24 Hours in Basel Featured

Hotspots to keep in mind for spending an excellent day in Basel.

by Naomi Vakharia

Baselworld, the international show for gems, jewelry, and watches, is taking places soon in Basel, Switzerland. Take some time (pun intended) to familiarize yourself with the picturesque city. Rich in culture, this destination has a lot to offer. From food, to activities, to a healthy shopping spree, here is a guide to fully experience the city that is Basel.

DO

Fondation Beyeler

Nestled in a scenic park, this museum features stunning architecture and gorgeous landscaping. Fondation Beyeler showcases an incredible collect of art, boasting pieces from Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol, and Cezanne. With minimalistic detailing, this establishment places emphasis on the art alongside the idyllic background of the park, allowing for a truly unique experience.

Merian Garden

To get a quiet moment away from the main city, head to Merian Gardens located on the outskirts of Basel. Talk a stroll by the open gardens on the stunning backdrop of the Swiss countryside. After a peaceful afternoon walk, stop by Villa Merian and sample regional delicacies from the restaurant.

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Marktplatz 

Open every day of the week, locals and tourists alike flock to the Marktplatz to experience a cultural shopping excursion. Located in the middle of the Rathaus plaza, this open air market offers visitors a variety of booths from selling fresh produce to international specialities. Set against the backdrop of the gorgeous Rathaus building, this experience is truly a Basel treasure.

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DINE

Cheval Blanc 

Visit three Michelin-star ranked restaurant, Cheval Blanc, while in Basel. It offers a French haute cuisine, with Asian and Mediterranean influences. With acclaimed chef Peter Knogl, this establishment focuses on the quality and taste of the ingredients themselves. The cuisine itself is prepared with each the mindset that every bite should be an experience. For high class dining, this is the perfect place to visit.

Bar Cafe des Arts 

Cafe by day, hot spot at night, Cafe des Arts is one of the coolest spots in the city. This cafe turns into a bar at night that features live music with iconic artwork. It has a large local and tourist following, due to its dynamic atmosphere and menu. With live piano and jazz performances, the bar also doubles as a club on dedicated nights. The menu boasts an impressive 200+ cocktail list with a beautiful open-air section that allows you to enjoy the music, air, and nightlife of Basel.

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Blindekuh Basel

To have a wildly unique dining experience, blindekuh is the place to go. Blindekuh Basel is completely dark inside and allows you to enjoy the dining experience with only four of your senses. This enhances your taste buds and creates an intimate atmosphere. To ensure safety, there are darkroom experts that are there to guide your experience.

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SPEND

 

Silberfisch

With an emphasis on fair trade, this boutique utilizes recycling and craftsmanship to create unique and sustainable products. Silberfisch is most famous for its concept of repurposing gold to craft new jewellery. But it does not only sell jewellery, it offers a request-based service and has designed and produced things from bespoke jewellery, accessories, to even wedding dresses.

Bree Basel 

For luxury leather products, look no further than Bree, a boutique based in Basel. It offers an impressive selection of modern, handmade leather products. From bags to wallets, this boutique combines craftsmanship and modernism to form a product that is authentic and unique in nature. Not only is the focus on simplicity, but also versatility. One new line recently launched allows for one bag to be styled in a variety of ways that adds a layer of customization.

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Bucherer 

Founded in 1888, this classic luxury watch boutique is a place to splurge. Swiss watches need to introduction and Bucherer offers the highest calibre of luxury products. For him, there are a wide variety of choices, but pay close attention to the Bucherer’s Pick of the Week, which highlights a new selection of watches every week. For her, there is an elegant collection of fine jewellery. Whoever you shop for, whether it is a present or a treat for yourself, you can be sure to leave this store happy with your purchase.

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