A Guided Tour of Basel with Night Talk

City Guide Basel

With Night Talk’s new ‘Chimaera’ EP about to drop, we travel to Basel, Night Talk’s hometown, to get a guided tour of the magical city, get an inside scoop on all the best spots and premiere his latest project. 

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Switzerland is one of the most peaceful and serene countries with jaw-dropping scenery, and the country’s medieval town Basel is no exception. Located near the German and French boarders, the quaint city of Basel on the river Rhine has beautiful architecture, an exciting night life, local cafes and shopping. We catch up with Night Talks (a.k.a Luke Horsts) to show us what the city has to offer.

Night Talk is the talk about town right now, with his three track EP, ‘Chimaera’, set to be released on the 30th of May… the count down is on. Chimaera EP includes the title track, Chimaera, Traces and Diffraction, dope tracks that synergise an unpredictable masterpiece that explores various emotions, unlocking a mysterious sounds that will hypnotise you. Titled after the Greek methodological hybrid creature goat, lion and snake, the EP is an amalgamation of emotions that Night Talk experienced during the creation of this dark and mystic synth-driven release.

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Where’s the best place for a first date?

I don’t go on dates that much. But the ‘Werk 8‘ in the Gundeldinger quarter would be the perfect place. My friend Philipp opened the bar in an old warehouse around one year ago. They serve the best cocktails in town, and Philipp and his team always surprise their guests with new creations.

Werk 8
Werk 8 | PHOTO CREDIT: Werk 8

What would you wear on a date in Basel?

For a date I always wear something I feel comfortable. With blue jeans, white T-Shirt and a black leather is a timeless combination and you can’t go wrong.

Date Outfit
SHOP: Jackets| T-Shirts | Jeans

Where’s your preferred place to chill and clear your head?

If I want to clear my head I take my bicycle and take a ride along the river Rhine. The German and French border is only a few kilometres away and there are some wonderful spots at the old Rhine to relax, reload your batteries or going for a swim in summer.

Rhine River
Rhine River | PHOTO CREDIT: WFBW

Where serves the best breakfast?

There are a lot of nice little cafes in the Kleinbasel area like for example Frühling or Avant Gouz where you can have breakfast and delicious sandwiches.

Cafe Fruhling
Cafe Fruhling | PHOTO CREDIT: Cafe Fruhling

Where’s your favourite place to party?

Definitely at Hinterhof. The place run by some good friends of mine has everything you need for a great night: a well-chosen music program with local djs and international guest-djs, a great sound system, friendly staff, good drinks and a good mix of different people. And let’s not forget the rooftop terrace in the summer, where you can enjoy amazing sunsets and good music too. Can’t wait to play there again in June after Kollektiv Turmstrasse.

Hinterhof Bar
Hinterhof Bar | PHOTO CREDIT: Hinterhof Bar

What would you wear on a night out in Basel?

I might wear black leather chukka boots, grey jeans, black shirt and a black bomber jacket.

Night Out Outfit
SHOP: Boots | Jeans | T-Shirts | Jackets

Where’s your favourite place to have a quiet drink?

There’s a new area next to the river Rhine. It’s a little bit outside of the centre and you best get there by bike. There you have several open air bars like Landestelle or Patschifig. It’s not that busy during the week and you can enjoy a homemade ice-tea and read a book, or simply enjoy the sun.

Patschifig
Patschifig | PHOTO CREDIT: Patschifig

How would you describe your city’s style?

Very relaxed, friendly and more like a big village than a real city.

Where are your favourite places to shop?

To be honest, I don’t shop that much in Basel. There are some nice little stores in the Spalenberg area like street-files or SET&SEKT but I have to admit most of the times I shop online or when I’m travelling.

Street Files
street-files | PHOTO CREDIT: street-files

What song sums up your city?

I wouldn’t say sums up but this video of the Basel-based band Sheila She Loves You playing live at the border or the river Rhine in the center of Basel gives you a little impression of our little city.

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