perk. It looks more like an American
motel, however, than a Dutch four-star hotel, because of
its layered architecture. Despite the fact that the interior is
somewhat dated, it still has plenty to offer. The dark rooms
and corridors give the complex a 1970s look, but all have
been upgraded with modern conveniences like wireless
internet. The hotel’s restaurant, which happens to serve
the best lobster in the Tilburg area, is reason enough to
spend a cosy night here.QI-5, Dr. Deelenlaan 10, tel.
(+31) 134 63 63 35, www.depostelsehoeve.nl. 35 rooms
(€97 - 195). PTHALGBKXW hhhh

Auberge du Bonheur is one of the chicest hotels in Tilburg

42 Tilburg In Your Pocket

A Accepts credit cards P Air conditioning
Z Anti-allergy

O Casino

T Child-friendly

T City centre location

J Old town location B Outside seating
6 Pet-friendly

K Restaurant

D Sauna

X Smoking section

C Swimming pool

W Wifi

The biggest advantage of this four-star hotel is its central
location in the heart of the bustling inner city near all
Tilburg’s best pubs, clubs and nightlife. That said, proper
insulation and double-glazed glass ensure a good night’s
sleep for anyone who doesn’t wish to partake of the commotion outside. The staff is friendly and the rooms, both
€135 and €165 doubles, are spacious. The Taste restaurant
in the cellar is excellent and also well worth a try.QD-3,
Heuvelpoort 300, tel. (+31) 135 35 46 75, www.mercuretilburg.nl. 91 rooms (2 singles €128, 79 doubles €128,
4 triples €128, 2 suites €134, 4 apartments €140).

Bastion is situated on the edge of Tilburg, ideally located
between the Beekse Bergen and Efteling amusement
parks. The rooms and bathrooms are simple and equipped
with modern conveniences like electric kettles and free
internet. This unpretentious hotel also serves the best
breakfast in town where everything is fresh and you can
eat as much as your stomach permits.QJ-6, Kempenbaan
2, tel. (+31) 135 44 19 99, www.bastionhotelgroep.nl. 40
rooms (doubles €36). THALGKXW hhh
When one considers that this hotel is located right in the
centre of Tilburg, City Hotel is actually remarkably large
with nearly 20 rooms. Prices aren’t the cheapest you’ll
find in Tilburg, but the accommodation does offer a view
of the Heuvelplein and the opportunity to crawl straight
into bed from the pub. The bathrooms are equipped with
bathtubs and showers and the hotel offers free internet,
which makes it quite convenient for business people.
QD-3, Heuvelring 126, tel. (+31) 135 35 13 55, www.
cityhoteltilburg.nl. 18 rooms. JALGW hhh

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De Rooi Pannen is an educational institution for HoReCa
students learning the hospitality trade in a practical setting. So don’t be surprised if an instructor openly discusses a mistake made by the receptionist. The rooms on
the ground level have been furnished by the large, wellknown hotel chains, while the rooms above are designed
to look like luxurious five-star rooms. The hotel is closed
during school holidays.QI-5, Dr. Ahausstraat 1, tel. (+31)
135 95 56 50, www.derooipannen.nl. Open 07:00 23:00. Closed Sat, Sun. 19 rooms (3-star €49, 4-star €59,
5-star €74). PTHALGKXW
Its 72 rooms may be somewhat small, but they are incredibly clean, comfortable and the beds have great mattresses. The staff is friendly, parking is free and an outdoor
terrace where you can fully enjoy the sun in summer is
available. Unfortunately wi-fi is only free in the lobby, but
double rooms with dividing doors are ideal for families.
The bus will take you to the centre in eight minutes and a
taxi ride will cost you €15.QH-6, Dr. Hub Van Doorneweg
105, tel. (+31) 134 63 64 65, www.ibishotel.com. 72
rooms (68 doubles €65 - 75, 4 family rooms €65 - 75).

The Trappist monastery of Koningshoeven Abbey is an
ideal location to spend the night. Peace reigns supreme
in the charming monastery gardens as well as the library.
For €40 per day you can catch a glimpse of modern monastic life, although the 18 resident monks live separate
from their guests. Two of the three communal meals are
eaten in silence, an atmosphere that these clergymen
seem perfectly at ease with. Visitors must comply with the
house rules, as well as the Golden Rule that nobody may
speak after 21:00. The guest quarters include 29 sober one
person rooms. If you feel like an even more ecclesiastical
experience you can receive the sacrament of penance or
have a personal talk with one of the monks.QM-8, Eindhovenseweg 3, Berkel-Enschot, tel. (+31) 135 40 85 08,
www.koningshoeven.nl. 29 singles (€40/room). Tours:
09:00 - 10:30 & 15:00 - 16:30. Closed Mon. LG

He watches over everyone in Tilburg

44 Tilburg In Your Pocket

Het Wapen van Tilburg is a backpackers’ hostel rather
than a budget hotel. It’s located diagonally opposite the
railway station and next door to hash paradise The Grass
Company. The very basic furnishings are almost spartan,
with beds from IKEA and very little else. Five of the seven
rooms are doubles and two can be reserved by groups.
The communal showers and toilets are in the corridor. If
you don’t mind all this, you’ve found one of the cheapest ways to experience Tilburg. QC-1, Spoorlaan 362, tel.
(+31) 135 42 26 92, www.hetwapenvantilburg.nl. Open
11:30 - 00:30, Thu 11:30 - 01:00, Sat, Sun 11:30 - 02:00. 7
rooms (€22.50/person). TJALGBKW

The beautiful Een Der Koningshoeven farm is situated
near a forest on a country estate that, as the name suggests, used to be part of one of the five farms that King
William II had built in 1832. Many of these buildings have
been used by the Cistercian Order, otherwise known as
Trappist monks, since 1881. However, two of the holdings
were sold to random buyers and one has been converted
into lovely accommodation. There is space enough for two
people in this little house, which has been designed with
natural materials, but if you’re with a large group you can
make use of the dormitory in the attic.QM-8, Torentjeshoeve 7, Berkel-Enschot, tel. (+31) 651 99 19 52, www.
eenderkoningshoeven.nl. (€40/person). LGB
In the middle of the inner city of Tilburg you’ll find B&B
Gust van Dijk designed by artists and therefore look super
hip. One is called the ‘Orange Submarine’ because of the
overpowering colour scheme and the ‘City Park Greens’
offers a beautiful view of the lovely Tivoli Park. The B&B is
located above a former shop that was built in 1937 based
on drawings by architect Frans Ruts, who helped a lot of
Brabant residents create their dream homes. In short, staying the night at Gust van Dijk is an inspiring, artistic and,
best of all, restful experience.QE-2, Tivolistraat 22, tel.
(+31) 135 44 44 95, www.bedandbreakfasttilburg.nl. 2
rooms (doubles €90). JGBXW
In the middle of a residential area that borders the busy
centre of Tilburg is a friendly-looking house where three
ordinary rooms have been turned into accommodation:
two double rooms and a small single room. Due to the residential surroundings, you may feel like you’re staying the
night with friends. The house is spic and span and you can
contribute to this by only wearing the coloured slippers
that are placed in front of you. If the owners of this friendly
B&B ever go bankrupt, they’ll still be able to find work as
translators as this hospitable duo speaks seven languages
fluently.QJ-5, Gildebroederstraat 60, tel. (+31) 132 11
48 23, www.bedandbreakfast.nl. 3 rooms (singles and
doubles €35/person). JB


Enjoy a good night’s sleep at City Camping

The Stadscamping, or City Camping, opens its doors for
all kinds of major events in Tilburg including the Roadburn Festival, Festival Mundial, the Tilburg Fair and the
Incubate Festival. Camping in the city centre is a unique
experience for both tourists and ‘Tilburgers’ alike.QI-5,
Sint Ceciliastraat 1, [email protected], www.

If you’ve spent any time travelling around the Netherlands you’ll have noticed that the Dutch keep their yards
in immaculate condition and this B&B is no exception.
De Keer, which dates back to 1720, has high bushes all
around a spacious lawn and a beautiful sitting terrace
where you can just make out the sounds of traffic going past. The apartment is equally spacious and just like
the yard is in great condition. It’s in the middle of the
Dutch heartland so bring your running shoes or rent a
cycle from the B&B to explore the countryside.QN-7,
Bossche weg 60, Den Dungen, tel. (+31) 736 13 40 54,
www.bbdekeer.nl. 1 appartment (1 person €80, two
persons €90). TB
In the middle of Dutch countryside you’ll find one of the
many long farms which are characteristic of the rural
landscape. At Hoeve De Mertel you can stay the night in
a former granary or a hay loft. Breakfast is included and
this B&B also offers an extensive lunch or dinner with local produce, so your stay will be completely hassle-free.
If you prefer to do your own cooking in the large kitchen,
that’s also possible. The eight rooms differ in size and
the bathrooms and toilets are communal. As you might
expect, there are quite a few animals around. Cats roam
freely and Swifter sheep can be admired on the meadows.
QM-7, Biezenmortelsestraat 8, Biezenmortel, tel. (+31)
135 11 17 64, www.hoevedemertel.nl. 8 rooms (€29 34/person). TGBKW

This authentic family hotel offers plenty of the friendliness
which is typical of the province of Brabant. Some would
say the dated decor has seen better days, others will be
impressed with the traditional hospitality, the comfortable
bathrooms and unfailingly friendly staff. Whichever way
you look at it, De Druiventros got its name in Napoleonic
times, when there was a guesthouse at this very spot and a
wine depot across the road. Modern conveniences include
a restaurant, bar, free parking at the back, wireless internet
access and laundry service. Entertainment includes a bowling alley.QM-8, Bosscheweg 11, Berkel-Enschot, tel. (+31)
347 75 04 38, www.hoteldedruiventros.nl. 56 rooms
(€97.50). PTH6ULBKXW hhhh
The four-star hotel Van der Valk Gilze-Rijen is exactly halfway between Tilburg and Breda, which means that each
of these Brabant towns is only a 15-minute drive away. The
hotel was built in a country house style, which is typical
of Van der Valk hotels. The majority of the 210 rooms have
been furnished according to the latest fashion, although
guests who enjoy a bit more luxury can use their credit
cards to gain access to an even more luxurious suite. The
hotel also boasts a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish steam
bath and in-house casino - a major bonus in our estimation.QL-8, Klein Zwitserland 8, Gilze, tel. (+31) 161 45
49 51, www.hotelgilzetilburg.nl. 210 rooms (standard,
comfort and luxury suites €79 - €149). PZO�
This multifunctional hotel in the centre of Waalwijk caters
to businesspeople and the primarily Dutch visitors of the
nearby amusement park. The spacious family rooms provide added value to this hotel, which is nevertheless in dire
need of a redecoration. The rather shabby and dated exterior isn’t exactly encouraging and the sagging mattresses
will cause you to roll to the middle of your bed, but the
extensive breakfast is excellent.QBurg van de Klokkenlaan
55, Waalwijk, tel. (+31) 416 33 60 45, www.hotelwaalwijk.
nl. 61 rooms(€64). HALBKW hhhh

Tilburg City hall stands out from the crowd

April 2015 - March 2016


Loon op Zand, Kaatsheuvel & De Moer
The municipality of Loon consists of the three villages of
Loon op Zand, Kaatsheuvel and De Moer, which have a
combined population of 22,961 people. The town hall is
situated in Kaatsheuvel, but each village has its own unique
character. The oldest of the three is Loon op Zand, formerly
called Venloon. Loon op Zand got its name from the moor
(ven) and forests (loon) that are an integral part of the area.
In 1269 the village was lent to William van Horne by the
Duke of Brabant and became a so-called heerlijckheid. Because Venloon was located near the drifting sands of the
Loonse en Drunense Duinen, or dunes, it was later called
Venloon op ‘t Sandt and finally renamed Loon op Zand. The
oldest mention of Kaatsheuvel dates from 1506, when it
was referred to as Ketshovel. A canal to transport peat from
the surrounding area was constructed then to develop the
already incredibly lucrative peat trade. After the peat was
exhausted, Kaatsheuvel became a centre for the footwear
and leather industry, but today it’s mostly known for its famous theme park, The Efteling. De Moer was founded in
the 14th century and has never really grown since then. The
name of the village refers to its location on a bog. ‘Moer’
simply means moor or boggy land in Dutch.

Loon op Zand and Kaatsheuvel are located 5 and 11km
north of Tilburg, respectively. If travelling by car simply
take the N261. Parking isn’t hard to find and is free in the
city centre. Parking at the Efteling Theme Park will cost you
about €10/day. The villages are easily accessible by direct
buses from Tilburg. Buses No.136, 300 and 302 depart Tilburg Central Station for Loon op Zand, De Moer and Kaatsheuvel almost every half hour. Bus No.300 stops directly
in front of the Efteling. All of the villages are also within
cycling distance and the scenic trip from Tilburg to Kaatsheuvel is definitely worth the trip.

Housed in an authentic windmill dating back to 1849,
this restaurant is the ideal place for a tasty meal in a
unique space. The beautiful location contributes to
the overall experience and you can drop by for both
lunch and dinner at De Molen.QM-7, Vaartstraat
102, Kaatsheuvel, tel. (+31) 416 53 02 30, www.
demolenkaatsheuvel.nl. Open 11:30 - 21:30. Closed
Mon. (€20 - 25). IGBK
Travel back in time to an era when shoemakers and tanners were still the backbone of Kaatsheuvel’s economy
at this cosy, inviting restaurant. The décor is simple, yet
charming, especially the sliding doors with stained glass
windows. It’s also possible to dine outside in a beautiful
ivy-covered arbour.QL-7, Peperstraat 8, Kaatsheuvel,
tel. (+31) 416 85 82 00, www.deoudeleest.nl. Open
11:30 - 23:00, Sun 16:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€13
- 18). GBK
46 Tilburg In Your Pocket

Built in 1394, this church was originally designed in Romanesque style, but around 1400 it was extended with
a choir in the Gothic style. The tower and transept were
added in 1450. In the 17th century it served as stables, then
as a fire station and, for a brief amount of time, as a prison,
but in 1821 it was reconsecrated as a Catholic church.
Don’t forget to take a look at the crypt in the cemetery
that dated from 1898. Over 30 members of the local Verheyen family are buried there.QM-7, Oranjeplein 1, Loon
op Zand, tel. (+31) 416 36 12 15. Open 09:00 - 18:00. J
The Van Loon riding school specialises in horseback riding, cycling, hiking and mountain biking and you can enjoy true Brabant hospitality at the adjoining pub with its
spectacular views of the Loonse and Drunense dunes in
background. Warm yourself by the wood stove after a day
on the dunes. QM-7, Kloosterstraat 115, Loon op Zand,
tel. (+31) 416 36 15 19, www.hotelmanegevanloon.nl.
Open 10:00 - 00:00, Tue 17:00 - 00:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00,
Sat, Sun 09:00 - 00:00. Closed Mon. T6IBK
The dunes in this national park are unique and not to be
found anywhere else in North Western Europe. Its sands
are always moving. At the end of the 19th century woodlands were planted around the ‘drifting lands’ to control
this unusual movement. On the south side of the park lies
the De Brand marshland. Although very beautiful in autumn and winter, the best way to explore the Loonse and
Drunense Dunes is on foot or by bike in spring or summer.
QM-7, www.nationaalpark.nl.
This windmill was built in 1849 by Couwenbergh, a local
miller. Unfortunately, the mill was severely damaged during
World War II. In 1994 it was sold and then completely restored
by its new owners, who also converted the neighbouring
warehouse building into a restaurant. The mill is still in use,
but only for milling flour to bake bread for the restaurant. The
windmill is accessible via a small entrance from the restaurant.
QM-7, Vaartstraat 102, Kaatsheuvel, tel. (+31) 416 53 02 30,
www.restaurantdemolen.nl. Open 12:00 - 21:30. T

Only a five-minute walk to the Efteling amusement park
and not far from the centre of Kaatsheuvel, this hotel offers
comfortable rooms for up to six people and has a lovely terrace overlooking the Efteling. The rooms offer flat screen
TVs, a private bathroom with shower, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries and you can also rent electric bicycles
at the hotel.QM-7, Van Heeswijkstraat 1, Kaatsheuvel,
tel. (+31) 416 28 21 12, www.restauranthoteldelakei.nl.


013 32
Anvers 18
Asian Boulevard 24
Auberge Du Bonheur
Avans Hogeschool 35
Bakkertje Bol
Bastion Hotel Tilburg
Beans & Bites
Bet Kolen
Biku 20
Boekanier 31
Boerke Mutsaers 19
Bommel Beer
Boslust 25
Brabant Museum of
Nature 35
Cemetery 36
Broodje Jantje
Buutvrij 26
Café Bakker
Café Hoegaarden 29
Cinqueminuti 23
City Hotel Tilburg 42
Corton 31
Cul de Sac
De Baret
De Druiventros 45

De Havenmeester 26
De Keer
De Kievitshoeve 22
De Kleine Indo
De Korenbloem 28
De Living
De Oliemeulen 37
De Pont
De Postelse Hoeve 42
De Ritz
De Rooi Pannen 22, 44
De Slijterij
De Spaarbank
De Wijn
Een der
Koningshoeven 44
Enjoii 24
Epic 30
Etenstijd 18
Extase 28
Fahrenheit 26
Faja Lobi
Fontys Rock Academy
Frozi Yogi
Koningshoeven 44
Gember & Sereh 22

Gust van Dijk
Hasselt Chapel
Havana 28
Heaven’s Kitchen 21
Het Wapen van
Tilburg 44
Hoeve de Mertel 45
Humphrey’s 19
Ibis Tilburg
Intermezzo 22
I Pin Ke
Jade 18
Jasmine 25
Karel 28
Karnak 30
Kim’s Kroeg
King Willem II
Stadium 32
Klein Tilburg
Abbey 32
Kras2 27
Lambiek 29
Le Clochard
Lelia en Michel Bakker
Lucebert 20
L!ve Music Bar
Mañana 24
MeesterS 24
Melisa 25

Aartestraat, Jan
Acaciastraat A1
Akkerstraat A3
Alexanderstraat C3
Annahof, Sint
Annaplein, Sint
Annastraat, Sint
Antoniusstraat B2
Atelierstraat C1
Barkstraat D4
Besterdring D1
Bleshof B3
Bodehof C2
Boomstraat A2
Louis B4
Brabantlaan, Hart van
Bredaseweg A3
Burgemeester A1
Burgerijpad A2
Buxusplaats A1
Capucijnenstraat A4
Catamaranstraat E4
Cavaleriestraat D3
Clercxstraat D4
Damsstraat D3
Dionysiusstraat A2
Professor=3 E2
Dunantstraat E2

Elzenhof A2
Elzenstraat A2
Emmapassage C3
Emmastraat D3
Enschotsestraat E1
Esdoornstraat=4 A2
Fabriekstraat A2
Fleminghof E3
Flemingstraat E3
Fraterstraat A1
Galeipad D4
Galjoenhof E4
Galjoenstraat E4
Gardiaanhof A4
Gasthuisring A1
Girostraat C3
Goudenregenstraat E1
Harmoniepark B2
Helga Deentuin
Hendrikhof C3
Heuvel D2
Heuvel, Achter de E2
Heuvelpoort=1 D3
Heuvelring D2
Heuvelstraat B3
Hoogvensestraat E3
Huzarenstraat E3
IJzerstraat C2
Jasmijnstraat E1
Jolstraat E4
Josephstraat, Sint E3
Kapelhof B3

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Karrestraat C2
Kazernehof E3
Kerkpad C3
Klipperplein D4
Kloosterstraat B4
Koestraat D1
Koggeplein E4
Koningsplein C4
Koopvaardijstraat D4
Korte Schijfstraat A2
Korte Tuinstraat
Korvelseweg A4
Kotterstraat E4
Kurassiersstraat E3
Laagstraat A2
Lanciersstraat E3
Landsteinerstraat E2
Lange Schijfstraat A4
Langestraat B2
Leliestraat E1
Lochtstraat A1
Madeliefstraat E1
Magazijnstraat C2
Mariastraat B3
Mattheushof, Frater A4
Mauritshof D4
Monumentstraat C3
Nazarethstraat A4
Nieuwlandstraat B3
Noordhoekring A3
Noordstraat A2
Ns-Plein D1

Mercure Hotel Tilburg
Centrum 42
Minos Pallas
Monarh 21
Monument to the
15th Scottish Division
Mugs & Muffins 27
Museumcafé 27
Old Town Square 36
Oude Warande
Palace-Town Hall 32
Philip 31
Poolcentrum 4
Friends 31
Puur Mercure
Rodeo Grill
Restaurant 21
Ruby’s Irish Pub 31
Sarban 18
Shinzo 24
Snitz 20
Square 31
Stadscamping 45
Stadsgidserij 36
St. Dionysos Church
St. Joseph’s Church 34
St. Paul’s Church 34
St. Petrus
Studio Tilburg

Sushi Boulevard 24
Sushi Suki
Taste! 20
Taverna De Griek 21
Theatres Tilburg 34
The Clothespin 35
The Jug Pisser
The Talk
The TextielMuseum 35
Tilburg Sourdough 26
Tilburg University 34
T Kwadraat
Tortilla’s 25
Tuinhuis Culinair 21
‘t Vaticaan
‘t Zusje
Van der Valk Hotel
Gilze-Tilburg 45
Van Vlerken
Vapiano 23
Vincent’s Art Room 36
Waalwijk hotel
Westpoint 34
Wilhelminapark 36
Willem II Statue 37
Yammie 21
Zoete Zaken

Oranjestraat D3
Ordonnansenstraat E3
Oudedijk B4
Oude Markt
Paleisring D3
Pasteurhof E2
Pasteurstraat E2
Paulownahof, Anna C4
Paulussehof, Frater B3
Piushaven E4
Piusplein D3
Piusstraat D4
Poststraat B2
Rankenstraat B3
Roemerhof B3
Romboutshof, Frater
Rozenplein E1
Rozenstraat E1
Salkplantsoen E2
Schoenerstraat E4
Schoolstraat A3
Schouwburgpromenade B4
Schouwburgring B3
Sebastiaanstraat, Sint
Seringenhof E1
Sonstraat, Van
Sophiastraat C3
Spoorlaan B1
Stadhuisplein C3
Stadhuisstraat C3
Stadstraat C4

Stationsstraat B2
Stolbergstraat, Juliana
van D3
Telefoonstraat C3
Telegraafstraat C2
Telexstraat C2
Tivolistraat E2
Tjalkstraat D4
Trouwlaan A4
Tuinstraat B2
Tulpstraat=5 E1
Utrechtsestraat A2
Veemarktstraat D2
Vincentiuspad B3
Vincentiusstraat A3
Vorstenhof D4
Vreedepad, Pieter C2
Vreedeplein, Pieter C2
Vreedestraat, Pieter
Vrouweplein, Lieve A4
Wagenstraat D1
Wilgenstraat A3
Willem II Straat
Willemsplein C4
Wingerdhoek B3
Zomerstraat B4
Zuid-Oosterstraat E1
Zwaanstraat D3
Zwijsenplein C4
Zwijsenstraat, Bisschop


Old town map

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