The city of Tunis is a combination of the Arab and African spirit, as well as the picturesque beaches overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the vast deserts, the temperate climate, the historical sites that tell the ancient history. Another defining feature is the shopping in Tunis, which provides visitors with the opportunity to discover the ancient city. These are the best markets of antiquity and modern malls for holiday shopping in Tunisia.
Shopping in Tunis
Here we take you on a tour of the most important shopping areas in Tunis from popular markets and modern centers.
8 Best Markets from Ancient Tunisia
View of beautiful and colorful bags and rugs in a market in Tunis, Tunisia
1. Al-Bay market
Al-Bay market is one of the oldest markets in Tunisia, dating back more than two centuries. The Al-Bay market is located along the eastern wall of Dar Al-Bay, known as the Palace of Government. It specializes in trading carpets, silk fabrics, jewelry, and precious metals.
2. Market Blessing
Market Blessing is an extension of the Bay market. It has been there since the seventeenth century slave trade. But today it is one of the most popular shopping centers in Tunis for the trade of precious metals and gold jewelry.
3. Attarin market
Founded in the 13th century AD, the Al Attarin market is rich in important historical monuments such as the Zaytouna, Khaldounia and the National Library. It is famous for its perfume, henna, perfumery, and other handicraft products.
4. Cloth market
Located west of the Zaytouna Mosque, the cloth market was founded in the twelfth century. This market was known as the textile market. It is famous for its trade in textiles, traditional manufacturing, handicrafts, as well as the carpet trade.
5. Market rhetoric
The market rhetoric was established in the seventeenth century by the manufacturer of ballet or kandara , which is traditional footwear.
6. Copper market
The copper market is one of the best shopping places in Tunis. It dates back to the thirteenth century and is known as the Saffarin market. It is the only market for manufacturing copper, making, painting, and selling copperware, and many other commercial activities. Visitors can buy brass ware and decorations as they please.
7. The market of the Turk
The market of the Turk, since its inception in the seventeenth century, has sold traditional clothing such as the Kalba and braking and chest and ribs and Bernos Albai and products of various traditional industries.
8. Shawashin Market
Known as the market Shawashin or Hafsi market, the manufacture and sale of Alchia, a traditional craft of the Andalusian industries, which was chosen by the great Aayn of Tunisia, and has been a great market since the eighteenth century.
4 Best markets for modern holiday shopping in Tunisia
1. Mall of Tunisia
The Mall of Tunisia is one of the largest and most modern shopping malls in Tunis. It opened at the end of 2015 in the lake area and covers 37,000 square meters. It has four floors comprising 80 shops offering various international brands, of which 15 will open for the first time in Tunisia. It has Cafés, car parks and recreational facilities.
2. Lo Square Mall
Located in the Sakra area of Ariana, the modern shopping center offers a new concept of more open and attractive tusks, providing local and international brands with an area of 12,000 square meters, as well as a hypermarket on the ground floor.
3. Ice Mall
The Ice Mall is the latest modern shopping center located on Bizerte Road, 16 km from Tunis. It offers an integrated shopping, entertainment, hospitality and dining experience. It has a 4-star hotel, spa, coffee shop, and art gallery. It also offers a chain of international Lebanese, Korean, French, Italian, American and Iranian restaurants as well as a restaurant serving traditional Tunisian cuisine.
4. Tunis City Mall
Tunis City Mall is the largest mall in Tunisia. Located in Ariana it is 12,000 square meters. It has more than 80 sophisticated stores for all goods, appliances and electronics, as well as 10 restaurants, a children’s play area, and the integrated Jeanne Hypermarket