The Piushaven is one of the fastest developing areas in Tilburg. 10 Years ago you’d find hardly any restaurants here and now it’s a lively area with food options for any time of the day and for any mood. From freshly baked croissants for breakfast, to tasty vegetarian lunches, streetfood from all over the world, ice cream and artisan beers to close the evening.
Just like the Spoorzone, the Piushaven (‘Pius Harbour’) is changing rapidly. Many new restaurants have opened up at Tilburgs waterfront.
On this page I’m sharing a list of all restaurants in the Piushaven in Tilburg. I’ve listed them in location order, starting with the ones closest to the city center and ending with the ones close to nature area Moerenburg.
Burgemeester Jansen is probably the oldest establishment that’s still located at the Piushaven. They’ve been there since 2005, long before all the other restaurants joined in. It’s a bar that is specialized in artisan beers. They were already selling ‘speciaalbier’ before it got trendy. They have 22 beers on tap and over 100 beers by the bottle. You can also order some snacks or small lunch bites at Burgemeester Jansen.
Jaxx Marina has opened up in 2020, you can find them next to Burgemeester Jansen where Heaven’s Kitchen used to be. Jaxx Marina has a beautiful interior, that is very Instagrammable! They’re open for lunch and dinner. Probably inspired by the harbor, owner Maarten Hoppenbrouwers created a Mediterranean menu. Inspired by France and with influences from Asia. On the lunch menu you’ll find salads, sandwiches, specialties and desserts. I went for this avocado toast with egg for my last lunch at Jaxx Marina.
For dinner their menu is divided in cold and hot starters and fish, meat and vegetarian. And of course they also have several desserts like cheesecake and pavlova.
You can find Restaurant Rak on the opposite side of the street, or actually almost on the opposite site of the water. Rak is located on a floating platform; only connected to land on one side. This means that if you’re having lunch or dinner at Rak; you’ll almost always have a view over the water. Don’t worry if you’re facing away from the water: the interior is beautiful to look at too. And if you watch closely you’ll also see patterns of waves in the interior!
Huize Geers is not a restaurant, but you can get some delicious food with them so I’ve added them to this list anyway. Huize Geer is a chocolatier. What makes them unique is that as one of the few chocolatiers in the Netherlands they make the entire product themselves; from bean to bar. You can visit their small store for some unique bonbons and they also serve delicious ice cream.
At the end of 2023 Pulcino’s will open up at the Piushaven. You might already know them from their Limoncello, or their small restaurant at the Nieuwlandstraat. They’ll open up where Eethuis Twintig used to be.
Bikken en Bakken
Bikken en Bakken is a bakery at the Piushaven, so you can go there for your breads, buns and pastries. But they also have a few tables inside and a big terrace where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch. Naturally, their menu items always include home-baked bread or buns.
According to many Shinzo Sushi is the best sushi restaurant of Tilburg. Try to get a table on the 1st floor, where the atmosphere is very nice. You wouldn’t even have the feeling that you’re in an ‘all-you-can-eat’ restaurant with the wooden roof and cosy illumination.
Stadsbrouwerij 013 is a beer brewery located at the Piushaven. Besides brewing beer they also have a restaurant where they serve delicious food. Some items on their menu are made with their beers, and all of them taste great with a beer of the brewery! The staff of the Stadsbrouwerij is wonderful, very friendly and knowledgeable.
Partyboat the Albatros, in the warer opposite Stadsbrouwerij 013, also belongs to them. It’s a great spot for a beer with friends.
From the owner of Restaurant Rak (see above), De Belinda is one of the restaurants that opened up in Tilburg in 2022. De Belinda can be found on a boat, where restaurant Boot013 used to be. De Belinda has a feeling of nostalgia, with a touch of Palm Springs. On the menu you’ll find the sophisticated versions of comfort food, like warm onion soup or a creamy pasta. And even a simple Dame Blanche is a culinary dish at De Belinda.
Harboury, located on a corner with a big terrace, is open for lunch, dinner and drinks. For lunch you can choose between 2, 3 or 4 courses and for dinner even up to 6 courses. They serve culinary classics like veal entrecote and lobster.
Besides the restaurant you can also find their shop Gastrovino Harboury at the Piushaven. Here you can buy good wines, meats, cheeses and other delicacies for at home.
Porto is the spot in the Piushaven to go for an ice cream and a good cup of coffee. You can go for dinner at one of the restaurants and then have an ice cream for dessert at Porto. You can pick your flavors for a cone or a cup, or go for one of their ice cream sundaes. They also have a large list of coffee specialties for your caffein fix.
Restaurant Good Mood
At restaurant Good Mood you can get a great lunch or dinner. They have quite an extensive menu so there’s something for everyone. For lunch they have several kinds of soups, salads and sandwiches. And if you can’t choose you can go for the ‘lunchplankje’, where you get a grilled cheese, sandwich and soup of your choice.
For dinner there are all kinds of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes like this vegetarian pasta. And make sure to leave some room for their chocolate cake; it’s probably the best in Tilburg.
Probably the most special ‘restaurant’ at the Piushaven is the so called Karvansara from Vittorio. Vittorio once flew from Iran and made Tilburg his new home. He’s one of the most hospitable people I’ve ever met. He created his own spot at the Piushaven next to the ‘draaibrug’. Here he created a living room with rugs and chairs. He sells delicious Persian ice cream but you’re also welcome if you just want to sit down and chat with the other guests.
Villa La Vida
Villa la Vida (previously known as Villa de Pastorie) got a complete new look at the end of 2022. The interior is very colorful with tropical wallpaper, many plants and colorful ribbons at the ceiling of the serre. On the menu you can find lunch, nibbles and dinner dishes from all over the world.
Owner Yvette from Zoete Moed used to have her own counter in concept store Het Pastorielokaal, right next to Villa la Vida at the Piushaven. But in April 2023 she moved her bakery to the Fatimastraat around the corner. As it’s still very close to the Piushaven, I’ve included her on this list. Yvette makes her own peanut butter that she sells at Zoete Moed. But I’m sure you won’t leave with only a jar of peanut butter when you got to Zoete Moed and you see all the delicious cakes that Yvette made. What she has for sale varies every day but it’s always home-made! You can also order cakes for your Birthday or any other party.
Also not directly at the Piushaven, but just a stone’s throw away and an absolute recommendation. Babbo is mostly know for their Pinsas. A Pinsa looks a bit like a pizza but this Roman dish is oval shaped and the dough contains more water making it easier to digest and lower in calories. But for me the Pinsa just tastes much better than most pizzas, but maybe I’m spoiled because I live so close to Babbo. You can order the Pinsas at Babbo for delivery, but if you eat at the restaurant there are many more options. You can go for a big anti pasti platter to share as a starter, and choose one of the pastas as a main.
Besides in the Piushaven, Tilburg has many other nice restaurants. Click here for all my food favorites in Tilburg.