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Top Choice Medina in Kairouan

Medina

Kairouan’s medina feels like it ebbs and flows to a different rhythm to modern Tunisia. Long protected by its monumental walls and babs (gates), most of it is given over to quiet residential streets that have change…
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Sandwich Stand

Head to this busy sandwich stand next to Bab Ech Chouhada in the medina to enjoy a fabulously fresh and tasty sandwich stuffed with a mix of mechouia (paste made with green pepper, tomato, onion, garlic and spices),…
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Dar Hassine Allani

For a unique experience, ring the bell of this late-18th-century dar and ask for a tour and tea (10DT). The friendly multilingual young women working here will outline the history of the house and show you around. A…
Mosque in Kairouan

Great Mosque

Also known as Sidi Okba Mosque, after the founder of Kairouan who built the first mosque on this site in AD 670, this is North Africa’s holiest Islamic site. The original mosque was completely destroyed, and most of…
Arts & Crafts in Kairouan

Société Tapis Allani

Medina touts work hard to lure tourists into this rug shop inside an 18th-century residence of the former beys (or pashas) of Kairouan; they'll usually tell you that there's a special cultural festival being held th…
Tunisian in Kairouan

Dar Abderrahman Zarrouk

In summer, you can dine in the open-air courtyard of this historic house near the Great Mosque; in winter, the ornately decorated salons come into their own. Food is traditional and tasty, featuring unusual dishes s…
Tomb in Kairouan

Zaouia of Sidi Abid Al Ghariani

Dating from the 14th century, this two-storey complex features horseshoe arches painted in black and white, marble columns with carved capitals, a painted Moorish-style ceiling and plenty of fine woodcarving, tiles …
Bazaar in Kairouan

Makhroud Bazaar

Just off the medina's major pedestrian thoroughfare, this bazaar next to Restaurant Marhaba is dedicated to Kairouan's much-loved makhroud (date-filled semolina pastries soaked in honey). Expert pastry chefs produce…
Pastries in Kairouan

Patisserie Segni

Its distinctive peppermint-green interior resembles a wedding cake decorated with lurid marzipan icing, but don't let this put you off, as Segni is the best pâtisserie in town and bakes a staggering array of the loc…
Tunisian in Kairouan

Restaurant Sabra

Expect a warm welcome and efficient service at this extremely clean place just off Pl des Martyrs. Tasty staples such as brik (filled savoury pastry) and couscous dominate the menu and are enjoyed in the pleasant li…