Basel Old Town Shopping Walk, Basel

Basel Old Town Shopping Walk (Self Guided), Basel

Basel’s Old Town is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. It is a place where you can see buildings from the 15th century as well as contemporary structures. The architectural diversity of this well-preserved historical area is stunning as are the shopping opportunities.

On the left bank of the Rhine is Grossbasel, which encompasses the Old Town and many mainstream shops. On the right bank of the Rhine is Kleinbasel, which takes in Kleinbasel Old Town and a number of small independent shops. One way to get across the river to explore both these areas is to walk on Mittlere Brücke, one of the oldest and longest Rhine crossings.

A good place to start your shopping expedition is at Claraplatz in Kleinbasel, the beginning of Basel's shopping mile. The principle shopping street here is Freii Strasse, and it is home to several upmarket designer and fashion boutiques. For more designer brands, explore the stores and boutiques lining the historic alleyways of the Old Town's Spalenberg district.

Among the other exciting places to shop are the markets. Purchase fresh produce and local specialties at the daily market at Marktplatz. For antiques, vintage clothing and unusual finds it has to be the flea market at Barfüsserplatz. It takes place every second and forth Wednesday. There is also a new goods market here every Thursday.

Take this self-guided walk to experience shopping in Basel.
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Basel Old Town Shopping Walk Map

Guide Name: Basel Old Town Shopping Walk
Guide Location: Switzerland » Basel (See other walking tours in Basel)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Basel Market
  • Confiserie Schiesser
  • Chronometrie Spinnler & Schweizer
  • Läckerli Huus
  • Bucherer
  • Raphael Blechschmidt
Basel Market

1) Basel Market

Basel Market is located directly in the center of the city and is easily the busiest place any time of the year. The goods sold in the market include a huge variety of food - fruit, vegetables, sweets, cheese and meat. Due to the progressing promotion of the healthy lifestyle, Basel Market also focuses on the production and selling of organic food. During Christmas, the market also transforms into the most popular winter holiday shopping venue in the country.
Confiserie Schiesser

2) Confiserie Schiesser

Confiserie Schiesser is a famous sweet shop that has produced chocolates, cakes and other pastries since 1870. The store was established by Rudolf Schiesser, co-founder of the Conditoren association and an avid fan of sweets. The shop also offers a tea room where visitors may enjoy a fresh cup of their favorite delight.
Chronometrie Spinnler & Schweizer

3) Chronometrie Spinnler & Schweizer

Chronometrie Spinnler & Schweizer is a specialized shop that has sold watches and other jewelery items since 1920. Today, the business is led by Hans Robert Spinnler and Roger Schweizer, third generational family owners. The shop, beside selling famous jewelery, also offers visitors the rare opportunity to observe local watchmakers at work.
Läckerli Huus

4) Läckerli Huus

Läckerli Huus is a very popular specialty shop which features a stellar reputation and high quality goods. Populated often by tourists, Läckerli Huus provides some of the best Swiss sweets, including gelée russe, toffees, biscuits, wafer rolls, caramels and chocolates. All items sold are wrapped in beautiful tins or other prized possessions.

5) Bucherer

Carl-Friedrich Bucherer, a prosperous businessman. opened Bucherer in 1888. Since that time, Bucherer has developed into one of the most successful brands in the world. The current catalog includes approximately 50,000 qualitative and prestigious items, with the dominant focus placed on its famous watches. Rolex, Cartier, Omega and Chopard are all carried here as well.
Raphael Blechschmidt

6) Raphael Blechschmidt

Raphael Blechschmidt is a boutique, owned by a very famous and popular Swiss fashion designer. Raphael Blechschmidt work is on constant display. His quality fabrics and unique designs make his line very coveted and is a must-visit for fashion lovers.

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