The Basler Market along the Marktplatz is open 6 days a week and a great place to spend a day if you would like to sample some authentic Swiss fare like croissants, steaming hot chocolate, roast chicken and of course red wine. The vendors bring out all they have for sale: clothes, boots, souvenirs, frangipaani, scented flowers, marinated olives, blue cheese, honey, fresh organic produce and even home ware. Even if you don't want to pick up anything, come here for the sheer experience as the atmosphere is matchless and truly local!
Bider and Tanner help travelers to America, Africa, or Asia with maps, travel guides and all kinds of information. Of course, they also have a wide range of other books as well and the excellent service ensures that you'll find the right book quickly. It's also useful to note that they also have Basel's largest selection of English language books. Most small towns in Britain would be pleased with their stock.
The name Bio Andreas doesn't say much, really. After you've shopped there, they'll be synonymous with the words bakery and cafe. They use a wood oven and at certain times you can watch the logs being dragged indoors between sips of coffee. What is important, though, is the sale of bread of all kinds: olive dough cakes, Speckbrot (bread with fat), etc. The fruit cakes and other sweet treats are also delicious. Although they may seem expensive, they are well worth the money. Come, eat and enjoy.
The crossover of art and literature is the theme at Pep + No Name. This photo gallery and bookshop can be found in a nice Old Town alley. The exhibitions are small and tasteful, and a large part of the bookshop is devoted to photography. Also, Pep + No Name is one of the few bookshops in Basel with a good popular music section. Whatever be your interests, art, literature, photography or music, Pep + No Name has a great selection for you.
Alex Wirth took over this small family business in 1980 and has turned it into a cheese paradise in the last 20 years. You're hit by ripe aromas as soon as you enter the shop. Over 150 varieties make choosing difficult. But everyone is guaranteed to find something they like, be it mild or something a little stronger. Those in the know adore the different sheeps' and goats' cheeses, and if you're looking for a ripe stilton, Alex Wirth is the only place to come.
Established in 1992, Olymp & Hades is one of the most reputed book dealers in the old town of Basel. They sell all kinds of hard-to-find books, reproductions, postcards as well as translations for the discerning book lover, who needs more than the latest American bestseller. Fans of English literature can find all of their favorite novels in German. Don't be surprised to find university students and bibliophiles, hidden among the endless stacks of books.
The 70's are experiencing a renaissance, particularly at Kangaroo, the second hand clothing store. Hideous meets extravagant meets cool here. Garments from other periods are also available. You don't even have to buy anything. It's often enough just to see yourself in a pair of flares and you're cured from the wish to add such garments from a different age to your wardrobe. It is possible to find nice clothes here, depending on your taste. With a little bit of luck you'll find something from Fifth Avenue or some other mundane area. It's also rumoured that many of Basel trends actually begin in this very shop.
Although there are many computer games, children haven't completely forgotten the art of reading. The Kinder- und Jugendbuech-Laade has been a veritable paradise for younger readers for the last many years. It doesn't just have to be Harry Potter either, you'll find lots of wonderful stories on the shelves here. Whether you want picture books with polar bears and Santa, stories about young girls and horses, or classics like Grimm's fairytales, you'll find it all here.