Eindhoven is known throughout the region as a great place to shop. The Heuvel Galerie, the Piazza Centre, and the de Bijenkorf department store are particularly popular. There are plenty of top end fashion boutiques in the city centre, as well as a range of ethnic and health food stores for those looking for unusual ingredients.
In Tilburg, Heuvelstraat (the main shopping street) has a varied range of shops and boutiques. The side streets contain a veritable treasure trove of antique and second-hand dealers, galleries and unique specialist shops. Heuvelstraat leads onto Pieter Vreedeplein, a shopping and entertainment centre in the heart of the city.
In addition to this ultramodern square, a new pedestrian area is also being developed. Charming little shops and historical city streets make this a wonderful location for a stroll. There are also large retail centres in Reeshof (Heyhoef), Tilburg West (Westermarkt) and Tilburg Noord (Wagnerplein).
Weekly markets are set up in different locations around the region, and sell a wide range of food and other items, at lower prices. Markets are popular and are where to head if you want to mix with the locals!
Opening hours vary slightly. Some shops are open from 09:30 to 18:00, Monday to Saturday. More open later (usually at 11:00 or 13:00) on Mondays, and close at 17:00 on Saturday.
Shops in larger towns stay open (until 21:00) one evening each week, for koopavond (shopping evening).
Many shops now open on one Sunday each month for koopzondag (shopping Sunday). Some shops are open every Sunday.
In Eindhoven, most stores are open in the city centre every Sunday from 10:00-17:00.
Supermarkets are usually open Monday to Saturday until 20:00 or 22:00, and until 18:00 on Sundays.
Many grocery stores also offer home delivery.