I love it how my hometown Tilburg is getting better and better. So many nice restaurants have opened up in the last few years. This year, the year 2020, is a strange year due to the Corona pandemic. But even though these are creazy times for restaurants, we’re lucky that several restaurants have opened up in Tilburg. Some have opened up right before the outbreak, and some have opened up because of the situation. These times call for creative solutions! On this page I’m sharing all new restaurants in Tilburg that have opened up in 2020. I keep updating it every time a new restaurant opens.
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Steck013 has opened up in the former Lindeboom restaurant on the infamous ‘vijfsprong’ in the city center of Tilburg. It’s a real traditional ‘eetcafe’ like we used to have many of in Tilburg. But they’re slowly disappearing with all the hip food concepts opening up. Luckily Steck 013 gives you that oldfashioned feel of a living room style cafe with an affordable menu. You can see that it’s modern though, by the large amount of vegetarian options on their menu. I had this vegetarian quiche and it was delicious.
Restaurant T-Huis has opened up in the Spoorpark. The owner of T-Huis also owns Restaurant Rak at the Piushaven, and you can see the similarities in the menu. Which is not a bad thing, as I love Rak!
For a restaurant in a public park, the menu isn’t very child-friendly. But it’s great for millenials like myself. The dishes are high in flavor and you might want to save room for dessert as you get to choose it from a board with all options on display.
Click here to read more about T-Huis Spoorpark.
Hungree is a take-out and delivery restaurant. It’s located near the Julianapark in Tilburg Noord. But no worries if you think that’s too far away from where you live; you can just have your food delivered to your door. They’ve got all kinds of dishes at Hungree. My boyfriend loves their chicken satey. And I love it that the have no less than 3 vegetarian options. Pictured you see the red beet burger with sweet potato fries.
On June 1st Stadscafe Brick has opened in the Stadhuisstraat. You can visit Brick for lunch, dinner or a drink. Their menu has all the classic lunch and dinner dishes and some surprising dinner dishes with an Indonesian twist like Rendang and (chicken or vegetarian) sate.
Softy’s is a great example of how you can be creative as a restaurant during these strange Corona times. The train compartment of restaurant Eetbar de Wagon in the Spoorzone that is normally used for business meetings and group activities, is now turned into an Ice Cream parlor. At Softy’s you can get your soft-serve to go. They’ve got 8 different flavors that are not your average soft-serve (or ‘softijs’) flavors. The most alternative one, for the dare-devils, is bacon, egg and cornflakes. But you can also play it more safe with strawberry, basil and olives or with yuzu and blueberries.
Cote Sur Vive
Another great example of a creative initiative in Corona times is Cote Sur Vive. You can find it at the terrace of the Boemel in the Spoorzone. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation in your own city if you’re going there. There are bean bags and a bar, but there are also great activities and entertainment like the ‘sit down disco dance’.
De Falafelbar has opened up in Bank15 and is the brother of Bao atelier Kokumi that was already there. They’re starting with a small menu with mostly just pita falafel. But they’ll be expending soon. Now that Bank15 will move from the Spoorlaan you can’t sit down at the restaurant, but you can still order the dishes for delivery.
There’s a new delivery and take-out restaurant in de Reeshof. Tex-Mex Streetfood delivers, you’ve guessed it, Tex-Mex streetfood. Their Texan-Mexican menu consits of dishes like nacho’s, buffalo wings and tortillas. For now they deliver in de Reeshof and Tilburg West but they do have plans to expand to other neighborhoods too.
Nondejeu is not really a new restaurant in Tilburg. It focuses more on their Prison Island game and their Jeu de Boules (pétanque) courts (the name is a combination of a Dutch curse word and ‘jeu’ from Jeu de Boules). But they also have a bar and seats and they serve some bar snacks, so I think it’s nice to mention them on this list anyway. On the menu of Nondejeu you can find nuts, nacho’s and bitterballen.
The Prison Island games at Nondejeu are actually a really cool activity. There are all kinds of rooms in which you’ll have so do activities to earn points. There are all kinds of categories, from physical to tactical.
You might remember Beachy from when it popped up in 2019 near the Schouwburg. This year they’re back in Tilburg Noord. Close to the roundabout with the turning house. It’s a real ‘city beach’ with sand and beach chairs, close to the water of the Wilhelminakanaal. They organize Corona proof parties on a regular basis that are very popular with students.
After Hoki Poki and Sorry not Sorry closed down, we only had 1 Poke Bowl restaurant left in Tilburg. But since August 2020, we have another one: Poké You. You can find Poké You near the Albert Heijn XL supermarket. For now they’re only open for take-away, but they’ll be open for delivery soon. You can go for one of the poké bowls from the menu or design your own. You can choose between white or brown sushi rice or lettuce as the base and choose from almost 20 ingredients. They have enough vegetarian and vegan options to choose from.
Oostwest Cultuur cafe
Oostwest Cultuur café is a coffee bar and lunchroom at the Tilburg International Center. You can find it right behind the Pieter Vreedeplein. At the ‘culture cafe’ you can get all kinds of coffee and tea. Not just the European styles, but coffees and teas from all over the world. There are also a few cakes and lunch dishes available. There are asylum seekers with a residence permit are working at the cafe. This way all kinds of cultures are melting together at the Oostwest Cultuur café.
You can find Pulcinos on the spot where Hoki Poke used to be on the Nieuwlandstraat. It’s a combination of a delicacy shop and a restaurant. You can sit down on one of the few tables and have a good lunch or dinner. On the menu you can find dishes like Turkish bread with avocado and za’atar or a (vegetarian) burger. The 2 guys behind Pulcino’s also have a Limoncello, so you’ll find products with limoncellon on the menu as well. Like limoncello ice cream and limoncello chocolates made by Friandries. I ordered a limoncello with tonic to go with it for a whole limoncello experience.
Koppig is a brunch café where you can enjoy breakfast and lunch dishes all day long. They’ve opened up at the spot where Ovide (and before that Mugs & Muffins) used to be on the Tuinstraat and it’s ran by two ladies. On the menu are pancakes, waffles, eggs Bennedict, grilled cheese sandwiches and much more. Pictured you see their sandwich with homemade spinach spread.
Mercado Emma is a food market in the Emma passage. You can buy all kinds of delicacies and high quality products here, like purple cauliflower, local beers and exotic herbs. There’s also a restaurant area with over 60 seats where you can enjoy lunch or coffee with cake. With sandwiches for only 6 euros they’re one of the cheapest lunch spots in town. And you can also find the Green Chef in Mercado Emma with vegan food. This ‘Vegan Garden’ is a delicious sharing platter on the menu of De Groene Chef.
Silk Road Restaurant
Silk Road is the new restaurant from the owners of Sarban on the Besterdring. At Sarban you get a living room feeling and they serve Afghan food. At Silk Road in the city center of Tilburg they’ve created a more restaurant feeling and they serve dishes from all kinds of areas in the East. They’ve got all kinds of mezze on the menu, so you order small dishes to share with your table. There are plenty options for vegetarians ans well and the kitchen is halal. They also have a special vegan menu with 7 plant-based mezze like dahl and tabouleh.
De Spinnerij will be Tilburg’s first cat cafe! Here you can enjoy a coffee while you cuddle with cats. They also have a cool mural with a cute ginger cat. They’ve opened up on October 4th 2020, on animal day. You can find them in de Langestraat, where you can also find Don’s Noodle Shop.
PYKE Pop-up Bar
PYKE is a new drink from Tilburg! It’s a seltzer, a popular drink in America that is taking over the Dutch market. Seltzer is a low-alcohol, low-calorie drink. PYKE is brewed in Tilburg and to celebrate their launch they’ve opened up a pop-up bar at the Heuvelring in Tilburg. They’re open from Wednesdays to Sundays and you can taste all 3 seltzer flavours there.
TOKObar to go
TOKObar to go is a little deli in the Nieuwlandstraat in the city center of Tilburg. It opened up at the end of October 2020. They offer great Asian street food, mainly bao buns. You can also make it a menu with twister fries. They’ve also got a great vegan bao with baked tempeh. They’re open Wednesday till Sunday.
On the corner of the Heuvelstraat and the Frederiksstraat (the small street leading to the Pieter Vreedeplein) you can soon find DutchHomemade. It’s a small shop selling macarons and ice-cream. They’ve already had a shop in Eindhoven for some time and now they’ll open up in Tilburg too.
Lulu Tea Bar
Opposite of DutchHomemade, so also on the corner of the Heuvelstraat and Frederiksstraat, you’ll soon find Lulu Tea Bar. She’ll sell home made ice tea’s, matcha lattes, red velvet lattes and even Bubble Tea.
Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to Club Jolie, a great restaurant at the Piushaven. But another great business will open up in its place. The name isn’t known yet, but it’ll be an Italian Trattoria. It’ll be a delicacy shop that also sells pizza’s, wines and other authentic Italian dishes.
In December 2020 Restaurant Monchou will open up in Tilburg. Monchou is the sister of Restaurant Monarh. They will open up in the Plan-T building, next to the Lochal in the Spoorzone. It’s a big building and they’ll be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’ll also have a patisserie where you can get some delicious sweets.
A new cafe will open at the Wilhelminapark, on the spot where Cafe Lambik used to be. The cafe will be called Cafe Mimi. Apparently Mimi was the nickname of queen Wilhelmina. The area around the Wilhelminapark is getting a great upgrade. Several new cafes have opened up and the neighbourhood Theresia is getting nicer and nicer to live in. Cafe Mimi will also be a great spot for after your museum visit as it’s close to De Pont and Textiel museum.
Via Porto and Paleis
In January 2021, two more new businesses will open up in Tilburg. They’re called Via Porto and Paleis and they’re both located on the Paleisring in the city center. The owner is Rick Broers, who currently owns party cafe de Prins. The two empty slots are located next to his current cafe.
Via Porto will be a restaurant and Paleis will be a snackbar.
Want another bucket-list?
Click here for all restaurants that have opened up in Tilburg in 2019.