Restaurants here are a treat, but as expensive as the rest of Switzerland. Whether you're dining out or self-catering, Basel's proximity to France, Germany and the euro can take some strain off your wallet. The culinary influences of these neighbours and the closeness of the Rhine make for a variety of regional specialities, including Basler Mehlsuppe (roasted flour soup), schnitzel and spätzle (dumplings), wienerli (hot dogs) and freshwater fish (especially salmon).