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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 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.
The interior at Eve is beautiful! And the menu is alright as well. Alas the service isn’t what it should be. So don’t go to Eve when you’re in a hurry or when you have an allergy. But if you want to impress your guests from another city, Eve is a fine place for a drink. It’s a spacious building and the interior and furniture are well thought out. Also check the huge gear wheels above the bar and the wine lockers on the 1st floor.
The Lochal is a beautiful award-winning building that houses the library amongst other things. There’s also a food cafe in the Lochal where they serve a great lunch. They have lunch platters, sandwiches or salads that all come in 3 versions; with meat, fish or vegetarian. The dark sourdough bun with Italian cheese, rocket and grilled vegetables is my favorite.