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Discover Benelux | Het Stokstraatkwartier | The Stylish Heart of Maastricht
Fashion boutique NATAN by Edouard Vermeulen (see page 69), with its raw stone façade, is one of the area’s shopping highlights. It is also one of the favourite fashion labels of Queen Máxima. The street’s eyecatching, historical buildings and modern fashion stores with their white walls and clean lines create a beautiful contrast. A similar appearance can be found throughout this town quarter of Maastricht, known as the home to the more exclusive brands. The quarter has a long history – while many of the current buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries, the first foundations were laid in Roman times. Excavations have even unearthed a large third century thermae underneath the streets. It took almost a decade to carefully restore the buildings, making the quarter stand out in a modern manner, yet with respect for history. If you seek a tranquil atmosphere with many greens and the magnificent Meuse River nearby, the Stokstraatkwartier will be your best bet. It is also nearby beautiful green areas including the Stadspark which lies at walking distance from the quarter. Follow the Maasboulevard along the river, and you will find the park. Many university students love the vibrant feel and the mix of cool, fashionable shops and artistic galleries and luxury brands the Stokstraatkwartier has to offer. This brings a certain young spirit to the already urban and hip area, so why not visit and combine your shopping experience with a break for good cup of coffee to fully immerse yourself in the surroundings? If this sounds like a place for you, tasteful hotels such as Derlon Hotel Maastricht (see page 71) are well situated and have the same fashionable appearance and comfort standard as the rest of this charming quarter.
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