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Gastronomy & shopping

Basel is a cultural city for lovers of fine wining and dining. The city's unique location on the border triangle has had a profound influence on its cuisine. But it is not only in the area of food where the inhabitants of Basel can enjoy the finer things in life - the city also has a wealth of shopping opportunities on offer!

For lovers of fine wining and dining the city has long since lost its status as a hidden gem. The city has more than 20 restaurants with entries in either the Gault Milau or Michelin guides. No less astonishing is the fact that there is so much variety.

The variety is also evident when it comes to shopping, with luxurious labels such as Hermès or Louis Vuitton and shops selling fine shoes, fashion items, books or other specialities, from small boutiques to large department stores - in Basel you will find everything your heart desires.

A city for gourmands

Whether you long for a gourmet menu, a home-made dish or an exotic speciality, Basel offers everything. For a hearty breakfast, for example, we recommend the Feldberg Kiosk; for Sunday brunch, the Brasserie restaurant at the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois or the Sud Basel cafe. With a daily vegetarian option, the trendy Acqua restaurant is a good choice for lunch. And in the evening, you can easily combine dining and clubbing, in the Atlantis restaurant, for example.


Nightlife in Basel

Basel also has plenty to offer for night owls. Whether you want to spend a cosy evening in the pub, try out a few cocktails in a trendy bar or dance the night away in a club, Basel has something for everybody. A night touring the pubs in the multicultural Kleinbasel quarter of the city is an event that should be on the programme of all visitors to the city.



If it doesn't have to be new but must be special, you'll find it on the flea market at Petersplatz. Take some time to browse the many stalls and you may just uncover a real bargain! The weekday market on Marktplatz is also special. From Monday to Saturday you will find fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy produce and much more local products from Basel and the region.


Basler labels

Basel has its own ideas when it comes to fashion. For example, over a decade ago the city witnessed the birth of the label “Erfolg”, which produces wearable everyday clothing for young and old. The city on the Rhine also has a lively young designer scene, who put their creativity and flair to good use to the benefit of the fashion-conscious young people of the city.


Freie Strasse and Spalenberg

The Freie Strasse is the main shopping street in the city and is where you will find all the international labels and most exquisite boutiques. The shops on nearby Spalenberg are somewhat smaller, however have a charm of their own and a loyal clientèle. The traditional shop Johann Wanner delivers Christmas decoration to the Vatican, the White House and even the Queen of England.