Gentrification is the ultimate catchword of our current day and age. In recent years I’ve seen undesired areas in cities such as London and Amsterdam turn into fashionable destinations. And I can see the same process taking place in my old hometown of Tilburg in the south of the Netherlands. This former industrial town is filled with derelict factory and warehouse spaces which are now being transformed into swanky bars and restaurants. On a recent trip back home, a dear friend took me out for lunch at EethuisTwintig in the Piushaven area. This was previously just an old harbour at the edge of the city. Today it is a buzzing new city quarter filled with trendy bars, restaurants and shops.
Update November 2019: since writing this article, the restaurant doesn’t sell furniture anymore. You can still indulge in delicious meals in this must-visit area though!
From industrial to cultural
Trying to find a lunch spot at the Piushaven is not an easy task nowadays. There are just too many options! Quite unlike the days when I went to Uni in Tilburg. Back in those days the city was mostly known as a former industrial town and thriving student city. While the pub grub tasted just fine back then, I wouldn’t care much for such a meal again.
Like myself, Tilburg has aged gracefully and become more sophisticated indeed. With the opening of new wine bars, pubs and restaurants at the Piushaven, you’re spoilt for choice. Nowadays you can choose anything from Spanish tapas at Doncurado to sushi at Shinzo and grilled meats and seafood at HeAVENS Kitchen. Almost all restaurants and bars have additional outdoor seating right next to the water, making it an even more desirable hotspot on sunny days.
Food & furniture at EethuisTwintig
My friend and I ended up at EethuisTwintig, one of the stunning newcomers on the Piushaven. This so-called ‘lifestyle’ restaurant is located in the former Falcon factory where they used to make rain attire. They share the old factory space with several other businesses including chocolatier Huize Geers and the excellent bakery Bikken & Bakken. The latter’s scrumptious sourdough bread and nut bread also appear on the EethuisTwintig food menu. And from EethuisTwintig you can even see the next door bakers creating their delights through the glass screen that divides the two businesses.
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While you treat your taste buds to the mouthwatering platter of mezze or nut bread with hummus and goat’s cheese, you can feast your eyes on the beautiful interior. It doesn’t take long to realise that EethuisTwintig is more than a restaurant, it’s also an interior design shop where everything from the tables to lights are for sale. So don’t look too surprised if you see a price tag on your seat!
EethuisTwintig is open on Tuesday – Sunday from noon (and from 10am on weekends)
Adress: Piushaven 20 b, 5017 AN Tilburg
Phone: +31 (0)13-5914906
Have you ever been to Tilburg? What did you like most about the city?
Let me know in a comment below! Thanks, Zarina xx