A Student’s Guide to Cheap and Free Things to Do in Tilburg - 3 min read

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Lix caught up with Jody Rutjens, a student at Tilburg University studying Strategic Management, who shared with us where to eat, drink, shop and be entertained in Tilburg on a student budget. Check out her top three’s! 

Where to eat? 

Cafe Bolle
Piusplein 8, 5038 WL Tilburg, Netherlands
Korvelseweg 86, 5025 JJ Tilburg, Netherlands

Want to grab a quick bite in the heart of Tilburg? Look no further! Cafe Bolle serves quality pub food at a student-friendly price every day of the week. Whether you’re looking to have lunch, dinner or drinks, this place has it all. Special tip: look for the weekly ‘student bite’ on the menu—a different dish every week for only 9.90.

Burgemeester Brokxlaan 30, 5041 SB Tilburg, Netherlands

One of the highlights of the newly developed Spoorzone in Tilburg is culinary hotspot RAW. The name of the restaurant stands for ‘Restaurant Always Welcome’, which is exactly the vibe you get when you enter the venue. If the weather allows it, guests can also take a seat at one of the tables on the cozy outside terrace. Even though there is no set menu, you are guaranteed to get a good meal at a great value!

Lunchroom de Carrousel
Schouwburgring 1, 5038 TK Tilburg, Netherlands

In the heart of Tilburg, you’ll find this unique eatery, serving up delicious brunches, homemade cakes and proper Dutch fare at an affordable price. The friendly staff is more than happy to let you in on the must-see attractions Tilburg has to offer. Enjoy a nice cup of coffee in a relaxing environment at one of the coziest restaurants in town. And when the weather is nice, head to their large terrace, where everyone is welcome! 

Where to drink?

Doloris’ Rooftop
Spoorlaan 21, 5038 CB Tilburg, Netherlands

Drinks on a rooftop? What’s better than that? Mingle with the youthful crowd at this hip rooftop bar and eatery while marveling at the skyline views. Or experience Doloris’ meta maze, a walkthrough art exhibit with over 40 rooms of surrealism at its finest. This experience can’t be beat!  

Kaffee ‘t BuitenBeentje 
Heuvel 15a, 5038 CN Tilburg, Netherlands

In the center of Tilburg, you’ll find this unorthodox bar offering a huge selection of cheap (craft) beer in a grungy, yet charming environment. Bump elbows with the locals while striking up a friendly conversation in this cult-worthy joint only Tilburg is lucky enough to have. See for yourself—this place really is special and definitely worth checking out. 

Club Smederij
Burgemeester Brokxlaan 8-82, 5041 SB Tilburg, Netherlands

When you’re going out-out, Club Smederij is the place to be. Here, you’ll find the best house, disco and Italo in town, with live music and international DJ’s every weekend. Mingle with the sweet, creative crowd that attends Club Smederij events or burn off some calories on the packed dance floor. 

Where to shop? 

The Heuvelstraat
Heuvelstraat Den Bosch, 5221 Tilburg, Netherlands

Although Tilburg might not be the first city you think of to go shopping, it certainly has enough to offer, and you’ll most definitely find what you’re looking for. The Heuvelstraat is the main shopping street in Tilburg’s center. Here, you’ll find large department stores and high-end retailers, like H&M, Zara, Hudson’s Bay and Pull & Bear.

Pieter Vreedeplein
Pieter Vreedeplein, 5038 BW Tilburg, Netherlands

Pieter Vreedeplein is one of Tilburg’s most popular shopping areas. Even better, the shops on the square are open on Sundays, which is quite remarkable for Holland. And when you tire of shopping, there’s a gym, cinema or plenty of restaurants and cafes to enjoy a nice afternoon drink.

Kringloop Tilburg
Ceramstraat 12, 5013 BB Tilburg, Netherlands

For all you vintage lovers out there, you’ve just found a gem. This hipster haven houses everything from circa ‘80s sweatshirts, trousers and tees to ceramic cacti. Come on—we all need some cactus pottery to adorn our student apartment, don’t we? For a fresh look without breaking the bank, head to this huge second-hand mecca. You won’t be disappointed! 

Where to be entertained? 

Willem II Straat 29, 5038 BA Tilburg, Netherlands

This magnificent arthouse theater has screened films for over a century and is recognized as the oldest cinema in the Netherlands. Here, you’ll find top-quality independent films and the latest and greatest arthouse releases housed in three movie halls. You’ll surely be wowed by the many elegant design elements adorning Cinecitta’s interior, which dates back to the early 20th century.  

The End Karaoke Bar
Heuvel 34, 5038 CP Tilburg, Netherlands

A student-centric crowd gathers here, guzzling beer and shots while having a hell of a good time singing their favorite karaoke tunes! But if you find the thought of singing in front of a crowd a bit scary, enjoy a delicious drink (or two) while mustering up the courage to take center stage! 

Loonse en Drunense Duinen National Park
5151 RG Drunen, Netherlands

Between Tilburg and Den Bosch, you’ll find this absolutely stunning national park, which has been protected since 2002 due to its outstanding natural beauty. Loonse en Drunense Duinen National Park is one of the last places in Europe where it’s possible to witness natural sand drifts—a phenomenon that causes the area’s dunes to erode and move over time. And it’s perfect for all nature lovers, with dozens of hiking and cycling trails throughout the park. 

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