Basel markets: a brief guide

Basel markets: a brief guide
Jul 7, 2024

Discover the vibrant tapestry of Basel through its bustling markets, where the city's rich culture and diverse offerings converge. Nestled in the heart of Switzerland, Basel's markets are not just places to shop — they are lively hubs of community interaction and culinary delights. Whether you're seeking fresh local produce, artisanal crafts, or a unique shopping experience, Basel's markets promise something special for every visitor.

Throughout this guide, we'll navigate Basel's markets, highlighting their unique offerings, schedules, and the vibrant atmosphere that makes each visit memorable. Whether you're a local looking to explore your city's diverse market scene or a visitor seeking an authentic Swiss experience, Basel's markets are sure to captivate and inspire.

Join us as we embark on a journey through Basel's bustling markets, where tradition meets modernity and every visit promises a new discovery.

City Market

Located at Marktplatz, Basel's City Market is a cornerstone of the city's vibrant market scene. This market is celebrated for its fresh and seasonal produce sourced directly from local producers. Set against the backdrop of Basel's historic Town Hall, the City Market offers a rich array of goods including fruits, vegetables, flowers, sausages, mushrooms, honey, baked goods, and more. It's not just a market; it's a cultural experience where locals and visitors alike gather to indulge in the flavors of the region and enjoy a cup of coffee or a leisurely lunch amidst a bustling atmosphere.


Every Monday, the Schlemmer-Markt transforms Marktplatz into a gourmet paradise. This market is a celebration of culinary delights, offering a wide variety of delicious foods and beverages. Whether you're craving street-food classics like curry sausage or exploring international cuisines such as Thai dishes or fish crisps, Schlemmer-Markt caters to all tastes. Situated in Basel's Shopping City, in front of the historic Town Hall, it's not just about food—it's about the experience of savoring unique flavors and soaking in the vibrant ambiance of one of Basel's most beloved markets.

These markets are not just places to shop; they are essential parts of Basel's cultural fabric, offering a glimpse into the city's gastronomic diversity and community spirit. Whether you're a food enthusiast, a curious traveler, or a local resident, the City Market and Schlemmer-Markt invite you to indulge in the best that Basel has to offer.

New Goods Market

The New Goods Market at Barfüsserplatz in Basel offers a dynamic shopping experience right in the heart of the city center. This market is a hub for diverse products ranging from jewelry to handicrafts, decorations, and clothing. Situated amidst a backdrop of first-rate shops and cozy bistros, the New Goods Market caters to a wide range of tastes and preferences. Whether you're looking for a unique gift or simply exploring the local craftsmanship, this market provides an ideal venue for both shopping and leisurely strolls through one of Basel's most vibrant areas.

Flea Market Petersplatz

Every Saturday, the Flea Market at Petersplatz beckons those with a penchant for second-hand treasures and unique finds. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Peterskirche, this market is a popular gathering spot for enthusiasts of antiques, vintage goods, and everyday items offered at competitive prices. From fine antiques to practical household items, the Flea Market Petersplatz promises a delightful treasure hunt where unexpected discoveries await at every turn. Whether you're a collector, a bargain hunter, or simply curious, this market offers a charming blend of history, culture, and community in the heart of Basel.

District Markets

Basel's district markets are integral to the city's community spirit, offering a glimpse into the local culture and flavors of each neighborhood. Here are some notable district markets:

Matthäusmarkt, Matthäusplatz (Kleinbasel)

Held every Saturday, this market emphasizes local produce with 80% of goods being homegrown or cultivated by vendors. Seasonal markets in spring, summer, autumn, and winter add variety.

St. Johannsmarkt, Vogesenplatz (Grossbasel)

Features a farmers' market with vegetables, fruit, bread, cheese, and coffee every Saturday. Also hosts a large flea market and Basel Beer Market annually.

Tellplatz Market (Gundeldingen)

Offers high-quality goods including seasonal vegetables, fruit, eggs, meats, pastries, and specialties from Ticino. Includes community activities like flea markets and concerts.

Tuesday Market Rütimeyerplatz

Provides affordable, regionally grown fruits, vegetables, and agricultural products every Tuesday morning, with coffee and takeaway options available.

Evening Market at Rütimeyerplatz

Held monthly from April to October, offering local products, including cheese, sausages, oysters, tacos, and more.


Established in 2019, this Saturday market at Breitematte focuses on regional produce and includes a playground for children.

Wettsteinmarkt (Kleinbasel)

Features regional produce like vegetables, fruits, cheese, bread, olives, and more on Wednesdays, with a mobile cafe as a meeting point.

Allschwilerplatz District Market

Located at Ökolampad-Matte park, it offers organic vegetables, cheeses, and mushrooms, with a focus on local agricultural products.


Every Thursday afternoon, featuring fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, meats, wines, and desserts, enhancing community engagement in Rosental and Erlenmatt districts.

Other Markets in Basel

Explore Basel's diverse market scene beyond the traditional and district markets:

Markthalle (Market Hall)

Located under an impressive cupola, the Markthalle offers a variety of fresh products and enticing menus. Open every Saturday, this market hall provides a cozy setting with comfortable seating, children's play areas, and free Wi-Fi, making it a perfect spot to enjoy a meal or snack while soaking in the lively atmosphere.

Neighbourhood Flea Markets in Basel

Throughout the year, Basel hosts several neighborhood flea markets organized by locals. These events create opportunities for people to come together, enjoy simple pleasures, and make unexpected discoveries in quiet backyards and hidden gardens. Look for the balloons marking these venues for a colorful treasure hunt experience.

Markets in Riehen

Weekly Market (Riehener Wochenmarkt): Held every Friday morning at Riehen's village square, offering a selection of quality local produce.

Village Market (Riehener Dorfmarkt): Takes place three times a year at Riehen's heart, featuring various stalls selling regional specialties and crafts.

Flea Market Riehen: Occurs on specific dates throughout the year, providing opportunities to find unique items in a charming village square setting.

Stephanus Market

Located at Furkastrasse 12, the Stephanus Market operates every Friday morning. It showcases regional products ranging from bread and cheese to fresh vegetables, with a focus on sustainability and community engagement. Visitors can also enjoy a "Story Tent" for children and a relaxed coffee break in a cozy neighborhood atmosphere.

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