Hotel Boticelli is situated in the historical centre of Dutch city Maastricht, close to Maastricht University, the Vrijthof Plein where André Rieu performs annually and near the historical neighbourhood ‘Het Jekerkwartier.’ A weekend in Maastricht is the ideal way to get to know this city, a melting pot of different nationalities because of the adjacent countries Belgium and Germany. Taking a stroll through Het Jekerkwartier will afford a day full of art and design, unique shopping experiences and submerging oneself in a Burgundian lifestyle, which is so near the heart of the true ‘Maastrichtenaar.’ Book your overnight stay in the beautiful Italian inspired Hotel Boticelli to complete your weekend and let us tell you a little bit about Het Jekerkwartier.
Maastricht is made up out of 44 neighbourhoods, Het Jekerkwartier being one of them. What makes this neighbourhood so special, is it’s strong and still visible historical remnants, there being lots of historical churches, monasteries and remains of the old fortifications left. Het Jekerkwartier, named after the river flowing through the area is a great way to start a tour of the fortifications, held every Saturday. The old houses and streets in the neighbourhood were built in the 17th and 18th century and contribute to the historical and graceful vibe. The old gothic style ‘Minderbroeders Monasterie’ is also a perfect example of these remnant and can be found in the Eastern part of the Jekerkwartier.
The tiny boutiques in het Jekerkwartier are definitely worth visiting instead of going to the more mainstream stores. Lots of young designers have settled down in the area and contribute to a wide array of art & design, jewellery and unique fashion pieces. Worth visiting for example, is jewellery designer Suzan Delfani or Arteaux art & design. For a combination of fashion, shoes, art and coffee, take a look at Le Marais Deux en koffie. A concept store housing all kinds of fun items. Visiting the city of Maastricht in March? The annual TEFAF will take place. A ten day art and antique fair that’s being held all over the city. In this month, the city is buzzing with art and design lovers, but you can enjoy theatre the whole year round by visiting Theatre Maastricht.
Shopping, visiting art & design galleries and learning about the historical background of Maastricht off course needs to be complemented with foods and drinks. Het Jekerkwartier is the perfect area to find a place to settle down for a well-deserved meal and thirst quenching drink. At Rilette or Petite Bonheur they serve classical French Cuisine. Rather fond of Asian food? Grab a bite of sushi or authentic Thai food at Thai Ichi. Most restaurants can be found in de Koestraat, but in de Tongersestraat, Winerestaurant Mes Amis or Au Coin des Bons Enfants are also worth the walk. When you’re still in the mood for a nightcap, Het Jekerkwartier in Maastricht is home to plenty of pubs, like Café Forum or De Pieter, to fulfill your needs and maybe end up with some live music.