Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceCafe in Medina

M’Rabet

M’Rabet

There's no shortage of characterful cafes and restaurants in the medina, but this one tops them all. The downstairs space with its arches, rug-adorned platform seating and painted columns may initially present as...

Top ChoiceCafe in Centre Ville

La Casa del Caffè

Stop the presses and send hallelujahs to the heavens! This cafe facing the Tunis Ville train station employs baristas who know their trade and use freshly ground Illy beans to make their Italian-style coffee. It...

Top ChoiceBar in Centre Ville

Le Malouf

The Ville's best bar is hidden behind a high wall and yellow door that give no hint of the bohemian scene that unfolds within. Tables and bar stools are scattered around a treed courtyard, DJs spin a variety of...

Top ChoiceCafe in Medina

Café Chaouachine

A mass of tables set in passageways under the vaulted arches of the medina's most atmospheric souq, this cafe is popular with locals of all ages and genders. It's a great spot for a mint tea, coffee or shisha.

Bar in Tunis

Habibi

Habibi serves up excellent cocktails in an interior that fuses the modern with the 1950s, as well as in a softly lit courtyard, and drinks can be paired with food from Bistro Nippon in an exciting collaboration....

Cafe in Medina

Panorama Medina Cafe

This mosaic-adorned rooftop cafe in a dilapidated building behind the Zitouna Mosque can be hard to find, but its view over the mosque courtyard is the best in the medina. It's extremely popular with local...

Cafe in Sidi Bou Saïd

Café des Nattes

Café des Nattes

Fronted by steep steps that feature in many tourist photographs, this traditional cafe has hosted André Gide, Paul Klee, Simone de Beauvoir and many other bohemian types over its long history. Its...

Bar in La Marsa

Le Carpe Diem

A favourite with the young expat crowd, this unpretentious venue is the place to be if you want to dance until the early hours fuelled by tequila shots. During winter, the indoor venue can get a little smoky; in...

Bar in La Marsa

Dar El Marsa

Dar El Marsa

Sweeping 360-degree views of La Marsa Beach and the Carthage hills are on offer at this all-season bar/restaurant on the roof terrace of the fashionable hotel Dar El Marsa. The drinks aren’t too expensive, and...

Bar in Tunis

Wax Bar

Wax Bar

Not just another bar, Wax is a don't-miss on the Tunis party scene, especially for vinyl nerds, who will relish the opportunity to exchange records with the bar's own collection. Expect an eclectic range of live...

Tea Garden in Carthage

Punic'Art

After a day of sightseeing, there are few better rewards than enjoying a leisurely tea or coffee at this outdoor cafe overlooking the Gulf of Tunis and the ancient Punic ports. In cooler or inclement weather,...

Bar in Tunis

Tiki Bar

Tiki Bar is one of the original scene setters for the new wave of beach bars that have popped up along the Gammarth coastline. Located on the beach in front of the Ramada Plaza hotel, it gets the balance of fun...

Beer Garden in Tunis

Villa Les Palmes

Villa Les Palmes

This relaxed garden is a sweet spot in downtown Tunis to enjoy a drink with friends. It's one of the only places serving alcohol al fresco in the centre of town, and the wooden seating set within the greenery of...

Cafe in Centre Ville

Art'Cafe

The comfy couches in this cavernous space with its jaunty black-and-red decorative scheme are popular with young locals of both genders. Positives include the fact that the large interior and high ceilings mean...

Cafe in La Marsa

Café Le Saf Saf

La Marsa's most famous, best-loved and most traditional cafe has seating in a lovely tiled courtyard with shady trees – perfect for a leisurely tea or coffee break. The action picks up on summer nights, when the...

Cafe in Centre Ville

Cercle des Amis du Théâtre National

Undeniably arty, this cafe in the foyer of the Théâtre National Tunisien Le 4ème Art is a great place for a coffee or tea during the day. Top marks are awarded for its friendly multilingual staff, non-smoking...

Bar in Tunis

Yüka

Yüka

Hang with the cool kids of Tunis while listening to top Tunisian and international DJs play all-night-long sessions at Yüka. In summer, enjoy pool parties and soak up the sun and views on the terrace. The fun...

Cafe in Centre Ville

Caféteria Cafés Ben Yedder

Cafés Ben Yedder is Tunisia's best-loved coffee roastery and its modern non-smoking cafe occupies a building near the Marché Centrale where the company has been based since 1934. Good espresso and cappuccino are...

Cafe in Tunis

La Croisette du Lac

Overlooking the lake and surrounded by fairy lights and a family atmosphere, this place on the Corniche has a front terrace that's a great stop if you're after a cold drink, coffee or tea. It’s especially...

Cafe in La Marsa

Café Houasse

Opposite the famous Café Le Saf Saf and with just as much atmosphere, this traditional cafe has a charming interior with high ceilings, tile-lined walls and plenty of old photographs. The tempo is laid-back but...