The New York Times

Schwarz Modes: The New York Times 2014

36 Hours in Basel, Switzerland

2. Boutique Buys | 5 p.m.

Basel’s best boutiques have long been found on Spalenberg, close to the university, where one of the typical residents, Schwarz Modes, has been selling its handmade straw hats for over a century. But in recent years, unusual new shops have branched out to the up-and-coming area along St. Johanns-Vorstadt, a short walk away, where the fabric designer Fabia Zindel opened her funky Matrix boutique in 2010. Ms. Zindel’s multicolored geometric-patterned scarves of hand-printed silk, cotton and wool cost between 100 and 350 Swiss francs. Pair one with the modern men’s and women’s fashions by Bernadette Koch, whose cool boutique stands just across the street.