A couple of days ago, my friend Sarah I invited me on an autumnal little getaway to Maastricht. I was just back from Bali a few days and the post-vacation-blues had hit me hard. So, of course, I was happy to hop on a flight and visit her in the Netherlands. And because she showed me around Maastricht and I basically took me to just about any delicious hotspot in the city, I decided to collect them and assemble a little Maastricht travel guide for anyone who ever finds themselves in this beautiful city.
Where to stay: The Green Elephant Hostels *
Green Elephant describes itself as “bringing together a community of digital nomads, sustainability-minded budget travelers, and health lovers who value clean living”. The hostel is located just around the corner from the bus and train station, which makes it the perfect stay for a short but sweet little getaway.
We had been given the private room for a night and absolutely loved it. The whole experience was unlike what you would expect when you think about checking into a hostel. At the check-in, we were greeted with delicious homemade juice. Our room was spacious, super comfortable and absolutely chic. The private room was equipped with a huge bed, a private bathroom with a rain shower and even a TV!
You could see that they really tried to incorporate sustainability into their design, philosophy, and practice on site. There is a community kitchen to meal prep your own dishes, at breakfast, they only put out what will be eaten but happily oblige to your requests. I asked for soy yogurt and they immediately helped me. The Green Elephant Hostel is highly suitable for vegans I would say. The pancakes were made fresh upon request and the staff even offered us golden milk to go with our breakfast. The only thing I have to admit is that I really didn’t like the coffee in the Serendipity restaurant at the hostel. However, everything else was just absolutely perfect so it didn’t bother me too much.
WHAT TO DO IN MAASTRICHT
As I went to Maastricht mainly to see my friend and enjoy a bit of cozy autumnal chill-time, we didn’t do as much exploring as I would normally do when being on a city trip. We mainly walked along the streets, popped into cute concept stores and ate cake. I was mesmerized by the stunning architecture all around the city and loved simply strolling around the charming old town.
One place I would absolutely recommend, though, is Boekhandel Dominicanen, a bookshop in an old church. It was such a cool experience to roam around the shelves and browse the books in their huge English section, listen to the book reading that was going on and watch the tourists flood in and out.
Where to eat in Maastricht
Bijzonder is your place to be if you fancy a healthy and organic shared dining experience. Located in the area of Sint Pieter, this unique restaurant offers an amazing dinner experience with fresh and healthy dishes in a charming, homey atmosphere. We opted for the Adventurous dinner experience, which allowed us to choose four different dishes from their menu. Everything we ordered was either vegan or vegetarian and insanely delicious. I never knew a vegan chocolate cake made from Avocado could be this good!
My friend Sarah wrote a detailed review of the restaurant with a broad selection of amazing pictures so if you want to know more, check out her review here.
Preps probably is one of the best vegan-friendly breakfast and brunch locations I have been to in a long time. The café itself feels very homey and inviting and their wide range of lunch, cakes, and hot beverages almost overwhelmed me. In the end, I opted for my regular oat cappuccino and a super delicious vegan chocolate chip cake. Both were delicious!
Again, if you want to know more, check out Sarah’s extensive review of Preps here.
Another place to make sure to add to your to-do list is “Piece of Cake”. They have the most amazing selection of pastries, cake and high tea for a little sweet afternoon pick me up. We went there while it was pouring outside, sat down for a cup of tea and cake and simply bathed in the chic atmosphere of this place. I had the vegan carrot cake and it was absolutely divine!
*my friend Sarah was invited by the Green Elephant Hostel to stay the night and I thankfully got to tag along – thank you for taking me and thanks for the invitation to the Green Elephant. All opinion expressed in this post is, of course, 100% my own.
** some of these pictures were taken by the talented Sarah