A fabulous day out at Fünfschilling

The Fünfschilling is a restaurant on a vineyard that is tucked away in Fischingen and small village near Binzen in Germany that is around 25 mins drive from Basel.  Fünfschilling is a great place to take the entire family to have an inexpensive family meal, to buy reasonably priced wine, spirits and visit their farm shop that is packed full of seasonal fruit and vegetables and other tasty treats. They also have a wonderful playground for kids and some really yummy cakes.

Enjoy a curious coffee at Basel’s old mortuary

When I entered the Zum Kuss, Cafe Kultur Bar, I was taken a back about how quirky, small and inviting the space was. There were wooden, old style, Parisian seating, a large table with candelabra on it and the most intriguing wall of spirits behind the bar, it was a bit like walking into the bar version of Diagon Alley’s wand shop.

The very beautiful Merian Gärten

What better way to spend a few hours on a Summer or Autumn day than wandering around the immaculate, beautiful and vast Merian Gärten in Basel.  Villa Merian was gifted to Christoph Merian on his wedding day in 1824 by his father.  The villa was used as Christoph and his wife Margaretha Burckhardt as a summer residence and was gifted to the Christoph Merian Stiftung in 1886.  In 1968 the Christoph Merian Stiftung gave Merian Gärten to Basel City so, we can all say we own a small piece of this amazing house and garden.  

Genusswoche Basel

Genusswoche Basel is a celebration of regional food and drink from the Basel region.  Genusswoche Basel literally translates to ‘enjoy week Basel’.  This celebration happens in many forms throughout the restaurants and markets of Basel between the 17-27 September.

Brunch on a Farm in the heart of Basel – Schallenurseli

I cycled my bike to edge of St Margarethen Park in Basel then, at the corner of the park nearest Binningen, I stopped to push my bike up the steep hill to St Margarethen Farm.  Just passed the farm entrance is the bike park for Schallenurseli, I wandered through the cow shed and was transported into a chocolate box, cuter than cute farm restaurant.

Masala Dosa a tasty treat from Dabbawallas

You say ‘Masala Dosa’, I say ‘yes please’, let’s head to Dabbawalas Indian Kitchen at Markthalle or Finkmueller to get the best freshly made Masala Dosa in town.