The Fascinating Medina in Tunis – 5 Unique Things To Do

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.

The Fascinating Medina in Tunis – 5 Unique Things To Do

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.

Hi, we’re Rach & Marty!

We’ve visited every country in the world and want to help you get the most out of your travels!

Whether you need an expertly planned itinerary, some experienced hints and tips, or just craving a delicious food adventure, we’ve got you covered!

Hi, we’re Rach & Marty!

We’ve visited every country in the world and want to help you get the most out of your travels!

Whether you need an expertly planned itinerary, some experienced hints and tips, or just craving a delicious food adventure, we’ve got you covered!

Hi, we’re Rach & Marty!

We’ve visited every country in the world and want to help you get the most out of your travels!

Whether you need an expertly planned itinerary, some experienced hints and tips, or just craving a delicious food adventure, we’ve got you covered!

We may earn affiliate commissions from websites we link to, at no cost to you. Click here for details.

medina in tunis yellow door Marty

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. 

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.

souks of medina in tunis
Entering the souks of the Medina of Tunis

If you’re searching for a bargain in the souks of the Medina of Tunis, 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 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)

medina in tunis breakfast Dar Ben-Gacem
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 morning breakfast and coffee. In addition, this boutique hotel’s overall atmosphere is so welcoming.

We couldn’t imagine staying anywhere else in Tunis.

CHECK RATES AND AVAILABILITY at Dar Ben-Gacem

3.  Eat delicious Tunisian food at Restaurant The Ben Arous

medina in tunis shakshuka
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 from the kitchen are bright and 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 near 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

نهج سيدي بن عروس، تونس

4.  Have a coffee with amazing views at Panorama Cafe

panorama cafe medina in tunis
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. This is a great place to view the entire media of Tunis.

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

Get Connected with eSIM

Get connected easily on your travels—buy an eSIM! It works like an app: buy it, download it, and get connected in minutes! It’s easy, affordable, and convenient. Keep your original phone number, too!

Use our code: RACHEL5045 to get $3 off your first purchase!

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

medina in tunis blue door rach
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 with photographing them all.

See the incredible detail of each door, the different brass door knockers you can find, and the difference in the size of the doors.

If 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.

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

Travel Tips for Tunisia

We wrote helpful travel guides and tips for Tunisia—this country is so diverse!

When planning your trip, we recommend you read our 10 best tips for independent travellers to Tunisia. This post includes essential things to know that will make your travels here much smoother.

Our perfect 14-day itinerary for Tunisia is a detailed guide to visiting the best parts of the country.

We wrote this comprehensive post about how to visit El Jem Amphitheatre, what an incredible site!

Our post explaining 8 of the best street eats in Tunisia cannot be missed, and we recommend these top 5 things to do in Tunis Medina.

Tunisia features on our list of the 10 best food countries in Africa, offering some of the most popular African breakfast foods.

Our Food Map of Africa is interesting because it explains what they eat in all 54 nations.

You’ll need to stay connected while travelling in Tunisia. We recommend eSIM. It’s easy, reliable and affordable. View eSIM options in Tunisia.

If your travels in Tunisia are part of a larger global adventure, then a Global eSIM may be the answer. It connects you in 124 countries, offering data-only eSIM and data/call/text eSIM. The Global eSIM has been a game-changer; we couldn’t imagine travelling without it now.

Want to travel in Tunisia with like-minded travellers? View the best deals on group adventures in Tunisia.

Check out our best-ever travel tips compiled from more than twenty years of experience.

Did you enjoy this article? Share it with friends and family!

Travel Planning Resources

✈️ Flights: We use Skyscanner to book cheap flights worldwide.

🏨 AccommodationBooking.com is our preferred platform for booking hotels and accommodation. We use Vrbo to book apartments and long-term stays.

🏥 Travel Insurance: We recommend Heymondo (Get 5% off Heymondo) & SafetyWing

🚌 Transportation: Trainline is the best website to reserve trains. We use Omio to book transport worldwide. For travel in Asia, we use 12Go. 

🚘 Car Rental: We use DiscoverCars to book rental cars worldwide.

👫 Group ToursG Adventures OR compare multi-day tours worldwide with Tourradar.

📸 Day Tours & TripsGetYourGuide & Viator are the only two platforms you need.

📚 Lonely Planet: The Best Range of Travel Guides & Ebooks, and FREE Shipping! (use code RACHELDAVEY10 for a 10% discount)

🎒 LuggageOsprey Farpoint 40L Backpack or Samsonite Luggage Range.

🛄 What to Pack: Don’t forget your Universal charger and a good power bank.  To help you pack the essentials, here is our ULTIMATE Packing List for all Travellers.

🐶 Become a House Sitter: Join Trusted Housesitters and enjoy FREE accommodation worldwide. Use our invite to receive 25% off your new membership.

💰 Send Money Anywhere: WISE & Revolut are the best online accounts that let you send money, get paid, and spend money internationally. Both are so easy to use and way cheaper than any bank transfer.

📶 Stay Connected: Airalo eSIM allows you to get connected the moment you land at your destination, and you can avoid those expensive data roaming charges. We LOVE this product! Use promo code NOMAD15 for 15% off ALL eSIMs (new Airalo users only) OR use NOMAD10 for 10% off ALL eSIMs (for existing Airalo users)

✅ Check out our Travel Gear and Travel Resources for more valuable tips to save you money!

Tasty Food Adventures

Are you looking for more adventures?
See all articles about Tunisia

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.
You need to agree with the terms to proceed