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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.
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.
You may be surprised to find such a small, reasonably priced restaurant in such a splendid location next to the river Rhine. In fact, all of the riverside restaurants on the Kleinbasler bank are next to one another, with this one being squashed between two hotels. Dishes served here are mainly of the pasta and anti-pasta variety. The home made cakes, washed down with a large cafe latte, are nothing less than a treat. In the summer, the sun shines onto the Zum Schmale Wurf's terrace and if you want to sit here, you will have to come early. The locals love to make use of one of the city's few sun-filled spots.
The Fass has been around for a long time. In fact it was around long before there were any other fashionable or arty bars in Basel. The small, multi-colored bar also has a restaurant and is run along the lines of a Spanish watering-hole. After opening in the early 1980s it soon became a popular meeting place for people who live nearby, mainly artists, musicians and students. Many of the regulars have been enjoying a drink here since then. When live football matches are screened here, the Fass burst at the seams. There are two TVs and enthusiastic fans provide running commentary. The place is open daily from 18:30P.
In operation since 1898, Confiserie Beschle is known for serving quality baked goods year after year. Not only can patrons shop from a variety of chocolates, pastries, cakes and confectionery, but the eatery is also known for its range of cocktails. Besides dining-in, patrons can also pack some goodies for friends and family back home or even get some sent as gifts. Whether you are in the mood to pamper your sweet tooth, or are simply looking for a quick snack, then certainly head to Confiserie Beschle for a bite.