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Test Your Tastebuds in Maastricht

  • 28/08/2015
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Maastricht has been known to be called ‘The Netherlands gastronomic capital’. After my first visit there I certainly agree! The food is AMAZING!

As defined by Urban Dictionary, a foodie is “a person that spends a keen amount of attention and energy on knowing the ingredients of food, the proper preparation of food, and finds great enjoyment in top-notch ingredients and exemplary preparation.” If you can relate to this description, you’ve come to the right place!

Nearly every cuisine has at least one restaurant to choose from in Maastricht. There is a huge variety of choice from Michelin Star restaurants to traditional pubs and Mediterranean and Asian specialities to local delights there is lots to choose from.

Now we’ve tried and tested all the food (food testing, always fun :) ) in the MECC convention centre and picked out delicious menus for the conference but if you’re staying in Maastricht for a couple of days before or after the conference or just wish to take a bit of time out during the conference then these are a few restaurants worth checking out.

I haven’t been to all of them..yet… but I’ve scoured the web and picked out a few of the top spots according to lonely planet, trip advisor and bloggers around the world. If you have any places you’d like to add just leave them in the comments below!


We spotted this café during the walking tour. How cool is this – A working 7th-century water wheel powers a vintage flour mill that supplies an adjoining bakery. The loaves come in many forms and are joined by other tasty treats (direct from the ovens that are on view out the back). The café has sandwiches and other house-made creations, and you can take a tour of the mill and see how flour’s been made for eons.


Café Sjiek

cafe sjiek2Founded in 1982 Café Sjeik (pronounced Chic- I think?) was apparently the first eatery in Maastricht. The website describes themselves as not a restaurant but rather a living room. It’s a small version of the French Grand Café and serves traditional Dutch food including hearty stews, roasts, fresh fish & sjiek



Is an international brasserie with “good honest food at a good honest affordable price”.



Established in 1909, I think the queue says it all about this iconic French-fries counter, serving “small” (They’re actually quite large) portions of Patat Frites – meant to be one of the best in Maastricht to get a cone of ‘Patat Frites’.



Maison Blanche Dael – Coffee Lovers

Founded in 1878 Blanche Dael is the oldest artisan coffee roasting café in Limburg. And it’s one of André Rieu’s favourite shops “This 137 year old family business delivers my favourite coffee, tea and local delicacies.”

blanche dael

Chateau Neercanne

The EuroSTAR team visited this venue back in April during our trip to Maastricht. Located just before the Belgian border this impressive chateau dates back to the 17th century. This restaurant has been awarded 1 – 2 Michelin stars since 1957. At the moment it has one star and the chef is Hans Snijders. If you’re interested in testing your taste buds at this amazing location join us for the Community Dinner on Tuesday night of the conference for only €50. Places will sell out so book early.



Have you been to Maastricht before? Are there any places you would like to recommend?

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Emma has been working for EuroSTAR since 2012. She looks after EuroSTAR Social Media, helps the online team out with content etc. and also helps the Expo team looking after sponsors and helping them get ready for the conference!

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