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The 6 Best Basel Bars and Restaurants

Whitewall guides guests through the very best dining establishments in Basel, including Cheval Blanc by Peter Knogl, Bel Etage, Atelier, and more.

This week, Art Basel makes its return from June 13–16. For those in town for the fair, Whitewall recommends the best Basel bars and restaurants to enjoy in between openings, events, and more.

Cheval Blanc by Peter Knogl

Blumenrain 8, 4001 Basel, Switzerland

Cheval Blanc Courtesy of Cheval Blanc.

Located in the Grand Hotel Les Trois RoisCheval Blanc is known for Chef Peter Knogl’s artfully prepared dishes. Deserving of its 19 Gault Millau points and three Michelin stars, the restaurant offers French fare full of natural ingredients, and now ranks among the top 100 restaurants in the world. Each dish is enriched with Mediterranean and Asian influences. For newcomers, our tip is to make a reservation and enjoy a six-course meal or the Menu des Rois—available in spring.

Whitewaller recommends: Booking the Le Roi Gourmet package.


Leonhardsgraben 47-49, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Atelier Courtesy of Atelier.

Alongside Bel Etage in the Der Teufelhof Basel hotel is another impeccable restaurant—Atelier. Very much a part of the art and gallery concept, the restaurant offers a lively atmosphere for lunch and dinner, business meetings, or parties. Everything offered is “hand-made,” with the specialty dish being the veal cutlet, and complemented by a wine list with over 400 bottles.

Whitewaller recommends: Building your own menu with the Atelier-Menu-Workshop.

Brasserie Les Trois Rois

Blumenrain 8, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Brasserie Les Trois Rois Courtesy of Brasserie Les Trois Rois.

Next to the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois’ restaurant, Cheval Blanc, guests can enjoy Swiss and French specialties from Brasserie Les Trois Rois. With fresh regional ingredients from local markets, the brasserie offers sumptuous flavors and rich creations by Chef Pablo Löhle.

Whitewaller recommends: Making a reservation.

Bel Etage

Leonhardsgraben 47-49, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Bel Etage Courtesy of Bel Etage.

Product-oriented and unpretentious is Bel Etage’s specialty—its dishes have high standards and bold flavors from acclaimed Chef Michael Baader. The restaurant, located in the Der Teufelhof Basel hotel, has a changing and versatile selection of à la carte dishes and various menus to pair with a variety of exciting wines.

Whitewaller recommends: Ordering a Business Lunch.

Bar Rouge

Messepl. 10, 4058 Basel, Switzerland

Bar Rouge Courtesy of Bar Rouge.

105 meters in the air, Bar Rouge offers breathtaking views of Basel and a multifunctional space that includes a bar, a lounge, and a nightclub. Guests can enjoy a cocktail experience where art and culture meet, providing an unforgettable atmosphere.

Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying the Rouge Tonic.

Cantina Don Camillo

Burgweg 7, 4058 Basel, Switzerland

Cantina Don Camillo Courtesy of Cantina Don Camillo.

On the second floor of the Warteck brewery is Cantina Don Camillo. Creative cuisine, fine wine, and an elevated atmosphere await guests looking for delectable dishes influenced by French, Asian, and vegan cooking.

Whitewaller recommends: Asking for a recommendation.

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