Flights to Tunis (TUN)

Tunis is a tranquil yet bustling city that packs a punch; visit to indulge in culture, hammams, and astonishing cuisine.
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Tunis, Tunisia

What to do in Tunis

Browse the souks

Tunis’s Medina is known for its colorful souks that sell everything from spices to kitchenware. Start at Bab El-Bahr, but avoid the main tourist areas and go off the beaten track into the more tucked-away alleyways. This is where you’ll catch the city’s real working market.

Bab El-Bahr
Port de France
Rue de la Kasbah
en.tunisientunisie.com/monument-tunisia-bab-el-bhar-porte-de-france

Visit the Théâtre de l’Etoile du Nord

Fancy experiencing the live music scene in Tunis? Then look no further than the Théâtre de l’Etoile du Nord. This no-nonsense garage-turned-music venue hosts a blend of musical performances, ranging from jazz and reggae to hip-hop and heavy metal.

41 Avenue Farhat Hached
+216 71 254 066
facebook.com/theatredeletoiledunorddetunis

Explore the city’s history

It’s well worth taking half a day to walk around the ancient areas of the city. The highlight of your tour should be Al-Zaytuna Mosque, the largest Muslim place of worship in Tunisia, which dates back to the eighth century. Also worth seeing is the National Bardo Museum (or le Musée National du Bardo), which is home to a fascinating collection of Roman mosaics.

The National Bardo Museum
Rue Mongi Slim
2000
+216 71 513 650
bardomuseum.tn

Experience the International Festival of Carthage

If you’re planning your trip to Tunis in the summer, make sure you check out one of the region’s best arts and music festivals. The International Festival of Carthage attracts artists from around the world to a venue that is captivating in itself.

Espace Tunis
Rue 8011
Bloc E—1er Etage Montplaisir
1002
+216 71 902 386
festivaldecarthage.com (French language site)

Experience a hammam

No trip to Tunis would be complete without a scrub in one of the city’s many hammams. These traditional public baths have stood the test of time and visiting them continues to be a ritual in the country. Most locations offer options for both men and women (they are separate). 

tunisia-live.net
lonelyplanet.com/tunisia/tunis/ 

Explore Belvedere Park

Overlooking Lake Tunis, Belvedere Park is absolutely stunning, and the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. Not only is the largest park in Tunis filled with lush green areas and flora, it also houses the city’s Museum of Modern Art and the Tunis Zoo.

Avenue Taieb M’Hiri
+216 71 571 198
tunis.gov.tn/BelvederePark

Where to eat in Tunis

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La Spigola (Seafood)

If it’s fresh seafood you’re after, then La Spigola is the place to be. Once seated, you’ll be presented with a platter of fish to choose from, and your pick is then freshly grilled on the spot. The signature dish is prawns a la gargoulette, cooked with tomato and vegetables.

52 Avenue F Roosevelt
La Goulette
+216 71 738 345
facebook.com/restaurant.la.spigola

Dar El Jeld (Tunisian)

Set in a glorious 18th-century mansion in the heart of the Medina, Dar El Jeld is widely known as Tunis’s most luxurious restaurant. Believe the hype; it serves some of the best local food in the country, and the traditional seafood and lamb dishes are their specialties. Try the seafood couscous.

5 Rue Dar El Jeld
La Kasbah
+216 71 560 916
dareljeld.com

Fondouk El Attarine (Tunisian)

Years ago, Fondouk El Attarine was a caravan pit stop used by traveling salesmen on long journeys. Nowadays, this venue brings together a luxury souk selling artisan jewelry and an elegant restaurant serving fresh and healthy Tunisian food. Go in the evening for live music.

9 Bis Souk El Attarine
Medina
+216 71 322 244
fondoukelattarine.com

El Ali (Tunisian)

This venue consists of the remains of a residential building salvaged during a fire, and the owners of El Ali were able to build something really unique. Part traditional restaurant, part literary haven, this eatery has several levels. Visit the courtyard on the ground floor for a delicious lunch or dinner, or head upstairs to the library cafe.

Rue Jamaa Ezzitouna
+216 71 321 927
facebook.com/elalirestoetcafeculturel

Le Rest’ô de Villa Didon (Mediterranean)

For excellent Mediterranean cuisine paired with magnificent views of the city, Le Rest’ô de Villa Didon is well worth splurging on. With Philippe Starck furnishings and excellent service, this is where the local crowd likes to see and be seen. Leave room for dessert; the vanilla cheesecake is delicious.

Villa Didon Hotel & Spa
Rue Mendes France
Carthage
2016
+216 71 733 433
villadidoncarthage.com/en

Chez Slah (International)

A favorite among locals, Chez Slah is tucked away but is definitely worth seeking out. It's always packed, but wait for a table if you can’t get one immediately. The quality of the meat and seafood dishes is second to none.

14 Rue Pierre de Coubertin
Le Passage
+216 71 258 588
facebook.com/Chez-Slah

Places to stay in Tunis

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Hotel Tiba

This fantastic mid-range hotel offers comfortable rooms and brilliant service. It's located right in the heart of Tunis's city center, so all the hustle and bustle of the Medina area is just a 5-minute walk away and you’re never far from the souks and other major attractions.

Rue Ali Bach Hamba
+216 71 240 322
hoteltiba.com

Samarons Hotels

Close to Belvedere Park, this hip and modern boutique hotel is perfect if you are looking to stay in the nouvelle quarter of Tunis. All of the rooms are spacious, and they even come with a private spa bath, great for relaxing before bedtime.

Avenue Hédi Nouira
Ariana
+216 29 909 709
samaronshotels.com

Hotel Paris Concorde

This four-star property makes a good base for sightseeing, as it’s located within the vicinity of El Menzah Dome, Dah Dah Happy Land Entertainment Park, and El Menzah Stadium. And it stays true to its name, oozing Parisian charm with a twist of Tunisian hospitality.

Rue du Lac Turkana
1053
+216 71 107 500
parishoteltunis.com

Dar El Yasmine

This quaint little guesthouse has an outdoor swimming pool along with a garden—perfect for a relaxing day in the sun. But the highlight of this serene escape from the Medina (a 20-minute drive away) is the gorgeous, homemade breakfast that’s served on the veranda every morning.

7 Rue Cheikh Mohamed Ennakhli
Sokra
2036
+216 25 328 268
darelyasmine.tn/en

Dar Ben Gacem

Located in the heart of the Medina, and just 12 km from Tunis-Carthage International Airport, Dar Ben Gacem makes its guests feel like royalty. The hotel brings together the best of both worlds: traditional decor with all the modern conveniences.

38 Rue du Pacha
1006
+216 71 563 742
darbengacem.com

Villa 78

This beautiful villa-turned-guesthouse is just a 5-minute walk from Belvedere Park and Tunis Zoo. The property has a garden with a terrace, and each of the classically decorated rooms comes with its own private seating area. Villa 78 organizes daily walking tours, which you can book if you fancy heading out with a group.

78 Avenue Mohamed V
Jeanne d'Arc
+216 71 840 589
villa78tunis.com