by Rebekah Villon @rvillon
Some may say otherwise, but lunch is the most important meal of the day. During the week, it’s critical to get away from your desk, relax, clear your head, and then return to work with a renewed energy and focus. On the weekend, lunch helps you recover from a late night out, or gives you strength to face a long evening ahead. Breakfast is overrated. Lunch is where it’s at. And here are some of the best lunches in Eindhoven.
ZwartWit Koffie: Casual lunches, incredible coffee
ZwartWit is a relaxed, comfortable cafe in Victoria park. It has a spacious, slightly industrial interior, and plenty of seating on the terrace. They specialize (as the name implies) in exceptionally-crafted coffee and espresso drinks, but their selection of pastries, sandwiches, and snacks will easily satisfy any appetite. You can also scale up your lunch by adding a fresh salad or increasing the portion size if you are hungry. The cakes are home made, the tea is brewed to perfection, and the staff are warm and welcoming. It’s a great spot for a casual lunch.
Giornale: Their iconic sharing menu is just as good at lunchtime
Giornale in Stationsplein is an institution for cocktails, and often has long waits for dinner. But it is also a fantastic option for lunch, and it’s quieter during the day. Lunch plates are just as delicious and satisfying as their dinner options, but at a lower price and with no waiting. Of course, the steaks, pastas, and fish dishes are exceptional, but everyone loves the Giornale take on tapas, where you can order small portions to share of several dishes. It’s a great way to have a fun, light lunch in an incredible atmosphere.
Usine: An Eindhoven lunchtime institution
There’s a reason that Usine in the Philips Light Tower is an Eindhoven lunch time favorite. The spacious, industrial décor, central location, spacious terrace, and delicious menu bring people back again and again. It is also a kid-friendly environment, if your lunch includes small people. They are best known for their meat dishes, including the pork belly, but also have delicious vegetarian options. Usine is a popular coffee, lunch, cocktail, and meetup spot, and never a bad choice.
Velosoof: A thoroughly Dutch lunch in a bike cafe
For the Dutch, cycling is more than just a means of transportation: it’s a way of life. And nobody knows that better than Velosoof, a cycling cafe in the Gasfabriek. It’s full of cycling images and memorabilia, and they offer on-site bike sales, parts, and repairs, along with sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers, and uitsmijters (fried eggs served on buttered bread) for any appetite. For bike commuters, the ability to have lunch while repairing your bike can be incredibly convenient. It has great atmosphere, friendly staff, and is a fun place to grab lunch or a drink. They are closed on Mondays, though.
Meneer de Boer: Comfort food to soothe your soul
So, breakfast may be overrated, but not when you can have it all day long. At Meneer de Boer, you can have breakfast whenever your body needs it, in a gorgeous traditional cafe on the Keizersgracht. Meneer de Boer is much-beloved, for good reason. Their home made food nurtures your body and soul, and has even been known to provide miraculous recovery from a hangover. While they do brisk brunch and lunch business on the weekends, it’s also a fantastic spot to visit during the week and snuggle up to comfort food.