The Medina (old town) of Tunis is a fascinating place to wander around and get lost in the puzzle of alleyways. You can easily spend a day discovering the treasures of the Medina in Tunis, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. Stroll past colourful doors, gaze up at the crumbling old buildings, and embrace the hustle and bustle of the souks. With so much to see and do in Medina, there are some experiences you shouldn’t miss. 

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Here are our top 5 experiences in the Medina of Tunis

1.  Haggle for handicrafts and souvenirs in the souks

Want to shop for some Tunisian goods to take home? The souks inside the medina in Tunis are the best place to shop. Souks are traditional shopping districts where small stalls and shops are right next to each other. Shops are arranged by the type of products on sale.

For instance, there are souks for cashmere scarves and linens, leather shoes, wedding clothes, carpets, perfume, glassware, gold jewellery, and so much more.

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Entering the souks of the Medina of Tunis

If you’re searching for a bargain in the souks of the Medina, it’s best to practise your haggling skills. Many people hate to haggle, but I enjoy the back and forth banter with the shop vendor to get the best price. It can be a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. 

In my experience, shopping in the souks in the Medina of Tunis is much more enjoyable than doing the same in Morocco. 

2.  Stay in this beautiful boutique hotel (a fully restored Tunisian home)

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Breakfast time staying at Dar Ben-Gacem. The coffee and omelettes are amazing!

A unique experience that you shouldn’t miss! Choosing to stay at Dar Ben-Gacem, located inside the Medina in Tunis is our most memorable experience. It doesn’t get better than this. There are so many things to love about this gorgeous place.

The friendly staff, our beautiful room, and the incredible breakfast and coffee each morning. In addition to that, the overall atmosphere of this boutique hotel is so welcoming. We couldn’t imagine staying anywhere else in Tunis.


3.  Eat delicious Tunisian food at Restaurant The Ben Arous

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The best food in Medina of Tunis

This cosy and vibrant restaurant offers some of the most delicious food we’ve eaten in the entire country. The colourful dishes coming from the kitchen are bright and full of flavour, and the staff is warm and friendly. At first glance, the restaurant may appear full, however, there’s another level above, so don’t miss it.

The restaurant is affordable and many locals eat here, which is always a good sign of a great restaurant. And the best part is that it’s located very near to our boutique hotel, Dar Ben-Gacem

I can highly recommend this shakshuka dish with chicken (ojja escalope) at this restaurant, super tasty. 

Address: Rue Sidi Ben Arous

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4.  Have a coffee with amazing views at Panorama Cafe

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Photo Credit: Tunisia Tourism

This rooftop cafe is in an old building behind the Zitouna Mosque. It can be a little hard to locate but ask anyone to point you in the right direction and they will be happy to help. Sip on a coffee or fresh Tunisian tea as you enjoy the panoramic views of the Old Town.

The beautiful mosaic decorated interior provides the perfect backdrop for capturing great photos.

Address: 27 Souk Trok, Tunis

5.  Photograph all the colourful doors in the Medina in Tunis

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So many colourful doors can be found in the Medina in Tunis

There are so many beautiful doors in the Medina in Tunis. I admit I got a little obsessed photographing them all. See the variety of incredible detail of each door, the different brass door knockers you can find, and the difference in the size of doors. If you’re lucky, you might capture some sleepy cats and kittens to snap in your photos.

There is no right or wrong route to discover the many coloured doors, but I guarantee you’ll enjoy this experience of the Medina in Tunis.

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Have you visited the colourful Medina in Tunis? What was your favourite experience in the Old Town? Please share it with us below.

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