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.


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.


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.


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.