Basel, Switzerland offers a fantastical European experience, from its landscapes to its architecture. My local guide spent a weekend showing me her favorite Basel attractions! If you’re looking for a trip to Switzerland that’s a bit easier on your bank account, check out these local Basel tourism spots.
Where to Eat in Basel
This food hall offers a wide variety of cuisines. We had a cheese platter from Mylk, which was coated with juniper berries and fresh herbs – and that was just the board itself. The spread included cheese, chutney and yogurt, and a loaf of bread from the Cool Beans Bakery. And if you’re craving something untraditionally Swiss, try La Arepera for some South American food.
If you have a chance to eat more than one meal here, the Markthalle also has Indian food, burgers, pizza, and a full bar to enjoy. Vino e/y Vino offers a variety of wines, and will be happy to help you choose your next favorite.
Operating in the same location since 1870, this Swiss chocolate shop comes highly recommended by my local guide. Sit down for a few pieces of your choice, along with a Viennese style coffee, a cup of tea, or even a glass of wine.
Switzerland’s incredibly high production standards are part of what makes their chocolate so exceptional. That, as well as their innovative obsession with chocolate.
You can sit on their terrace when the weather is nice, but sitting inside isn’t so bad, either. The chairs seem unusually designed, but are still very comfortable, and the interior decoration is out of a fairytale book (to be fair, all of Switzerland is basically a fairytale).
And the food is pretty good, too! This Italian restaurant may not be suitable for children, but I recommend that you treat yourself to a meal and a couple glasses of wine.
What to Do in Basel
This unique venue is inside of a ship, but has been “decked” out with a top-of-the-line sound system and reconstructed for the best acoustics. They host regular programming every Thursday night, with rotating guests every Friday and Saturday.
If electronic music isn’t your scene, Campari Club is the place to be! The Campari Bar at the Kunsthalle Restaurant transforms into the Campari Club on the last Saturday of every month. Dance it out to grooves from the 70s, 80s, and 90s on the dance floor or simply enjoy the warm weather on the patio.