Vegan Guide to Basel
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
This month's travel guide saw us headed to Basel for one of the best culinary weekends of our greedy lives. Check out a few of our highlights right here:
Top of our agenda: 100% artisanal vegan donuts. We met with Allegra, the mastermind and chef behind 'Mystifry' and were greeted with a box full of her delicious handmade donuts in epic flavours: fresh strawberry, chocolate-peanut butter, cosmic vanilla, maple smoked coconut 'bacon' and blood-orange 'n thyme. Quite honeslty, they were some of the best donuts we've ever tasted; combining super fluffy deep-fried brioche dough with creative toppings. At the time of our visit Mystifry had stalls a both Markthalle and Klara Basel but the latest update is that they are now opening their very own vegan donut shop, located at 4 Rheinsrung in Basels picturesque old town. Exciting times!
We couldn't visit Basel without hitting up 'Vegitat', a vegetarian and vegan restaurant and takeaway with a fast food style menu featuring homemade vegan seitan doners, giant wraps and buddha bowls with fillings such as jackfruit and tempeh, plus endless colourful dressings and a luscious vegan tiramisu that was out-of-this-world. Since our visit they have also now opened a store in Zurich (Langstrasse 192).
Located at: Klybeckstrasse 62, Basel
Run as a collective, 'Acero Cafe' is a little hidden gem. Their menu highlight are these amazing vegan waffles served warm with optional toppings such as vegan ice-cream. We opted for a huge scoop of creamy mint 'n choc-chip glace made with rice milk, which totally hit the spot. They also offer coco-cubano vegan ice-cream made with coconut milk and rum. Although they are not an exclusively vegan ice-cream parlour (they serve dairy) if you have a sweet tooth, this is one not to miss. Rheingasse 13, 4058 Basel
Za Zaa Lebanese Soul Food
Next up is some glorious Lebanese soul food via 'Za Zaa' who just opened a new 100% vegan restaurtant (on Erasmuspl.) where we loaded up delicious vegan mezzes with falafel, kibbeh, warak inab, tabbouleh, hummus, pickled radish, olives, baba ghanoush and fresh pita. They have several locations around Basel but this is their very first completely plant-based restaurant. Desserts such as vegan baklava & muhallabieh (aka fragrant Lebanese milk pudding). Photo credits: Za Zaa
One of our favourite fast food joints from London is finally here in Switzerland. We scored their new 'LOVE' plant-based cheese burger, meatless meatballs with rice, Brazilian black beans, roasted sweet potato falafel and baked waffle fries. This is guilt-free indulgence as they aim to deliver hearty and good for you food with absolutely nothing being fried. Both takeaway and eat-in options available.
Located at: Güterstrasse 115, 4053 Basel
(Bahnhof Basel passage)
A 'food temple' housing nine kitchens from around the globe. We couldn't resist the Middle Eastern pitas with fresh falafel, hummus, tahini and mango sauce from the legendary 'Yoya Pitabar,' plus Ethiopian injera vegan platter from 'Afro Licious' and a giant cashew cream flammkuchen from 'Flamdorf' strewn with fresh rocket. We also spotted vegan momos at 'Mister Momo' and vegan tacos and burritos via 'Mexis Basel'. You'll be well and truly spoilt for choice. It gets busy at lunchtimes, so be prepared to queue a little. Located at: Clarastrasse 13, 4058 Basel
Vegetarian coffee bar with a delicious daily menu, all fresh 'n homemade and always with vegan options such avocado- pomegranate salad, wholesome veggie soups topped with tofu cubes and plant-based burgers served with a generous side of vegan coleslaw. It's an ideal spot to cosy up with a fresh brew (made with the baristas top choice of oatly milk) and score a tempting cake or brownie. The vegan amaretti cookies being highly rated.
Elsässerstrasse 29, 4056 Basel