Shopping in Basel is as varied and unique as the city’s cultural life, effortlessly mixing high-end chic with vibrant and colorful street markets.
The highlight of the shopping season is December, when the old town markets, boutiques, designer and department stores are beautifully illuminated and decorated to celebrate the festive season.
Manor is an iconic Swiss department store chain with its headquarters in Basel.
Offering customers a wide range of exclusive fashion labels, in addition to exceptional cosmetics, accessories, watches, jewelry and sports good departments, there is everything the elite shopper could desire. The in-house delicatessen is a must, boasting some of the finest foods and wines from southern Europe, while the fish counter is considered one of the best in Basel. For the elite shopper in need of a rest, the open-air terrace at the rooftop restaurant is the ideal spot to relax.
Schweizer Heimatwerk offers concept household utensils, toys and souvenirs that have been created with the care and attention that the Swiss are world renowned for.
Founded in 1930, Schweizer Heimatwerk supplies Switzerland’s most innovative designers the platform to display their unique creations at six boutiques across the country and at over four hundred workshops and retailers. Each Schweizer Heimatwerk boutique is decorated to combine light, transparency and space, with a range of products that are handpicked to suit the boutiques’ location. Schweizer Heimatwerk is a very personal gift experience for those who wish to treat themselves or someone else with exclusive gifts from Switzerland’s most creative minds.
The elite traveler will discover a treasure trove of quality goods in Basel’s markets; from organic foods and handcrafted products to unique pieces of jewelry and clothing.
CENTRAL MARKET ON MARKETPLATZ
Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 6am-7pm. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 6am-1.30pm. Every second and last Saturday of the month until 6pm.
Central Market is Basel’s most prestigious market, and centrally located on the bustling Marktplatz in the shadow of the historic City Hall. Specializing in fresh and organic produce, and near to prestigious shopping street Freie Srasse, the many flower stalls add vibrant color, while the sweets, spices, honey and bread stalls make a visit to Central Market a truly sensory shopping experience.
MARKET on BARFÜSSERPLATZ
Open: Thursdays 7am-8pm
Barfüsserplatz Square in the old town is brought to life once a week by this incredible market. Countless stalls offer immaculately made crafts from around the world. With exceptional jewelry, food and clothes on offer, all eagled-eyed elite travelers are sure to swoop in on a bargain.
FLEA MARKET on PETERSPLATZ
Open: Saturdays 7.30am-4pm
The flea market on Petersplatz is a popular hangout for aficionados of secondhand items – from baby clothes to antiques. With bargains to be haggled for, and hidden gems to be uncovered this is a market for serious shoppers. The market organizers have include a separate section for children who wish to sell their toys for free, ensuring the quality of the next generation of Basel‘s market stallholders.
Founded in 1970 by Wolf Peter Bree and his wife Renate, Bree are multi award-winning bag designers whose ethos embodies functionality, and quality craftsmanship and materials.
The brand is now managed by the couple’s sons Axel and Phillip, who have maintained their parents’ vision and have seen the brand expand worldwide. Bree Basel offers the elite shopper the chance to purchase bags at the cutting edge of fashion as well as receive superb in-store service and after-sales care. Services available include in-store translators, refreshments and personal assistants.
SET & SEKT
Founded in Basel in 2007 by CEO Corinne Grüter, the concept behind this unique boutique is the desire to connect fashion, architecture, music and art.
Set & Sekt’s cutting edge interior was designed by Swiss architects Buchner & Bründler and the elite traveler will find unique, sophisticated clothing and accessories for men and women, which have been thoughtfully designed to add subtle glamour to modern day life. Set & Sekt also offers the elite shopper the services of a personal shopping assistant.
Founded in 2001, Tarzan is a privately owned clothing company renowned for its quality, originality and attention to detail.
The label was created by Caesar von Däniken and Manuel Rieder, who have seen their idea blossom across Switzerland and become the new trendy brand for the young and the young at heart. Tarzan’s high street fashion collection comprises womenswear and menswear and has diversified into accessories. It releases two collections a year.
Switzerland is renowned for its watchmaking, but Timm Delf’s city center store, Zeitzentrale, elevates time keeping to a whole new dimension.
Founded ten years ago, Zeitzentrale is dedicated to producing elegantly crafted sundials that tell the time to the exact minute and others which read time via light-carrying glass fibers. This wonderfully unique store makes custom sundials to order and has also started making the Qlocktwo, a timepiece that tells the time in words, rather than numbers. Zeitzentrale is the perfect store to buy your own piece of original timekeeping.
Founded in 1987 in Melbourne, Aesop has maintained its ethos of creating a range of superb products for skin, hair and body.
All plant-based antioxidants are carefully selected for the benefits they bring to your skin, while Aesop adheres to the rule that a balanced life is not only about diet and exercise, but also about choosing the right ingredients for your skincare. Aesop has signature stores throughout the world including Paris, London, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Tonja is a fabulous boutique store specializing in high quality fabrics, tops and shirts.
Boasting some of the best names in fashion, Tonja’s stock changes according to the season and her careful selections and service are guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding elite shopper. This summer’s top fabrics are linen, silk and cotton and Tonja’s main stock includes French, Swiss and Danish labels such as Repeat, DTLM, Style Butler, Berenice and many more. For the elite traveler Tonja offers a personal shopping experience, with multilingual assistants who speak German, French and English.
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