Cafe Sjiek was the first pub in Maastricht that serves food and has a delicious winebar. It’s located in the historical city park of Maastricht. The menu contains especially fresh, simple meals from Maastricht region like “zuurvlees”, “bloedworst” en “zuurkoolschotel”.


Marres Kitchen is part of the Marres gallery. The Syrian chef prepares a delightful mix of Arabian and Italian dishes. You should try the plate with vegetarian starterts. The octopus is also one of my favorites. In summer you can eat in their beautiful garden. Don’t forget to book a table, because Marres kitchen is a popular place.


This restaurant in the hip Wijck area is new in town, but already popular with both locals as tourists. ‘t Wijcker Cabinet combines a lively atmosphere with bistro style dishes made from fresh ingredients. It’s also a popular place for after-work drinks.

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Café Cinema is in my opinion the best place for delicious authentic Indonesian food. Don’t expect tablecloths, an extensive menu and rows of waiters at the door. Café Cinema is small cosy pub, where the owners use fresh ingredients for their home style Indonesian cooking.


De Brandweerkantine (fire fighters canteen) is located in a former fire trucks’ garage. After the firefighters moved to a new location at the other side of the river, the garage was rebuild into this trendy café and restaurant. It’s one of the few places in Maastricht with an industrial design. It’s open from early in the morning and in the evening they serve fresh organic food.


Beluga loves you is Maastricht’s top restaurant. But don’t let the two Michelin stars, the bill or the large modern building next to the Maas stop you from visiting this foodies heaven. The chef Hans van Wolde and his team serve fabulouse innovative food in a hip and informal atmosphere. And if you order a la carte or visit them for lunch the financial damage is limited. Their wine menu contains both affordable as more exclusive wines. Don’t forget to book a table in advance.


Centre Ceramique is, besides a library, a place where various municipal collections are maintained and exhibited, such as the ceramics collections from Sphinx, the Société Ceramique and Mosa. Only in Dutch.


Bandito espresso is the only spot on the university grounds with excellent coffee. The young owners –three members of a Valkenburg family- serve delicious coffees, sandwiches, soups, etc. All is made from organic and fair trade ingredients.


Stuff Dutch People Likeis a study of all things orange. It exemplifies, questions, celebrates and pokes fun at a nation of orange-loving, guttural-sounding, element-battling, culturally-bemused folk.


Apostelhoeve is a vineyard founded in 1970 in Maastricht. It’s the largest vineyard of the Netherlands and is situated in the beautiful Jekerdal. One can visit the Appostelhoeve and buy there delicious wines. My personal favorites are the Riesling and Cuvee XII. Next to the Apostelhoeve is the Hoeve Nekum which grows their grapes on the same slope of the Louwberg.


Wandelgids Zuid Limburgcontains hundreds of nice trails through the beautiful hilly landscape of South Limburg. Only in Dutch, German and French


Lumiere cinema is the place in Maastricht to see arthouse movies, worldcinema, documentaries and classics. It’s located in the old Sphinx pottery factory. Don’t forget to finish your visit with a drink in their bar. The bar is beautifully built in the factory’s former power station.