The wealth generated by the city’s pharmaceutical giants sustains an inordinate number of starred restaurants. Among them is two-starred Bonvivant (above), in a former silk-ribbon factory.
Chef Andreas Schürmann offers tasting menus that change daily, and wine pairings showcase new Swiss wines. His dishes are at once robust and refined: perch fillets with cucumber, sesame, ginger and coriander, say, or a chicken salad spiked with pepperoni and risoni. Zwingerstrasse 10, bon-vivant.ch
Though the interiors at twostar Stucki in the residential neighbourhood of Bruderholz are elegant and muted, German-born chef Tanja Grandits keeps her menus experimental and on-trend. She turns out Japanese-influenced dishes inspired by the seasons; kingfish with verbena oil, fennel and lime ponzu, perhaps, or veal with almond miso, eggplant and shallot granola. Bruderholzallee 42, tanjagrandits.ch/en
This 1920s-inspired brasserie and bar designed by local powerhouse Herzog & de Meuron is part of a former workers’ hall that dates to the 14th century. Come for traditional fare – Wiener schnitzel, steak frites – and stay for the shows and events. A meal or drinks in the cobbled and shaded beer garden is a chance to watch the volk – or folk – of Basel at play. Rebgasse 12-14, volkshaus-basel.ch/en