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My Basel top 5

Dexter Dalwood on the best things to see and do in the Swiss city

Dexter Dalwood

The UK painter Dexter Dalwood was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010. Works created by Dalwood within the past 15 years, on view at the Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt in Biel until 16 June, includes key pieces such as Nixon's Departure and Hendrix's Last Basement, both 2001, and more recent paintings such as Robert Walser, 2012.

1) Museum: Go and see “The Picassos Are Here!” (until 21 July), an unmissable show at the Kunstmuseum Basel. Also visit the Schaulager, just to see how a contemporary art museum should be.

2) The cocktail: The bar in which to hang out and listen to live acts is the Agora bar. Some of the best cocktails in town are served here, and the bar is open until the early hours. Just be aware: it’s marked by a tiny shop window and is also a fumoir (so smoking is allowed).

3) The food: Visit Eoipso. It’s housed in an old electrical turbine hall (Dornacherstrasse 192).

4) Pret a Diner: A pop-up restaurant that will only be in Basel this year (until 16 June, at the Elisabethen Kirche).

5) The walk: For a nice run or leisurely walk, find your way down from the Kunstmuseum Basel to the river Rhine and walk upstream alongside the old parts of town: the contemporary art museum (Museum für Gegenwartskunst); the riverside café, Veronica, located on a large metal pier; and a wonderful sequence of trees leading to Birsköpfli, a local bathing spot. Keep going and you’ll come to the Birsfelden dam, a 1950s cultural heritage site. Erected by Hans Hoffmann, the dam is a James Bond-like setting of structural grandeur, with light-flooded machine rooms bridged by a green peninsula. [From] there you can turn around and head back to town—an eight-kilometre walk or run.

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