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Exploring Utrecht – discovering the Maliekwartier

One of the last areas to cover in our Exploring Utrecht series: the Maliekwartier! This lively are is on the east of the city centre. That’s why it feels completely different from the other areas. Will you join us while we discover the Maliekwartier?

Explore

The Nachtegaalstraat is the vein that runs through the middle of the Maliekwartier. All the way to the throbbing green heart of the area: the Wilhelminapark. This stunning park is a true delight to visit in the summer months. You can stroll around the Wilhelminavijver or set yourself down in the grass for a nice picnic.

Shopping

For a cool new outfit you should check out Leuk! by Cleo at the start of the Nachtegaalstraat. Also for vintage finds there’s a lot of hidden gems to find in the Maliekwartier, with Emmaus on the Monseigneur van de Weteringstraat and Vintage Fashion on the Wagenstraat.

You can’t miss the colourful little store called ZININ on theBurgemeester Reigerstraat. Here you can find the cutest and brightly coloured gifts and homeware.

If you’re a foodie, then the Maliekwartier is the area for you. You can get any cooking appliances you’ll ever need at Kookwinkel Potten & Pannen. After that you can visit the many delicious delicatessen stores on the Nachtegaalstraat like DADO and Peek en van Beurden Delicatessen. And end up on the Burgemeester Reigerstraat at Italian traiteur Tutti a Tavola or the Dutch gem Hinkelman. You can get freshly baked bread at the Vlaamsch Broodhuys and dip it in some freshly made hummus from Juuls Hummus.

Apart from good food you’ll also need some nice drinks. Go past the aptly named beer specialty store Van Bieren.  If you prefer a nice glass of wine, go past the Grapedistrict on the Burgemeester Reigerstraat.

 Food & Drink

For a tasty lunch you can head over to Broodnodig next to the train tracks or to HOOI a little further along the road. Or a explore a little further and check out the neighbourhood beyond the Wilhelminapark. Here you can find cool breakfast- & lunch spots NOEN and District on the Jan van Scorelstraat. The best coffee you’ll find closer towards Wittevrouwen, at Cornelis on the Maliestraat. One of our all time favorites!

Hungry? Then take your pick at the many choices in the Maliekwartier. Have a tapas feast at Cerveceria Boulevard. Or order a crunchy pizza at De Pizzabakkers. Rather have a healthier option? Then order a salad at Vers. Or go hang out at Restaurant Buurten!

Culture

Tucked away in the Wilhelminapark you can find the EXbunker, where you can often admire art expos on Saturday and Sunday. Rather do something yourself? Then pay a visit to cultural centre Parnassos, where you can do all sorts of courses in the (performing) arts. Once in a while there’s all end presentations of all the courses where you can enjoy the results of everyone’s hard work!

A cultural outing with the kids would be the Spoorwegmuseum, a true classic in the Maliekwartier! We really recommend just strolling around in between all the old trains for an afternoon. Also a cultural highlight you shouldn’t miss, is the Rietveld Schröder huis on the Prins Hendriklaan.

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About Lisa Peters

Lisa is a content marketing professional for a large cinema chain, with a knack for writing and a love for Utrecht. Ever since moving to Utrecht in 2009, she has lifted every stone, eaten off many plates and explored every corner. A new food concept or an undiscovered boutique, she will find it and she will love it. The only thing she’s secretly still hoping for is a karaoke bar to open up in Utrecht one day. She lives in the up-and-coming neighborhood around the Amsterdamsestraatweg, where she keeps a close eye on any interesting new store or restaurant that appears. She loves to find hidden gems off the beaten track and now its time for her to start sharing them with you!

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