Guidebook for Basel

Alessandra
Guidebook for Basel

Food Scene

THE place to go and be seen that also doesn't disappoint on food and wine. The cafe here is wonderful for breakfast and brunch. Added bonus: it's right across the road from the house.
Restaurant Bel Etage (im Teufelhof)
THE place to go and be seen that also doesn't disappoint on food and wine. The cafe here is wonderful for breakfast and brunch. Added bonus: it's right across the road from the house.
This place has great beer garden-style outdoor space, serves up good pub grub and drinks. Especially good for large groups as there's something on the menu for everyone, including vegetarians.
1777 Kaffee - Restaurant - Bar
10 Im Schmiedenhof
This place has great beer garden-style outdoor space, serves up good pub grub and drinks. Especially good for large groups as there's something on the menu for everyone, including vegetarians.
It's one of Basel's classics, you can't set a foot wrong on their menu as everything shines and it's views of the bustling market place are unparalleled. A great place to stop at while you're in the city centre.
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Schiesser Confiserie zum Rathaus Basel -seit 1870-
19 Marktplatz
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It's one of Basel's classics, you can't set a foot wrong on their menu as everything shines and it's views of the bustling market place are unparalleled. A great place to stop at while you're in the city centre.
I've only ever been to the cafe here as it's on the pricey side, but even that was spectacular, so I can only imagine what a meal would be like with that spectacular view over the river Rhine. The Trois Rois is a Basel icon and definitely worth a visit, even if it's just to walk up and down their charming, but wonky staircases.
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Hotel Les Trois Rois
8 Blumenrain
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I've only ever been to the cafe here as it's on the pricey side, but even that was spectacular, so I can only imagine what a meal would be like with that spectacular view over the river Rhine. The Trois Rois is a Basel icon and definitely worth a visit, even if it's just to walk up and down their charming, but wonky staircases.
If you're going to take home REAL ‘Basler Leckerli’ as a souvenir, they should be from Gilgen, which is a true family-run Basel institution. Their ‘Russenzopf’ bread and chocolate pralines are also highlights. Make sure you try some Swiss bread on your visit (at least get yourself a ‘Zopf’ for Sunday brunch) while you're here - our bread may not be as famous as our chocolate and cheese, but it's equally top notch!
Konditorei-Confiserie Gilgen
6 Spalenberg
If you're going to take home REAL ‘Basler Leckerli’ as a souvenir, they should be from Gilgen, which is a true family-run Basel institution. Their ‘Russenzopf’ bread and chocolate pralines are also highlights. Make sure you try some Swiss bread on your visit (at least get yourself a ‘Zopf’ for Sunday brunch) while you're here - our bread may not be as famous as our chocolate and cheese, but it's equally top notch!

Drinks & Nightlife

The closest bar to our house also happens to be one of the best.
Baragraph
10 Kohlenberg
The closest bar to our house also happens to be one of the best.
Quite a trendy place, but it has great outside seating, serves up good drinks and is the best spot for people watching.
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unternehmen mitte
30 Gerbergasse
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Quite a trendy place, but it has great outside seating, serves up good drinks and is the best spot for people watching.

Arts & Culture

Slightly off the beaten track, but possibly the best curated contemporary art gallery anywhere in the world. They've introduced me to so many of my favourite artists here: Francis Alÿs, Andrea Zittel, Tacita Dean etc. Always check online before you go as the exhibition space isn't always open.
Schaulager Foundation
19 Ruchfeldstrasse
Slightly off the beaten track, but possibly the best curated contemporary art gallery anywhere in the world. They've introduced me to so many of my favourite artists here: Francis Alÿs, Andrea Zittel, Tacita Dean etc. Always check online before you go as the exhibition space isn't always open.
Brilliant museum - particularly for kids as it's very interactive and engaging. Never disappoints and it's a nice walk along the Rhine to get there too.
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Museum Tinguely
2 Paul Sacher-Anlage
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Brilliant museum - particularly for kids as it's very interactive and engaging. Never disappoints and it's a nice walk along the Rhine to get there too.
Great museum exploring the history of paper and print that lets you get involved. It's also located on the river in a wonderful old building and enchanting part of the old town which are worth the trip all on their own. It's one of the less obvious choices so it's not usually as busy and more of an insider tip.
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Basel Paper Mill
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Great museum exploring the history of paper and print that lets you get involved. It's also located on the river in a wonderful old building and enchanting part of the old town which are worth the trip all on their own. It's one of the less obvious choices so it's not usually as busy and more of an insider tip.

Sightseeing

Built by the artist Jean Tinguely in 1977 in place of the old theatre, this ever-changing fountain is worth a visit, especially in winter time when icicles form on these constantly moving sculptures.
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Carnival Fountain
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Built by the artist Jean Tinguely in 1977 in place of the old theatre, this ever-changing fountain is worth a visit, especially in winter time when icicles form on these constantly moving sculptures.

Parks & Nature

The botanical garden of the university has some wonderful things blooming at all times of year.
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University of Basel Botanical Garden
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The botanical garden of the university has some wonderful things blooming at all times of year.

Entertainment & Activities

If you ever don't know what to do with yourself this art house cinema with three different locations around town has an amazing selection of films (usually shown in the original language with subtitles, check before you go).
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Atelier
7 Theaterstrasse
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If you ever don't know what to do with yourself this art house cinema with three different locations around town has an amazing selection of films (usually shown in the original language with subtitles, check before you go).

Essentials

Migros is my go-to supermarket around town, but this one has a huge selection of food across all ranges on the first floor and some wonderful, freshly made take-out/deli foods on the ground floor. It's centrally located, open 'til late and makes a great stop for lunch or brunch.
Migros Supermarkt
24 Aeschenvorstadt
Migros is my go-to supermarket around town, but this one has a huge selection of food across all ranges on the first floor and some wonderful, freshly made take-out/deli foods on the ground floor. It's centrally located, open 'til late and makes a great stop for lunch or brunch.
This department store on the other side of the river is a great one-stop shop if you've forgotten anything at home. It has a great cafe on the ground floor for breakfast and a comparatively cheap canteen-style restaurant on the top floor for lunch time with a great selection of choices for everyone.
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MANOR Basel
22 Greifengasse
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This department store on the other side of the river is a great one-stop shop if you've forgotten anything at home. It has a great cafe on the ground floor for breakfast and a comparatively cheap canteen-style restaurant on the top floor for lunch time with a great selection of choices for everyone.
The closest department store to the house; it has a bit of everything that you might need and a good canteen-style restaurant on the top floor for lunch.
Coop Supermarkt City Basel Pfauen Food
75 Freie Str.
The closest department store to the house; it has a bit of everything that you might need and a good canteen-style restaurant on the top floor for lunch.
The closest grocery store to the house. It doesn't have the biggest selection of food, but unlike Migros, they sell alcohol and tobacco. The alcohol selection is actually quite big here and the chocolate aisle is good too ;) a perfect time to try ‘Ragusa’ (the chocolate that Swiss people actually eat themselves and don't export!)
Denner Discount
5 Kornhausgasse
The closest grocery store to the house. It doesn't have the biggest selection of food, but unlike Migros, they sell alcohol and tobacco. The alcohol selection is actually quite big here and the chocolate aisle is good too ;) a perfect time to try ‘Ragusa’ (the chocolate that Swiss people actually eat themselves and don't export!)