Shopping in Tunisia

  • Shopping in Tunis

    Jolla

    As the pioneers of the ‘carton’ furniture movement and the first designers of these products in Africa, Jolla stocks a range of surprisingly hardy and ecofriendly cardboard furniture pieces as well as accessories, clothes and jewellery from other designers. Browse a range of wares from designers across the region, stocked because of Jolla's focus on charitable foundations and ecological products.

  • Shopping in Medina

    Kandinsky Art Gallery

    The medina has more than its fair share of shops selling junk masquerading as antiques and artworks unworthy of that appellation, but this shop/gallery isn't one of them. Quality is the hallmark here, as evident in the old books, prints, paintings and objets d'art offered for sale.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Medina

    Ed Dar

    Up winding tiled stairs, the rooms of this traditional dar are filled with rugs, textiles and antique musical instruments; downstairs there’s everything from antique Tabarkan coral charms to puppets. The house’s original kitchen is still in place, plus there’s a pretty rooftop that you can ask to visit. The charming owners – brothers – are happy to show visitors around.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Medina

    La Maison de L'Artisan

    Top-quality Tunisian handicrafts are artfully displayed in the upstairs and side salons of this handsome funduq (caravanserai) in the heart of the medina. Babouches (traditional slippers), scarves, ceramics, clothing, perfumes, copperware, rugs and jewellery are on offer, meaning that you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to sourcing gifts or indulging in a frenzy of personal shopping.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Erriadh

    Espace G2L

    Italian owned and exhibiting the sleek style that modern Italy is known for, this concept store sells quality items including Amarante toiletries, stylish clothing in natural fabrics, contemporary ceramics and gourmet produce (cheese, oils etc).

  • Shopping in La Marsa

    Amarante

    Located on the road to Gammarth, this boutique stocks toiletries, cosmetics, jewellery, hand towels and leather goods manufactured in Tunisia and marketed by well-known Paris-based brand Amarante. It's known for perfumes and orange-flower- or jasmine-scented body products. Pricey but nice.

  • Shopping in Sidi Bou Saïd

    Galerie Yasmine

    Tucked behind Café des Nattes, this Aladdin’s cave of a souvenir shop is a good place to pick up some traditional Tunisian handicrafts. Owner Ibrahim welcomes all passers-by with a big smile before retreating to allow pressure-free browsing of the huge selection of rugs and ceramics.

  • Shopping in Sidi Bou Saïd

    Rock the Kasbah

    Philippe Xerri's boutique sells homewares and furniture that meld traditional Tunisian designs and contemporary French chic, with the one-off showroom pieces housed in a beautiful old building. Look out for the snazzy range of cushions and olivewood kitchenware.

  • Shopping in La Marsa

    XYZ Concept Store

    A favourite expat shopping haunt, this cool concept store close to the Marsa Plage train station stocks an eclectic range of clothes, jewellery and homewares. Most items are sourced in France, but there are usually a few pieces by local designers, too.

  • Shopping in Medina

    Le Berbere

    There are plenty of shops selling babouches (traditional slippers) in the medina, but this one is a cut above the others in terms of the style and quality of what's on offer.

  • Shopping in La Marsa

    Maison de Senteurs

    This is the La Marsa branch of the Tunisian company known for its floral-scented perfumes and body products made using natural extracts.

  • Shopping in Ain Draham

    Les Tapis de Kroumirie

    Bold, colourful carpets and handbags, many decorated with simple, traditional Berber motifs, are woven in Ain Draham by a small women’s cooperative called Les Tapis de Kroumirie. It aims both to provide employment for poor women and to preserve local carpet-making traditions, and at their workshop, you can see women working the looms and buy the result.

  • Shopping 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 there for one day only. It's worth visiting for the building, which is a sumptuous showpiece of carved woodwork, marble latticework, plaster moulding and tiles.

  • Shopping in La Marsa

    Magasin Ahmed Labidi

    On La Marsa's main square, this place sells a large range of colourful traditional Tunisian tunics and robes, and while they’re no better in quality than those you’ll find in the souq, they’re competitively priced and the owner is a helpful and refreshingly low-pressure saleswoman. Look for the 'Artisanat La Marsa' sign.

  • Shopping in Centre Ville

    Deyma

    This upmarket shop sells Tamerza dates au naturale, stuffed with pistachio paste and dried apricots, or covered in sesame seeds. By the bag, they are pricier than you’ll find in supermarkets, but the boxed assortments make lovely gifts. It also has locally produced date soaps, olive oil and olive paste.

  • Shopping in Medina

    Maison de Senteurs

    Facing the main entrance to the Zitouna Mosque, this gorgeous boutique sells perfumes for women and men, soaps, cosmetics and toiletries. For a great gift, look no further than the hammam sets, which include a fouta (cotton bath towel), soaps, massage oil, body lotion and exfoliation glove.

  • Shopping in Carthage

    Fahrenheit 451

    This stylish shop has a lovingly curated, refreshingly serious collection of books, including a good selection of locally themed photography titles, plus a small collection of ceramics, jewellery and toys for sale. There are also changing art exhibitions, occasional talks and performances.

  • Shopping in Centre Ville

    Fondation Essalem Mains des Femmes

    Selling traditional handicrafts (rugs, scarves, napery, jewellery and clothing) made by women in disadvantaged parts of southern and central Tunisia, this nonprofit women's cooperative is a good place to source souvenirs. Walk through the office to find the retail section.

  • Shopping in La Marsa

    Zina

    The stylishly reimagined traditional glass and metal pendant light fittings, gorgeous linen, candles and furniture sold at this chic boutique may put you in danger of paying an excess-baggage charge on your way home, but it will be worth every millime.

  • Shopping in Houmt Souk

    Aries Djerba

    One of a slowly growing number of chic boutiques on Djerba, this business stocks textiles made by Tunisian artisans, including women's clothing in natural fabrics, foutas (cotton bath towels) and scarves. It also stocks ceramics and soaps.