As a former workers’ quarter, St. Johann has always been a place where a wide variety of cultures come together. This tradition has continued in recent years – thanks to the Novartis Campus, which is gradually developing into a «city in the city». But there is more than just that happening in this part of Basel: new restaurants and pubs are sprouting like mushrooms here. And even beyond the Novartis Campus, the quarter is an exciting spot for fans of architecture.
New in the district: Rheinuferweg St. Johann
St. Johann is increasingly becoming a recreational area. Recently St. Johann Park was joined by a further location that has proven to be very popular with walkers and leisure-seekers: the newly opened Rheinuferweg, a path along the banks of the Rhine which makes it possible to explore the three-country region on foot. This path has four new exit points for Rhine swimmers and leads past Lokami, a restaurant where you can discover Japanese food.
Shopping tip: Chez Velo
When you visit Basel, one thing emerges quickly: residents prefer to use bicycles to travel in the city. One shop that honours this popular form of transport is Chez Velo in St. Johann. It offers a wide selection of bicycles with matching accessories, and the owners have a quarter century of experience when it comes to bicycles.
Dining tip: Jonny Parker
St. Johann Park has always been a popular meeting point in the quarter: in addition to a lot of green space, it offers an unobstructed view of the Rhine. In 2012, it added another highlight: in one of the pavilions designed by the Basel architectural firm Burkhardt + Partner, the Jonny Parker café welcomes its guests with beverages, delicious food and a boulevard terrace for fine weather.