Insider Guide to Gammarth Tunis

June 11, 2021

There’s something for everyone in Gammarth. The archaeological sites of Carthage and ancient Roman baths are waiting for you to explore, and you can eat like a local by getting street food from vendors. With a glass of Mint Tea in your hands and our insider guide to Gammarth Tunis, you can take in the view of the sunset over the beautiful coastline.

When you reach the neighbourhood of Gammarth, you know that you are in one of the most affluent areas of Tunis, with its luxuriously designed villas, its modern architecture, its hills overlooking the sea and some of the most prestigious hotels in Tunisia.

Things to Do in Gammarth Tunis

Sip

Coffee lovers may any to get a feel of local life, as Tunisians love coffee. Take a 5-minute ride towards La Marsa and get some traditional coffee beans from Café Ben Yedder, and if you have the time, order an Arabic coffee with a piece of Bejaouia or Kaak warka.

Kaak Warqa and a traditional coffee

While staying in Tunisia, you can’t miss the Mint Tea, a traditional Tunisian drink served with pine nuts or almonds that is usually served at the end of a meal. If you are in Sidi Bou Said, you can have a cup of mint tea with fresh almonds and a sunset view from the Café des Arts. You can also have a Fresh Strawberry juice or a coffee and a quick bite at Café Journal, which is a great place to calm down from the noise within the city.

Are you a wine connoisseur? You can’t miss the Gris de Tunisie, the wine that Tunisia is most known for. Rosé wines are popular in Tunisia, and the Chateau Mornags Rosé is a local favourite that you can try.

Taste

For lunch, you can fill your stomach with a delicious couscous, the national dish of Tunisia. Head over to L’Arbre à Couscous, to try homey and authentic Tunisian flavours. The restaurant is a favourite among the locals, where you can have a different type of couscous every day of the week.

Photo at the courtesy of L’Arbre à Couscous

You may be familiar to Shakshouka? In Tunisia, Try some Ojja, a popular Tunisian starter made with tomatoes, eggs, and aromatic spices. For lunch, you can fill your stomach with a delicious couscous, the national dish of Tunisia. Grab some Brik, a thin fried pastry with runny egg filling inside, and get it from a street food stand for an authentic taste of local flavours.

Ojja

If you are craving seafood with a lovely view, head to La Goulette, the Tunis port known for its traditional restaurants and bubbly atmosphere.  If you prefer a more refined dinner option, then head to Le Grand Bleu, serving seafood and Tunisian cuisine, a good wine selection with a superb sea over the Mediterranean.

Sweet tooth will love Sidi Bou Said’s bambalouni, an artisanal doughnut, which you can find with a bargain there.

Explore

You can take a deep dive into Tunisia’s history by visiting the Carthage National Museum and admiring the remains of this Phoenician city scattered across the city. Of course, you can’t miss the Medina near La Goulette. With ancient palaces, mosques, madrasas, mausoleums, and fountains, this historical quarter has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979, and it is a heaven for history buffs and lovers of architecture.

Carthage, Tunis

Shop

Take some time to wander the streets of La Marsa to get the most out of the city’s enthralling ambience. You could stop by Maison des Senteurs to get wonderful fragrances for your body and home. Fashionistas will love Lyoum, a concept store selling quality prêt-à-porter and lifestyle items with delicate Mediterranean influences. You can also pay a visit to the XY Concept Store, where you will find arty collections of souvenirs and home-design crafts made by Tunisian artists and designers.

Photo at the courtesy of The XYZ Concept Store

For a less urban and more colourful day, Sidi Bou Said is awaiting with its art galleries and many traditional stores selling pottery, portraits, and souvenirs.

Chill

Gammarth is also home to an endless coast of public beaches, that are usually crowded on summery weekends. You can chill during the day at Yüka, a beach bar where Tunisian like to spend the day or have sundowners, party and sing along with live music bands.

Zaouia Sidi Bou Said, Tunis

Take your time to breathe in the scent of Tunisia and admire the mesmerising architecture in Sidi Bou Said. The village is a little touristy, but it’s also the meeting place of locals on weekends and summer days. While you are there, make sure to go down the stairs of Sidi Bou Said all the way to the hidden spot below, where you get an astonishing view of the sea. Remember that every step of stairs you set foot on represents a saint in the village. If you are looking for even more beautiful views, one spot cannot be missed – Zaouia of Sidi Bou Said. It might be your lucky day and the Muezzin takes you all the way to the top to have a look at a breathtaking view of the whole Tunis.

Party

At the end of the day, the fun is just beginning at the vivacious bars, clubs and restaurants in Gammarth! We loved Tangerine, a rooftop bar to enjoy a refreshing drink and some tasty appetizers. El Firma is another buzzing option, where you’ll savour delicious dishes in a beautiful alfresco setting on summer nights. With live music, you can dance there until very late, just as the locals do.

Cocktails in Gammarth, Tunis

Stay

Stay in the coastal part of Tunis: La Marsa to explore the characteristic shops on the streets of this town, Carthage to add a dash of history and culture to your trip or Gammarath and its buzzing nightlife scene. Lovers of big resorts and chain hotels can find what they need in the touristic zone of Gammarth. Seekers of a more authentic form of hospitality can find a selection of upper-scale guesthouses and boutique hotels closer to the residential area of Gammarth and La Marsa.

Gammarth by evening

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