Close to the German and Belgian borders, the hidden gem of Maastricht has a surprising secret: this charming South Dutch city is a haven for lovers of vintage shopping visiting the Netherlands.
The Dutch admire the capital of the Limburg province for its historic churches, charming cobbled streets, vast vineyards and authentic feel. They say it almost feels foreign – and not just because of the strong accent. Though it’s easy to take pleasure in the distinctively Burgundian way of life, Maastricht can feel more cosmopolitan than other small towns in the Netherlands, offering high quality food and wine alongside a range of exhibitions and live performances. The locals love to dress up and to hunt for treasures to add to their wardrobes, so you’re bound to notice some elegant and original style around town. If you can’t resist picking up some pre-loved fashion while traveling, don’t miss these five vintage clothing boutiques in Maastricht.
Do you go weak at the knees when you see a stunning vintage designer piece? Then you’re likely to need to sit down when you enter Secondhand4all. Two shops facing each other in the same street sell beautiful secondhand items that are looking for a new, stylish home, from Prada boots to Dsquared sneakers. Need a second opinion? Owners Leonique and Fermand will gladly help while offering you coffee, tea or even a glass of wine with this very personalized shopping experience. Locals feel at home in this boutique, and naturally navigate towards the carefully curated clothing racks when looking for new jeans or blouses from a variety of brands.
Bredestraat 16, 6211 HC, Bredestraat 33, 6211 HB
With two locations in the city centre, We-ar Vintage proudly identifies itself as a ‘twee vintage store’. Whether you’re on the hunt for authentic 60s jeans, or funky grandma floral dresses, one thing is guaranteed: you won’t leave empty-handed. Looking for boots, bags or bomber jackets? Their selection is affordable, with something for everyone. Rummage through unisex items and a wide variety of accessories, or look for inspiration in the colorful window displays to get your retro fashion fix.
Rechtstraat 52, 6221 EK, Achter het Vleeshuis 33, 6211 GR
Clothes might be one of the most important tools we have to express ourselves, day to day. Dotnsquare Vintage believes that what we wear should always proudly display our personality. The boutique is also dedicated to the positive impact that vintage shopping has on our planet, enthusiastically sharing that mission with its customers. The selection brings back the 80s and 90s vibe of abundance, with a particular penchant for female designers. They also stock a range of LGBT-themed stickers and buttons from playful brands such as Afroditi’s Art, sustainably produced jewelry and other locally crafted accessories. Whether you’re looking for a statement leather jacket, tweed waistcoat , over-the-top prom dress or a preppy blouse, if you’re aiming for a unique look, this is the place to go.
Heggenstraat 5, 6221 CW
Vintage Island is a household name when it comes to vintage shopping in the Netherlands, with six shops throughout the country. In Maastricht, you’ll be lured in by the eye-catching accessories, such as scarfs and barrettes, an abundance of cowboy boots, and an extensive 90s collection. You’ll find items in all colours, sizes and price brackets. One thing is for sure: you’ll definitely lose your sense of time in this flamboyant island oasis of vintage threads.
Platielstraat 1A, 6211 GV
Got an eye for new designers as well as vintage one-offs? Not to worry: Giensch has both. In the back of this inviting store with the yellow facade, you’ll find recent preloved items, such as shoes, coats and purses. Towards the entrance, expect new items and European brands, all in an undeniably retro style. Faux furs, bold 70s prints… The team clearly enjoys mixing different colors, textures and eras on their creatively styled mannequins.
Achter Het Vleeshuis 19, 6211 GR