Eindhoven has been a bit behind foodwise. For years there were little healthy hotspots to be found. Luckily things are changing! Below I’ve listed my favorite healthy hotspots in Eindhoven. Hopefully I’ll soon be able to expand the list and add more veggie friendly food spots!
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Onder de Leidingstraat
Onder de Leidingstraat is a deli meets lunchroom meets take-out in the hippest area of Eindhoven Strijp-S. The old Philips factories are now being used as hip shops, creative spaces and new restaurants. My favorite is Onder de Leidingstraat. They serve breakfast all day (Gluten free granola! Vegan chia pudding!), have delicious salads and a wide range of sandwiches. They have two vegan sandwiches on the menu, including the homemade pumpkin spread and mushroom sandwich pictured above. They also have a small ‘supermercado’ where you can buy many healthy products from small independent brands.
The Happiness Cafe
The Happiness Cafe is a great name for this cafe, because it makes you very happy! It’s right across the street from Usine and serves all day breakfast, salads, sandwiches and homemade sweets. They have many vegetarian options and even a few gluten free and vegan options. Especially the latter is quite unique in Eindhoven where many cafes still serve the usual ‘meat, fish or cheese’. Just look at the delicious vegan sandwich with hummus, avocado and pumpkin they have! I can also recommend the vegan salad with tempeh and the homemade raw pastries.
Bij Albrecht is run by a young couple; he’s an experienced chef and she’s a nutritionist specialized in natural food. They started By Albrecht with a mission to have a restaurant with a minimal footprint and to inspire a vegetarian (or vegan) lifestyle. They sure have inspired me! They have many delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu. The sandwich with grilled vegetables and pesto is my favorite for lunch and their Thai Curry is my recommendation for dinner!
Zwart Wit Koffie
Zwart Wit Koffie (Black White Coffee) is a great place for a good cup of coffee or tea. They also have a short but good food menu. Just a couple of items to choose from but two of them are vegetarian and they both taste really good. You’ve got a veggie breakfast with avocado, poached egg and cheese and a sourdough bread sandwich with roasted cauliflower, apple, pumpkin cream and balsamic. It’s around the corner from Bij Aalbrecht so it might be your favorite neighborhood!
There are probably quite a few places where you can get falafel in Eindhoven, but there are a few reasons why I recommend this one in particular. First of all they have whole wheat pita bread. I think they’re so much tastier and healthier than white bread! Second of all the owner is super friendly. He makes you feel relaxed and takes good care of you. And last but not least: they have many vegan options! They even have several vegan desserts including a date-nut cake and vegan baklava.
I told you how Strijp-S is the upcoming area in Endhoven, the downside is that it’s quite far away from the city center. Usine on the other hand is right in the middle of the centre (just like the Happiness Cafe), it’s close to the central station and has a big parking lot which makes it super easy to reach. The menu has many meat options, but they do have a great vegetarian lasagna and my favorite: a quiche with goat cheese, pumpkin, sweet potato and mushrooms. Bad news for the vegans; you won’t find many options here.