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A Student’s Guide to Cheap and Free Things to Do in Maastricht - 3 min read

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Lix caught up with Radina Ivaylova Andreeva, a business and economics student at Maastricht University, who shared with us where to eat, drink, shop and be entertained in Maastricht on a student budget. Check out her top three’s! 

Where to eat? 

Café Sjiek
Sint Pieterstraat 13, 6211 JM Maastricht, Netherlands

Around since 1982, Café Sjiek is a staple in the Maastricht community. Locals and students meet here to eat, enjoy a glass of wine or strike up a good conversation. The popular local dish, Zuurvlees, is a must at this delightful café. While Zuurvlees might not sound that appetizing (it does contain horse meat), it’s surprisingly tasty. If that’s not for you, there’s plenty of other delicious dishes on the menu. And when it’s warm out, sit on the large outdoor terrace overlooking the historic city park.

Café Forum
Sint Pieterstraat 4, 6211 JN Maastricht, Netherlands

If horse meat isn’t your thing, head down the street to trendy Café Forum. Here, you’ll find a hip, young crowd gathered for delicious burgers and salads. Wash your tasty meal down with a craft beer from the Netherlands and Belgium while listening to some live music. 

Tuutsje vaan Teunsje
Wycker Brugstraat 41, 6221 EB Maastricht, Netherlands

Maastricht is known for its famous frituuren (fry shops). One of the best in town is Tuutsje vaan Teunsje. Serving up Dutch fries (with your choice of mayo or gravy), your late-night munchies or hungover weekend cravings will be met with pure bliss.  

Where to drink? 

Café In de Karkol
Stokstraat 5, 6211 GB Maastricht, Netherlands

Voted the Netherlands’ best pub in 2016, this cozy café is located in the heart of the beautiful Stokstraatquarter. A bit hard to spot, this small and cozy pub is definitely worth a visit. Here, you’ll find a huge variety of draft beers and a nice assortment of bottled brews. Wines can be ordered by the glass, and when you’re feeling a bit peckish, try their famous onion soup or ham and cheese toast. You won’t be disappointed. 

Café De Knijnspiep
Muntstraat 45, 6211 EH Maastricht, Netherlands

Head to Café De Knijnspiep for a locally brewed Brand Pilsner. Located in the center of Maastricht, this wood-paneled pub dates back over a century. With music at its heart, you’ll enjoy a lovely evening in a friendly and inviting environment packed with both locals and students.

Mr. Smith
Rechtstraat 55, 6221 EG Maastricht, Netherlands

A student-friendly bar with budget-friendly prices. Hidden from plain sight, this exclusive bar is simply fantastic. Around 20 people are allowed in at any one time, making for a laid back bar with friendly hosts and exceptional drinks. Try a delicious cocktail or two without breaking the bank. 

Where to shop? 

Boekhandel Dominicanen
Dominicanerkerkstraat 1, 6211 CZ Maastricht, Netherlands

Perfect for any bibliophile, this vaulted, temple-like bookshop is situated in a 700-year-old Gothic church. Here, you’ll find thousands of books in what the Guardian called “a bookshop made in heaven”. Boekhandel Dominicanen also houses a varied assortment of CDs, DVDs and LPs, making it ideal for movie buffs and music lovers. It’s a perfect pit-stop on a rainy day or for a much-needed break from studying.  

Retro & Chique
Heggenstraat 1, 6211 GW Maastricht, Netherlands

For any and all vintage lovers, you’ve just found your hidden gem. Retro & Chique brings vintage to a whole new level. Set in a beautiful, old building, here you’ll find an amazing selection of vintage shoes, party frocks, jewelry, accessories and much more. Even better, the friendly staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. 

Temporama
Grote Straat 5-15, 6211 CT Maastricht, Netherlands

Since department store V&D went bankrupt a couple years back, the Netherlands (in general) is lacking in department stores. Temporama is Maastricht’s answer to the gaping hole V&D left on the main shopping street. Here, you’ll find young, inspirational local designers selling their products on spacious shopping floors. After all that shopping, head to the ground floor, where you’ll find an assortment of cafés serving up delicious baked goods and some of the best coffee in town. 

Where to be entertained? 

Helpoort
St, Sint Bernardusstraat 24b, 6211 HL Maastricht, Netherlands

Medieval Helpoort (Hell Gate) might sound a bit eery, but the Netherlands’ oldest fortified city gate dates back to 1229 when the city locked itself up each night to keep out thieves.

Maastricht Underground
Luikerweg 80, 6211 ED Maastricht, The Netherlands

Tour the underground cave system where generations of Jesuit monks left amazing wall paintings and artifacts. If ‘dark and mysterious’ is your thing, this place is a must-see local attraction.      

Nolenspark
6211 JP Maastricht, Netherlands

This popular park is frequented by nature-loving locals, students and families. Head here for some exercise or to relax on one of the many grassy areas. The park is home to a variety of animals, including ducks and swans, but the spectacular views are the real treat. An old medieval wall sits on the outskirts of the park, where you may just spot one of many, beautiful statues adorning this huge green space.


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Kristy is a copywriter and former student at Columbia University. Having lived in New York City, Berlin and Auckland, she's a bit of a nomad, but has found a home away from home (wherever that is) in Copenhagen. When she's not busy writing on everything 'study-related,' she can be found in vintage shops and coffee parlors all around Copenhagen.

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