5 of the Best – traditional Swiss restaurants in Basel

traditionWe seem to have a constant stream of visitors lately – and while we always do a raclette or a fondue at home, it’s nice to show family and friends the more traditional side of Swiss dining too.

I love the many traditional restaurants in Basel with their cute wooden furnishings, Fasnacht lamps and Swiss hospitality.

Here are 5 of the Best places to take your next visitors, or, of course, to enjoy yourself!

Safran Zunft

safranFirst documented in the 14th century, the stunning and historical Safran Zunft is the guild restaurant of the spice traders. Being a guild member was a prerequisite to work as self-employed in the city of Basel. Today, the guilds’ tasks consist of preserving the ancient guild houses and of cultivating local traditions – something that can be witnessed at Safran Zunft as the building is particularly beautiful and kept to a very high standard – the menu prices reflect this.

Where – Restaurant Safran Zunft, Gerbergasse 11, 4001 Basel
When – September-June: Monday – Saturday, 10:00-00:00
July/August: Monday – Friday, 10:00-14:00 and 17:30-00:00

Zum Braunen Mutz – the Bierhalle

This menu is coupled with tradition and history and showcases the cuisine of the tri-border region with emphasis on famed Basel dishes.

Braunen Mutz is at the heart of it all in Basel opposite the Barfüsserplatz. It has a traditional beer hall feel and great atmosphere. With its large, long tables, the beer hall is also a great place to go with a big group of friends.

This place is all about the beer. To eat, take something hearty like a fresh veal sausage with onion sauce and rösti to keep the hangover at bay.

Where – Restaurant Zum Braunen Mutz, Barfüsserplatz 10, 4051 Basel
When – Monday – Saturday 8:00-24:00, Sunday 10:00-24:00


The history of the building called zum Löwenzorn is one of the most exciting in the old part of the city of Basel – the oldest part of the building was mentioned for the first time in 1327!

From 1740 to 1830 the house was owned by the Mitz family, Daniel Mitz was a former mayor of Basel. In 1874 a brewer bought the building and transformed it into an elegant restaurant. His brewery took over the brand-name Löwenbräu referring to the house′s name Löwenzorn. Since 1996 the two old-established groups of students called Rauracia and Allemannia have been the proprietors of the building.

The building is beautiful inside and out. This restaurant also boasts an outside beer garden and serves up brunch on Sundays!

Where – Restaurant Löwenzorn, Gemsberg 2/4, 4051 Basel
When – Monday-Saturday 11.00-24.00 and Sunday 10.30-22.30

Restaurant Steinbock

stein restaurantNot only is this restaurant in a convenient location – opposite the Basel SBB – you can also find quick service and at reasonable prices. Enjoy the rustic ambience and traditional menu – Steinbock serves a taste of Switzerland from Leberli to fondue. On a nice day, sit outside among the buzz of train commuters and admire the architecture of Europe’s busiest international border station.

Try one of the many Rösti’s on offer.

Where – Centralbahnstrasse 19, 4051 Basel
When – Daily from 10.00-14.00 and 17.00-23.00


Set among the beautiful traditional regal houses of Allschwil (end of the number 6 tram line), the Jägerstube is a quaint traditional Swiss restaurant worth the trip.

The Jägerstube looks back on a hundred years of history. Initially conceived as a wine bar with a grocery store in an old Sundgauer farmhouse , it has gone on to become one of the largest houses on the square in Allschwil also boasting a large hall.

Enjoy a glass of wine on the beautiful terrace in a traditional Swiss setting on a sunny day or the cozy restaurant for dinner.

Try the Pferde steak!

Where – Dorfplatz 11, 4123 Allschwil
When – Monday to Saturday 08:30-24:00, Sunday 10:00-22:00

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