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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!
Globus is considered the most stylish department store in Basel. Men, women and children with more than a little pocket money shop here. You can drop in here for some well known brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. Shopping for clothes being just one side of this shop, you can will find a huge range of cosmetics, leather and kitchenware, with some of the finest products. They also have all the condiments and pickles you could need. Even food products from all over the world, which allows amateur chefs to experiment and the visitors to taste a little of their homeland are available here.
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.
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.