Things to do in Eindhoven

Popular student areas in Eindhoven

While student associations offer all sorts of activities for students to meet and mingle, local pubs and bars are also great places to go. Many even host student nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students also hang out at the university libraries, the trendy restaurants and cafes, and dozens of other meeting spots.

Where to eat in Eindhoven

Eindhoven is home to numerous types of international foods, from everything from Mexican tortillas to Spanish tapas, or homemade Italian pastas to grilled Argentine meats. The Trafalgar Pub is especially popular with students for its budget-friendly menu and its great beer selection. Café Mundial offers a long list of really creative cocktails if you’re feeling adventurous.

Eindhoven nightlife

Being a student city with a young population, the nightlife options are abundant. Here are a few to help get you started.


If you’re up for dancing with your new classmate into the wee hours of the morning, then you’ve found your spot. There are over 50 nightclubs and bustling pubs on this one street, with music for just about everyone. In fact, it’s so popular that people come from all over to join in on the fun. Some of the most popular among students are:

  • Lempke
  • Café Thomas
  • De Spijker
  • Thuys
  • Costa

The Market Square

This open-air square with plenty of seating is full of tables and chairs and it’s a popular meet-up spot, especially on the rare occasion of a sunny day. However, the pubs and restaurants in this area are a bit pricey, so if you’re watching your budget, try another area for meals.

Events in Eindhoven


When it’s Carnival time in Eindhoven, you can expect the entire city to pretty much come to a halt, with all thoughts pointed to having an epic time. Residents and visitors alike wear vibrant costumes and take part in one gigantic party, complete with parades, dancing and all types of music. There’s something for everyone, regardless of the age.

King's day

Koningsdag (King's day) on the 27th of April is a national holiday in the Netherlands and is a celebration of the King’s birthday! There are plenty of activities around the city like flea markets, live concerts, dancing and, of course, food! The whole city, both native and international, comes together with stages, beers and entertainment.

Student Sport Center

Sports and fitness are a high priority in Eindhoven and at the universities. The Student Sport Center Eindhoven (SSC) is the largest state-of-the-art facility for both the staff and the students of TU/e, Fontys and Design Academy Eindhoven. It offers over 70 different types of sports and classes, along with health, relaxation and recreational benefits, health and relaxation. Students can get a sport card for a low price, enabling participation in all of the sporting activities and fitness courses.

Theatres in Eindhoven

Eindhoven’s cultural side has really been given a boost in the past few years, especially with the additions of the new stage at the Effenaar, the Dynamo youth center and the Park Theatre. Plus, Plaza Futura is home to the international concerts, events and performances at the Frits Philips Music Center.


Located on the Dommelstraat, this pop stage attracts a mixture of both well-known bands and rising talent. Saturday evenings are the nights to enjoy 80's & 90’s parties, along with a great list of prominent DJs. Sometimes there are also comedy events, and food is served at cheap prices, too,

Park Theater

The Park Theater always has a full calendar of dance, stage and intimate cabaret performances. Additionally, students can get a nice discount if they wait to purchase their tickets an hour before showtime.

Frits Philips Music Center

The Frits Philips Music Center is more of an upscale venue, housed in a posh theater with seating and a strict no-food-and-drinks policy. This is the place to be when you’re ready for a night from symphony orchestras or well-known pop and jazz artists.

Museums in Eindhoven

Eindhoven is home to several culturally significant museums. If you’re ready to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon exploring them, start with these three!

Van Abbemuseum - Bilderdijklaan 10

Known internationally for its contemporary and modern art collections, the Van Abbemuseum is popular with the artistically inclined, or those who simply appreciate fascinating art. You can view works from Picasso, Appel, Chagall, El Lissitzky, Kandinsky, Theo van Doesbur and Mondriaan.

Eindhoven Museum - Boutenslaan 161 B

If the idea of going back in time to the prehistoric period or the Middle Ages is appealing to you, then this might be your new favorite museum. You can be an Iron-Age blacksmith, brew some beer, and even take a walk through herb gardens, historic farmhouses and hayricks.

Philips Museum - Emmasingel 31

The Philips Museum takes you along for the ride, showing just how a simple manufacturer of incandescent lamps evolved into a gigantic international group of numerous different companies. You can experience everything from its inception in 1891 to the upcoming innovations in store for tomorrow.

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