Basel is one of the major shopping destinations in Switzerland. Brand name stores, fancy boutiques, trade fairs, flea markets, antique shops, and old book stores, Basel has something for everyone. In the Old Town one one can find small shops with unique goods from all the corners of the world and the larger stores and shopping malls are mostly located in the newer parts of the city.
Shopping Areas in Basel
The major shopping district stretches along Freie Strasse, which lies off the Marktplatz, and is close to Basel Town Hall, Spalenberg, and Gerbergasse. Here, you can find several one-of-a-kind boutiques such as the world-famous Johann Wanner Christmas House, or Manor, the city’s oldest department store. It’s also worth visiting the various retail outlets on the Barfüsserplatz and the Bahnhofsareal, around the train station, and around both the Claraplatz within the Kleinbasel area, and the Aeschenplatz in the Grossbasel. Here, you can buy authentic and beautiful jewelry, watches, vintage clothes, art pieces, books, and many other items. If you are searching for souvenirs, then take a walk down Stadthausgasse street where the most popular gift stores are concentrated.
These stores sell beautiful wood carvings, painted utensils, traditional postcards, magnets, mugs, t-shirts, and bags with symbols of the city at the lowest prices. Many of the unusual shops are centered on Heimatwerk street, where crafts and souvenirs of the highest quality are produced and sold by locals. These streets also have quite a few restaurants, so you’ll be able to relax after spending a whole day shopping.
Shopping Centers in Basel
There are several shopping centers throughout the city. Two of the major department stores, Globus and Manor, are located on Marktplatz, the largest and most popular shopping center in Basel. This area has dozens of shops full of clothes, shoes, cosmetics, perfumes, watches, and jewelry. Manor on Greifengasse is known for its full-size grocery store, international brand names, and designer labels that sell original headdresses, bags, belts, and scarves.
There are also other large shopping centers that sell a variety of goods for women, men, and children, including the St. Jakob-Park Shopping Center, the Stücki on Hochbergerstrasse, and Pfauen on Freie Strasse. These centers have all the amenities offer one could want after a hard day of shopping, comfortable and relaxation areas, good restaurants, and cozy cafes. All can be reached by public transportation.
Markets in Basel
In Basel, you can visit a variety of interesting markets. The Basel Indoor Market on Marktplatz is one of the best places to go for fresh fruits and vegetables, oven baked bread and baguettes, and authentic Swiss specialties like croissants, hot chocolate, roast chicken, and of course red wine. The Basel Market also focuses on producing and selling organic food. During Christmas, the market transforms into the most popular winter holiday shopping venue in the country. The Basel Indoor Market is open 6 days a week and is a great place to spend a good day.
The City of Basel has two flea markets – one that is held in Petersplatz every Saturday, and the other that is held in Barfüsserplatz every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. The Petersplatz Flea Market is a popular meeting place for those who love secondhand goods. It sells antiquities and beautiful works of art, jewelry, clothes, and shoes at affordable prices. Many people come to visit this place and admire the wonderful works of art because many of the local craftsmen and artists are representing their goods. The in Barfüsserplatz Flea Market, which is not as popular as the Petersplatz Flea Market, has bargains that are just as good. Here, you can find all sorts of antiquities or items that are to your acquired taste.