Now that you're settling down in Maastricht, it's time to find out the hidden and perhaps not so hidden gems of the city. Today Lea shares her budget-friendly places to go for lunch.
Hi, my name is Lea, and today I want to share with you some incredible budget-friendly places I've discovered in Maastricht that should be on every student's radar. As someone who understands the struggle of balancing a tight budget while craving delicious meals, I've curated a list of must-visit places that offer tasty options without breaking the bank. Whether you're on campus or exploring the city centre, these affordable spots are sure to satisfy your hunger while keeping your wallet happy. Let's dive in!
Let's kick things off with our own campus at HMSM, with Refresh! This student-run cafeteria offers a weekly changing menu tailored to our tastes and budgets. Indulge in a wide variety of affordable options, including soups, sandwiches, salads, and mouthwatering burgers. With something for even the pickiest eaters, Refresh ensures you won't go hungry. Just remember, the menu is constantly evolving as new students take charge, so seize the opportunity to try their delicious creations while they last!
Craving a quick sandwich? Look no further than A la Paco, a delightful spot nestled in the city centre. Here, you'll find delicious Spanish "barras" featuring traditional Serrano ham, topped with aioli sauce and freshly grated tomatoes. As an added bonus, the owners, being from Spain, offer a chance to practice your Spanish skills while enjoying a flavorful meal. It's a win-win!
In the same area, CatobyCato is another fantastic student-friendly place that caters to your needs. Known for their satisfying meals consisting of grains or beans of your choice, generously topped with an array of options ranging from chicken to avocado and a variety of dressings, this place is sure to please your taste buds. The owner's innovative dressings add a unique touch to each dish, making it an exciting lunch experience.
For those craving authentic Italian flavors, a visit to La Bottega di Gemma near the city walls at Tapijn Park is a must. Their mouthwatering Italian paninis feature a wide array of imported hams and cheeses, promising a delightful burst of flavors with each bite. If you're lucky, Gemma might even treat you to a cup of coffee, adding an extra touch of warmth to your visit.
As a student, it's essential to make the most of your budget without compromising on taste and quality. While there are undoubtedly many hidden culinary treasures in Maastricht, these student-friendly places have captured my heart with their affordable and satisfying offerings. Just be mindful of peak lunch hours when the student population flocks to these beloved establishments, unless you enjoy the social aspect of queuing. Bon appétit!
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