My exchange semester at Maastricht University has now come to its end. I will take the opportunity of this last post to reveal my favorite hidden spots and secret events. 🌈 Of course my list is not comprehensive and can be updated and completed. Still I hope you will find some surprising ideas and try them out.
Chillin’ in the city
In the warmer days of spring and early summer, it is really enjoyable to sit on the terraces of Maastricht and laze in the parks along the Maas. 🌿 In addition, I would also suggest three other nice places. The Livin Room, first, is a calm cafe that has a peaceful courtyard in the back. 🌷 You can play there boardgames while drinking a delicious frozen capuccino or savor one of their special vegan toasted breads. Second, you will appreciate Teazone if you fancy teas and look for a more dime light place. 🎋 This cafe is also a nice place to study on your own or with friends. My third recommendation is Plut Cats & Coffee. For cat lovers, this place is a sweet heaven on earth.
I cannot end this part without a special recommendation for the best coffeeshop in Maastricht. Following my friends Cris’ and Clara’s advise, the Smoky will offer you the most relaxing time. 💆 It is located in a houseboat and you will have the possibilityto play video games and pool, watch netflix or enjoy a nice little chat.
Eating in the city
Definitely go in the Pindakaaswinkel to taste a sample of every original peanut butter possible. 🥜 For Asian food I would suggest Dadawan near the train station and for premium quality Italian food a small restaurant in Hoogbrugstraat in front of the Mary Jane. 🍱 For a nice portion of French fries with a sweet Dutch mayonnaise, meet me at La Friterie Tuutsje vaan Teunsje in front of Sint Servaasbrug. 🍟 You won’t be lost in Maastricht as there are a Burger King and a McDonald. Yet if you feel eating fast food, order at With Love Burrito, you will be amazed by the taste of their Mexican recipes. 🌯 New-York Pizza makes the best deliverable pizze in Maastricht. 🍕 For a cheap meal go to The Lab, they have a special five euro offer between 16 and 18 o’clock. Or follow Planet Pasta on Facebook, you can find there pasta for one euro on special days. I have been advised De Gouverneur to drink the best beers of Maastricht. I have never been there as I do not drink, I let you try the place. 🍻
In addition to Carnival, Maastricht hosts other special events in the spring semester, that you are probably not aware of. The city welcomes every year the TEFAF (European Fine Art Fair) which gather an incredible number of international art galleries, selling antiques to modern art and luxurious jewellry. 🖼 This year we also were lucky to have a debate for the youth opposing the different candidates to the future presidency of the European Commission. More traditionaly, every year takes place a parade around the streets of Maastricht to celebrate Sint Servaas. 🎺 For King’s day, the celebrations in Maastricht are not worth staying. I highly encourage you to go live the experience in Amsterdam and come back with a late train in the night. Finally, the inner city library organises every year a book sale of their old books, give it a try ! 📚
At UM sport
UM sport can be full of surprises. I had the chance to join the Chess Club. 👑 Only a few people know that it exists and it is actually a great opportunity. It is open to every level, and every member there will be more than happy to share his/her passion ! 💫 I can only recommend ! Besides, do not hesitate to try any walk-in activity at the UM sport ; from spinning and yoga to muai-tai and boxing. Indoor soccer is great fun and for an intensive session, go on Monday. You can also book a squash court. 🏋🏼
At the SBE
The SBE is full of secrets and I am far to have discovered them all. One of my favorites is that you can attend some lectures for free. 🎓 I had a brilliant lecture about Starbuck’s strategy in emerging countries and attended some others teaching how to network, better apply online or improve one’s creativity. SBE also has secret rooms. Let me tell you that the Student Lounge is one of these places that you will be happy to know. 🏆 While you can study there, you can also play pool, table-soccer, darts and chess. In the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences where you might end up having some classes, go explore the rooftop, there is a hidden cafe which is amazing ! 👀
I cannot end this last blog without expressing my sincere thanks to :
- To the international relationship office team, and more especially Dominique, who were always present to answer my inquiry and did their best to ease our experience in Maastricht
- To my amazing roommates who shared their unique and priceless experiences and contributed to make my stay in Maastricht a sweet memory.
- To my knowledgeable professors and tutors from Public Finance, Real Estate, Sustainability and Tax Policy who were an incredible inspiration.
- To my new friends.
- To my home school emlyon business school who allowed me to live such an experience. I’m grateful for them and my family and the Erasmus Programm to have offered me such an opportunity and made me discovered such a vibrant city !
I am leaving Maastricht University with new perspectives and stronger by knowledge and experience. My next stop is Moscow, Russia. See you there !
PS : Try the Dutch stroopwafel, they are delicious !