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Lela Scherrer: My Basel


Fashion and concept designer Lela Scherrer has worked with the likes of Dries van Noten as well as launching her own collections. She shares her favourite places in Basel with SHOP’s Mike MacEacheran

Mike MacEacheran ,

Where were you born?
In a place near Basel called Dornach.

Where do you live?
After eight years in Antwerp, I split my time between Basel and Amsterdam.

What do you love about Basel?
It remains a small provincial border city, yet it has a mystery to it. It hosts the world’s most important art fair – Art Basel – and is the home base of many top architects including Herzog & de Meuron.

What is your favourite store in Basel?
Set & Sekt on Rümelinsplatz, a small fashion store which sells avant-garde fashion labels.

Who’s your favourite designer?
My favourite Swiss designer at the moment has to be Jörg Boner.

And your favourite Basel restaurant?
Zum Goldenen Fass on Hammerstrasse – don’t miss it.

Where do you like to go for a drink?
The bar in the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois on Blumenrain has great cocktails and it’s right on the water’s edge.

Can you recommend a hotel in Basel?
Hotel Krafft on Rheingasse, right by the river.

How do you travel around the city?
By bike. It’s environmentally friendly and always cheap!

Do you have a favourite neighbourhood?
St Johann – it’s the industrialised part of the city but it’s changing fast.

What is Basel’s best tourist attraction?
Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, just outside the city: it’s a design museum and always an exciting place to be.

Any recommendations for local dishes to try?
Suuri Läberli, literally ‘sour liver’: pork liver with onions and red wine vinegar, served with rösti.

Where are the best bargains to be found?
At the Fleamarket on Petersplatz.

Any advice for tourists?
If you’re in Basel during Fasnacht (Carnival), avoid the busy main streets. Find your way to the city’s old lanes and walk along the banks of the Rhine where the atmosphere is magical.

Any secret spots you don’t want tourists to know about? The two Rhybadhysli swimming stations are built into the Rhine and look like huge terraces. You can sunbathe, have a drink, swim and watch the river flowing right underneath you.

What can’t you live without?
My passport!

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