Surrounding the marina at Port el Kantaoui are hundreds of shops,most selling the same things,you can buy lots of leather products from shoes,bags and jackets which are a good price compared to the uk.You can also buy pottery,sports clothes and trainers,drums and lots of things made from olive wood.The Tunisians love you to haggle the price with them,we always started by saying half the price they tell you.
Make sure you have enough room left in your suitcase.Tunisia is very good for sports clothes and footwear,you can also buy some lovely pottery,leatherwear and carpets.
What to buy: T Shirts,leather goods, pottery, wood carvings and spices.Trainers and sports goods.
What to pay: You won't pay alot i was shocked at how cheap everything was,don't forget to haggle.
One of north africas largest markets, there are plenty of bargains to be found. Stalls on all of the things you can think of.
What to buy: Look out for wooden ornaments - the tunisians make some lovely sculptures. Some of the leather (most of which is camels)is especially cheap.
What to pay: Dont forget to haggle for all of your goods(as mentioned in local customs tip)
I you wanna make a present to someone you like or wanna conserve a souvenir of Nabeul go to downtown SOUK, you'll find many shops, enthusiastic reception of the shopkeepers will incite you to buy something anyway...miniature statues,traditional dishes,ornaments and many other local pottery pieces...OR at least you can take a photograph as I did :)...
What to buy: Traditional dishes,ornaments and many other local pottery pieces...
For shoppers, Tunisia offers good quality items to buy, and it is fun shopping for souvenirs. One of the most popular items that tourists buy is traditional carpets. Other favorite souvenirs include leather goods, pottery, jewelry, copper and brass, and desert roses.
There are also plenty of souvenir stands located in tourist centers, such as El Jemm, Matmatma, Tozeur, and other places. The quality of the goods offered is not high, but it is still fun to browse and barter nevertheless.
I've never bought so many clothes on another place as I did in Tunisia. But it was not because of my burgain skills... I am not good at this at all.
But I really liked the clothes and I am going to use them here in Bulgaria as well. And they were very comfortable in hot weather, I've proven it.
What to buy: I'd liked the most the woman's clothes. Of course there are men's and children's ones. But a man dressed in these clothes in West Europe would look rather strange.
What to buy:
The pottery is one of the traditional handicraft in Tunisia. We bought some pieces as presents and also to use them at home.. the biggest problem of course is the transportation.
The pottery is traditionally made in Nabeul. In Tunis, especially in Medina everything is very exprensive. Another place where everything is cheap is Hammamet Medina (or at least we found there a shop with low prices)
What to pay: from 1TD till 5-8-10TD depending on the size
I am not much of a shopper, and I rarely buy souvenirs when I travel. However, when I was in southern Tunisia, I could not resist buying desert roses. Also called sand roses, desert roses are formed when ground water rich in salt evaporates, leaving crystalized gypsum which resembles the petals of a rose. Although pure gypsum is white, desert roses are brown due to particles of desert sand trapped in the crystal.
Desert roses can be found in a natural state in the Sahara Desert, usually in low areas between sand dunes. However, they are available as souvenirs all over the country. It is also common to see them used as decorations in hotel lobbies and other buildings, and even as sculptures in public spaces.
SOCOPA stores are government-run emporiums where you can buy local handicraft. It is strongly suggested to visit one before venturing into the medinas to haggle, since it will give you an idea of the price you should pay for items.
The other advantage of SOCOPA stores is that the quality of all the articles is guaranteed -- meaning you will not get ripped off. However, please note that contrary to nearly everywhere else in Tunisia, prices are fixed. The employees are usually very cooperative.
There are SOCOPA stores in the following cities (with phone number in parentheses):
TUNIS: Le Palmarium (71 348 860), El Omrane (71 288 439), Tunis-Carthage Airport (71 755 663)
DJERBA: Houmt Souk (75 650 040); Djerba Zarzis Airport (75 674 057)
NABEUL: Habib Thameur Avenue (72 285 007)
MONASTIR: Habib Bourguiba Mosque (73 462 190)
The thing that surprised me the most in Tunisia is that sellers were more or less like the genie in the bottle. Anywhere you were they show up: in cities, in the middle of the desert, in a lost place…. Before you buy something compare prices in several places cause sometimes you thing you have got the best bargain and you see the same object in other place much cheaper. For me the place where the sellers where more polite and the prices were the best is in the city of Souse. In some places the sellers can be a pain and sometimes really rude.
What I like, are the many streetstalls everywhere in Tunisia, selling almost everything. Are you looking for batteries, a plug, a special screw or what ever you need, look and ask around and you will find it.
This streetstall in Bizerte is selling all kind of herbs, spices and wheat. The most striking for me was the huge amount of dried red peppers hanging all around in the stall.
In the towns with fishing ports you can find the fishmarkets with the catch of the day. The best time to go to the fishmarket is early morning. I don't know much about fish, but looking at all the different kind of fishes and octopus intrigues me.
The fishmarket in Houmt Souk in one the white buildings in the souq area looks very nice.
What to buy: I never bought fresh fish myself at the market. I went to the local restaurants instead to have my fresh fish meal. For eating fresh fish I went to the local restaurants.
In every souq in Tunisia you can find the diffferent types of carpets and in many colours. If you really want to buy a carpet take your time, look around, don't feel urged to sell a carpet too soon and bargain ! That's part of the game !
I bought myself two woven carpets first the third time I came to Tunisia. Two different types, a bright new one and an old traditional Berber one.
The main carpet selling centres of the country are Tunis, Kairouan, Tozeur and Jerba.
What to buy: There are different types of carpets, basically there are the woven and knotted ones. The traditional carpets are the woven ones. The Mergouns have geometric designs in bright colours. The kelims have traditional Berber motifs on a woven background. The best known knotted carpets are the classical Kairouan carpets in Persian style. The price is according the number of knots.
If you are looking for something to bring home frorm the country, go to the souq and you have a big chance to find something nice or interesting.
But also when you have not the intention to buy anything, it's nice to stroll around in the winding streets of the old medina along the souqs. And who knows you will buy something anyway at the end after a lot of bargaining....
What to buy: Carpets, leather, brass & copper, clothes, perfume, spices, jewellery, pottery or a chica (waterpipe)
Check out these shops before going to markets or haggling shops to ensure you know the highest price you will ever have to pay.
What to buy: Pottery, pipes (for smoking in moorish cafe), spices (especially harissa)
What to pay: This will be the benchmark for all other haggling. Start well below this price, and walk away if vendors go any higher.
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