Wolfstraat: enjoy strolling the shopping streets
Stroll along the cobblestone inner streets of Maastricht and enjoy gazing at wonderful shops or make a purchase. You will find many brands and hundreds of different kinds of shops. Overall there are about nine different streets that wind through the central part of Maastricht
What to buy: Look for clothing, jewelry, watches, specialty coffee, or many other articles -- and there are four different department stores along these streets
Olivier Chocolatier: My vote for BEST chocolate
I've eaten many chocolates and been a judge at a chocolate festival -- and I believe the chocolates from Olivier are some of the best I have eaten. To be fair I have also had chocolates (pralines as they are called here) from Friandises in Wijk, Maastricht -- and they are good. Yet, my personal taste says the Olivier are my favorites.
What to buy: I really enjoy the Truffles and also the bon-bons with cognac!
I recently read of another traveler who had done a taste test of about 20 chocolatiers in Europe and Olivier was not only the best in Maastricht but ranked second of all he tried (the #1 came from Brugge, Belgium).
What to pay: 2.10 Euros for 100 gram, 7,20 Euros for 250 gram (a box of about 15 - 20 candies).
City Center: The City Center is Like a Giant Shopping Mall!
In a nutshell: if you like to shop, you'll like Maastricht. The city center is like a giant shopping mall -- there are lots of shops and stores. On one street, they have even built a glass cover over the street (see photo) which makes it seem like both an outdoor city street and an indoor shopping mall.
You'll love the variety and selection of the merchandise in Maastricht. You just might not like the prices which are on the high side.
What to pay: A lot
Blanche Dael: Wonderful Coffee
If you want to buy some ground coffee I can highly recommend this coffee roaster. In fact though I had bought bigger packages elsewhere they proudly reminded me that their coffee is available in 250kg packages so I will always have the most freshly roasted. I make this coffee (I use a french press style coffee pot) daily and so enjoy it!
If you only want to drink this coffee you can visit their coffee house at Wijk at the 1992Plein just across the River from the center of Maastricht
The shop was founded in 1877 under a family name and only changed to the name of the granddaughter later.
What to buy: I love their coffee -- and their decaf coffee is really good (believe it or not). However, they are also a tee or tea packer so I would trust their choice of tea. Of course, the coffee will be fresher as no tea is grown and processed here.
For a special treat I know they are often roasting peanuts so you could buy a bag of those, too.
What to pay: Euro 2.75 for 250 gr
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:
Stationsstraat Week Market: From Rubbage (aka Clutter) to Antiques
The saturday market at the Stationsstraat houses 2 rows of stalls with a lot of brick-a-brack. For the real bargain hunters and collectors it is highly recommended!
What to buy: Everything from books to computer parts.
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Olivier Bonbons: Chocolates!
This shop makes their own chocolates and they are deliiiiiiiiiiicious!
Once you step into the shop, you are welcomed by a strong smell of freshly made chocolates! mmmmm!!
What to buy: They have chocolate bars - milk, dark, white, even those with rice crispies inside.
Pralines, of course! My favourite!
What to pay: 6.25euros for 250g
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Any shop: The Shopping in Maastrict is interesting
The shops in the centre of Maastricht are ones which I would love to explore further, they're so original and a lot of thought has been put into the window displays. This is one of the main things that struck me about the town centre. If you're like me and you are tight on time (and money! it's quite pricey) go window shopping... it's worth it! I fell in love with the place.
What to buy: There are beautiful clothing and jewellery boutiques and th sweet shops are so impressive. It honestly has something for everyone, all the shop assistants seemed very helpful also (and also very handsome in some cases!)
What to pay: quite expensive really in general but some hidden gems are to be found.
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PINKY: More Candy?
This shop is so bright, pink and pretty! One of the first shops to grab my attention...
But then again.. any shop that sells that much candy can't escape me.. hehehe
What to buy: Freshly made wafels, Sundaes, all kinds.. and i mean ALL kinds of candy!
What to pay: Most go by weight.. 100g for 1Euro
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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!
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!!!
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.
Albert Heijn: Winkels
Albert Heijn is the largest food retailer in the Netherlands, with a market share of about 30 %. They have six Winkels in Maastricht alone.
Yes, Winkel is a cute Dutch word for shop or store (reminiscent of the English words twinkle, sprinkle, wrinkle or crinkle), so it’s no wonder I always enjoy shopping a lot more as soon as I have crossed the border into the Netherlands. Obviously it’s more fun to go shopping in a Winkel than in some grungy old supermarket or Lebensmittelgeschäft in one of the neighboring countries.
The Albert Heijn Winkel in the photo is the one on Plein 1992, just across from the public library. It is large, clean, bright and cheery and it has a huge selection of attractive products. And it is air-conditioned, which is a blessing if you happen to be in Maastricht during a blistering heat wave as I was.
Although Albert Heijn has a reputation for being up-market, I found the prices quite reasonable.
Of course there are always lots of bicycles parked out front, because that’s the way people go shopping in the Netherlands.
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 .
Little shop in the Wijcker Brugstraat which has very good chocolates. Or so they said. I confirm that! They are indeed delicious. Not very large but complex and just what a good chocolate should be: different flavours within one bonbon.
What to buy: Errr....chocolates of course!
What to pay: I think it was about 2 or 3 euro per 100 gr.
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