Best restaurants in Northwestern Switzerland

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    Cheval Blanc

    Shining with the near-unattainable Holy Grail of three Michelin stars, this incredibly sophisticated restaurant ranks as one of the world's best. Head chef Peter Knogl elevates French haute cuisine with a dash of Asian spice and Mediterranean aromas in dishes from filet of red mullet with saffron and black garlic to egg yolk ravioli with white Alba truffle – all totally divine.

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    Tanja Grandits

    Chef Tanja Grandits shines at this two-Michelin-starred restaurant, with exquisite cooking that reveals an eye for colours, flavours and artistry. The signature Aroma Menu, featuring the likes of Hiramasa kingfish with verbena oil, fennel and lime sauce, and spruce-smoked pork belly with ginger, is so beautifully presented that you'll feel guilty taking a knife to your plate. But you must. Take the 15 tram to the Studio Basel stop.

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    Volkshaus Basel

    This stylish Herzog & de Meuron–designed venue is part resto-bar, part gallery and part performance space. For relaxed dining, head for the atmospheric beer garden, in a shady, cobblestoned courtyard. The menu ranges from brasserie classics to more innovative offerings. The hip bar is open 10am to 1am Monday to Saturday.

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    Restaurant Schlüsselzunft

    Housed in a 15th-century guild house that had a neo-Renaissance remake early in the 20th century, this elegant restaurant includes an internal courtyard with sweeping staircase. The menu is replete with innovative flavour combinations such as perch fillet with pears and fennel, or veal in massaman curry sauce with fruit spring rolls.

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    Markthalle

    Around the corner from Basel SBB station you'll find this large indoor market/food hall, which is a popular spot for a cheap lunch on the go. Vendors are always changing and feature Swiss specialities and world flavours. Worth a look in.

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    Acqua

    A glam post-industrial atmosphere reigns at these converted waterworks, with brown-leather banquettes and chandeliers inside bare-stone and concrete walls, surrounded by candlelit outdoor patios. Build your own two- or three-course meal from the delectable menu of Tuscan-inspired meat, fish and vegetarian offerings. Basel’s beautiful people drink in the attached lounge bar.

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    Lily's Maxim Basel

    A casual atmosphere, reasonable prices and all-day service make this pan-Asian restaurant a perennial Kleinbasel favourite. The menu features a mix of authentic Thai, Chinese and Indian dishes, from curries to noodles to soups, accompanied by draught beer or pots of tea and served at long informal tables or barstool-lined counters. Takeaway service also available.

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    Atelier

    For excellent value at lunchtime, head to this bright, modern restaurant at the Teufelhof hotel, with courtyard seating, superb Swiss and Mediterranean cuisine and top-notch service. Daily specials (both carnivorous and vegetarian) go for Sfr27, accompanied by fine wines for Sfr6.80 per glass.

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    Sapori del Sud

    One of the main reasons (sorry – the only reason) to stop by this neat Italian job is to chow down on its famous NYC-style pastrami sandwich – a real monster, you'll need both hands. The Sicilian chickpea fritters are pretty good, too. It's close to the university and a solid student fave.

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    Latini

    This stylish but unpretentious and popular haunt on the fringe of the Old Town is a good local staple for reasonably priced Italian cuisine, including a variety of options for vegetarians. It's just off Barfüsserplatz.

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    Zum Isaak

    In a lovely setting on Münsterplatz with two outdoor patios, this restaurant lends itself well to summer al fresco dining. Healthy, well-presented meals include the likes of salmon with coriander rice, vegetables and chutney, lamb with ratatouille and tabbouleh and a number of options for vegetarians.

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    Restauration zur Harmonie

    This traveller favourite is a good choice for a decent meal on the fringe of the Old Town. It serves hearty pastas, seafood, schnitzel and steak in pleasant surroundings, at prices that won't break the bank. You can't go past the down-home rösti with cheese for a buttery, cheesy, carb-loaded fix.

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    Mandir

    Featuring wholesome Ayurvedic menus and a wide selection of vegetarian (and meat) curries, including great renditions of all your favourites. If you like it on the fiery side, try the Madagascar chilli fish curry and be sure to wash it down with a sweet, sweet Kerala (banana and coconut) lassi.