Vrijthof Square Maastricht : Time to Chillax!

Vrijthof Square is one of the 2 most prominent squares in Maastricht. The other being Markt or Market Square.


Vrijthof Square Maastricht

The video above shows the entire square taken at its centre. It shows the Sint Servaasbasiliek…

Sint Servaasbasiliek Vrijthof Square Maastricht
Sint Servaasbasiliek Vrijthof Square Maastricht

and the Sint Janskerk with its notably red coloured coating…

Sint Janskerk Vrijthof Square Maastricht
Sint Janskerk Vrijthof Square Maastricht

Besides the churches, you may also notice strange looking trees, somewhat like the bulbous trees. These trees form paths beside the pubs and restaurants lining the sides of this square.

To enjoy the sights and sounds of Vrijthof square, we recommend taking a seat along one of the restaurants (on the outside, of course). This we did at Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin!

Outside Seating at Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin Maastricht
Outside Seating at Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht

Kate had a coffee for $2.75euro

Coffee at Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht
Coffee at Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht

Menu of Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht
Menu of Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht

Tom ordered the Gulpener Lager (served on draft) and the coolest thing about being seated outside is that it keeps the beer cold (because of the cool temperature)! So you can really just enjoy your beer without being afraid that it’ll turn warm.

After taking a look at the menu, we decided to stay for dinner as the 4 course dinner costs only $19.95euro. We also ordered the house favourite – Mussels in white wine for $21.50euro!

Inside Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht
Inside Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht

Appetiser - Tomato Soup @ Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht
Appetiser – Tomato Soup @ Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht

150g of Beer Steak @ Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht
150g of Beer Steak @ Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht

Mussels in White Wine @ Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht
Mussels in White Wine @ Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht

Dessert - Creme Brulee @ Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht
Dessert – Creme Brulee @ Grand Cafe Nieuw Bruin, Vrijthof Square Maastricht

There was also a tea selection at the end of the meal!

Tea selection at the end of the meal
Tea selection at the end of the meal

We thoroughly enjoyed the mussels in white wine. The mussels were really fresh and the taste was enhanced by the wine sauce. Yum! The creme brulee was also simple, light yet marvelously smooth!

We started our meal around 7ish and ended close to 9. This should have been the busiest time of any restaurant. However, there were only 2 other tables being served this whole time! Since the food was relatively good, we kay poh a bit (busy body) and asked the waiter why this was so.

It was actually because of the low season (end of winter was still considered low season). He mentioned that during the summer months, the ENTIRE restaurant would be packed!

Vrijthof square is definitely worth a visit and why not have a drink or 2 while reveling in the life of a local!

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Vrijthof Square Maastricht

Vrijthof Square Maastricht

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