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Summertime restaurants in Basel, Switzerland

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Basel is blissfully situated at the "knee" of the Rhine, where the river turns north between France and Germany. Eating out here means crossing borders, and seeking out restaurants on three sides of the "Three-Countries" divide. Locals do this all the time! Here are a few of my favorite spots in and around town.
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95 Dorfstraße, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany
Café Inka, in the hamlet of Oetlingen, Germany, got its start as a place to showcase antique Parisian wallpaper found during restoration of an old farmhouse. In warm weather, tables set out in the Bauernhof provide an outdoors alternative,...
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Vorder Brüglingen 5, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
The botanical gardens at Brüglingen are a year-round treat, home to a variety of plants from around the world. The park is also an occasional venue for various concerts and events, such as classical music on Sundays, June through August. A ramble...
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Münsterpl. 16, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
This restaurant on Münsterplatz is a year-round favorite, set in one of the stately houses of Basel’s old town. With two outdoor seating areas, it and transitions well into the warmer season, and is a great place for summertime people-watching....
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Rheingasse 19, 4058 Basel, Switzerland
Consum, the bar across from the Hotel Krafft, offers a spectacular range of wines, including rare options from the Alsatian border, as well as a well-tailored selection of cheeses and meats to match. The dark atmosphere and soft acoustics make it...
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The quiet terrace at Restaurant Waldhaus overlooks the Rhine. For a fish fancier, the Egli fillets are done to a turn, and there is an extensive, meaty menu as well. Good food and a dreamy setting between river and forest make Waldhaus special for...