15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht

If my previous post didn’t convince you to visit Maastricht, then this one should do it. Because in addition to being super charming, Maastricht is also a great city for shopping and eating.

So for the second part of my Maastricht city guide, I’m sharing my favorite restaurants and cafés for lunch, dinner and coffee. And some of the shops you don’t want to miss.

Where to have lunch in Maastricht

Since I’m spending three days in Maastricht, there are not enough meals in one day to have lunch at all my favorite restaurants. But all these restaurants have a great lunch menu and some also serve breakfast.

Brandweerkantine

De Brandweerkantine in Maastricht. One of my favorite restaurants to have lunch. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtDe Brandweerkantine in Maastricht, one of my favorite restaurants for lunch. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


I have to start with the Brandweerkantine. Located in a former fire brigade building (hence the name), this is such a unique restaurant. Last year I had dinner here, so this time I wanted to see it during the day.

It is a large open space with lots of tables, but also some vintage / retro-style seatings if you’re just coming for a drink.

Website: De Brandweerkantine

Address: Capucijnenstraat 21


Grenzeloos – Tosti & Koffie

Grenzeloos - Tosti & Koffie, a new restaurant in Maastricht with the best coffee and grilled cheese sandwiches. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtGrenzeloos - Tosti & Koffie in Maastricht. A new restaurant and a great place for breakfast or lunch. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


I love a good grilled cheese sandwich and Grenzeloos makes the best. This new restaurant only started a few months ago with the ambition to create a ‘living room for Maastricht’ where you can get the best coffee and grilled cheese sandwiches. I had the ‘fake news’ sandwich: yum!

Website: Grenzeloos

Address: Boschstraat 98


Tapijn

Tapijn in Maastricht, a great lunch spot in the former Tapijn barracks. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtRestaurant Tapijn in Maastricht, a great lunch spot in the former dining hall of the Tapijn barracks. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


Another lunch spot at a very special location is Tapijn. This was once the dining hall of the Tapijn barracks. The original plan was that this restaurant would only stay for a short while until the city would decide what they want to do with the buildings. But Tapijn will stay for at least another two years.

Restaurant Tapijn in Maastricht, a great lunch spot in the former Tapijn barracks. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtMiso ramen at restaurant Tapijn in Maastricht, a great lunch spot in the former dining hall of the Tapijn barracks. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


Details in the interior, such as the old military uniforms and old radios remind you of the building’s history. And so does the menu with the ‘Commander in Cheese’ salad, ‘Recruits Catch’ and ‘Private veggie burger’.

Although I don’t think the soldiers were having miso ramen back in the day. Which is what I’m having and it’s delicious.

Website: Brasserie Tapijn

Address: Tapijnkazerne 20


‘T Wycker Cabinet

't Wycker Cabinet in Maastricht, a great restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the popular Wyck area. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht't Wycker Cabinet in Maastricht, a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the Wyck area. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


Even though I’m talking about lunch here, I actually had breakfast here twice. As the name suggests this is a popular spot in the Wyck district, not far from the Townhouse Hotel where I’m staying.

Website: ‘t Wycker Cabinet

Address: Wycker Brugstraat 29b


Zondag

Cafe Zondag in Maastricht, a super popular spot all day long. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtCafe Zondag in Maastricht, a super popular spot for coffee, brunch or drinks in the evening. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


Zondag (meaning Sunday) gets crazy busy on the weekend. It’s not only a popular place for brunch and coffee, but also for drinks in the evening. And since it’s not too big, you’re lucky if you can get a table.

But during the week it’s fine, so I stopped by for coffee (and after seeing the menu wished I hadn’t had breakfast yet).

Website: Zondag

Address: Wycker Brugstraat 42


Where to have coffee in Maastricht

In addition to Zondag, there are more places where you can take a coffee break from all the sightseeing and shopping.


Koffie bij Joost en Maartje

Koffie bij Joost en Maartje, a great coffee bar in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtCappuccino at Koffie bij Joost en Maartje, a beautiful coffee bar in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


When you’re calling your coffee bar simply ‘coffee’ then the coffee better be good. And it is. Koffie bij Joost en Maartje is a great place to stop by when you’re in the Jekerkwartier area. And don’t miss the concept store Le Marais Deux next door.

Website: Koffie bij Joost en Maartje

Address: Maastrichter Heidenstraat 8


Alley Cat Bikes & Coffee

Alley Cat Bikes & Coffee, a combination of a coffee bar and cycle store + workshop in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtAlley Cat Bikes & Coffee, a combination of a coffee bar and cycle store + workshop in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


I don’t know how this became a ‘thing’, but apparently a coffee bar in a cycle store / workshop works really well. Alley Cat Bikes & Coffee is one of my favorite coffee stops in Maastricht.

Website: Alley Cat Bikes & Coffee

Address: Hoenderstraat 15-17


Kafethea

Kafethéa in Maastricht, a coffee bar and vegan bakery. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht

Kafethea is not only a coffee bar but also a vegan bakery that serves breakfast and lunch. I loved the cosy interior and the counter made out of books.

Kafethéa in Maastricht, a coffee bar and vegan bakery. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtKafethéa, a coffee bar and vegan bakery in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


Website:
Kafethea

Address: Mariastraat 6


Lumiere Cinema Restaurant Cafe

Lumière, a cinema and restaurant in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtLumière, a cinema and restaurant in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


How amazing does this restaurant look?! Lumière is a cinema located in a former factory (across the street from the Sphinx Passage), but even if you don’t want to see a movie, the restaurant alone is worth it.

Website: Lumière

Address: Bassin 88


Bisschopsmolen

Bisschopsmolen, the place to go for the best vlaai (traditional pie) in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtVlaai at the Bisschopsmolen in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


You can’t leave Maastricht without having ‘vlaai’, the traditional pie in Limburg. At the Bisschopsmolen you can see how they make the pies and then have a slice at their café. Or go to the bakery next door to buy a slice (or an entire pie) to take home.

Website: Bisschopsmolen

Address: Stenenbrug 3


Where to have dinner in Maastricht

As I mentioned before, Maastricht has so many great restaurants. So whether you’re looking for something fancy or casual, there are lots of options to choose from.


Le Bon Vivant

Le Bon Vivant, a great restaurant in Maastricht for a delicious dinner. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht

My first evening in Maastricht I’m having dinner at Le Bon Vivant. I enter the restaurant walking down the stairs to the cosy converted cellar.

From the moment I arrive I know this is going to be a great experience. There’s a menu if you’d like to order à la carte, but if you’re really having a night out you’ll want to go for the 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7-course menu du chef.

Le Bon Vivant, a great restaurant in Maastricht, the Netherlands for a delicious dinner. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtLe Bon Vivant in Maastricht, the Netherlands. A great restaurant for a delicious dinner. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


The menu changes every three months, following the seasons. I’m having four courses tonight, each course paired with a different glass of wine (it’s a good thing my hotel is only a five minute walk from here).

The food is incredible. French cuisine, but with influences from other countries make each course exciting and delicious.

Le Bon Vivant, a great restaurant in Maastricht (the Netherlands) for a delicious dinner. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtLe Bon Vivant, a great restaurant in Maastricht (the Netherlands) for a delicious dinner. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


Website:
Le Bon Vivant

Address: Capucijnenstraat 91


Shopping in Maastricht

Since we don’t want to spend all our time in Maastricht eating (or do we…), let’s move on to my favorite shops in Maastricht.


Bookstore Dominicanen

Bookstore Dominicanen in Maastricht (the Netherlands) located in a 13-th century gothic Dominican church. One of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtCoffee at bookstore Dominicanen in Maastricht (the Netherlands), one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


Now don’t tell me you ‘already have a book’, you don’t like reading or you read all your books on an e-reader. It doesn’t matter, you’ll want to visit this bookstore in a 13-th century gothic Dominican church. Also known as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. I have to agree. And when you’re done browsing books and admiring the store, there’s also a Coffeelovers coffee bar.

Website: Boekhandel Dominicanen

Address: Dominicanerkerkstraat 1


Festen

Festen, a must when you go shopping in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtFesten, a must when you go shopping in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


Such a great street for shopping, the Minckelersstraat. And Festen is probably my favorite find here. I’m not sure how to describe it as they’re selling so many different things. One thing’s for sure, it’s impossible to leave the story empty handed.

Website: Festen

Address: Minckelersstraat 1A


Nolabel

Nolabel a beautiful interior and lifestyle store in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtNolabel, a beautiful interior and lifestyle store in Maastricht (the Netherlands). Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


Located across the street is Nolabel, an interior and lifestyle store. If you like modern design (Dutch, Scandinavian), you need to go here. So many beautiful things for your home.

Website: Nolabel

Address: Minckelersstraat 10


VerwonderinG

De VerwonderinG, the first concept store in Maastricht and a must when you go shopping in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in MaastrichtDe VerwonderinG, the first concept store in Maastricht and a must when you go shopping in Maastricht. Check out the rest of my blog post with 15 Amazing Food & Shopping Hotspots in Maastricht


Another favorite (in the Wyck area) is De VerwonderinG, back in 1996 Maastricht’s first concept store. If you’re looking for an original gift, accessories, furniture or just something nice to buy for yourself, this is the place to be.

Website: De VerwonderinG

Address: Hoogbrugstraat 21

 

Looking for other interesting places to visit and things to see in the Netherlands? Or ideas for daytrips from Amsterdam? Check out my The Netherlands guide.

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