6 Markets to Visit in Basel, Switzerland

Basel's Marktplatz bustles during market hours | © xlibber/ Flickr
Basel's Marktplatz bustles during market hours | © xlibber/ Flickr
Photo of Sean Mowbray
9 August 2017

Discover 6 of the best and most interesting markets to visit in Basel, Switzerland, featuring stalls where you can pick up a great gift or souvenir and those where you can try out some fine local delicacies that’ll leave you wanting more.


The Stadtmarkt is where you’ll find Basel’s regional producers hawking their meats, fruits, vegetables and flowers for good prices. It’s a lively market which has been in action for many decades and is popular among the local people who pick up their week’s shopping there. The market takes place right in from of Basel’s historic town hall.

When: Tuesday to Thurday, 7am to 2pm, Friday and Saturday 7am to 6pm


The Stadtmarkt’s sister “gourmet” market takes place every Monday and is newly launched in 2017. It features an eclectic array of street-food vendors selling food that’ll get your taste buds going. Locally sourced produce is the mainstay here and there’s plenty of opportunity to sample traditional delicacies, and more inventive creations as well.

When: Mondays, 8.30am to 2pm

Flea Market Petersplatz

If you’re looking for a unique souvenir or just an oddity to give as a gift, look no further than Basel’s Petersplatz flea market. This popular Saturday market is always packed with locals who head to browse through the assortment of second-hand bric-a-brac that’s on offer, but there are often antiques to be found. At the centre of the square, children can sell their own toys for a little bit of pocket-money.

When: Saturdays, 7.30am, to 4pm

Basel Christmas Market

Come wintertime in late November, Basel’s Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz are transformed into one of Switzerland’s largest and most beautiful Christmas markets that boasts nearly 200 shops and boutiques selling all kinds of trinkets and gifts, as well as the best mulled wine and tasty sweet treats. The two market squares and the streets of the old town are bathed in the glow of fairy lights, while Münsterplatz is gifted with a spectacularly decorated Christmas tree.

Where: Basel Old Town

When: 23 November to 23 December 2017

Streets of Basel lit up for Christmas | © Dave Shafer/ Flickr

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