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Ellen Truijen Part 2: Travel Tips for the Netherlands


Ellen at her brandstore opening
It's still summer here at home and given the unbearable heat, I'm definitely dreaming of a fall getaway. And what better time to share part 2 of our interview with shop fave bag designer, Ellen Truijen. While most people visit the big city in the west, I was excited to get some travel tips for Ellen's hometown of Maastricht in southern Netherlands.  Plus she just recently opened her brand store in the city featuring her beautiful collection as well as products from some of her favorite brands.
Ellen Truijen Brand Store

Ellen Truijen Fall Collection
You are currently based in Maastricht Netherlands. What are "must see" things or "must do" for those visiting your hometown or southern Netherlands?
Maastricht is not that big, so stroll around the city, visit the little streets or public squares, drink tea in a cafe or enjoy a glass of wine on a terrace in the sun.
Sint-Servaasbrug-oldest bridge in Holland
What are off the beaten path local hangouts? Favorite neighborhoods, parks, etc.?  
The Jekerkwartier, a neighborhood with small little shops and nice bars.
The little streets in between the Vrijthof are also worth a visit or Wyck, the area
behind the old bridge.
Favorite places to shop: boutiques or outdoor markets:
From the same owners, there are Traders Pop, Muchachas and Kinsjasa. Traders Pop has both men and women's clothes, second-hand, books and magazines. Muchachas is for the ladies, with nice brands such as A.PC., Monique van Heist (a Dutch designer) and Isabel Marant. Kinsjasa is shoe heaven where I bought my favorite K. Jacques sandals last summer.
I also recommend Festen, this funny store that has a lot of accessories, home stuff, gadgets and more. It's perfect place to find a present. And there is Conflict store, which is focused more on (Dutch) design, lamps and home goods.
Traders Pop
Favorite places to eat or type of food:
I love to go to Cafe Sjiek, it's low key and cozy with good food.
For lunch I go to Take Five bar, with the best club sandwich in town. 
Easy day trips from Maastricht-cool places to see right outside the city:
Liege is a nice city to visit and just a 20 minute drive from Maastricht. And visit their really cool station as well.
Liege-Guillemins Station by Catalan architect Santiago Calatrava
Favorite local designers or makers: 
Lena Berens is one of my favorite local designers. She makes beautiful, simple clothes, in neutral colors and shapes.
I know you’ve traveled to many places, any suggestions? What are some of your favorite places you’ve visited? Where would you like to travel next? 
I really enjoyed visiting Berlin and Copenhagen and would love to go to New York!
Copenhagen via
Thank you so much Ellen for sharing a little piece of your hometown! I really enjoyed learning about about your city rich in history (one of the oldest in Holland) as well as its significance in modern times (Maastricht Treaty). It's definitely on my growing list of top places to visit!Hope to travel there soon. 
Lookbook and brandstore photos from Ellen Truijen

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