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best coffee and cake in Basel

coming over again to visit Basel in October just wondering where to go for the best coffee and cake in town? I have read about the usual places but any insider tips?
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

Go to France.
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

There is this famous expat who produces cute cupcakes but I would have to check for her website.

Edit: Here it is: http://www.jaysdelights.com/
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

Best ones I can't help you, but I had the worst espresso of my life at the euroairport arrivals bar. Horrid.
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Best ones I can't help you, but I had the worst espresso of my life at the euroairport arrivals bar. Horrid.

...I think I'm still paying for mine 3 months later, in affordable installments.
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

I love Confiserie Bachmann, the one in Schifflande. As everything in CH it is expensive but their brioche is the best one I have ever tried. They also make their own chocolates and cookies. Capuccinos are good too.
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

I went into a Nespresso shop yesterday and asked if they had any new flavours over the last 6 months, tried them all, said thanks, and left. Free! That's my type of place.
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I went into a Nespresso shop yesterday and asked if they had any new flavours over the last 6 months, tried them all, said thanks, and left. Free! That's my type of place.
Did you produce a plate of cake from under your mac, with a flourish? Now that would've been impressive.
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

Well, great cakes and pastries are at Da Graziella in Bankverein/Feldbergstrasse and their two other branches. Excellent italian pastries and way better coffee than pretty much any Swiss coffee shop.

Another good place with good coffee is Unternehmen Mitte between Barfuesserplatz and Marktplatz.

For cakes alone, I love the Papiermuehle - excellent home made cakes - or the cafe of the Muesum der Kulturen in Muensterplatz - also great home made cakes.
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

Beschle by the SBB. So old fashioned it's now 'retro chic' (it looks like a set from a 70s Spy movie). Waitresses all in black. Expensive. Extremely good cakes and coffee.
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Did you produce a plate of cake from under your mac, with a flourish? Now that would've been impressive.
Oh is that why Adrian always goes out in a dirty mac?
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

try Okay Art and cafe on schützenmattstrasse 11
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

Acero on Rheingasse has the best icecream in town. They also have cakes, waffles and fantastic milkshakes
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

Unfortunately it's not a sit-down, chill-out type of place, but hands-down the best coffee I've had in Basel is at the tiniest little Italian grocery/café/ex-kiosk: Il Panierino at Schwarzwaldallee/Grenzacherstrasse. Across from the Tinguely museum and very close to those Roche complexes.
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

Most coffee in Switzerland is crap. It's burned swamp water with UHT milk. However, there are some places that are beginning to treat coffee like a luxury item.

There is a wonderful micro-roastery in Basel called Haenowitz & Page. They deal in single-origin, fair trade and bio coffees. The coffee is roasted in small batches to a medium roast for spectacular flavours.

You can visit the

One of the coffee shops who use their beans is called Cafe Bar St. Louis.
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coming over again to visit Basel in October just wondering where to go for the best coffee and cake in town? I have read about the usual places but any insider tips?
You simply HAVE to go to Schiesser. It's Basel writ large, with a location that can't be beat. Enjoy your coffee and pastry on the first floor at the window, overlooking the Marktplatz. Try their whiskey truffes, too, while you're at it.

The place is low-key as many things Swiss are, so you may well have walked right past it without even noticing.

http://www.confiserie-schiesser.ch/
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

We went to a wonderful place yesterday, the museum of History at the Barfüsserplatz and had our coffee and cake there, it's actually an old church turned into a museum.
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

Cafe Rio. No poofy cakes but great espresso. And I mean great.
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

Café zum Roten Engel
my favorite. its location is very central but in a quiet small garden and home made cakes... dunt miss it
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Re: best coffee and cake in Basel

I visited a few cafes in Basel earlier in the year... Café Fruehling on Klybeckstrasse was a great find


it is closely related to Unternehmen Mitte in Gerbergasse/Marktplatz, but I found the Fruehling coffee better.
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