Clara is one of Basel's smaller districts, tucked between Messeplatz and Kleinbasel's old town with its western boundary falling along the old city wall. Though its roots are that of residential area in the Wilheminian style, Clara now serves as a more commercial district with a mix of retail and services. Businesses in its northeast cater to the Messe Congress Center.
Klara is a restaurant with 9 kitchens in one. Using locally sourced ingredients, it produces fare from across the globe, including Vietnam, East and West Africa, Argentina and more! It is a truly excellent culinary experience and a must-visit in this neighbourhood. With a casual atmosphere, it is a great place for lunch, dinner or just coffee and drinks. Note that everything is self-service and all the drinks must be ordered at the bar.
Clarastrasse 13, 4058 Basel
Boo has a hip and casual atmosphere while cooking up some truly excellent and authentic Thai food. Delicious and fresh, you will find all of your favourites here with a few interesting house specialties to tantalize your taste buds. Make sure to peruse their drinks menu as they offer an excellent selection of teas and cocktails.
Riehenring 77, 4058 Basel
Klybeckstrasse 86, 4057 Basel
Thai Family is another excellent option for Thai food in this neighbourhood. Also serving authentic, fresh and delicious Thai and Laoation food, it has a classier more upscale feel to it, perfect for a date night.
Hammerstrasse 69, 4057 Basel
The Auld Dubliner
A fairly recent addition to Basel, The Auld Dubliner is everything you want an Irish pub to be. Classic interior, a comprehensive menu of pub classics (including a full Irish breakfast on weekends) and of course a wide selection of beers, ciders and cocktails. They also host a number of music and sports events, including the always-classic pub quiz every Monday night.
Clarastrasse 34, 4058 Basel
Although you will be hard-pressed to find a bad pastry in Basel, Beschle is certainly one of the best. With a dizzying array of delectable pastries and chocolates, your most difficult problem will be choosing just one. Beschle's solution? Try them all in a 'Bentobox'. With tiny versions of several sweet and savoury delights you can have your cake (in several different flavours), and eat it too! They also provide chocolate making events and are a great option for birthday parties or corporate team building events.
Clarastrasse 4, 4058 Basel
Irma & Fred
Irma & Fred is a large and eclectic Brocki with something for everyone. Spread across five floors, it offers items from small kitchen wares to furniture. It also has a significant collection of wall art. Buying something second-hand is great for the environment, but even cooler since Irma & Fred offers employment to people often disadvantaged in the job market.
Claramattweg 16, 4057 Basel
Chemiserie is a quirky and cool second-hand boutique with offerings for men and women. You can also bring in your old clothing for cash or credit on the spot. Just make sure to check their website as they only accept clothing at certain times.
Klybeckstrasse 50, 4057 Basel
Tropical Zone is a large one-stop shop for everything from cosmetics and hair care products to African grocery items, souvenirs and wax-print fabric. Looking yams or ripe plantain? They also have an excellent fresh grocery section.
Their full salon in the back provides a number of services including hair straightening, cuts, extensions and several different types of braiding.
Clarastrasse 30, 4058 Basel
Lachenmeier Farben Basel
For the artists out there, Lachenmeier is a great place to stock up your supplies. With quite a good selection and is a great place to browse for inspiration. If you are searching for something specific, try their online store first.
Leonhardsgraben 10, 4053 Basel
Clarastrasse 46, 4058 Basel
Jumbo offers of a wide selection of home improvement, craft and garden items and is a nice alternative to OBI for those living on the Kleinbasel side of the Rhein. Redesigned in 2021, Jumbo's offerings are even more expansive and now include a comprehensive paint, woodworking and garden department situated over two floors.
Clarastrasse 6, 4058 Basel
For the dancers out there (and those who wish they were) the Lindy Hop scene in Basel is unbelievable. Rooted in the Jazz of the 20s, 30s and 40s (check out this link!), this dance form is joy personified. Make sure to get in on the action with Lindy Harbour, who offer a number of lessons for all levels with some that even include childcare. They also host a number of events which you should go to even if you don't want to dance. If you do, you will happily be transported back in time with a gin cocktail in your hand, tapping your toes to the live jazz, while watching the amazing spectacle of the couples dancing around you.
Müllheimerstrasse 42, 4057 Basel
Claramatte Park is a large park with some unique features. It has an adventurous play structure, paddling pool, ping pong tables and more. The Kindertankstelle provides children the opportunity to borrow a variety of games and play equipment (it is one of Robi Spiel Aktionen's four kids 'gas stations' around the city). Originally part of the St. Clara convent, Claramatte has evolved to serve many purposes over the decades, including as a gymnastic area, parking and ice rink. It underwent a significant redesign in the mid 2000s with funding from the Christopher Merian Foundation.
Migros fitness Center
Migros Fitness Center is a fully equipped gym that has a wide variety of equipment, and free weights. They also have a number of fitness classes as well as a smoothie bar and sauna. A membership here also gives you access to their numerous other locations in the Basel area, including the pool and sauna facilities at Heuwaage.
Wondering where you get your Basel Stadt drivers license? It's here at the Cantonal Police Station and Office of Motor Vehicles. A visit to Basel's motor vehicle registry is quite painless in comparison to some countries, but you can also take care of a number of tasks via its online portal as well.
Looking to learn German (or another language)? Clara hosts two popular language schools - ECAP and Volkshochschule. In addition to language training, ECAP offers a variety of other courses related to job development (e.g. computer courses, vocational training). Volkshochschule also offers language lessons in addition to interest-based learning in everything from baking to drawing to astronomy.