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Top Choice Medina in Medina


This sprawling maze of ancient streets and alleyways is one of the most impressive medieval medinas in North Africa and one of Tunisia's great treasures. It's home to numerous covered souqs selling everything from s…
Top Choice Souq in Medina

Souq des Chechias

A medina highlight, this hugely atmospheric souq is filled with exquisitely decorated shops producing and selling chechias, Tunisia's traditional blood-red felt caps. In the 17th century, when this souq was built, a…
Top Choice Cafe in Medina


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 …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts 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 ori…
Top Choice Tunisian in Medina

Dar El Jeld

Pass through the bee-yellow front door in this 18th-century mansion and a magnificent courtyard dining space will be theatrically revealed. Start with the mixed appetiser plate (delicious!) and then consider orderin…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts 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, clothin…
Top Choice Tunisian in Medina

Café Culturel El Ali

This is indeed a cultured hideaway. A converted house with atmospheric wood-beamed ceilings, stained-glass windows and a rooftop terrace, it serves excellent breakfast platters, hot drinks and fruit smoothies in its…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Medina


There are many delights in the medina, but very few are food related. An exception to this rule, Doken serves excellent Mediterranean-accented food (including vegie options) at ridiculously low prices. Opt for a set…
Top Choice Cafe 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.
Art 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 …