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  • products from palm leaf, cane and halfa

    In Houmt Souk, on the island of Derba, there is a unique studio in which for more then fifty years Mr. Mohamed Khacha is selling his creations made of palm leaf, cane and halfa. I could not figure out what "halfa" is, it is a French word and maybe that's the term for sedge leaf. Mohamed works mats for floors and walls, bags, hats and various other...

  • cheap carpets in open air shops

    Blanket or mat for the floor in the corridors should be distinguished from the carpet which is intended for the room. Both are hand-weaving but the difference is huge. Expensive rug weaving is made entirely from wool fiber origin and of varying thickness. The more is a thread thinner and densely knitted, the carpet is more precious and costs...

  • rich selection of spices

    Traditional Tunisian cuisine is a mixture of various influences, Greek, Arabic, Italian and Spanish, and the common characteristics is that the dishes are hot spicy. In the entire Mediterranean basin food is prepared with a browned flour and that, depending on a type of meat, combined with a variety of spices. Those who are not accustomed to such...

  • Why women go crazy near goldsmith's...

    There are some things that are unexplained to men, not to say mysterious. How is it possible that women unmistakably "smell" where there is a shop with jewelry, in the city in which they have never visited before? In the window of such shop there is always some piece of jewelry that she need to see up close, and when she says "wait just to take a...

  • Ceramics are a great deal

    I did most of my "souveneir " shopping in Tozeur. It was one of the last cities we visited so it made sense to buy it there rather than lug extra stuff all over the country with us! There is an area along the same road as many of the hotels that has a bunch of shops all in a row. I believe they call this area the zone touristique. The best deal by...

  • Tunisian music CD's

    Some contemporary names to watch out for are: Badra Jerjisi, Lotfi Bouchnek, Anouar Braham, Mohammed Zine El Abidine, Latifa Arfaoui, Amina Fakhet, Sofia Sadek, Dhikra Mohammed, Chokri Bouzaine, Noureddine El Beji, Saber Rebai 5-10 dinars - even for CD's you have to bargain a little bit.

  • Ehemmm . . .

    Welcome to the “Boulevard de la Contrabande” ! We are talking about the main road which follows the coast from Libya to Tunis (picture 4). This road is full of stalls selling different things like dates’ juice or pending death beasts (picture 3) but the star of the road is without any doubt the Libyan Oil introduced to the country let’s say. ....

  • Kairouan Carpets

    Kairouan carpets are the most renowned carpets in Tunisia. You can recognise them by its kind of point and by their typical hexagonal designs in the centre. In Kairouan you will find a lot of shops selling carpets, usually inside rich villas in the centre of the medina, like the one on the picture. So if you want to buy a carpet from Tunisia, go to...

  • Shopping in Tunisia

    Of course ill update this tip as soon as i do more mini trips around the country :-D-I like the bracelets of the old medina in Tunis-I don't like the stuff sold in Sidi Bou Said shops. And they are more expensive than in other places!!!-In Monastir's Medina there is a very big big shop selling all kind of souvenirs and local craft. It was the place...

  • Sand roses, minerals and other smiling...

    West of Tunisia is a paradise. It is amazing what nature has created in this area: canyons, desert, green mountains and valleys, turquoise lakes, oases. . . Talking about “shopping” here you will find a lot of stalls selling sand roses, minerals and other smiling stones . Usually the sand rose (picture 2) is the star for tourists, some of them...

  • Daily shopping

    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...

  • Tunisia's carpet capital

    Kairouan is the carpet capital of Tunisia and the main area of Ave 7 Novembre in the Medina is the place you should head to if you want to see/buy them. There are also loads on display in the Maison du Gouverneur which is a museum that doubles as a carpet shop.

  • Haggle hard!

    If you're after souvenirs then you should head for the Medina, especially the narrow alleyways that run from the Bab el Bhar in Tunis at the Medina's eastern entrance. You can buy all sorts of stuff such as brass plates, clothes, shoes, porcelain plates and bowls, leather goods etc. Most of it is pretty tacky but there are some nice items. I have...

  • goverment shops

    these shops can be found in the main tourist areas of tunisia and sell a wide and varied range of gifts, jewelry, clothes, etc.they are air conditioned buildings.clean and airy. you do not get hassled at all, it is not allowed.they sell good quality gear and you probably will pay what you could haggle a market trader down to if not less for better,...

  • Dates

    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...

  • bargains

    nabeul goes on for ecer with literall hundreds of stalls to get your bargains from local crafts and pottery leather goods and novelties clothes and bongs galore whatever they ask for give them athird they will gladly accept

  • Original Jewellery & Gifts

    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...

  • Minerals in Chebika

    If you are a collector of minerals (as I am), Chebika will be a paradise for you. The Atlas mountains are a natural mine of minerals and fossils. Here you can buy them at the lowest prices I've ever seen until now.

  • Go to Tunis

    Go into the centre of Tunis into the Kasbah and just walk through it. You see all soort of things to buy.Get a lot off the price they ask and have a lot of fun.Don't forget where you went in the Kasbah, or you can get lost.

  • Great bargains!!

    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...

  • shop till you drop

    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. T Shirts,leather goods, pottery, wood carvings and spices.Trainers and sports goods. You won't pay alot i was shocked at how cheap everything was,don't forget to haggle.

  • Nabeul Market

    One of north africas largest markets, there are plenty of bargains to be found. Stalls on all of the things you can think of. Look out for wooden ornaments - the tunisians make some lovely sculptures. Some of the leather (most of which is camels)is especially cheap. Dont forget to haggle for all of your goods(as mentioned in local customs tip)

  • Craft store

    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...

  • Shopping For Souvenirs

    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...

  • Clothes

    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. I'd liked the most the woman's clothes. Of course...

  • Terracotta in Tunisia

    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...

  • Desert Roses

    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...

  • Guaranteed quality, without the haggling

    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...


    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...

  • Streetstalls

    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...

  • Fishmarket

    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. I never...

  • Carpets

    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...

  • Souqs: souvenirshops

    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...

  • Fixed Price Shops

    Check out these shops before going to markets or haggling shops to ensure you know the highest price you will ever have to pay. Pottery, pipes (for smoking in moorish cafe), spices (especially harissa) This will be the benchmark for all other haggling. Start well below this price, and walk away if vendors go any higher.



  • Olives and olive oil

    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...

  • Oranges

    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...

  • Boukha and Thibarine.

    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...

  • Wine

    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...

  • Art of haggling

    The souks are where you test your ability to haggle, act, drink mint tea, roll your eyes and beat shopkeepers down to a price where honour and dignity are respected on both sides. Pay too much, and the shopkeeper will despise your stupidity. Offer too little and he will despise your greed. The secrets of success are good will, a sense of humour and...

  • Medina

    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...

  • Carpets in Tunisia.

    Ask your tour guide to take you to the carpet dealers. Usually these businesses deal with tours and cruise ship passengers. We went to one that was situated in the top of an old house and we were served tea while they brought out all kinds of rugs and carpets for us to see. You will spend a lot less for really lovely rugs, than you would back...

  • Tunisian crafts

    I am not generally very big on shopping, and the items that Tunisia offers, hand made rugs, leather and pottery, is not really up my ally. But as in most countries you need to haggle a bit to get the price down to an acceptable level. Shopkeepers are not as aggressive as in many other places, if you decline an offer to take a look in their store...

  • Glass Paintings

    In the market of Houmt Souk in Jerba you will find colorful special glass paintings describing scenes of local legends and from the Kuran.

  • You Want...good price...Asda...

    Tunisia : See the quaint local markets and buy the quality handicrafts from local people.Complete tommy-rot. All you will find is loads of pushy salesmen who double glazing companies would'nt touch with a bargepole.The ceramics are cheaply produced tat for the main part which might suffice for a bar-b-que or as garden ornaments.The leather is made...


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