The little Swiss city of Basel is known for its art and museums, but if that’s not your jam go for the food. Seriously. From high-end brasseries to cosy cafes, there’s so many places to eat in Basel that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Winter is the perfect time to visit. The Christmas markets are in full swing, and every street seems to be decorated with trees and pretty lights. Go in summer, and you’ll be able to swim in the river Rhine, something that’s hugely popular with the locals when the weather’s warm.
Whenever you visit Basel, though, you’re going to need somewhere to eat.
Solo dining can make even the most experienced solo traveller nervous. I still get nervous. But I’m a massive advocate of feeling the solo dining fear and doing it anyway, so here are a few places to eat alone in Basel for you to add to your list.
The Best Places To Eat Alone in Basel
This traditional French brasserie was re-opened in March 2012 after a massive makeover courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron, who also designed the Tate. And wow did they do a good job. Volkshaus is gorgeous, all white tablecloths and dark furniture and high ceilings. It’s light and airy and contemporary, and yet there’s something really old school about it as well. Basically, I loved it.
The menu is traditional, but not heavy, so you’d be fine going here for lunch becoming exploring more of Basel, and, if you fancied coming back later, there’s a really cool bar at the front of the restaurant. Request a table on the sidelines if you’re eating alone so you can sit facing the entire restaurant.
Rebgasse 12, CH-4058 Basel
Popular with the business crowd, this relaxed restaurant has a big menu full of hearty food like burgers and pasta, or lighter meals like falafel and salads. Sit by the front to enjoy a light snack and a coffee, or pull up a chair at one of the main restaurant tables for a chilled-out sit-down meal. With small tables lined up against one wall away from the larger tables for groups, and a chilled-out lounge area at the front, this places is great for solo diners whether you’re stopping for a coffee or having a light lunch.
Brunngässlein 8, CH-4052 Basel
3. Kaffee 1777
Kaffee 1777 is perfect if you just want a quick bite to eat before exploring more of Basel. They’ve got a build-your-own salad and sandwich menu, and the rest of its offering are based mainly around simple, tasty food. I’m not vegan, but after a huge meal the night before, I went for the vegan burger served with roasted vegetables and fries.
The staff were super friendly here, and there was a mix of small tables available next to some the big windows looking out over a lovely little courtyard. If there are no places on those tables, though, you can pull up a chair at one of the communal tables.
Im Schmiedenhof 10, CH-4001 Basel
A cute cafe in Klein Basel, Kult is where the locals go to get their loaves of bread to take home after work, but it’s also a lovely little place to sit and have tea or coffee, and maybe one of their many pastries. I stumbled upon Kult when I was walking around Klein Basel on my last day in the city and sat in there for a good hour enjoying the warmth and cosy atmosphere.
Riehentorstrasse 18, 4058 Basel
5. Cupcake Affair
I popped into Cupcake Affair when I had half an hour to spare. It’s super small, with only five tables in the entire place, but it’s also lovely and cosy and the cupcakes are delicious. It was also really quiet, so if you fancy somewhere to get away from it all for a while before you continue exploring, this place is perfect.
Spalenberg 16, 4051 Basel
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