A once tranquil field transformed by a train station into a bustling district.
Gundeldingen, often referred to as Gundeli, got its name from its former days as a large and tranquil field on which the district was built. That all changed in the 1860s with the opening of the train station and from there on the field began its transformation into an urbanized landscape.
Residential and business development progressed from the 1870s, filling up the area around the station and progressing east and west. Today, the district has little public green space, but is bordered by the large Margarethenpark and more bucolic neighbourhood of Bruderholz.
While the train station serves as the hub of the district, Tellplatz is another focal point with a number of restaurants, businesses and entertainment options radiating out from its center, including Gundeldinger Feld, a large multi use redevelopment project. Gundeli is also home to Coop's Headquarters.
With an elegant atmosphere, Peng Dumplings is famous for its dumplings (of course), which are handmade with seasonal fresh produce and international flavours. Be sure to try their lunch specials which include glass noodles and a small salad with your choice of meat or veggie dumplings.
Zwingerstrasse 29, 4053 Basel
Plato serves delicious Greek cuisine with a passion for freshness and a creative flair. You will find all your favourites here (all served with some excellent pita bread) as well as some tasty house specials like Bifteki, a ground meat patty stuffed with feta cheese and grilled to perfection.
Bruderholzstrasse, Tellpl. 49, 4053 Basel
If you are in the mood for a burger, you're in luck. La Manufacture has a wide selection of old favourites as well as a seasonal menu that has more unique options, including a wild boar burger in the autumn - yum! They emphasize local, sustainable and organic ingredients so you are sure to have a farm to table burger experience.
Hochstrasse 56, 4053 Basel
Clarastrasse 13, 4058 Basel
Elisabethenstrasse 18, 4051 Basel
Vito is known for it's distinctive oval shaped pizzas which come with a variety of delicious toppings (vegan too!). They have dine-in or take-out options as well as a 'Pizza Bike' - a super cool tricked-out cargo bike that includes a gas pizza oven and the ability to make 20 pizzas on the fly! It is a really fun way to cater an event, though an outdoor or well-ventilated area is required.
Güterstrasse 138, 4053 Basel
Klybeckstrasse 90, 4057 Basel
Aeschengraben 14, 4051 Basel
Spark seeks to give their guests an unforgettable experience with traditional Portuguese cuisine and fantastic wines in a modern and inviting setting. They serve both lunch and dinner as well as 'petiscos' (tapas), perfect for after-work drinks where you can have a combination of small dishes, shared by the whole table. They also have take away and catering available, as well as wine paring and tapas events.
Güterstrasse 166, 4053 Basel
Ristorante Valentino has a romantic and cozy ambiance and seasonally changing menu. The food is excellent and it prides itself on its classic Italian-style with a modern flare. Dishes like homemade lasagna and gnocchi, made with fresh, local ingredients will be sure to impress and you will quickly find it in your regular restaurant rotation.
Güterstrasse 183, 4053 Basel
The newly renovated Miake Izakaya, serves a wide selection of dishes ideal for sharing in the style of the Japanese izakaya or gastropub. Choose from their wide selection of traditional warm and cold dishes (to share), or for something a little more exciting try their shabu-shabu, a broth-style Japanese fondue prepared at your table.
Sempacherstrasse 7, 4053 Basel
Mum's kitchen serves all your Vietnamese favourites, including Bun, Pho and everything in-between. With daily changing specials, it is a great place to visit for a fresh, tasty and affordable lunch. The evening menu has a larger selection and of course they have take-out if you prefer to eat at home.
Margarethenstrasse 45, 4053 Basel
The Blindkuh in Zurich opened its doors as the first 'dark restaurant' in 1999 and quickly caught on across the globe. The Blindkuh Basel was opened in 2005 and is a truly unique dining experience. Dining at the Blindkuh is said to be a treat for all your senses - except for your eyes because you are eating completely in the dark (pitch dark). Specially trained servers that include blind, partially sighted and sighted employees, help guide you through your meal, which is a delightful, albeit, potentially messy affair, but don't worry that doesn't matter because no one can see you anyways.
The menu is small, but fresh and seasonal and their chefs will be sure to 'conjure up delicacies on your plate that don't need to be seen to be believed'. They also host a large event space, which is also available 'in the light'.
Dornacherstrasse 192, 4053 Basel
La Columbiana, Photo: ganzbasel.ch
Café Spurlos, Photo ronorp.net
Da Graziella, Photo: tripadvisor.com
You will be spoiled for choice for coffee shops in Gundeli. For a cozy atmosphere with some excellent gluten-free chocolate cake, check out Café del Mundo. Da Graziella has all your favourite Italian-style pasties, best enjoyed with an expresso-sized shot of pure caffeine. For more sweet selections (and the best Schoggiweggli in town) be sure to visit Confiserie Bachman, located conveniently next to the train station.
Café Bohemia is known for their superb homemade brunches and is a great stop on the weekend (or any other time). Café Spurlos, founded by Impact Hub Basel, has a great daily lunch selection of soup and quiche and a focus on zero waste - so no take-out cups here. And if you are looking to enjoy freshly-roasted beans at home, La Columbiana roasts their own with beans from 11 different countries.
Güterstrasse 158, 4053 Basel
Dornacherstrasse 283, 4053 Basel
Feldbergstrasse 74, 4057 Basel
Centralbahnpl. 7, 4051 Basel
Dornacherstrasse 255, 4053 Basel
Münchensteinerstrasse 274a, 4053 Basel
Güterstrasse 112, 4053 Basel
SBB & Area Restaurants
In addition to the ubiquitous fast food and take-away kiosks, there are also a couple of good restaurants near SBB. Vegetarians can rejoice at the entirely vegetarian (with vegan options) buffet, at Tibits just behind SBB. Portions are paid by weight and take out options are available as well.
If you are looking for another healthy option, Malibu Nation is known for their organic poke bowls and delicious healthy smoothies. Although mostly for take-out, there is also some limited seating.
For a more elegant dining experience, LORA is located in the newly-renovated French side of SBB. Their pizzas and salads are great for a light lunch and they have an extensive drinks menu, perfect for an after-work tipple.
Meret Oppenheim-Strasse 1, 4053 Basel
Stänzlergasse 4, 4051 Basel
Centralbahnpl. 6, 4051 Basel
Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 Basel
Bücher-Brocky is Basel's largest second-hand bookshop and offers an impressive and eclectic collection of fiction and non-fiction titles. In addition to a wide range of second-hand German books, Bücher-Brocky also has a good selection of English adult fiction and non-fiction as well as a smaller English children's section. You can also donate your old books there, so long as they are in good condition.
Güterstrasse 137 4053 Basel
Musicians and DJ's this one is for you. House of Sound has a huge location in Gundeli as well as a comprehensive online store. Not only do they have a massive collection of instruments and equipment, they also have a knowledgeable and friendly staff to help you navigate. You can also order online and test the equipment in their shop before you buy.
For the vinyl fans out there, there is Schmocki's Ohrwurm Oase. Browse their vast collection of over 13,000 LP's (as well as CD's DVD's and Blue Rays) and 'preach to the choir' on how much better the sound quality was back in the good ol' days before streaming.
Nauenstrasse 63, 4052 Basel
Güterstrasse 265, 4053 Basel
Patchouli is a really lovely and one of the most unique boutiques in Basel. With a wide range of eclectic and colourful clothing as well as homewares and gift items, you will find your self returning again and again to see what's new. Emphasis is placed on fair-trade and ecological options, which help to lessen any shopping guilt you might have, especially when you walk out with a fabulous forest-themed adult onesie, that you didn't really need :)
Güterstrasse 141, 4053 Basel
There are really an endless number of specialty groceries in Gundeli. For the ecologically minded there is L'Ultimo Bacio, which features a wide selection of organic specialty items as well as cheese, produce and baked goods from small, local providers. At the Abfüllerei Basel you can find organic (mostly) and waste-free food, personal care and household products. Simply bring your own containers (or purchase some containers in-store), note the weight of each container before filling and fill them up. They even have a service where you can drop of your containers with list and they will fill them for you.
For international groceries you are spoiled for choice. RMC Paradise specializes in pan-Asian grocery items and incredibly fresh fish. BJ Textiles has a wide selection of Indian groceries and is the go-to place in Basel for saris and Indian-style fabric.
George the Greek packs an enormous punch into its small kiosk with some fantastic Greek cheeses, wines and of course olive oil. And Tienda Colombiana Popalito specializes in Colombian and South American goods.
For a lovely selection of tea and tea pots, be sure to visit Teegarten Miniatures. And if you want to try your wares you can even sit down for a cuppa with one of their delicious daily pastries.
George the Greek
Tienda Colombiana Popalito
Güterstrasse 199, 4053 Basel
Güterstrasse 169, 4053 Basel
Küchengasse 9, 4051 Basel
Elisabethenanlage 9, 4051 Basel
Münchensteinerstrasse 118, 4053 Basel
Gundeldingerstrasse 465, 4053 Basel
Tellstrasse 3, 4053 Basel
Gundeli has a couple Basel's smaller Brockis, but each has some unique offerings. Brocki Remar is one of three Remar brockis in Switzerland and all proceeds from the stores go towards social projects in Switzerland and beyond. Looking to clean out your flat? Remar has a pick-up service to take away your old furnishings - they even have a final cleaning service for when you move.
Rotkreuzladen Gundeldingen offers a variety of second-hand clothing as well as new items, and proceeds support the Red Cross working here in Basel. This store is one of two in Basel and is complemented by an online store, an online auction through Ricardo.ch and a children's sewing studio (located in Klybeck), where you can get children's clothing repaired or buy one of the studio's creations.
Bruderholzstrasse 20, 4053 Basel
Bruderholzstrasse 14, 4053 Basel
For any climbing enthusiasts, Klettrhalle 7 has 120 different climbing routes as well as a bouldering area. Basic training is required for the climbing walls and Kletthalle 7 offers a variety of courses for the beginner and up for both adults and children 8 years and older. You can also schedule a group experience. What's better for team building than having your boss belay you!
Dornacherstrasse 192, 4053 Basel
Bowling Center Basel
With 20 'American style'l anes, Bowling Center Basel is one of Switzerland's largest bowling alleys. Beyond bowling, it offers a restaurant, bar and a variety of games across its two floors. The Center is available for birthday parties and group outings as well. It's a fun night out - just make sure to make a reservation.
Güterstrasse 89, 4053 Basel
Salsa Flow Dance Company
Get your Latin dance on with Salsa Flow Dance Company. Their lessons for all levels in Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and Zumba will certainly improve your moves and you can impress your friends at one of their numerous events.
Elisabethenanlage 7, 4051 Basel
Ready to get in on the Escape Room craze? Check out Adventure Rooms Basel. It offers two room adventures suitable for adults and children age 9 and older (an adult must accompany children). Each room can accomodate up to 12 people.
Elisabethenanlage 11, 4051 Basel