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    Any, including airports duty free shops: Boukha and Thibarine.

    by JLBG Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    Boukha is a traditionnal spirit (37.5°) prepared by Tunisian Jews. In Judeo-arab dialect, Boukha means “alcohol spirit”. It should be pronounced "burrhah" in about the same way than "buch" in German.

    The brand Boukha Bokobsa was created in 1880 by the Bokobsa family in La Soukra, near Tunis. It is obtained by the distillation of the fermented brew of “figues de Barbarie” (prickly pears) from Tunisia and Turkey. Boukha is first of all an aperitif that is drink iced, but it can also be tasted as a digestive at room temperature or in cocktails. It is served in every bar of international hotels and only in some local bars. You can buy it in the airport duty free shop.

    For more, look at the Boukha Bokobsa web site.

    Thibarine is very sweet liquor, sometimes said to be made of fermented dates, which is wrong. It is made of grape spirit and various aromatic plants from the South. It tastes a bit like the "French Chartreuse Jaune". BTW, it is also made by monks, the monks of Thibar, while Chartreuse is made by monks of the Grande Chartreuse, near Grenoble. You can buy it too in the airport freeshop.

    Borrowed from the Bokobsa web site Borrowed from the Bokobsa web site
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    Any, including airports duty free shops: Dates

    by JLBG Updated Oct 26, 2007

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    Dates are a main crop of Tunisia. Deglet Nour is one of 300 varieties of dates. Tunisian are very proud of their "Deglet nour" (fingers of light) variety, which is considered as the best date in the world. They are grown only in the oasis of Southern Tunisia (Djerid) and of South-eastern Algeria. "Deglet Nour" is a registered brand name in Algeria but Tunisia is by far the world first exporter country with 30,000 tons.

    They are very sweet and with a special flavor honey-like. They should be a bit transparent. They are at their best just after harvesting, in late October and early November. You will find dates in duty free shops of airports both in Tunisia and in Algeria.

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    Any: Olives and olive oil

    by JLBG Updated Jan 28, 2005

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    Tunisia has always been an olive growing country. When Tunisia was a part of the Roman Empire, olive oil was together with wheat the main export towards Rome and Tunisia was considered as the main food purveyor of Rome, "the food basket of Rome". Tunisian olive oil is very tasty but as it might brake in your luggage, Iwould not advise you to bring a bottle home. But olives are also prepared in several ways as pickles. They taste very good and are easier to bring home. They usually are not found in duty free shops of airports.

    What to buy: In 2003-2004, the world main olive oil producers were :
    Spain 1 410 000 tons
    Italy      675 000 tons
    Greece  367 000 tons
    Tunisia  230 000 tons

    In 2003-2004, the world main olive oil exporters were:
    Tunisia 180 000 tons
    Italy     180 000 tons
    Spain   125 000 tons
    Turkey   40 000 tons

    However, Tunisian oil shows seldom under its name. Until now, it is mostly exported in bulk to countries that incorporate it in their own oil for domestic use or for export. Tunisians begin to try to sell their bottled oil directly abroad.

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    Anywhere but not in duty-free shops: Oranges

    by JLBG Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    Oranges and more specifically, "Maltaises de Tunisie" (Maltese from Tunisia) are an excellent variety of oranges. They are not very large fruits, regular, with a thin skin. They are very tasty and can be taken either as whole fruits or as juices. Freshly pressed, they give the best orange juice I know.

    They are imported into France but I do not know if they are sold in other European countries. The crop is from mid-january to march.

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    Any, including airports duty free shops: Wine

    by JLBG Written Jan 26, 2005

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    Vine was already cultivated in Tunisia during the Roman times. Tunisian wines were highly appreciated in Rome. After the Arab conquest, cultivation of vine decreased and was kept mainly for grape. It was later developed for wine by French and Italian settlers. Most of the vineyards are in the Cap Bon (85%). There are 3 qualities : table wines, AOC and the best, AOC premier cru. The best Tunisian wines are the reds, such as Château Mornag, Haut Mornag, Carthage, Magon rouge, etc… They are strong and powerful. Rosés are lighter and should be drink very cool : Tyna, Sidi-Raïs, Koudiat, Rossel. There are few whites : moscat of Kelibia is very fruity and should too be drink ice cool. The monks of Thibar grow a sparkling wine but I do not recommend it as sparkling wines are tastier when the vine grows in a colder region. The restaurants of most (if not all) international hotels serve wine. Some local restaurants do too, but far from all of them. You will find wines in duty free shops of airports.

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    Souk: Medina

    by croisbeauty Written Oct 12, 2004

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    Medina je trgovacki centar, a zapravo je mjesto na kojem se odvija cjelokupna društvena aktivnost lokalnog stanovništva, kako danju tako i dobrim dijelom noci. U Tunisu svi s necime trguju ako ne robom onda sitnim uslugama ili muljažom koja je nacionalni sport. Ponekad je to zabavno, ponekad zamorno a boga mi oce i film puknuti kada u tome pretjeraju.

    Medina
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    Desert Roses

    by traveldave Updated Apr 14, 2006

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    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.

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    shop till you drop

    by cazz38 Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    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.

    SOUSSE

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    Vendor stand: Souvenirs

    by Spinka Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    What to buy: Metal trays and jugs, birds' cages with lace designs, dates, hand made carpets, flavorings (especially saffron), jewelry, handicrafts made from oil trees, desert roses, leather articles, pottery tambours and plush camels are typical Tunisian souvenirs.

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    Local Store: Daily shopping

    by csordila Updated Feb 5, 2009

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    Tunisian commerce has evolved and has adapted to modern ways such as selfservice, where the prices are fixed.
    The Tunisian dinar is not like the dollar or pound seperated in 100's but in 1000's. 1 Dinar = 1000 Millimes. The Tunisian money is not allowed to be taken out of the country. The Tunisian dinar is mostly : 1 Dinar = 0,65 - 0,70 US $ .
    You can change money everywhere in Tunisia. Because the money is not always free for rechanging the major Credit cards can be used in hotels. Because shops don't always have change, you should have enough.

    What to buy: .
    Here are some examples of fixed prizes:

    The Celtia (Local Brew) beer 0,25 liter 1,00 TND
    Draft beer: 4 TND / 0.5 L in hotel, TND 2,20 / 4 dl in brasserie
    Bottle of Boukha (fig brandy) 1 liter: 28 TND
    Bottle of Thibarine (herbal liqueur) 0.70 L 7.5 Euro on airport
    Bottle of Arak (anise-flavour brandy),
    Bottle of Coke 1,5 liter 0,60 TND
    Bottle of water 1,5 liter 0,40 TND
    Bottle of wine 0,75 liter (only in northern Tunesia) ca. 4 - 6 TND
    Draft beer: 4 TND / 0.5 L in hotel, TND 2,20 / 4 dl in brasserie

    Baguette ca. 0,20TND
    Beaf 1 Kg ca. 8 - 10 TND
    Fish 1 Kg ca 10 - 14 TND
    Potatoes 1 Kg ca 0,40 TND
    Tomatoes 1 Kg ca 0,50 TND

    Museum, etc. 2 TND, + taking photo 1 TND
    Skydiving TND 25
    Petrol ca. 0,70 TND/Liter

    What to pay: Money, money, money
    Must be funny
    In the rich mans world

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    Shopping For Souvenirs

    by traveldave Updated Apr 21, 2006

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    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.

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    Kacem Shop L'Artisan: Original Jewellery & Gifts

    by tolovajka Written Sep 7, 2006

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    The medina of Hammamet offers countless occasions of shopping, but don't miss this special little store called "Kacem Shop L'Artisan" in the heart of the medina (see photo for the map - hope you'll understand it, the owner of the shop has drawn it!). The owner makes the jewellery by himself, with his original ideas, using natural materials. He shows you how he works and is glad to manufacture your jewellery following your wishes and customizing it for you! Last but not least: fair prices.

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    Carpets

    by sachara Updated Aug 30, 2005

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    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.

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    DON'T BE IMPATIEN AND COMPARE PRICES

    by arlequin_g Written Oct 2, 2005

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    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.

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    Fishmarket

    by sachara Updated Aug 30, 2005

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    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.

    fishmarket in Houmt Souk

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