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Top Choice Brown Cafe in Maastricht

Take One

This narrow, eccentric 1930s tavern has well over 100 beers from the most obscure parts of the Benelux. It's run by a husband-and-wife team who help you select the beer most appropriate to your taste. The Bink Blond…
Top Choice Museum in Maastricht


Maastricht's star museum, in the Ceramique district east of the Maas, is easily recognizable by its rocket-shaped tower. Designed by the Italian Aldo Rossi, the distinctive E-shaped structure displays early European…
Top Choice Church in Maastricht

Sint Servaasbasiliek

Built around the shrine of St Servatius, the first bishop of Maastricht, the basilica presents an architectural pastiche dating from 1000. Its beautiful curved brick apse and towers dominate the Vrijthof. The Treasu…
Top Choice Bakery in Maastricht


A working 7th-century water wheel powers a vintage flour mill that supplies its adjoining bakery. Spelt loaves and vlaai (seasonal fruit pies) come direct from the ovens out back. You can dine onsite at the cafe, an…
Top Choice Art in Maastricht

European Fine Art Fair

The world's largest annual art show is in mid-March. More than 200 exhibitors converge, offering masterpieces to those with a few million euros to spare. The event is open to the public.
Pub in Maastricht

In Den Ouden Vogelstruys

On a coveted corner of the Vrijthof, this antique bar is a little bit naughty and a little bit nice. The entrance has heavy red curtains, while inside the bar there are photos of heavy men, heavy light fittings and …
Cafe in Maastricht


On a busy corner of the main drag through Wyck, this old storefront with original tile floors draws a smart youthful set throughout the day, thanks in part to its well-stuffed bagels (till 4pm) and original tapas (a…
Church in Maastricht

Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek

Standing on an intimate cafe-filled square, sections of this church date from before 1000. There is a separate treasury area that houses gaudy jewels and riches. The candle-filled shrine to Mary Star of the Sea near…
Church in Maastricht

Sint Janskerk

This small 17th-century Gothic church is among the most beautiful in the Netherlands. Originally the limestone tower got its reddish hue with a coat of ox blood; it was later restored with ordinary paint. Climb to t…
Museum in Maastricht

Museum Aan Het Vrijthof

Housed in Maastricht's oldest civic structure, the museum highlights the city's legacy as a craft guild centre, with fine examples of antique silver, furniture, porcelain, timepieces and weaponry on display. Its mos…