In 2014 the Tunisian capital Tunis has entered the National Geographic Traveller’s annual ranking of the world’s top travel destinations. To many people, Tunisia presents itself as an excellent example of a Mediterranean country that is also part of the Arab and African world due to the dynamism of its society. It is also a country that marvelously combines tradition and modernity. Finally Tunisia is a country which succeeds in combining its own indefinable charm with other, European-like qualities.
Writer and law student Wafa Ben Hassine’s tips if you’re in Tunis…
- Dar Ben Gacem:Hidden between the narrow streets of the medina is Dar Ben Gacem, an upscale bed-and-breakfast where Tunisian heritage reigns supreme. Be sure to stop by, and make sure you talk with the project’s mastermind, Leila Ben Gacem, while there.
Get in touch: 71 563 742
Get here: 38 Rue du Pacha, La Medina, Tunis.
- Villa 78: Also a bed and breakfast, Villa 78 has a garden café in the back that is bound to help you unwind after a long day. The café offers espresso drinks, breakfast and brunch, as well as alcoholic drinks.
Get in touch: 71 840 589
Get here: 78 Mohamed V Avenue, Tunis.
- Foundouq el-Attarine: A unique combination between restaurant and boutique, Foundouq el-Attarine is a two-storey establishment that offers lunch and dinner every weekday and live maalouf music (Tunisian adaptation of Andalusian tunes) every Saturday from 17:00-19:00. Beyond the interior design of the place and the boutiques upstairs, the food is delicious!
Get in touch: 71 322 244
Get here: 9 bis Souk el Attarine, La Medina, Tunis.