Top choice Cafe

in Medina
Erin Harvey / Lonely Planet
Erin Harvey / Lonely Planet

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 a Orientalist cliché, but its charm quickly overrides such judgments. A capacious two-tiered rear terrace with view of the Zitouna Mosque's minaret is equally alluring.

Upstairs, a touristy restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday, though sadly, our experience would suggest that this aspect is best avoided.