I found that Maastricht has excellent small boutigues with fine and very reasonably priced clothes. You can find finely designed and produced garments at great prices!
I specially liked the wool sweatshirt store near the town hall. Nearby is also a street with many caffe's and snack houses. Great french onion soups to warm you up!
What to pay: this nice warm wool sweater was around 27 euro!
Stokstraat: Exclusive Boutiques
The Stokstraat, is the main shopping street in the Stokstraatkwartier. This is a shopping area in the heart of the city center. It is famous for it's exclsuive boutiques and little shops. Most of the shops in this street are very expensive, so this is where the "riche nouveau" like to do their shopping. But it is also worthwhile to just look at the beautiful 17th century houses. Many of these houses have special wall ornaments.
Maastricht in general: Shop till ya drop
We were in Maastricht right after Christmas and the shops all had big sales going on.Shopping in Maastricht could be a full time job because there are so many choices of stores.
What to buy: I noticed some nice buys on jackets and shoes.
What to pay: Less than in the US
Brusselse Poort: Shopping Mall
Brusselse Poort is a big shopping mall just on the edge of the city center. It was declared best decorated shoppping mall in The Netherlands. But don't expect any fancy brand names here. This is more for the people that look for household appliances or groceries. There are 2 supermarkets inside. There are also some other shops like a liquor store, a drugstore, a record store, a bicycle store and a toy store. There are also a couple of sandwich shops.
Most shops aren't open on sundays. But every few weeks there are special sundays on which teh shops open from 12 to 5.
For 2004 that will happen on the following dates:
Music Plus: Alternative music store
If you want to stay away from the big chains, try this store. You'll find loads of great albums, mainly alternative, rock & pop. But there's also a section for Jazz, World Music and Soundtracks. The albums here are a lot cheaper than in the bigger stores. You can also buy tickets here for concerts in and around Maastricht.
Souvenirs on the bridge
There is a little shop on the big St Servaas Bridge. This is the best, and one of the few, places in Maastricht to buy souvenirs and postcards. It looks a lot nicer than all the regular shops and it's not that expensive.
On wednesdays and fridays there is a market in Maastricht. Of course this is located on the market square. On wednesday is the small market and on fridays the big market. You can find all kinds of food, clothing, household appliances and much more here.
Tokos: International Phone Cards
All of the Chinese shops ("Toko"s) and some of the Turkish shops (That I never managed to find...but apparently will see at a lower rate) sell international phone cards. They are definitely the way to go if you want to call home. To call to Europe and N. America, buy the "Eurocity" card. 12 euros gets you 5 hours of airtime. To call Israel...not that many would necessarily want to do that, buy the "taj Mahal" card.
Any baker: Limburgse Vlaai
What to buy: When you are in Maastricht or Limburg you have to buy a Vlaai. This is a typical pie that is made all throughout the Netherlands nowadays, but it originates from Limburg. The vlaai tastes the best if made in Limburg. There are all sorts of fillings, from rice to cherries.
City Centre: Great shopping
Why is it that every small Dutch town has such a great shopping area? There's amazingly many great shops here and people love to go here from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands to do their saturday shopping.
On Sundays shops are only open on the following days in 2003 (from 12 noon- 5 p.m.):
2 and 30 November
What to buy: Clothes, Shoes, Toys, ....everything!
What to pay: Less than in Germany!!!
De Winkel van Nijntje: Nijntje Paradise!
If you like the Dutch children's hero "Nijntje" ("Miffy" in English) this is paradise for you.
What to buy: You can buy everything here, from toys and children's clothes to plates and watches. I would have loved to buy the whole shop actually!
What to pay: Unfortunately the whole stuff isn't exactly cheap. But lovely!
Maastricht: The country's number 1 shoppingplace!
This is a general tip about shoppping in Maastricht. Sinds decades, Maastricht has been considered as Netherlands' most attractive place for shopping. The reason for this is firstly, that shoppingmalls and the big modern storehouses haven't managed to dominate the city, so that there are still many, many of those authentic little shops, situated in their historic surroundings. this makes shopping more fun, its like a kind of seightseeing! Secondly, there are numorous of small boutiques that sell authentic high quality things that u wont find anywhere else. Maastricht is known for being very conscious when it comes to fashion. There are many boutiques and jewelery-shops to be find, but this means allso that Maastricht is reather expensive. The shops are not concentrated in one shopping street. U find them on both sides of the river Maas, but they are all located in the historic center of the city, so that you dont need to use any transportation.
What to buy: When you are looking for typical Maastricht products, the following list may help you to get some idea's. 1: Limburgse Vlaai, a tastefull kind of cake. 2: Maastricht Beer (Wyckse Witte, Mestreechs aajt, ) 3: Mestreechter Steerkes, these are small choclates, bitter-sweet tasted. 4: Els; this is the traditional liqeuer of this regio.
Maison Blanche Dael: Tea and coffee
Great smells exude from this shop where coffee beans are freshly roasted.
Lots of lovely tea and coffee attributes like cups, sugars, espresso machines etc.
The shop exists since 1877. According to the website (Dutch only) the industrial roasting house Kaldenkerken was one of 10 in the vincinity of Maastricht around 1900. The roasting house was powered by steam and stood separately from the shop on the Jeker, a fast flowing little river that runs through Maastricht. The water provided the electricity for the roasting house.
Besides coffee and some tea products, the shop also sold "comestibles" (groceries) such as tinned foods, oil and vinegar.
Later, most roasting houses disappeared leaving only the best in the business.
Roasting house Kaldenkerken was renamed in Maison Blanche Dael, after the granddaughter of Kaldenkerken. She led the business until the 60s.
What to buy: - Choose from a variety of coffee melanges or have your own mixture made.
- Various teas.
- Nuts and freshly roasted peanuts.
- All sorts of accessories for making coffee or tea
What to pay: You can order from firstname.lastname@example.org .
De Kiekoet: local shop
De Kiekoet offers a variety of local products, such as wine, chocolat and art.
So if you are looking for some local souvenir and was not made in China, check out this nice shop.
What to buy: Gifts and souvenirs.
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