Creative citytour through Breda

(5.0 km)

In Breda, we like to make life a little nicer. For now and for the future. Here, creatives are given room to experiment and discover.

This route leads you along a number of creative hotspots in Breda. Surprising places, each in its own way sustainable and above all creative. As a shop, welcoming catering establishment or cultural venue. In the historic city centre and in the industrial Havenkwartier.

Feel free to discover the hotspots on this route in your own order and pace. You can also easily divide the route into two separate routes, making it possible for you to explore creative Breda over a longer period of time. 

Explore Creative Breda

Sights on this route

1

T-Huis

Kennedylaan 15
4811 ET Breda
T-Huis
2

Kamu

Boschstraat 31
4811 GA Breda
Kamu
3

The Green Submarine

Sint Annastraat 13
Breda
The Green Submarine
4

SAARBARBAARS

Sint Annastraat 11
Breda
SAARBARBAARS
5

FAWL Customs

Sint Annastraat 9
4811XK Breda
FAWL Customs
6

BANK15 CAFÉ

Sint Janstraat 11
Breda
BANK15 CAFÉ
7

Parels

Houtmarktpassage 33
4811 JC Breda
Parels
8

Blind Walls Gallery - Achter de Lange Stallen

Achter de Lange Stallen
Breda
Blind Walls Gallery - Achter de Lange Stallen
9

Algorithmic Perfumery

Ginnekenstraat 61
Breda
Algorithmic Perfumery
10

BAAI

Markkade 1 a-b
4915 HJ Breda
BAAI
11

Brandpunt

Reigerstraat 16
4811 XB Breda
Brandpunt
12

STEK

Veilingkade 9 a
4815 HC Breda
STEK
13

Pier15

Veilingkade 12
4815 HC Breda
Pier15
14

BRACK

Speelhuislaan 173 a
4815 CD Breda
BRACK

Directions

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T-Huis

Kennedylaan 15
4811 ET Breda
T-Huis
  • Start your journey at #1 T-Huis located in Valkenberg park. A relaxing hospot where you, depending on the time of day, can settle down and enjoy a delicious coffee, a nice lunch or sip on alcoholic beverages. Take a seat on the terrace which overlooks the playground where kids are having a great time. With some luck you will be welcomed by the residential chickens, named Keith (Richards) and Mick (Jagger). Can you play an instrument? If so, join one of the jam sessions!
  • You will leave the park behind T-Huis through a gate that leads you to the John F. Kennedylaan. You cross this road diagonally and make your way through the narrow Bouwerijstraat which will take you the the Boschstraat. Turn right and you will find #2 Kamu at No. 31. Here, the love for home-roasted coffee and bikes go hand in hand. Together with an expert from Kamu you can compose your own bike.
  • Follow the road up to the traffic lights where you will cross the street to the Catharinastraat. Around house number 26 you take a left and enter the Willem Merkxtuin, a hidden art-garden, in the middle of the historical centre of Breda. As you continue your walk you exit the courtyard garden through the other gate that leads to the St. Annastraat, where small, creative entrepreneurs found their home.
  • At #3 The Green Submarine, No. 13, the love for plants is clearly visible. Monique will help you choose, nurture, and maintain your green houseplants. Take a look inside and get inspired!
  • Neighbour Sarah, owner of #4 SAARBARBAARS who has her workplace and shop at No. 11, designs, creates, and sells unisex leather bags. Here it is possible to alter the design to fulfil your personal wishes, this way you have the option to personalise your bag.
  • By now you probably have noticed that the Sint Annastraat is a close-knit and creative street. The neighbour of Sarah is Freek, owner of #5 FAWL Customs. Freek is a big sneaker admirer. At FAWL you can compose your own sneakers, fully designed to your taste! Freek customises the sneakers by hand, this way you will get a unique pair of shoes. Besides developing your sneakers, you can let your old pair of shoes be cleaned, restored or fixed. This way you give your shoes a second life!
  • Further down the St. Annastraat you take the second street on the right side and enter the St. Janstraat. At No. 11 you will find #6 BANK15 Café. Prepare to be amazed by the creative ideas of start-ups. They get the chance to for example, exhibit or test their catering concept. A great spot for you to enjoy a cup of coffee whilst working remote.
  • When walking out of BANK15 you will see The Grote Markt, this is the bustling centre of the city. Following this route however, you go left to the Halstraat. At the end of this street, you cross the road and enter a new shopping area, the Houtmarkt.
  • When entering the Houtmarkt you bump into a ’little square’, when you have crossed the square you will quickly arrive at #7 Parels. This circular shop is a ‘treasury’ from thrift store Vindingrijk and is creatively equipped with regained material. Not only do you visit the store to buy some gems from the past, but it is also a place to meet people and an inspirational source for people who want to commit to sustainability and circular Breda.
  • When leaving the Houtmarkt, you will stumble upon parking lot Achter de Lange Stallen. At first sight it does not look like an inspiring place, until you discover all the street art that adorns the backside of the stores. These wall paintings are part of #8 Blind Walls Gallery, Breda’s open-air museum. Throughout the whole city there are over a hundred paintings, made by (inter)national artists that tell the stories of the specific location in Breda. You will probably come across more of these beautiful paintings as you continue the route.
  • Follow the murals up to the end of the parking lot and turn right, you will enter the Stallingstraat.
  • TIP! At the end of the Stallingstraat you will find the newest attractions from Breda: ONSTAGE Experience, the first visitor attraction where you, together with your friends, can experience the feeling of being a world-famous DJ. It is not a coincidence that Breda has the scoop as it is the home of DJ Tiësto and DJ Hardwell.
  • When looking from the Stallingstraat, take a right and enter the Ginnekenstraat, at No. 61 you will find #9 Algorithmic Perfumery. A place where creativity and technology come together. By answering several questions about your personality, they can compose a perfume that will fit you perfectly. When you walk outside you continue following the Ginnekenstraat
  • TIP! If you take a left at the traffic lights and walk straight ahead towards Markendaalseweg 44, you will discover a new hotspot, The Office. This is a rooftop bar where you can admire Breda from above, with a beautiful view of the Grote Kerk. Here you can enjoy a delicious lunch, sip on an alcoholic beverage or taste a unique dinner. The Office often organises club nights with live music or DJ’s. Is the weather not as lovely as you had hoped? No problem! The Office also has an indoor area where you can savour the unique menu. It is also a nice location to work remote or to have your meetings. Fun fact, The Office is located in an actual office building.
  • When you did not deviate from the route, cross the road at the traffic lights near the Ginnekenstraat and turn left after approximately 150 meters, entering the Nieuwstraat.
  • TIP! Lattes and Literature at No. 18 is an original English bookstore, with specialization in boardgames and… delicious coffee! Lattes and Literature op nr. 18 is een originele English bookstore, ook gespecialiseerd in bordspellen en... lekkere koffie!
  • At the end of the Nieuwstraat you turn left to the Tolbrugstraat and then right to the Harbour. Here you can also decide to discover Breda from the water. By supping, using a pedalo, boat, cruise, or canoe. You may be surprised o see how green our city is!
  • When you decide to go on the water, do not forget to stop at #10 BAAI, a place where there always seems to be a holiday atmosphere. Boats moor here and you can enjoy the music, games, and good food. Every season the owners creatively transform BAAI in a ‘seasonal hotspot’. It is also accessible by foot if you may want to deviate from the route.
  • Follow the harbour up until the Hoge Brug. This bridge is also called the lock bridge and is designed by artist Eloi Koreman.
  • TIP! The harbour is filled with amusing terraces. It used to only be a hotspot during summer, but this changed in 2021. During winter the square from Café de Huiskamer up to the Vishal will be transformed into a big indoor terrace called Winterhaven. This makes it possible, even in cold weather, for you to enjoy drinks with your friends and family.
  • At the same height of the Bridge, go right (Vismarktstraat) and a little bit further down the road left entering the Reigerstraat. During this small walk you pass through the nightlife area of Breda.
  • In the Reigerstraat at No. 17 you will find #11 Brandpunt. Here all sorts of creative talents display their jewellery, original utensils, and decorations. They also sell products that are being made by their laser-cnc-machine. A great place if you need to find an original gift!
  • Keep on walking and go left towards Kasteelplein, at the end you turn right to Park Valkenberg. If you cross the park diagonally you will end up at the starting point of the route, T-Huis.
  • Still have time and energy left? Get ready for a stroll to Havenkwartier, the part of Breda where creativity and industrial heritage come together. You can, of course, come back another time to Explore this part of the route.
  • Leave T-Huis behind on your right side and exit the park towards the Willemsbrug. The lighthouse you see on your left, standing in the singel is an artwork from an Italian artist/archaeologist, Aldo Rossi. Cross the bridge to the Willemstraat and walk towards Central station Breda that was built in 2016. Architect Koen van Velsen used a whopping 2,2 million bricks to build the station. With use of 84 different kinds of stones the brickwork shows the history of the design. There where Van Velsen adjusted the design you can see diverging colours. An enormous job for the masons!
  • Enter the station via the stairs, walk straight ahead and leave the station at the ‘Belcrumside’. Walk up to street level via the left side and cross the stationslaan and some grass to turn left into the Speelhuislaan. This street has its name due to the Speelhuis, a hunting castle which the sons of Willem van Oranje have had built in the 17th century located in the former Belcrumforest. The Speelhuislaan used to be a ‘maliebaan’ where some sort of golf-game was being played.
  • Early 19th century the Speelhuis was demolished and in return the Speelhuislaan got a railway to access the new industrial area around Belcrum harbour. The benches that you see along the avenue were designed by artist Anouk Vogel and each of them have a different bronze base. The shapes of these bases look like branches or antlers and refer to the former hunting grounds.
  • TIP! At Speelhuislaan No. 80 you find Kinderboekentuin. In 2019 owner Annelies was proclaimed to be the best bookseller of The Netherlands. Her motto: “There is a book for every child, but you need to find the appropriate one by asking the right questions.”
  • You may have noticed that the surroundings are slowly developing, where former industry turns into a new, often creative destination. Take a look on your left at No. 153 where Podium Bloos and Theater Tiuri established themselves in a former cannery from Klavers Jansen.
  • TIP! The culture hotspot within the Belcrum: Podium Bloos. A creative breeding ground for theatre makers. A spot where talents get developed and where support and coaching combine with the professional workplace. Keep an eye out for the agenda of Podium Bloos as there are a lot of entertaining events, theatre performances and movie nights at Belcrum Bios!
  • Look at the traffic lights, cross the road and go left. You will pass Electron. This old control cabinet factory is converted into a creative breeding ground, where more than sixty artists, designers, and sculptures have found their workplace.
  • Just passed Electron you take a right towards the Veilingkade. After approximately 150 meters you go left and enter the grounds of #12 STEK. Speaking about a creative breeding ground! This is the hotspot for new ideas, sustainable initiatives, working with your hands and especially expressing passion. A hotspot where you, as a starting entrepreneur can set up a business, without thinking about the laundry list of rules and permits. All of this makes STEK a unique place. The terrain counts around 25 ‘Stekkers’. Toures and STEKmarktes are being held on a regular basis, and for the kids, there is a lot to explore and play with.
  • As you walk towards the end of the terrain you take a right, and see #13 Pier15, a paradise for skateboarders. This place has grown into one of the most beautiful skateparks of Europe. The skateboard culture stands for keep on challenging and developing yourself this is why Pier15 gives starting bands and artist the opportunity to present themselves. “We feel the uncontrollable need to make Breda more exciting, more fun, attractive and most importantly a little bit crazier.”
  • Can you see if the walkway next to Pier15 is open? If so, walk over it to reach the final destination from this route: #14 BRACK. If the walkway is closed, then unfortunately Brack is also closed. This means that you have reached the end of the route. Don’t forget to return another time to see this unique ‘uitsmijter’. We assume that the walkway is open, and you have crossed it to reach Brack. Which has established itself into the factory halls of the former Machine factory Breda v/h Backer en Rueb. A unique hotspot located next to water, originated from a collaboration between breweries Ramses, Bliksem and Bredase bomen. This last company creates street furniture and playground equipment made from trees around Breda and replant them frequently in the surrounding area of their former standing place. Next to delicious beers Brack has a menu filled with honest and fresh food. A beautiful and inspirational hotpsot that completes this creative route through Breda.
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BRACK

Speelhuislaan 173 a
4815 CD Breda
BRACK