Souk it and sightsee

TUNIS: All the top attractions of Africa’s northernmost capital city, according to one in-the-know local

“Tunis is a city of contrasts: you can sip mint tea nd watch the world go by from one of the traditional cafes in the Old Town, you can play golf surrounded by

Riadh Mnif

Riadh Mnif, 45, lives and works in Tunis

palm trees by the lake, or you can up the ante and join the kitesurfers at the beach,” says Riadh Mnif, a local tourism expert who organises adventure sports excursions at Camp Mars, a small tented desert village in the Sahara. “The architecture here is breathtaking – the Medina of Tunis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the colossal Al-Zaytuna mosque and is a must-see. By day you should wander around the Old Town’s maze of narrow alleyways with its souks and food stalls, before heading over to the waterfront for dinner. After that there are cool chilled-out bars and the nightclub up the road at La Marsa where you can party the night away.”  


Top Five: Mnif’s Best of tunis

1 À Table
15, Rue El Moez
“The three guys who run this place are very passionate about the fine food they sell. They’re always happy to give you recipe ideas, and you won’t find better olive oil anywhere else in Tunis.”


À Table

2 Ashkan
Les Berges du Lac 2
“This boutique stocks crossover clothing inspired by modern pieces and retro North African styles. A lot of people thought the Tunisian look died out years ago, but it’s big right now.”


3 Blanko Kitesurf Club
La Marsa
“Tunisia’s top kitesurfers hone their skills here during the day before revellers dance the night away by the beach to great house tunes. Order a caipirinha – Blanko has the best in the city.”


4 Fondouk el Attarine
Médina 1006
“The atmosphere inside this old-world arcade is incredible. You’ll find the unique works of expert jewellers, rug- and hat-makers, potters and high-end fashion designers. Don’t forget to haggle.”

Fondouk el attarine

5, avenue Taïeb Mhiri, Marsa
“This tip is for the culture vultures. At L’Agora you can either go to young local musicians’ gigs or see works by up-and-coming artists. There’s also a cinema showing Tunisian films with English subtitles.”



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What to do when you leave tunis

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