Shopping in Tunisia. What to bring from Tunisia?

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What to buy in Tunisia?

Сувениры из Туниса

Every tourist while vacationing in Tunisia, certainly asks the question: "What to bring from Tunisia to gift? What the Tunisian Souvenirs, you can surprise family and friends?"

The range of products provided in Tunisia is diverse, and is represented by local goods. In the shops, stores and markets you can buy everything from consumer goods to Souvenirs. Branded items here are not much cheaper than in their "Motherland", and they are found only in the capital, Tunis.

Popular Souvenirs from Tunisia can be identified: traditional carpets, coinage, pottery, hookah, leather goods, gold and silver, spices.

Real Tunisian carpets, excellent quality can be purchased elsewhere, but, of course, a carpet weaving center is the city of Kairouan. Carpets are made mostly by hand from wool and silk using natural dyes. Due to the high quality, this carpet will last you a long service. It can be repeatedly washed and the color does not fade. With the purchase of this rug, note that it should be a quality certificate, which is attached to the underside of the carpet seal. The price of carpet varies from a few hundred dollars to several thousand US depending on size, material of manufacture.

Сувениры из Туниса

Leather goods are quite popular among tourists because of the good dressing. To buy leather products can be in stores specializing in the sale of such goods, and the markets. In this market they are much cheaper, however, to run into a fake or the product is of poor quality chances a lot. And therefore it is recommended to purchase leather in large or specialized stores that provide quality guarantee for the goods sold. Assortment of goods is great – it bags various styles, colors and sizes, belts, sandals, wallets, purse, garments. Bag, on average, can be purchased from $ 40, flip – flops- from 15-20 dollars.

Pottery is represented by plates and bowls of different shapes and sizes, cups in the shape of a camel, lamps, wall tiles and so on Color palette and patterns on products will not leave you indifferent, immediately want to buy something. The lamps cost about 4 dollars.

Copper plates and other utensils, patterns or inscriptions on which beat in your presence is a great memory of the trip.

Gold and silver jewelry: earrings, bracelets, chains, pendants, rings and other jewelry, are popular among tourists because of high quality and exquisite forms of decoration. It should be repeated that buying such products is in large stores, where you will provide quality assurance and product authenticity.

Hookah lovers here, "expanse." Hookahs in different shapes, colors and sizes you can buy everywhere, but you can ask the seller whether the chosen instance decorative, otherwise to use it you will fail. It is recommended to buy tobacco for Shisha in place.

Souvenirs in Tunisia just a "dime a dozen". The eyes diverge. We also note the most popular and interesting.

Керамика в Тунисе

Souvenirs from Tunisia to remind the inhabitants and tourists about its history related to the period of Carthage, – figures of soldiers, busts of generals, Carthaginian columns.

Special interest tourists is the so-called "sand rose" - natural formation resembling a stone flower. The price ranges from 1 to 3 Dinar (currency of Tunisia).

From Souvenirs-symbols it is worth noting the symbol, made in the form of palm, also called the "Hand of Fatima" or "Kamsa". Its residents are considered a means of protection from the evil eye and spoilage, and carry as a keychain or pendant.

Among the Souvenirs that reflect the African essence, there are: drums, whose body is made of clay, and the top covered with leather (depending on size are from 10 Dinar). Pictures and plates loose inside layers of colored sand, depicting, for example, walking in the desert camel or oasis or camels made of different materials. Various African masks.

Will treat their loved ones by these dates and Oriental sweets, not to forget the olive oil. Dates, on average, cost about 5 dinars per kg and olive oil for about 10-15 dinars per liter. Tunisia's favorable climate for growing grapes, but because it produces good wine. The best sort of wine is considered Magon (bottle from 10-15 Dinar).

Where to buy in Tunisia?

To buy in Tunisia, can be everything in the many stores, shops, markets and fairs.

In resort towns there are large public supermarkets Monoprix and General, where you can buy everything you need from food to clothes and household chemicals. Network General is more famous and, the reason that only here you can buy alcohol. While working supermarkets depending on the season varies in winter from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 18.45 in the summer - from 7.30 to 15.00.

In addition, there is a huge number of shops and stalls that belong to people, also sells food and various everyday goods. Working time usually is: in winter - from 9.00 to 19.00 lunch break from 12.00 to 15.00, don't work on weekend (Friday, Sunday) and holidays; in summer from 8.00 to 20.00, break from 12.00 till 16.00. During Ramadan (beginning of lent) – from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 19.00 to 21.00. In Tunisia there is a huge supermarket of the same name - Tunis also has a large range of products (household appliances, clothes, shoes, baby products and toys, perfume and more) and food.

In the shops in the hotels sell commodities, but it is worth considering that the prices here are quite overpriced, however, and they work without breaks and late.

One of the features of Tunisia are fair days held in some major cities in the morning (from 7.00 to 13.00). They represented local goods (Souvenirs, clothing, agricultural products). Among the most famous: in Kairouan, Houmt Souk Souk (Djerba island) - on Mondays; in Ahjumma (o.) on Wednesdays; in Hammamet, Houmt Souk Souk (Djerba O.) on Thursdays; in Midoun (Djerba O.), Mahdia, Nabeul, Sfax, Monastir - Fridays; in Monastir on Saturday; in Sfax, Sousse on Sundays.

Particularly noteworthy shopping in the Medina (or old city or the Arab quarter). Medina is in the most important Tunisian cities, and has a large area enclosed with a stone wall, inside which are located a number of shopping stalls and shops, and artisan workshops producing traditional local products: embossing, silver and gold, ceramics and so on. This fascinating walk through the narrow streets with the old buildings in Arabic style with traditional houses, mendalami, with the usual bustle of traders of various goods, will not leave you indifferent. Medina, considered one of the main attractions of any major city in the state.

Useful tips

  • Bargaining is an inherent part of the Tunisian market. In fact, it is adopted here. Not traded only in big malls and places with fixed prices. If a good trade can bring down the price by 50-80%. And the price, apparently, does not depend on the point of sale of the goods, nor their quality, and the mood of the seller.
  • Expensive products are better to buy in the shops, because there is quality control of products. Yes, and to exchange the goods, in case of detection of flaws, it will be easier than buying it on the market or in the small shop.
  • When making expensive purchases, it is recommended to keep receipts, which may require the passage of the customs control when leaving the country.
  • High-quality and inexpensive Souvenirs sold in the Museum of Bordeaux, near the capital.

Successful you shopping in Tunisia!

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Natalia D. 26 August, 2018
And I went to Tunisia this year for the second time. Last year was on the island of Djerba, this year in Hammamet. Both times very much! If last year enjoyed the beauty of the island, the service and hospitality of the hotel, this time came to Hammamet, budget three. Yes, the hotel is different from the 4 and 5 key but we deliberately chose this hotel. What a wonderful tour, beautiful sea, clean beach. The attitude towards us, Russian is very friendly. All the Tunisians we smile and say how like Russian. I'm surprised reading previous reviews. Do not know can be due to the fact that we were friendly disposed, and therefore to us as the same...the Animators of the hotel was very upset when we left, helped us with our Luggage, took photos for memory, some left their contacts. No one touched, not abused, was not theft. The guests loved it!!! ...
Zlata August 30, 2018
All kind time of day!
Went this year in August.
Liked it very much. Yes, there are disadvantages. But tell me, where doesn't?! If you look for only the negatives, they can gather a whole bunch in any country.
What of the downsides? Garbage. Yes, he's everywhere. But it doesn't smell bad, as some write, it is scattered with plastic bottles, bags, paper. Here, however, and all the disadvantages.
As for the local population. So blame yourself. How You feel about them, and they to You. The backlash has not been canceled. So want to have You warmly and friendly greeted, be nice to them. Tunisians are hospitable, welcoming and friendly. There was not a single case of even evil and look in our direction. So, as the saying goes: "If face is crooked...." Read Krylov. Moreover, quite interesting to talk to. I will say a few greetings in their language, and they simply melt away, ready to help You with everything.
Everywhere you can meet the police, so security don't worry.
What to see in the country? There are a couple of good excursions:
1. Day trips to Carthage, Sidi Bou said, Tunis (the capital);
2. Two days into the Sahara, the Colosseum, Kairouan, an oasis of Chebika, salt marshes.
I recommend very beautiful pictures are obtained, and the information informative.
So, friends, do not look for the negative, that is enough in our hard life in Russia. Rest with pleasure and bring only positive emotions.
Good luck! ...
EdDDgAR August 30, 2018
Stay in principle bad can not be, and to learn something new is also very круто0 ...
Александр20082018 16 September, 2018
Vacationing in Tunisia in August, cockroaches in the room caught 2 times and 2 times on on the doors in the room about ants and aseret I vopsche silent. Lived in a Bungalow Aqua Park Spa 4ka . The Russians really don't like pesnite yourself that you are second grade. Will suit the Germans, the Europeans and automatically you are already standing behind them, and they serve out of turn. Went to Monastir and really quite messy, no wonder so many flies, who eat together from the same plate. In monastire us ran tunisis learn that we are Russian began to tell me how and where to go and where prices are cheaper, adding that Russian tourists 60% and if not they Tunisia would come kirdyk. This is the only Tunisian who was interested in Russian) . Yes, the tour is divided into foreigners and Russians together with the Baltic States. Impressions of the country are not unambiguous. But there is more than just not going. In Russian they understand when you want to. ...
Nadezhda Nikolaevna Sep 18, 2018
Hi all! Vacationing in Tunisia in Hammamet in September this year,the 4 star hotel Mirage.Think the rest will get what he wants.Settled immediately upon arrival without regard to the country,the staff is very friendly,all smiles,tried to talk,I ask how are you,like here or not.Was on 2 day trips in the Sahara.That's impressive.Drove almost throughout Tunisia,was a great guide,learned a lot.About the dirt guide also made explanations-the country is beginning to live again.By the way,yesterday went on the train to Paveletsky station.So on the way we saw so many abandoned debris that Tunisia never dreamed of.Take a look around,we, too, not all smooth and clean.And Tunisia the beautiful sea,the Sahara,with clean hotels and ordinary people,who also earn money in any way they can:sell,clean ,cook in hotels.By the way,the food was tasty and varied.A lot of fruit. ...
greekorn 19 September, 2018
Dear fellow citizens, always you will be treated the way you deserve))) Arrived in Tunisia alone, I went to the Gare de Tunis (railway station), and when I realized that at 8 PM in Sousse I can't go back (though I do not understand why), went on Stasen de luazh (on the bus) where just over 10 dinars very quickly left, got in 2 hours)) Roam on any streets, at any time and many people come to chat, say like Russia, constantly shouting "Russia" "Moscow" Saint-Petersburg" and the like))) Local cops in the amount of 4pcs, standing near his car in the square at night when nobody is around and there is no longer, waving, beckoning, well-chatted with them, laughed and I went to sleep with the road) And when you ambition and eternally disgruntled face something to ask or even appear anywhere and behave with people prinebrezhitelno and like a servant, it certainly would be awful for you, and everywhere))) And I want to say - sit at home or out in the countryside drove on vacation)) ...
Valena 17 October, 2018

Here I agree completely! Golden words! ...
Annarelli 8 August, 2019
Good afternoon.
Tunisia is an interesting country, and strange for our culture. As always there is a lot of positive , there are negative. But for the rest it is not mikroshemka of mold in the room to do, and try to relax, someone like seal on the beach, someone backpack behind and places of interest. There were kids last year in hotel Thapsus mahdija of the hotel is stated as a 3*, I liked everything and the sea and the hotel and catering and excursions planned, I do not like organized tours. This year we're going to the Sahara beach and I hope too it will be perfect. Did not notice the neglect of Russian, if you behave properly, then you will have the same attitude. ...
Swallow 7 December, 2019

There is something in Tunisia children to watch? Type zoos, aquariums, and other prikolyuh? Or purely cultural heritage are for adults? Children are small and tours are obviously not for them. ...
admin 7 December, 2019

Basically as far as I know such entertainment is only within individual complexes, and so separately, do not recall. Of course to take advantage of the on-site hotels, you need to live there, not allowed. ...