People never tire of admiring the foyer of Theater Basel: Sitting beneath an impressive concrete canopy, it extends across several floors.

Visitors are provided with a distinctive view of the architecture from the theatre café at the top of the foyer. For the warmer days of the year, there is a terraced area just behind Elisabethenkirche and the Tinguely fountain.

During the day, the theatre café is part of the Foyer Public; after 6 pm, the stage belongs to the café alone. Incidentally: Taking a seat in the café puts you right in the middle of the action. And with a bit of luck, you will even have the chance to spot people rehearsing, limbering up or preparing things. More

Catering obviously takes centre stage here. Theatre café guests can enjoy refreshing and delicious beverages, sparkling drinks and alcoholic treats, smaller and larger snacks and a daily changing lunchtime menu. We create and cook all our dishes according to the ‹total local› principle. More

The theatre café is open six days a week, and everyone is welcome, with and without a theatre ticket.

  • Tues. – Sat. 9 am – 9 pm, Sun. 11 am – 21 pm
  • Closed on Mondays
  • Outdoor and indoor seating
  • Accessible, wheelchair access adapted toilet via stage entrance
  • We take bookings for the theatre café over the phone from 11 am to 6 pm: +41 (0)61 295 15 50 

Lunch time

Tuesday to Saturday from 11.30 am to 2 pm, seasonal lunch time menus (vegetarian or fish/meat) served with a salad or soup. Sunday is sandwich day. Please find the Menu (in German only) here: More

Snack time

A beetroot carpaccio sandwich or would you rather prefer a piece of cake from the famous Basel bakery Beschle? Snacks and sweet treats are available around the clock.

Evening time

We do not have a traditional evening menu, but offer various small bites instead. On performance evenings, a range of food and drinks can be ordered until after the curtain has fallen. This page offers useful catering information for visitors to performances at Theater Basel: More

Once a month there is a live music, performance or karaoke night on stage in the theatre café. Late night culture vultures with a few hidden tricks up their sleeves definitely get their money's worth – and admission is completely free. More

The next Nachtcafé dates:

Opera, Theatre, Ballet
Opera, Theatre, Ballet

Besides daily newspapers, reviews of current Theater Basel productions are available in the theatre café. Further reading material – roughly 1,000 books! – is on offer in the Foyer Public library. More

Do you have a question or suggestion or would you like to book a table in the theatre café? The theatre café team looks forward to hearing from you:
+41 (0)61 295 15 50
theatercafe@theater-basel.ch