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The Spoorzone in Tilburg is the area right behind the central train station that has been useless for years but is now hot and happening! In the last few years all kinds of new restaurants have opened up in the Spoorzone and I can imagine that it’s difficult to keep up with them. I literally live on the other side of the train tracks and I’ve tried everything by now. On this page I’ve shared an overview of all the food spots in the Spoorzone. I’m curious to hear if you’ve been to all of them!
Let’s start with my favorite place for a cup of coffee in the morning: Stoom013 (Steam 013). It’s located in a train compartment next to skatepark Hall of Fame. They have delicious coffees (with several kinds of (plant based) milk), multiple fresh teas and every day a different kind of cake. All of theme are home made by the way!
If you’re looking for a special night out you should go to the Houtloods. The interior is different than a regular restaurant. The open kitchen is placed at the center of the restaurant. You can literally watch the chefs as you’re having dinner. I always appreciate my plate so much more when I see how much effort the chefs have put into it! And they really do put a lof of effort in each dish. The combination of flavors and textures is perfectly in tune!
De Wagon is from the same owners as De Houtloods and just like Stoom013 it’s also housed in a train compartment. The unique location is a reason to visit on its own, but the food is also delicious! And what I like best is that they have their own homemade iced teas, juices and lemonades. They have a simple but tasty lunch menu and an exclusive dinner menu.
Smeer ‘m is a bit hidden and the first time you might need to search for the entrance. But it’s worth while! Smeer ‘m is open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 3, so it’s perfect for lunch on your day off or to drop by to get a sandwich in your lunch break when you work in the city center. They also deliver, so if you’re lunchbreak isn’t long enough to visit Smeer ‘m, they can deliver your sandwich to your office. They have soups, salads, grilled cheese and sandwiches including this vegetarian sandwich with hummus and vegetables.
Sooss calls itself a ‘social cafe’, and rightfully so because besides a cup of coffee and a nice lunch there’s much more to do at Sooss. From yoga workshops to massages and from meditation to work-outs: you can do it all at Sooss. And they also have healthy take-out meals. Every day Jos from Josjes Daily Meals makes sure you can get a meat, fish or vegetarian meal to-go (or to stay). I had this delicious vegetarian lentil burger served with lettuce, sun dried tomatoes and smoked pepper.
RAW is one of the restaurants in the Spoorzone that is clearly visible from the train by the colored lamps and the big lit letters at the facade. Especially in summer raw looks very appealing with its benches from pallets and big fat boys. RAW is known for its beef dishes but they also have several options for vegetarians. It’s the perfect location for a quick bite or a drink with friends.
Gourmet Market Central Station is a food market with many different kitchens inside it. From Spanish to Greek, there’s something for everyone. The great thing about this food market compared to others is that you can order from your table. So you don’t have to wait in line anywhere and you can be together with your friends all the time. The drinks are also delivered at your table.
MOOD by Eveline Wu
After owning successful restaurants in Eindhoven and other cities, Eveline Wu opened up a restaurant in Tilburg. She opened a Tilburg location of her Mood restaurant. Mood Tilburg opened up in the Spoorzone, at the place where Restaurant Monchou used to be. Monchou (from the owners of Monarh) never opened up as a restaurant, so the space was brand new. Although the also have other main dishes, they’re mostly popular because of their good sushi. It’s not cheap, but the quality is very high. A sushi boat for 2 people is 65,-.
Bagels and Beans
Besides the Bagels and Beans location on the corner of the Heuvelstraat and the Oude Markt, a second location in Tilburg opened up in the beginning of 2023. You can find the Bagels and Beans in the Spoorzone, in between the Lochal and the Gourmet Market. So it’s right when you walk out of the Central Station. Perfect for when you need to wait on the next train!
At the beginning of 2023, LOC Brewery opened up at a new location. But don’t worry; they’re still in the Spoorzone. Besides of course serving their own beers, they also have a menu with bar food.