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 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.
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.
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.
It's like stepping back centuries, before the invention of the printing press, when you enter Scriptorium. The historic building completes the impression. You wouldn't be surprised if a monk, hands stained with ink, wandered past. This is the place for quills, fountain pens, seals, and other writing tools and even for calligraphy itself. If your fountain pen heirloom is causing you problems, come to Scriptorium, where they'll look after it with tender loving care.
The window of D'Souza bookshop, which is named after its owner, is full of the names of literary greats like Primo Levi, Osip Mandelstam, and Antoine de Saint Exupery. They exercise quality control on the books here as all the recommended books have been read by the owner. This shop's strength is literature, mainly in paperback, although bound volumes from the Manesse publishers are also available.
When the word 'book' comes up, most people from Basel immediately think of Thalia previously known as Jäggi, the giant among local bookshops. Since moving to its current premises in 1975 they have welcomed around one million customers a year. Although it currently has over 1,500 square meters of floorspace, it is likely that it will have to expand further in the near future. There is a small cafe bar, where exhausted bookworms can recover before returning to the shelves of stock. Whether you want computer books, fiction, poetry, English language books, or illustrated books, Jäggi has them all. If you want a book in French, you will have to visit another bookshop, but there is, nonetheless, more than enough to make you come back again.