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. It is mostly a residential area. On an early morning or a lovely warm evening, the Tunisois (Tunis residents) find comfort and serenity in a walk alongside the green scenery, sneaking a peek from one tree to another at the beautiful coastline of Gammarth.
A ride to La Marsa, to get a feel of the local life
To get a feel of local life, you can start with a 5 minute ride towards La Marsa. Make sure to pick up some traditional coffee beans from Café Ben Yedder, and if you have the time, order an Arabic coffee with a Bejaouia or Kaak warka.
Take some time to wander the streets to get the most out of the city’s enthralling ambiance. 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.
Sidi Bousaid, for a more colourful day
For a less urban and more colorful day, Sidi Bousaid is awaiting with its blue and white aesthetic, beautiful roses crawling along the streets, and its art galleries and many traditional stores selling pottery, portraits and souvenirs. The village is a little touristy, but it’s also the meeting place of locals on weekends and on summer days.
It is said that Sidi Bou Said is the Tunisian Santorini, but you cannot have a Bambalouni – an artisanal donut – from Saveurs Sidi Bousaid in Santorini nor can you enjoy a cup of mint tea or a lemonade with fresh almonds with a view of the sunset from the Café des Arts.
Take your time to breathe in the scent of Tunisia and admire the mesmerising architecture. While you are there, make sure to go down the stairs of Sidi Bousaid 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 Bousaid. 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.
Back to Gammarth for the best of Tunisian nightlife
At the end of the day, return to Gammarth along with the locals, where the fun is just beginning at the vivacious bars, clubs and restaurants! Head to Tangerine to enjoy a refreshing drink and some tasty appetizers. Later, you can join the party and sing along with live bands in Yüka.
A little bit far from Gammarth
If you are craving Sea food with a lovely view, head to La Goulette, the part of Tunis that is known for its traditional restaurants and bubbly atmosphere. Not to mention the incredible Medina.