We usually go for a little weekendtje (weekend getaway) to a nearby city and we are so lucky to be able to choose between so many cities in NL, Germany and Belgium. Our main category is the city should not be more than 2 hours drive away. We were in Maastricht for the Pinksteren weekend - a long weekend here with Nabila having off from school till Tuesday. Pinksteren coincided with Mother's Day and the weekendtje was part of my pressie.
We had a really great time. Since it is not our first time in Maastricht, we were not really rushing to complete an itinerary. There was no real plan, we were just there to enjoy the city, to spend time away from the routine, to spoil ourselves with great food and just to relax. The city was also quiet since nothing was opened but restos, pubs, terraces and museums on Sunday and Monday (when most of the restos are closed).
After hitting the shops on Tuesday and before going home, we made arrangement for tea at the Quartier Bassin's Lunchroom
at the newly restored 'Bassin. Angele Souren, the owner of the lunchroom and also the boutique hotel
we were staying at was there to host the afternoon.
We had the royal high tea, which started off with champagne and a choice of cold drinks for Nabila. They spoilt us with a selection of pastries and scones, cakes and a platter of thinly sliced perfectly made sandwiches - which we finished before I remember to take photos!
The scones were served with a selection of jams, marmalade and clotted cream. The little cakes accompanying the scones were delicious. None of them baked in house but obtained from the best patisseries in Maastricht and Belgium. I love the little-little cakes that were served with the scones especially., The financiers were soft and sweet. There were little almond cakes with figs which was truly divine!
An afternoon tea by the harbour in 'Bassin watching the world goes by... the best way to end a weekendtje in Maastricht ;-)
Make a reservation, so you won't be disappointed:
Lunchroom Quartier Bassin
76211 AL Maastricht
Tel.: +31 (0) 6 - 250 21 806
Fax: +31 (0)43- 35 80 150