MAASTRICHT FOR THE CURIOUS

A curated guide of 20 places and things to do in Maastricht, recommended by locals


All good in the hood: local spots you must check out around the city

Maastricht is brimming with creativity, culture, and social activism that strives to make a positive impact. Check out all the epic places in the city, such as the squat that has turned into a cultural and political centre, the iconic factory that has turned into the hottest music venue, and other awe-inspiring and thought-provoking (meaning Insta-worthy) locations.

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    Teazone

    Tea • Coffee • Terrace

    Teazone is a hidden gem in Maastricht! Climb the stairs to the roof terrace and enjoy a cup of green Gin Tonic or rooibos Blueberry yoghurt. Or what about a bubble tea?


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    Trader's Pop

    Second hand • Vintage • Shopping

    Visit Trader's pop to join the fashionable company of socialites updating their wardrobes, DJs diggin' for records, and creatives looking for inspiration.


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    Livin' room

    Breakfast • Brunch • Coffee

    Have a Flamingo Bowl for breakfast in Maastricht's living room or in its beautiful hidden garden. The delicacies here are organic, local, and often vegan-friendly.


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    Dominicanenkerk bookstore

    Historic • Bookstore • Church

    Dominicanenkerk bookstore is not only for the bookworms: it is located in a newly renovated centuries-old Gothic monastery. Come here to admire the frescos, enjoy coffee and browse the book collection.


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    De Brandweerkantine

    Restaurant • Drinks • Music

    The Brandweerkantine is a former fire station, turned into a restaurant and meeting place for the local young creatives. In addition to its cool crowd, the place has excellent organic coffee and dreamy healthy dishes!


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    Mandril

    Co Working • Art • space • Community

    Mandril is a creative playground that invites everyone to come in and play music, paint, discuss politics, garden, dance, and share ideas. The space includes a yoga room, a library, a garden, and now a pop-up gallery that displays local young artists’ works and promotes inclusive and accessible art spaces.


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    Muziekgieterij

    Concerts • Live • Music

    Muziekgieterij is the local music venue where underground artists and international pop stars come to play in. Visit the Transformer festival (no affiliation with the action figures) in June to get to know the most interesting artists-to-watch right now.


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    Landbouwbelang

    Culture • Art • Music

    Landbouwbelang is a cultural centre and home to local artists, musicians, programmers, designers and students. They organise many events in this venue, from a Swedish laser punk concert to sustainability workshops. Here, Maastricht goes vegan every Tuesday, when enthusiastic workshop participants come here to master the art of vegan cooking.


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    Marres

    Contemporary • Culture • Visual • art

    Maastricht has heaps to offer for the arts and culture lovers. Marres is an urban culture centre, currently populated with sculptures because of the ongoing theatrical exhibition The Floor is Lava. After you have hung out with the molded portraits, enjoy a drink or meal in the beautiful garden!


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    Marres Kitchen

    Dinner • Garden • Mediterranean

    Marres kitchen is a tranquil haven in Maastricht. The restaurant of the contemporary art centre serves different types of mezze and a wide variety of Mediterranean food. If weather allows, you can enjoy your dinner outside in the beautiful garden.


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    Bold Rooftopbar

    View • Bar • Restaurant

    The kitchen of Bold Rooftopbar is open until 21.00 - but not to worry, you only have to travel to the lift and go up to the 8th floor of The Student Hotel, the roof of the former iconic Sphinx factory. Enjoy the panoramic view, healthy and heavenly bites, and the uplifting atmosphere.


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    Vers.

    Breakfast • Lunch • Vegetarian

    Fan of picture perfect smoothie bowls and fresh pressed juices? Come to Vers. for a nutrilicious lunch and to get your green fix!


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    Coffeelovers

    Coffee • University • Eatery

    If great latte art makes you happy, stop in one of the Coffeelovers in the city. You can find one in the historic Dominicanen and one at the Maastricht University campus. Ask the barista to pour a swan!


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    Dadawan

    Asian • Fusion • Sushi

    Craving kimchi or sushi? Dadawan offers Asian fusion food in student-friendly prices as well as witty notes (I am SOY into you!).


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    Museum aan het Vrijthof

    Fashion • Exhibition • Museum

    Spend an afernoon in Museum aan het Vrijthof, which hosts pop-up art exhibitions in the city. Until mid-June, you can come here to appreciate Haute Couture and participate in fashion workshops. From 22nd on, the photography exhibition "Manmade/no human" makes spectators reflect on the beauty of decay.


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    Alley Cat

    Coffee • Cycling • Social

    The cool folks behind Alley Cat master the arts of cycling AND speciality coffee. Even if you are not intending to take a self-guided bicycle tour right now, stop here to enjoy a cup of superior espresso (locally roasted, of course).


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    Take Five

    Cocktails • Coffee • Drinks

    Take Five is the hipster-approved cocktail bar and café in Maastricht. Visit after thrifting in Traders Pop next door!


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    Lumière

    Cinema • Restaurant • Drinks
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    Head to Lumière for an arthouse film experience and good times. Have (a) drink(s) or tasty bites in the magnificent restaurant that is built in the old power station of the Sphinx Factories. Lumière's Sunday Film Breakfast + movie makes for a great weekend plan!


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    Café Sjiek

    Bistro • Restaurant • Terrace

    Take a walk in Maastrichts beautiful old city park and head to Café Sjiek, the city's most famous bistro that has catered to its epicurean guests since 1982. Enjoy a locally brewed beer or a glass of local wine on the large outdoor patio!


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    Preps

    Healthy • Vegan • Breakfast

    Have pancakes for breakfast in Preps and support the local young entrepreneurs who established this cool brunch place this spring. Everything here is prepared with lots of love!

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