If you're looking for trendy shops and impressive boutiques, the city centre is the place to be. The vibrant centre of Maastricht expands a little bit further every year with new concepts from the world of fashion, and consequently continues to attract both residents and tourists. In this district, you walk from the banks of the Meuse to Vrijthof square, and from Markt square via Grote Staat to Onze Lieve Vrouweplein square. The shopping mecca of the Netherlands is on the banks of the Meuse!
Whether you want inspiration and ideas, a new winter coat, or an instant expansion of your entire wardrobe for the season, Maastricht is the place to be. After all, virtually all major chains are represented here. There's something everyone. If the foundations aren't right, the rest won't be either, and this district has ensure that the essentials are all in place.
The major shops are not simply lined up in a single main shopping street. The city centre is arranged so that there are zones with different vibes. The Mosae Forum and Entre Deux shopping centres have had a great influence on this. These covered shopping centres bring together popular retail chains and culinary gems. You could spend a whole day here... but keep an eye on the time, as Maastricht's delightful city centre has even more to offer!
Got the basics? Yes! Now it's time to get some extras to complete your outfit. Via Grote Staat, wander into a few of the side streets, where the owners of the various boutiques would be happy to help you find what you're looking for. Here you will find exclusive clothing, small-scale brands, and unique accessories. Fashion lovers who want something a bit more original should make their way to Markt square. An antique and collectibles market is held on this square every Saturday, selling vintage pieces at great prices. Now your outfit is definitely complete!
There's lots more to see in this district besides the interior and wares of your favourite shops. Get a bit of fresh air with a stroll along Kesselskade beside the Meuse. If your feet are telling you you've walked enough, this is also where you can book a boat trip. Enjoy an hour of unique views of the historic city walls of Maastricht, the St Servatius bridge, and the Onze Lieve Vrouwe basilica.
After all that shopping, a bite to eat and a relaxing drink are well deserved. Vrijthof square and Markt square are the ideal locations to find a spot on a café terrace. Both seem at first sight to be one big bustling café terrace. It's bathed in sunshine during the day and you can enjoy traditional Maastricht cuisine. There's nothing better than looking out over the lively hustle and bustle of the city from the comfort of a table of treats. Here's to a successful day - cheers!