Basel is full of bakeries: everything you can imagine, whether Swiss, French, German, or Italian. There are several “chain” bakeries, with multiple locations all throughout the city. Each one offers something unique and unforgettable, and everyone has their own favorites. Here are some places you can discover yours.
Breads, pastries, croissants, schoggiwegli, and especially Basel’s famous smiley-face cookies…they have it all. If you like darker breads, the Pain Paillasse is hard to beat. For a lighter variety, try the braided Bärner Ankezopf or buttered Silserli rolls.
Top-of-the-line Magenbrot, gebrannte Mandeln (sweet roasted almonds), gingerbread, toffee and much more.
One of a kind, holds a shop downstairs and a large tea room upstairs, overlooking Marktplatz. Recommended are their Eiskaffees (Ice Coffees), and their windows are always full of tantalizing chocolates and intricately molded Marzipan. One of the pricier bakeries, but the location can’t be beat.
Marktplatz 19 • 4051 Basel
Tel: +41 61 261 60 77
Just up the hill from Basel’s bustling Markplatz. Known for its excellent Zwätschgewaie, one of the best plum tarts you’ll find in Basel, and for some of the best toast bread you’ll find anywhere. Serving suggestion: straight from the toaster, with or without butter, topped with marmalade or a little lemon curd.
Spalenberg 6 • 4051 Basel
Tel: +41 61 261 6229
Confiserie Sprüngli Basel
One of Basel’s high-end bakery boutiques, well known throughout Switzerland, with a famous location on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse. Specialize in Luxemburgerli, a unique bite-sized delicacy so good, they’re a registered trademark. And the word on the street is that their chocolate sorbet is to die for.
Upstairs in the shopping center of the Bahnhof SBB
Güterstrasse 115 • 4053 Basel
The smell of chocolate when you first walk in is intoxicating…
Barfüsserplatz 20• 4051 Basel
Tel: +41 61 261 7033
A haven of all kinds of breads and bakery staples.
Steinentorstr. 26 • 4051 Basel
Tel: +41 61 281 62 32
Artistic and gourmet, another of Basel’s finest bakeries. You’ll love the Schoggimakörnli, a rich chocolately creation that melts in your mouth.
Blumenrain 1 (opposite the Schifflände tram stop) • 4051 Basel
Tel: +41 61 260 99 99