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Businesses becoming creative in lockdown

Let us first of all emphasize the sadness and difficult choices this challenging period has brought about. Business owners have to temporarily close the doors of the businesses they have worked so hard for with so much love for so many years. People are ill or are not allowed to see their family or friends. These are sad and difficult things that we are all faced with at the moment. But this is the time where we should all come together – but at a distance, of course. Call each other or send e-mails or cards; just make sure that the special people in your life know that you are thinking about them. We need to continue to look after each other and also after ourselves, so it's amazing to see how creativity blossoms in challenging times. With their creative solutions during the partial lockdown, many business owners are showing that they are committed to their business, even in these difficult times. And we are incredibly proud of this demonstration of entrepreneurial spirit.

Because we have to look after ourselves especially well during these times, in this blog we will share all the places in Maastricht from where you can order all things beautiful and delicious and have them delivered to your home. These are businesses that usually don't deliver but are making an exception during these challenging times – and doing so with success!

Maastricht vlaai (sweet tart) and bread

Le Salonard
A fantastic deli selling the most delicious regional products. Buy a tasty baguette and ask them to slice some cheese for you. Grab a freshly squeezed orange juice and a flask full of coffee from home, and you’ve got the ingredients for a perfect picnic! Read more about Le Salonard here. 

De Bisschopsmolen
The Netherlands’ first spelt bakery had been taking orders for delivery for some time. But now its high-energy owner, Frank, is helping the couriers out – and has even been making deliveries himself as far as Etten-Leur. What a guy! These traditional products are bundles of energy. Time to get yours. View the product range here.

Le Fernand
Le Fernand is the perfect spot for a filling lunch, dinner, or drinks with friends. Fernand’s generous portions are renowned in Maastricht. Over the next weeks, he’ll be selling the tastiest takeaway sandwiches and offering ‘DIY boxes’ to re-create an authentic Le Fernand experience at home! Our tip: try the duck rillettes sandwich! You can read more info here. 

Fine dining at home!

Le Bon Vivant
Chef Björn is brimming with ideas, especially in these times. Although he can’t re-create his stunning vaulted restaurant in your home, he can deliver set menus and help home chefs serve up a professionally prepared meal. Simply follow the instructions to put a divine 3-course menu on the table within 15 minutes. Whether amateur or expert: there’s always time for a gourmet Bon Vivant meal. From caviar to the daily deal: view the menu here.

Beluga Loves You
Beluga Loves You is turning the situation into a fine-dining experience. This famous Maastricht restaurant quickly came up with a HOT(APP)LINE where you can simply order a three-course menu. For €35, you can have a Michelin-star experience at your own dining room table. You can also purchase a voucher for when the restaurant opens again. Let's look forward to better times and allow Beluga Loves You's exceptional kitchen team to spoil you this year. Visit their website for more information.

Wijnrestaurant Mes Amis
Mes Amis is also not letting this partial lockdown dampen their spirits. Last summer, this popular restaurant surprised us with their unique concept Wijnrestaurant op 't land (wine restaurant in the countryside) and now, they're cooking an out-of-this-world menu specially for home delivery. After all, Mes Amis understands that when one door closes, another opens. And that is the true Maastricht-style of doing things. You can enjoy their delicious regional dishes and wines in the comfort of your own home. The chef has already done most of the work; foodies at home only need to finish it (see the photo above). Chef Patriek explains every step of the way. You can choose three to seven courses, and there is plenty to choose from! What is especially unique is that Annaline has carefully selected accompanying wines from Limburg to complement the meal. View the menu here.

Dying for a good cup of coffee?

DARQ is heaven on earth if you’re looking for a delicious takeaway cappuccino with a homemade cupcake. As the experts in vitamin C (coffee and chocolate), they also provide takeaway breakfasts or a bag of the most delicious coffee beans. Read more about DARQ here. 

That wonderful scent as soon as you walk into Stadspark... it’s got to be Charlie’s Coffee in the Tapijnkazerne’s workshop Alongside roasting the finest coffee for you to brew at home, they also serve cups of the good stuff for you to take away. Fun fact: Charlie’s Coffee has just made an extra special ‘Haw Pin’ (‘stay strong’) blend!

Charlie's Haw Pin Koffie

It's healthy and delicious!

Café Local
During the last lockdown, Café Local’s culinary masters produced some fantastic, mood-lifting poke bowls. As the seasons are changing, they’ve come up with another clever concept: delicious ‘ummerkes’ (takeaway meal pots). Simply put together your own hot meal: choose your stew base and combine it with sweet-and-sour ‘zuurvlees’ (vegan options are available), meatballs in gravy, or something else tasty. Simply warm it up in the microwave and tuck in! Order on +31 (0)6-273028323. Read more about Café Local here. 

Van Wijck
Owner Jaap van Wijck (yes, that is his real name!) has been running Van Wijck in the Wyck district (seriously, this is not a joke). This is a lovely café where you can go for all-day breakfast, healthy fruit bowls, or real comfort food. Jaap didn't allow himself to be discouraged by this new situation and quickly set up a delivery service with an extensive menu of breakfasts and delicious lunch dishes. You can even have an Afternoon Tea delivered to your home. So, what are you waiting for? View the menu here.

These days, your fridge should be bursting at the seams with high-vitamin foods. So, it's really handy that Cremerius (known for their shop in the hospital) is now also delivering. And they offer this service with a smile. You'll receive an extensive order list in a WhatsApp message. Simply your order via WhatsApp and a colourful, fresh, and fruity basket will be delivered to your door the next day. You'll receive a payment link via WhatsApp to pay for your order. So, what are waiting for? Place that order! WhatsApp via +31 (0)6 15907796.

Guilty Pleasures

De Poshoorn
Maastricht seems to have perfected café culture. Sadly, we’ll have to re-create that culture at home for the next weeks and months. But De Poshoorn restaurant owner Yves wouldn’t be true to himself if he didn’t come up with a fantastic idea. And it’s this: De Poshoorn now has fantastic beer boxes and food platters for you to order! With a huge range on offer, now’s the time to enjoy Maastricht-style drinks and snacks in the comfort of your own home. View the deals here. 

Patty ’n Bun
It's now more important than ever that you look after yourself and your body. But if you're going to treat yourself, do it properly! Patty ’n Bun makes the best burgers in Maastricht. Their motto ‘We love real burgers’ is reflected in the burgers’ exceptional taste. You can order these awesome burgers via various delivery services. We would love to tell you more about their amazing menu, but the craving would just be overwhelming! So, discover Patty 'n Bun and treat yourself!

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