Maastricht is the most southern city of the Netherlands and very close to the Belgian border. The inhabitants are known for their love for good food, wine and extensive dinners. There are many restaurants in this city at the Maas river, but many of them have a little original menu. The French cuisine has been popular here for years. Luckily there are also a couple of great places who serve more original, sustainable and vegetarian dishes. I’ve listed my favorite place for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Maastricht for you, as well as my favorite hotel housed in one of the most beautiful buildings of the Netherlands.
Breakfast: De Brandweerkantine
The Brandweerkantine means the canteen of the fire fighters and is actually housed in an old fire station. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and I love to go here for breakfast. They have buckwheat bread with several toppings, bagels, pita’s and several sweet treats like pain au chocolat and scones.
They have quite a few vegetarian options like the buckwheat mushroom burger pictured above. Read more about De Brandweerkantine on this page.
Bijzonder means special and that’s exactly what I think this restaurant is. Whilst traveling in Asia, Dimitra decided to follow her heart and start her own restaurant serving healthy food. Almost everything on the menu at Bijzonder is gluten free and vegetarian. They also have many vegan options. You can order several dishes for your table and share them with your company, as you can see at the picture. Make sure you taste their homemade gluten free bread! They’re open for lunch and diner and also have delicious cakes. Find out more about Bijzonder here.
Ceramique is a sustainable restaurant that has been housed in a monumental building close to the Maas for over 20 years. Although they’ve been around for a long time they might be the least old fashioned restaurant in Maastricht. Besides meat and fish they serve many vegetarian and vegan dishes. On the menu the vegetarian and vegan dishes are clearly marked. They have a great vegan chickpea mango soup as a starter and a delicious pumpkin risotto for dinner (pictured above). Read my full review on Ceramique on this page.
This hotel at the edge of Maastricht might be the most unique location where you’ll ever spend the night. Hotel Vaeshartelt is located in a wonderful green estate. The castle was build in the middle ages and has a beautiful old exterior. The hotel rooms however were renovated in 2014 so they’re very modern. A great combination if you ask me! Vaeshartelt also has a restaurant where you can have lunch or dinner and in the morning they serve a delicious breakfast. One of my favorite features was their gym&tonic, you can get the key to this well designed gym at the reception. Find out more about Vaeshartelt on this page.
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