Where to Shop in Basel, Switzerland

A small, quirky university city – and an international epicentre for art and architecture – Basel makes the perfect urban getaway for design-loving travellers.

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The window of 'S Fachel, Basel


'S Fachl Basel

A sweet collective showcasing design items and gourmet treats from start-ups, indie businesses and small producers, in the heart of Basel’s Old Town.


Spalenvorstadt 39, 4051 Basel

The exterior of Basel Snipes
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Basel is a surprisingly sporty town, and this much-loved streetwear and sneakers store stocks plenty. Look for Swiss-made shoes by On Running - its Cloudneo trainers are a total triumph of eco-responsible design, and a perfect feel-good souvenir.


Steinenvorstadt 12, 4051 Basel,

The interiors of Tarzan, Basel



Swiss shoppers were early adopters of sustainable fashion, slow design and supporting local makers. Tarzan is one of Switzerland's best sustainable labels, and this Basel boutique is its flagship store. It's particularly hot on functional yet fabulous bags and accessories.


Güterstrasse 143 4053 Basel

The Lowdown

Wondering where Basel's creative community shops? Visit basel.com, or purchase Volume 37: Craft today and receive A Creative's Guide to Switzerland, an 80-page SUITCASE travel companion to Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne and Montreux Riviera, and Basel.

Main photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert