Maastricht lives and breathes the spirit of enjoying good things in life. It is an excellent place for good food and drinks.
Lisa Brüggen, Professor of Financial Services at Maastricht University and the Co-host of Frontiers Conference 2023, shares her insider tips on where to enjoy the best food and drinks in Maastricht.
From local coffee roasters, wineries, and eateries, to Michelin-star restaurants, Maastricht has it all. Here are our insider tips for your Maastricht food and drinks experience:
Maison Blanche Dael is a family-owned coffee roaster that has existed since 1878 in Maastricht. Their beautiful traditional retail store in the Wolfstraat is worth a visit. Still, as locals, we are hooked on the excellent coffee they serve at their CoffeeLoversoutlets.
Enjoy the mesmerizing view over Maastricht in the Bold rooftop bar, where industry and the good life converge. The bar is located on top of one of the first industrial sites of Europe - the former Sphinx ceramic manufacturing.
The Friday fresh market is one of the largest in the region and hosts a famous fresh fish section; it also has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, cheese stalls, fabrics, and a flower and plant market. By the way, it is the herring - a truly Dutch delicacy - season now: grab the fish by the tail, dip it in onions, and slide it into your mouth. Delicious!
There are many local eateries (Eetcafes) where you can enjoy local culinary traditions such as zuurvlees - a flavorsome meat stew served with chips and apple sauce. Our recommendation would be to pick an eatery at the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein - one of the loveliest squares of the Netherlands.
The Bisschopsmolen water mill is a must-see if you are visiting Maastricht. Here you can enjoy a piece of vlaai (sweet tart) while watching the mill’s water wheel. They also have excellent spelt bread.
Try De Gouverneur - a retro beer tavern with more than 300 ice-cold craft and specialty beers, which is just a few minutes from the Town Hall. The welcoming vibe of the place just adds a bonus point to the exceptional beer.
Maastricht has an impressive number of Michelin-star restaurants for a city of this size. Our favorite is Tout á fait, a culinary highlight in the heart of Maastricht.
The oldest and largest vineyard in the Netherlands - Apostelhoeve, is located just outside the city center. You can enjoy their wine, and if you feel up to it- visit the monumental 15th- century Apostle Farmstead.
Welcome to Maastricht! And enjoy the food experiences during the Frontiers in Service Conference!
For more extensive lists, please, take a look at these:
Ten best restaurants in Maastricht according to the Culture Trip
Ten best restaurants in Maastricht according to the Fork
Ten best restaurants in Maastricht according to the Trip Advisor
Best restaurants to have dinner in Maastricht according to Wanderlog
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