From Art Basel to the Rhine
The location is unique. You can reach Milan or Paris in just a few hours by train, and you can even walk to France or Germany in a matter of minutes. Basel also has the edge when it comes to culture, art and architecture. For example, why not visit the Vitra Design Museum in the German border town of Weil am Rhein — a true highlight for interior enthusiasts.
Art Basel is an absolute must for art enthusiasts. In winter I recommend a detour to the world-famous Basel Christmas Market, and in the fall, adrenaline junkies and foodies will love the famous Basel Autumn Fair. The Carnival in Basel (Basler Fasnacht) gives you an excellent insight into the local culture. Basel also has a lovely, refurbished zoo that is ideal for a family day out.
Basel is rather small and you immediately feel at home here. All along the Rhein, there are lots of local recreational areas and quiet spots where you can relax in the evening, drinking a Hugo cocktail. For me, Basel also embodies the perfect combination of modern and traditional.
Recently I've been going to the Landesstelle open-air restaurant and bar in Kleinhünigen quite a lot. It's a vibrant place with a really mixed crowd, good music, and delicious food stands. There's nothing nicer than taking a comfortable seat along the Rhein at one of the many buvettes and enjoying the colorful hustle and bustle. It's also really nice around Kaserne, the art and culture center in the heart of the Kleinbasel district. Perfect for anyone who feels like relaxing, playing soccer, having a drink or a bite to eat, or going clubbing.
For a culinary treat, head to Boo, an Asian restaurant on Klybeckstrasse. If you'd like to unwind in a whirlpool bath, steam bath, or sauna, I recommend Sole Uno in Rheinfelden.
When I'm in the city and it starts to rain, I like to head for Unternehmen Mitte. There is always a very relaxed atmosphere there and visitors range from families with small children to love-struck couples. On rainy days, it's also worth visiting the Basel "Kultkino" cinema, especially if you want to discover new movies that aren't a direct product of Hollywood.
The Nordstern is one of the hippest clubs, especially if you like techno. The former Hinterhof club, which recently reopened as "Das Viertel", is also worth a visit.
The Grün 80 park is a great place, where you can encounter life-size dinosaurs — but don't worry, they don't bite ;) Or, of course, you can head to the Tierpark Lange Erlen zoo.
As well as Unternehmen Mitte, I also like Café Frühling in the Kleinbasel district: It exudes a certain retro charm. You really do have to try the home-made cakes!
If you love fresh, vegetarian food and would like to try something new, Tibits is one of my absolute favorites. If you're looking for something a bit more exclusive, Kohlmanns is the place for you. For an appetizer, I can recommend the Flammkuchen tart. And then there's also the Asian restaurant Noohn — it's not cheap, but the food is delicious. Definitely the best sushi in town.
I have 2–3 favorite stores, including "Set&Sekt" on Rümelinsplatz. This is where you can find brands such as Maison Margiela, Acne Studios or Dries Van Noten. I also like going to "Rive Gauche," a charming shoe store right behind the market square. You can find Anine Bing, Proenza Schouler, Golden Goose and Closed at Wicky, where you can have a drink at the in-house espresso bar once you've finished shopping.