How to spend a PERFECT day in Basel?

I have lived in Basel for a while now, and my idea of a perfect day would not be a typical touristy day, so if you’d like to enjoy the city of Basel just like the locals do, read on!

Start the day on the Rhine

An early morning walk/run/stroll over the banks of the beautiful Rhine. This costs you no money 😉 Getting to banks of the Rhine is quite easy by tram and even by foot. Stop name: Schifflande or Rhinegasse, 10 mins for the main railway station.

Followed by great breakfast

If you are feeling extravagant, hop by to the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois and if not that much then drop into my favorite cafe Huguenin and bite on the crunchiest Gipfel and a cappuccino. This with fruit or birchermüesli is quite a staple breakfast in the swiss dictionary. Another great place for buffet breakfast is at the Manora restaurant or even Tibits which offers a great spread.

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Walk around the old town

The tiny lanes of Klein Basel , visiting the Tinguely Fountain, the Basel Munster, the Rathaus . Buy some local produce in the famous Marktplatz quarter and drink from the fountains on the street. There are also locals offering FREE city tours on Sundays…be sure to check them out @freewalkingtoursbasel

That’s the famous Rathaus in the background

Time for lunch

Some family restaurants that are good with children and also on the pocket – Vapiano , Boo and Pap Joes or even the lovely food court at Markthalle. If you want to enjoy the weather especially during summer and spring – I recommend buying a salad/meal box with a drink from Coop/Migros/Globus and sitting by the riverside with the locals.

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Happy March guys ! I wasn’t very happy with how this year had started for me, but patience (say #OM) helped me get things a little bit under control. I don’t believe too much in destiny (as that somewhere makes you kind of complacent), hence, I just work hard. I have my bad days (had too many of those in January), and I sulk, but I do get back up on my feet. Anyway, so am happy that I have already almost broken my social media and blogging records of 2018 (that’s how bad my numbers last year were 🙈🤣) – thanks for receiving my articles so well. The #indiavacation flew by, did I even go? My master thesis based short paper got selected for a prestigious conference in Greece. Yipee! I have been working from home since 2019 started, and it has been doing me wonders – I look rested and I feel rested. I am able to spend so much time with Niyati, a well rounded life keeps this woman happy. Cheers to working mothers! It’s hard but we make it work! Psst…new blog coming up on on finding a job in Switzerland. Stay tuned. Much love. ❣️❣️ Ok ok ok, congratulations if you’ve read this caption this far, if you are in Basel, then you probably know this restaurant @boo_basel . If not, do try it – it’s one of my most favorite #thaifood places in the city, frankly this one and @vapiano_schweiz are my #gotorestaurants. Easy on the pocket, quick with the services, kid friendly and great food. Totally recommend. 👍👍👍 Here’s to the last month of Q1, let’s work towards our 2019 goals @manavisiddhanti

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This is me sitting in Boo, Basel

Now it’s Coffee O’clock

After grabbing lunch, it’s time for coffee “und” cake, my favorite cafes for these are Confiserie Spruengli (of course!! If you have to sin then you do it right!!), Bachmann Confiserie or Xocolatl Basel

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Since Basel is the cultural capital of Switzerland, I very much recommend a visit to the museum. Basel has around 40 museums for the small city that it is! My favorite with kids is the Natural History Museum, Foundation Beyeler, Kunstmuseum or Tinguely. My daughter loves visiting museums or going to the Basel Zoo which could be another idea for families

Time to Party

It’s time to get your party mode on (if you have any strength left 😉 after the day you’ve had!!) Dress up fancy or go casual down the street on #barfibasel. Bars, restaurants and night clubs are particularly active on Friday and Saturday nights and are open up until the wee hours in the morning. Some of my favorites are @Baltazarbar@Soho Baselor that really fancy Barrouge at Messeplatz

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Bonus tip: If you are not a night bird (like me), have a nice sit-down dinner at Schloss Binningen or by the river at Rhywera. Oh, there are so many places to love, Basel has crazy options with restaurants and cuisines.

So now you have the perfect recipe. If you follow any of my tips, please do let me know in your comments. Do you have any special places in Basel that you love?? Tell me, I am always looking forward to new places.

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