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Basel's oldest cafe can be found on the Marktplatz. The wonderful location with a view of the city hall, along with the beautiful interior, which harks back to an earlier, more stylish epoch, ensure that a visit here is an event. This is where you'll meet upper class ladies of a certain age, who meet to gossip over tea and cakes. The patisserie in the ground floor ensures that the pleasures continue. Chocolate is also made here, but as a work of art rather than a foodstuff.
Grand Café Huguenin is an ideal place to catch a bite or two when hunger pangs strike. Their delicious assortment of freshly made sandwiches stuffed with delicious fillings of fresh meat, cheese and vegetables will make you want to come back for more! Ice cream lovers will love their unique menu that promises a haven of sensual delights for one and all! Aromatic coffee serves as a perfect end to the perfect mini-meal. Come here for a bite, and walk away satisfied!
Beat all your hunger pangs, and grab some of the best burgers, pastas, and pizzas at Mel's Bar & Diner. This restaurant offers a mixture of American and Italian food, apart from wine and beer. It takes 10 minutes to reach from the Messe. Hamburgers, fries and buns are some of its specialties. Mel’s burger sauce goes with almost all items. You can also order a basket of bread that is a part of their starters menu. It is a perfect place to try something different, apart from your regular meals.
Da Graziella is an Italian café that tends to get busy at breakfast time and during lunch hours. The spacious café-front window looks out onto Basel's busiest street. The motley crew that come here are mainly locals and Italy-lovers. They converse with the family that runs the café over a coffee, a cigarette and or in between reading their newspapers. Food includes Italian sweets, panini and various other goodies the in-house bakery creates. The bakery also makes cakes for all occasions (book a day in advance at least!)
Restaurant Viertel-Kreis is lovely restaurant that has made niche for itself with its fabulous Swiss cuisine. It is one of the best places in town to savor local fare. Using only regional produce from sustainable producers, their menu changes regularly. You can choose to dine indoors or alfresco in their terrace. Complement your meal with wine from their huge wine list.