BASEL, Switzerland – Basel is cute as a button–this small town on the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany has one of the highest museum-per-capita rates in the world. It’s also an oft-overlooked destination for Swiss holidays. The Gourmet Restaurants in Basel are all here.
Switzerland’s gastronomic scene is on the rise, and the Swiss’ obsession with organic food is beyond compare. The country’s proximity with France, Italy and Germany makes it a hub for the best wines and produce.
Of course, this being Europe, the judges of the Michelin guide have already covered this city, assessed the local restaurants and given out their sought-after stars. But, although the Michelin-starred restaurants are wonderful, they are certainly not the only worthwhile restaurants in Basel.
Stücki and Cheval Blanc are restaurants that both boast two Michelin stars and are worth the detour for anyone who has the budget to splurge on such a great meal. For the rest of us, here are a few of the best restaurants in Basel on a more reasonable budget. Gourmet Swiss holidays await you!
Gourmet Restaurants in Basel: Acqua
Binningerstrasse 14, +41 61 564 66 66
Over the train tracks and under a bridge, this gem of an Italian restaurant lies hidden in a corner. Its large terrace is a great place to spend an evening. The post-industrial decor is strangely inviting, and the tiny menu–meat, fish or vegetarian, no other choices–makes it simple and straightforward for anyone to order. You’ll find that the meals are perfectly prepared, and the large comfy chairs lull you into ordering a second digestif.
Dishes to try: a delicious beef tartare that’s perfectly balanced, subtle and opens up with a sip of good red wine, a first course of homemade ricotta, and a tuna tataki that gives the taste of the fresh fish centre stage.