You don’t get more Swiss than Schweizer Heimatwerk, a shop that specialises in handmade trinkets and gifts. Check out their ‘typically Swiss’ range for a bunch of goods stamped with the Edelweiss, Switzerland’s national symbol, cow bells and more.
Schneidergasse 2, Basel, +41 61 261 91 78
Whether you’re in the market for a Swiss-quality watch or a beautiful piece of jewellery for a loved one, Bucherer is where you should head. Renowned across Europe for the quality of its goods, Bucherer is an old family run business whose name has been known in the watchmaking and jewellery trade for over 100 years.
Freie Strasse. 40, Basel, +41 61 261 40 00
When Christmas comes around, Johann Wanner’s store in Basel’s Old Town becomes incredibly busy. It’s packed with delightful handmade Christmas decorations and ornaments, as well as a wide range of glass homeware.
If the incredibly inviting slabs of chocolate placed enticingly behind the shop window on Basel’s Marktplatz don’t tempt you in, then the promise of filling your own assortment box with fresh chocolate may well do. Läderach is rightly known as one of the best Swiss chocolatiers, so be sure not to miss out.
Marktplatz 18, Basel, +41 61 261 54 47
Confiserie Sprüngli is another Swiss chocolate legend with a history that stretches back 175 years, so you know you are in safe hands when hunting for a sweet souvenir. Their signature treat is Luxemburgerli, a luxury macaroon that you can’t leave Switzerland without trying.
Bercher & Sternlicht
For over 60 years Bercher & Sternlicht have specialised in model trains and train accessories with an efficiency that is incredibly Swiss. Today it is one of the best places in Europe for everything train related. Take a trip and let your mind be boggled by the sheer quantity of goods on sale here.
With three cafés dotted around Basel, you are more than likely to run into Confiserie Bachmann during your wanderings. Aside from the numerous and delicious, cakes, sponges and chocolates that line the stores shelves, they also have a number of their own sweet treats that you can pack away in your case to enjoy once you leave Switzerland.
If traditional wooden toys are your kind of thing, then head over to Spielegge in Basel’s Old Town. Here you’ll find hundreds of perfectly sculpted wooden pieces and many dedicated to Basel’s famous festival: Basler Fascnacht.
Rümelinsplatz. 7, Basel, +41 61 261 44 88
Jakob’s Basler Leckerly
No trip to Basel would be complete without tasting and taking home some of the city’s famous Leckerly, a traditional spiced biscuit. Jakob’s Basler Leckerly is Basel’s oldest bakery and sells some of the best Leckerly that you’ll come across.
St. Johanns-Vorstadt 47, Basel. +41 61 322 08 18
Take a piece of Basel home with you from the Kunsthalle Bookshop, where you’ll find contemporary and historical artwork of the city on sale among plenty of other titles (some in English) related to the history of art in Switzerland.
Steinenberg 7, Basel, +41 61 206 99 00