Making your own checklist of the unmissable activities to do and attractions to visit is not as easy as it seems to be. Those who have been there know better on what a great of research it takes. 

 

Recently, Tunisia has been one of those destinations travelers are keeping on their radar and Tunis, the capital, is one of those places they are itching to see. 

 

Fantastic corners to take photos of, unique doors to capture in your reels, and great food to spoil your taste buds with. For those who have a strong opinion about social media content, don’t worry, we got your back. Authentic activities to do in Tunisia, compiled by locals for you to do like locals do. 

 

There are so many amazing things to do in Tunis, whether you feel like exploring the historic monument, trying delicious food or spending an evening in a traditional hammam. 

 

Below, the 15 things to do in Tunisia without missing any authentic or interesting activity. 

 

Stroll in the Old Medina 

What is it? 

 

In Tunisia, the old town is referred to as “La medina”. Three of Tunisia’s medinas are included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, La Medina of Tunis is one of them. Unmissable places to visit for historic tour and a glimpse of the authentic local life, medinas give travelers the opportunity to be in the heart of the action: souks, craft professional, spice shops, unique coffee shops. 

 

medina tunis tour

 

Why to go? 

 

Whether you are a history buff or you want simply to stroll and explore authentic life, La Medina is an unmissable place. Strolling in the narrow streets, stumbling on historic monuments at unexpected moments, getting to meet locals and introduced to their craftship and generosity, and snipping bits of culture and history in every corner. 

 

Many guided tours are offered in La Medina. We highly recommend book your tour before going for a better experience. 

 

 

Don’t Miss Zeitouna Mosque 

 

What is it? 

 

The Zitouna Mosque lies at the heart of the Medina, as a testimony of an era stretching back to the 732CE. It’s the main mosque in the ancient city of Tunis. His historical and cultural importance stems from the fact that it’s the second-oldest mosque in Tunisia, after the Uqba Ibn Nafi’ Mosque in Kairouan. 

 

zeitouna mosque tunis

 

Why to go? 

 

Mainly, to immerse yourself in the cultural history of Tunisia and know more about the Islamic background of the country. If you’re lucky enough to enter inside the mosque, don’t forget to take a picture. In case you were denied the entry, we highly recommend going to the terrace of the Panorama Medina Café, a rooftop café where you can enjoy the incredible view of the mosque’s courtyard while sipping a coffee or a mint tea. 

 

 

Try authentic shopping in Marché Central 

 

What is it? 

 

At the heart of Centre Ville, aka downtown, the central market of Tunis is located at the intersection of the most frequented and known streets, namely Charles De Gaulle, Germany and Spain streets. Built in 1891, the market comprises four buildings mixing Art Deco and Arabist styles and caters for the needs of all locals in that area (and beyond). 

 

You can literally find everything there. Ranging from fruits and vegetables, meats and fish, to spices, dried fruits and home-made pasta, you can find everything you would need for one normal day in Tunis. 

 

Why to go? 

 

If you’re into local life, and you want to enjoy some authentic moments watching locals navigating daily life, this is the place to be. As locals pick, haggle and shop, you can take the most genuine photos of your trip or spoil yourself with some fresh fruits. Vegetarians would find many snack ideas to opt for on the go. 

 

Try Kafteji, the famous street food, in Beb Jedid 

 

What is it? 

 

If you ask any Tunisian about the must-try street food in the country, chances are 5/5 will mention Kafteji. A staple in the Tunisian cuisine, Kafteji is made out of deep-fired veggies chopped and mixed together along with fried eggs and seasonings (cumin, salt, and black pepper). The mix of tomatoes, pumpkin and peppers is just as mouth-watering as satisfying. Usually, the dish is served with fried potatoes. If you are not vegetarian, you can ask for some mergez, the Tunisian sausages, or grilled liver.

 

kaftejji tunis

 

Why to go? 

 

All street food restaurants have Kaftejji in their menu. But, if you are very picky, and you want to try the best in town Kaftejji, Chez Karim in Beb Jedid will make sure you’re having the best street food experience. 

 

Go Thrift shopping in La Hafsia 

 

What is it? 

 

 

Thrift shopping is a big thing in Tunisia, especially in Tunis.  La Hafsia is the biggest and largest thrift market, where you can literally stumble on unexpected items and rare designer pieces. The best thing about it is its location. Near to all the must-see attraction in downtown, La Hafsia can be easily incorporated in your checklist. 

 

Why to go? 

 

You may be thinking of when you would have time to dig through the piles of clothes while you’re in Tunis. But, as far as we know, you will always have time to hop to La Hafsia in order to see what the hype is about or get some therapeutic time in exploring how the Tunisia youth shop and look for unique styling pieces. 

 

Whether you’re looking for a specific thing or you want to have a break from touring in historic and cultural attraction, La Hafsia is always a good idea. 

 

Join a Bike Tour in the Wonders of Carthage 

 

What is it? 

 

Carthage is one of the absolute unmissable places to visit. Carthage was the African capital of the Roman Empire nearly 3,000 years ago. The circuit of Carthage is full of sightseeing, history and insights. A guided bike tour in Carthage will allow you to explore the whole region while making it easier for you to connect the ruins to the chunks of history. From Hannibal Salambo to Byrsa Hill and Antonine Roman baths, you will dig deeper in this ancient imperial power and its impact in Tunisia. 

 

carthage visit tunis

 

Why to go? 

 

In case you didn’t get it yet, going to Carthage is a must. More than 10 places are included in these types of tours. You can always make it by your own. But, doing it in a guided tour will make it easier to go from one place to another in a smooth and fun way. Also, you can never be more sure of burning all the delicious street food without ever knowing it.

 

You may be interested in : Carthage Walking Tour: The Best of Area in Half a Day

 

Have a seafood lunch in La Goulette 

 

What is it? 

 

La Goulette is the only fishing town in Tunis, and it has the country’s main fishing port. If you’ve ever googled how to sail in Tunis, you would have come across this name. Usually, La Goulette is not included in guides on things to do in Tunis. But, we are including it for people who are looking for authentic experiences and want to do as locals while navigating the city. 

 

As a melting pot, La Goulette has long been home to different communities, be it religious or ethnic. Once you step in there, you will feel the buildings telling you the hidden stories of those who have been there. The neighborhood shows this mix in its building.

 

la goulette tunis

 

Why to go? 

 

 

If you are a seafood lover, this is your heaven. The fish is fresh and delicious. You can choose your fresh seafood and get it grilled directly on site. It’s a whole culinary experience to sit in there and enjoy your meal with a good salad and a “brika”. If you will be including a lunch or a dinner in La Goulette, we would recommend Flouka or Le Café Vert, depending on how fancy you want to go. 

 

Take a Tea Break in La Marina, La Goulette  

 

What is it? 

 

In La Goulette, you can enjoy a coffee or a mint tea with a great view. As the waves are getting calmer throughout the day and the sun behind Boukarnin Mountain is showing its warm love and kindness, you can sip a hot drink in La Marina. 

 

Why to go? 

 

As it’s hard to find a restaurant with a sea view in La Goulette, you would like to enjoy the mesmerizing view while getting that food belly from your fish meal. The view from La Marina clearly shows the Mountain of Boukornine, literally translated into “the one with two horns”, and the vibes are very calming and warm. 

 

You would never regret sitting there and enjoying your break. 

 

Visit the Blue City of Sidi Bousaid 

What is it? 

 

If the doors in the Medina weren’t enough for cool pictures, Sidi Bousaid will give you the best spots for your next favorite Instagram posts and reels. 

 

In Sidi Bousaid you can walk to the hill to see the mesmerizing view of the whole city and sip a coffee in Le Café de Délice where the view is spell bounding. There are also a few traditional houses that serve like mini-museums and many art galleries for art lovers and enthusiasts.

 

You may want to visit Dar El Annabi that was built in 18th century then renovated in the 20th one to be the main vacation resort for Taib El Annabi, who is the son of Mufti Mohamed Annabi. This is why, you will find many items of Islamic architecture and decoration. There, you can get a glimpse of how high class people lived at that era. 

 

sidi bousaid tunis visit

 

Why to go? 

 

The blue and white city is usually referred to as the Tunisian Santorini, thanks to its incredible  Mediterranean vibes. The history of this town stretches back to the 16th century where Muslims were defeated in Spain and took the town as a shelter. This explains the Andalusian style the buildings adopted religiously. 

 

Needless to say, that Sidi Bousaid is the favorite attraction of tourists looking for Greece-like atmosphere or luxury hotels and restaurants. But, this is not to say that this is not for everyone. Sidi Bousaid is one of those cities that catch the spirit of Tunis, with its diversity, colors and landscapes. 

 

Go to a Traditional Hammam 

What is it? 

 

Hammam, also known as The Turkish bath, is a style of bathhouse with a steam room where you can take a deep shower and relax your muscles. The Arabic culture, especially the Tunisian one, has a long history of adapting Roman baths as the source of this age-old healing practice. A few centuries ago, individuals could get ready for prayer at these gorgeous-looking bathhouses that were usually located close to mosques. These were significant gathering places for family and friends to interact and take baths. 

 

traditional hammam tunis

 

Why to go? 

 

After a few days in Tunisia, we bet you need a relaxing bath and a deep scrubbing session. Hammam is a great opportunity to live an authentic experience while washing off the tiredness of walking and strolling around. 

 

 

Try Tunisian Couscous

What is it? 

 

A mainstay of North African and Tunisian cuisine, Couscous is one of those dishes you need to try while in Tunisia. Couscous is one of the dishes created by the Amazighs, the indigenous people of Tunisia, and made really popular in the last few decades worldwide. It’s made of small grains of rolled durum wheat semolina cooked in a unique double boiler. It’s usually cooked with a stew of meat, fish or veggies, which makes it a very good dish for vegetarians. 

 

couscous tunisia

 

Why to go? 

 

Simply put: If you haven’t tried at least one variety of couscous, you would never be able to flex on your trip when you interact with a Tunisian after your trip. While it’s a staple in all Maghreb countries, aka Morocco, Algeria and Lybia, each couscous has its own way of cooking and unique taste. Trying one variety is never enough to proudly say you know what couscous is. 

 

Tempted to spoil your taste buds? WildyNess team has already compiled a list of the best addresses to try a delicious and authentic couscous

 

Explore the Oudhna Archeological Site 

 

What is it? 

 

Uthina is one of the original cities of the Roman Empire in North Africa, and its recreated 16,000-seat amphitheatre from the Hadrian era is among the greatest in the country. Little is known about the way of life in ancient Uthina. Uthina, a pillar of the Roman era, is a live reminder of several Tunisian historical occurrences.

 

uthina site visit

 

Why to go? 

 

Uthina Archeological Site is a fascinating place to visit and is about 16 kilometers from Mornag and 28 km from Tunis.  In there, you can examine the remains of World War II history next to the exquisite Roman architecture. 

 

If you are archeological site's lover,  you need to add Uthina next to Carthage and Jem

 

Roll in a calligraphy class 

 

What is it? 

 

UNESCO defines Arabic calligraphy as “the artistic practice of handwriting Arabic script in a fluid manner to convey harmony, grace and beauty.” Being in a North African and an Arab country makes new forms of arts all the more tempting. In a calligraphy class, you would be able to learn the very basics of this art and get your hands a bit used to Arabic handwriting. 

 

 

Why to go? 

 

There are classes for all levels, including newbie-friendly ones. If you want to take a really memorable souvenir home, your name beautifully written in a piece of paper would be a great one. 

 

Get Started on Pottery 

 

What is it? 

Being in a new country comes with the immense curiosity to dig deeper or even get your hand on every unique craftship. The world of Tunisian pottery and ceramics is a very local and specific one. There are a handful of workshops that offer artisanal initiation courses and workshops in a very personalized and well-conceived approach. 

 

 

Why to go? 

 

If you are into DIY or you want to distract yourself with an out-of-the-box activity, this is the workshop you will need to relax, unwind and learn a new skill. It’s fun, insightful and relaxing. 

 

Visit Hotel de Lac 

 

What is it? 

 

Hotel Du Lac is very well-known for architecture lovers and researchers. Designed in the early 70s, the building embodies the post-colonial urbanism and relies on the concept of the inverted pyramid, a concept that was used by many architects back then. With its unique architecture and “brutalist” aesthetics, it serves as a real estate asset worth studying for architecture amateurs. 

 

Why to go? 

 

Since its inception, the Hotel Du Lac marked Tunis aesthetically and culturally. Some reports claim that it was the source of inspiration for the Star Wars universe, as the sandcrawlers used on the planet Tatooine during the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War built on the shape of the hotel itself. 

 

If you like rare attraction, or those whose demolishing is nearer than you think, it would be worth the visit and the picture.