Guidebook for Basel

Janik
Guidebook for Basel

Food Scene

Definitively the best coffee in town! And what luck: Just around the corner. Open only on saturdays 11am until 3 pm.
Haenowitz & Page GmbH
11 Säntisstrasse
Definitively the best coffee in town! And what luck: Just around the corner. Open only on saturdays 11am until 3 pm.
One of my favorite places to eat. With an alternating menu (unfortunately sometimes also quality-wise) and always reasonably priced.
Verein Stellwerk
1 Vogesenplatz
One of my favorite places to eat. With an alternating menu (unfortunately sometimes also quality-wise) and always reasonably priced.
A good restaurant with changing menus and reasonable prices. If you eat there be sure to take a drink after in the adjacent bar (Fassbar) or the Sääli (little hall) upstairs.
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Zum goldenen Fass
108 Hammerstrasse
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A good restaurant with changing menus and reasonable prices. If you eat there be sure to take a drink after in the adjacent bar (Fassbar) or the Sääli (little hall) upstairs.
Small and very cosy restaurant with good local food. Be sure to make a reservation beforehand as there are only few tables. The bar downstairs is also quite good and still very authentic.
Manger & Boire
81 Gerbergasse
Small and very cosy restaurant with good local food. Be sure to make a reservation beforehand as there are only few tables. The bar downstairs is also quite good and still very authentic.
In my opinion the best thai food in town with very reasonable prices. Unfortunately these facts seem to be more widely known these days, so the place is always packed – so make a reservation.
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Bhf. St. Johann Thai Restaurant
123 Mülhauserstrasse
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In my opinion the best thai food in town with very reasonable prices. Unfortunately these facts seem to be more widely known these days, so the place is always packed – so make a reservation.
In Summer, there is no better place to hang out, with a great selection of homemade ice cream and the cutest back yard of the city. They also serve good cake and sandwiches through the year.
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Eiscafé Acero GmbH
13 Rheingasse
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In Summer, there is no better place to hang out, with a great selection of homemade ice cream and the cutest back yard of the city. They also serve good cake and sandwiches through the year.
Tiny café in a church. A very nice place to warm up in winter or to cool down in summer. Also my sister works there.
Café-Bar Elisabethen
14 Elisabethenstrasse
Tiny café in a church. A very nice place to warm up in winter or to cool down in summer. Also my sister works there.
I wasn’t ever there yet, but since it looks nice and is so close, I guess it has to be in my guide. I’m glad for some feedback though.
Wielandpl. 8
8 Wielandpl.
I wasn’t ever there yet, but since it looks nice and is so close, I guess it has to be in my guide. I’m glad for some feedback though.
A good brunch (only) on Sunday.
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Kaffebar Saint Louis
29 Elsässerstrasse
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A good brunch (only) on Sunday.
They serve very cheap but good lunch menus each day from Wednesday to Friday and enormous brunches on Sunday.
Turbinenhaus / Aktienmühle
46 Gärtnerstrasse
They serve very cheap but good lunch menus each day from Wednesday to Friday and enormous brunches on Sunday.
A very cosy restaurant with proper fresh food. Not very close to anything really, but if you happen to be around there, be sure to pay a visit. Actually it is even worth a trip.
Platanenhof
241 Klybeckstrasse
A very cosy restaurant with proper fresh food. Not very close to anything really, but if you happen to be around there, be sure to pay a visit. Actually it is even worth a trip.
Good real italian bar and restaurant (although I suspect both owners are actually Swiss). They serve very good antipasti and the best risotto of Basel! Try the beer too, it’s simple but very good.
Oetlingerstrasse 63
63 Oetlingerstrasse
Good real italian bar and restaurant (although I suspect both owners are actually Swiss). They serve very good antipasti and the best risotto of Basel! Try the beer too, it’s simple but very good.
This is a special restaurant. It has no “owner” but is owned by the collective working there. Good food with an “alternative” touch. And they also serve brunches on Sundays.
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Hirscheneck
23 Lindenberg
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This is a special restaurant. It has no “owner” but is owned by the collective working there. Good food with an “alternative” touch. And they also serve brunches on Sundays.
A take-away/shop that sells homemade pasta. Definitively worth a try. They also have a real restaurant with the same name on the other side and a bit further down the river.
Santa Pasta
47 Rheingasse
A take-away/shop that sells homemade pasta. Definitively worth a try. They also have a real restaurant with the same name on the other side and a bit further down the river.
The restaurant for homemade pasta. They also have a take-away/shop with the same name on the other side and a bit further up the river.
Sankt Johanns-Vorstadt 13
13 St. Johanns-Vorstadt
The restaurant for homemade pasta. They also have a take-away/shop with the same name on the other side and a bit further up the river.
For every vegan visiting Basel definitively a must. The restaurant has a very special atmosphere because it is in the second floor of a former brewery.
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Don Camillo
7 Burgweg
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For every vegan visiting Basel definitively a must. The restaurant has a very special atmosphere because it is in the second floor of a former brewery.

Drinks & Nightlife

Simple and not to hip bar. (Adjacent to a very recommendable restaurant, see “Zum Goldenen Fass”.)
Hammerstrasse 110
110 Hammerstrasse
Simple and not to hip bar. (Adjacent to a very recommendable restaurant, see “Zum Goldenen Fass”.)
Haven’t been there for quite a while, but it might still be one of the best places to party. There’s not much else in Basel…
Feldbergstrasse 45
45 Feldbergstrasse
Haven’t been there for quite a while, but it might still be one of the best places to party. There’s not much else in Basel…
If you want a good glass of wine and a plate of antipasti or cheese, this is the place to go. Might make a slightly posh impression at first, but the wine card is worth it, believe me.
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Consum
12 Rheingasse
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If you want a good glass of wine and a plate of antipasti or cheese, this is the place to go. Might make a slightly posh impression at first, but the wine card is worth it, believe me.
A nice authentically Italian bar, serving good coffee, panini and cold drinks. I think they might also serve breakfast.
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Bar Caffetteria Amici miei Azzarito & Co.
99 Allschwilerstrasse
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A nice authentically Italian bar, serving good coffee, panini and cold drinks. I think they might also serve breakfast.
If you swim in the river in summer, get out here and drink something cool. Also if you don’t swim. But then go swimming after. They sell water proof bags too, if you want to dip in the river.
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Buvette DreiRosen
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If you swim in the river in summer, get out here and drink something cool. Also if you don’t swim. But then go swimming after. They sell water proof bags too, if you want to dip in the river.
A nice place to drink something in summer. Always quite packed, but you can sit on the river bank, which is better anyway. They sell food and water proof bags too (if you want to dip in the river).
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Buvette Kaserne
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A nice place to drink something in summer. Always quite packed, but you can sit on the river bank, which is better anyway. They sell food and water proof bags too (if you want to dip in the river).
A nice place to drink something in summer. Always quite packed, but you can sit on the river bank, which is better anyway. They sell food and water proof bags too (if you want to dip in the river).
Unterer Rheinweg 96
96 Unterer Rheinweg
A nice place to drink something in summer. Always quite packed, but you can sit on the river bank, which is better anyway. They sell food and water proof bags too (if you want to dip in the river).

Sightseeing

If you’re in Basel you simply have to take the ferry (small traditional ferry boats for people only). There are four lines, all are cute and worth taking to get to the other side of the river.
Klingentalfähre
If you’re in Basel you simply have to take the ferry (small traditional ferry boats for people only). There are four lines, all are cute and worth taking to get to the other side of the river.
If you’re in Basel you simply have to take the ferry (small traditional ferry boats for people only). There are four lines, all are cute and worth taking to get to the other side of the river.
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Münsterfähre
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If you’re in Basel you simply have to take the ferry (small traditional ferry boats for people only). There are four lines, all are cute and worth taking to get to the other side of the river.
If you’re in Basel you simply have to take the ferry (small traditional ferry boats for people only). There are four lines, all are cute and worth taking to get to the other side of the river.
Sankt Alban-Fähre
If you’re in Basel you simply have to take the ferry (small traditional ferry boats for people only). There are four lines, all are cute and worth taking to get to the other side of the river.
If you’re in Basel you simply have to take the ferry (small traditional ferry boats for people only). There are four lines, all are cute and worth taking to get to the other side of the river.
Sankt Johanns-Fähre
If you’re in Basel you simply have to take the ferry (small traditional ferry boats for people only). There are four lines, all are cute and worth taking to get to the other side of the river.
A good place to see the city roof tops from. Take the ferry either to get there from the other side of the river and/or after to get back there.
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Basel Minster
11 Augustinergasse
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A good place to see the city roof tops from. Take the ferry either to get there from the other side of the river and/or after to get back there.
The bar on top of Messeturm (fair tower) isn’t my favorite place to hang out, as it is quite far in the lounge/VIP section of the spectrum, which I personally hate. But it offers a spectacular view.
Basler Messeturm
10 Messeplatz
The bar on top of Messeturm (fair tower) isn’t my favorite place to hang out, as it is quite far in the lounge/VIP section of the spectrum, which I personally hate. But it offers a spectacular view.
On a hot summer day, take your bikini/swimming trunks, buy yourself a waterproof bag for your clothes (see Buvette) and take a swim in the river. There’s nothing better!
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Mittlere Brücke
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On a hot summer day, take your bikini/swimming trunks, buy yourself a waterproof bag for your clothes (see Buvette) and take a swim in the river. There’s nothing better!
The natural history museum of Basel. Especially nice for kids, also grown up kids.
Naturhistorisches Museum Präparatorium & WerkstättenBasel
5 Schlüsselberg
The natural history museum of Basel. Especially nice for kids, also grown up kids.

Arts & Culture

Not much to ask here…
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Art Basel
10 Messeplatz
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Not much to ask here…
Not much to ask here…
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BASELWORLD
1 Messeplatz
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Not much to ask here…
An art house cinema, with a good program.
Stadtkino Basel
5 Klostergasse
An art house cinema, with a good program.

Entertainment & Activities

Nice green park with a pavilion in the center where you can get ice cream and cold drinks in the summer or tea and cake in the winter. Also there are several playgrounds for kids in the park.
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Schützenmatt Park
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Nice green park with a pavilion in the center where you can get ice cream and cold drinks in the summer or tea and cake in the winter. Also there are several playgrounds for kids in the park.

Shopping

If you need a present for your kids or any kid, this is the store to go. All the bric-a-brac you can think of and carefully handmade furniture (possibly by me, as the firm I work in makes it).
Elisabethenstrasse 40
40 Elisabethenstrasse
If you need a present for your kids or any kid, this is the store to go. All the bric-a-brac you can think of and carefully handmade furniture (possibly by me, as the firm I work in makes it).

Essentials

On Neuweilerplatz you’ll find two grocery stores at once. Coop and Migros (the latter does’t sell alcohol, if that’s what you want).
Neuweilerplatz
On Neuweilerplatz you’ll find two grocery stores at once. Coop and Migros (the latter does’t sell alcohol, if that’s what you want).
A small store which is open every day, selling all the basics.
Wanderstrasse 121
121 Wanderstrasse
A small store which is open every day, selling all the basics.
Weiler is a traditional health food shop, for the ones who prefer organic groceries. The prices are obviously quite a bit higher than in Migros or Coop, but I think this is worth it.
Zum Kleeblatt
158 Holeestrasse
Weiler is a traditional health food shop, for the ones who prefer organic groceries. The prices are obviously quite a bit higher than in Migros or Coop, but I think this is worth it.
If you desperately need wifi, this place has an open network. The coffee is good, but a bit overpriced and the atmosphere is a bit outdated. Still, open wifi.
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unternehmen mitte
30 Gerbergasse
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If you desperately need wifi, this place has an open network. The coffee is good, but a bit overpriced and the atmosphere is a bit outdated. Still, open wifi.
One of my favorite bakeries. Neither the look nor the product range are ever changing – luckily, because both is as it should be. An all time favorite: Whisky truffles!
Spalenring 100
100 Spalenring
One of my favorite bakeries. Neither the look nor the product range are ever changing – luckily, because both is as it should be. An all time favorite: Whisky truffles!