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Food and Drink, Tunisia

You can find an array of cuisine in Tunisia in fine dining establishments, medina-style eateries and international restaurants, all offering food which is tastily-spiced and full of flavour. With a unique blend of cultures, from Berber cuisine to the Mediterranean-inspired food as well as delicious Kefta and Khobz Mella, the dishes served in this country are truly unique and so diverse.

Chez Slah

Centre Ville houses many hidden gems and one of them is Chez Slah. If you are in search of somewhere to dine on appetising fish and succulent meat dishes while holidaying in Tunisia, be sure to seek out this charming 19th-century restaurant.

Here, you will be able to indulge in the super-fresh fish of the day, which you can either enjoy served whole by weight or choose from a delicious range of fillets. These are accompanied by tasty French fries and traditional shakshuka, which is comprised of poached eggs, onions, peppers and tomatoes.

The restaurant is spacious and elegant, still boasting the original pillars. Plus, the white and cream motif makes for a cool and classic ambience. Aside from the fresh fish and meat dishes to savour, visitors can round off their dining experience with a refreshing dessert of mixed fresh fruit, topped with plenty of whipped cream.

Cosmitto Coffee

Offering delicious hot beverages, Cosmitto Coffee gives any major coffee chain a run for their money. This trendy cafe is percolating with character and charm, which can be found in Tunisia’s capital city, Tunis. Therefore, making this a fantastic place to call in at before or after a busy day of shopping and sightseeing. So, venture here during your holiday to Tunisia to enjoy a delicious range of hot and cold drinks, as well as some light bites to perfectly complement your tasty beverages. 

Head here for a bite to eat at breakfast time or enjoy one of the sweet treats available throughout the day, which includes a rich and gooey slice of chocolate cake or cheesecake. 

This is the ideal spot for a group of friends looking to spend some time in the shade and socialise over a coffee. Solo travellers will also love soaking up the atmospheric buzz at Cosmitto Coffee. Serving a large selection of coffees, as well as smoothies, lemonade and much more, there is sure to be something on the menu for you.



Dar Belhadj

Situated near the Souk El Attarine, Dar Belhadj is a very grand restaurant located in a 17th-century mansion. The interior of this beautiful building has been left intact; the original pillars and tiled walls create an ambience of serious class and style.

The large size of Dar Belhadj’s restaurant makes it a popular dining venue for tour groups and large families, but it is also a prime spot for couples looking to enjoy a romantic meal for two. Meat eaters will be delighted by the delicious lamb and fish dishes available here, while vegetarians also won’t be disappointed thanks to a range of tasty plates to choose from.

At this eatery, the staff are attentive and make it their mission to furnish each visitor with a warm welcome as they enter. There is a wonderful selection of wine to choose from and if you have a sweet tooth, you won’t be able to resist the parfait.

Dar El Jeld

The five-star restaurant of Dar El Jeld is the place to go if you are craving a fine dining experience at any time of the day. Whether you wish for something light and fresh for lunch or are in the mood to enjoy a hearty meal in the evening, Dar El Jeld promises not to disappoint.

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The restaurant is set in a medina-style house, which has been magnificently restored to its former glory. The candlelit courtyard is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner with your partner in the evening, although we recommend booking in advance, as this restaurant is famous far and wide. The rooftop bar provides diners with panoramic views across the old town and makes for an unforgettable experience.

Choose from a wide range of both local and international dishes, all of which are prepared to order by culinary experts, and choose from a selection of fine Tunisian wines, many of which are widely unknown but critically renowned.

El Ali

From refreshing starters, all the way through to irresistible desserts, the food at El Ali is simply to die for. Call in for one of the restaurant’s famed breakfast platters, which includes everything you could wish for, from eggs to pastries and local delicacies. Enjoy fresh smoothies and hot drinks with your breakfast in the upstairs salon, or choose from a selection of traditional local dishes in one of El Ali’s mid-level dining rooms at lunchtime.

By dinner time, you will be able to pick from a wide-ranging menu; if you love fresh fish, this is the place to come, as the menu is stocked with a variety of seafood dishes. It’s always worth leaving room for dessert here, too, with options which aren’t just mouth-wateringly delicious but also beautifully presented.

Set in a converted house, the atmospheric wood-beamed rooms make for a cosy and relaxed ambience, which is further enhanced by the friendly and attentive staff who are very chatty and welcoming.

El Walima

When you are in the capital city of Tunis, be sure to book a table at El Walima for a fine dining experience in a refined and sophisticated restaurant. This intimate eatery is the ideal place to enjoy homemade Tunisian food, prepared lovingly and with great care.

The welcoming atmosphere is evident from the moment the owners greet you at the door. The walls are adorned with old Tunisian portraits, which give you a glimpse of this country’s fascinating past, not to mention adding serious character to the restaurant.

Whether you are a solo traveller, on holiday with your friend or partner or are travelling with your whole family, El Walima welcomes diners of all ages and groups of all sizes. There is something on the menu for everyone and if you are a lover of seafood, you will fall in love with the many fresh fish courses served here.

La Closerie

La Closerie serves a diverse range of exquisite dishes, stretching from French food to Mediterranean delicacies (which is why we recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment).

If you are a lover of sushi, you won’t be disappointed by your trip to La Closerie. At this eatery, you can feast on the likes of calamari and king prawns served with lemon for seasoning. Meanwhile, vegetarians can dine on courses including a selection of salads, risotto, soup and more. The desserts are also cooked and presented to perfection; providing a perfect end to your tasty meal.

The interior here is modern and chic, making it a relaxing and sophisticated place to dine in style. There is also a cool and elegant bar which serves a delicious range of drinks and cocktails. So, even if you aren’t feeling hungry, you can call in for an evening beverage. 

Le Grand Café du Théâtre

For a tasty range of fresh pasta dishes cooked from traditional Italian recipes, look no further than Restaurant L’ardoise. Begin your dining experience with a selection of fresh and colourful salads, before tucking into a delectable main course.

Choose from a range of ravioli dishes; enjoy spaghetti with scallops or penne in a spicy tomato sauce, topped with fresh mozzarella cheese. These are just a few of the filling and lovingly-crafted pasta dishes you can feast on during your visit. However, do try to leave some room for one of the desserts at Restaurant L’ardoise – the fondant chocolate gains particular praise from diners.

This hearty Italian restaurant can be found in the capital of Tunis and the restaurant itself is relatively small. However, this provides a cosy and intimate atmosphere, which is made even better by the warm welcome you will receive from the friendly staff here, who will attend to your every wish. 

Restaurant Ghassen

Tunisia is home to many spectacular seafood restaurants and one of the most loved in this country is Restaurant Ghassen.

At this eatery located in the capital city of Tunis, you can choose from delicious entrees like fresh salads, omelettes and fruits, before tucking into an array of hearty main courses. The seafood at Ghassen is second to none, ranging from scallops to fresh fillets of fish served with chips, salad and onion rings.

Aside from fresh fish, there is also a variety of pasta dishes to choose from, such as spaghetti bolognese. So, you don’t need to worry about being stuck for choice if seafood isn’t to your taste.

As well as the high-quality seafood dishes, the restaurant boasts an excellent wine list which includes a tasty selection of red and white, the perfect accompaniment for your meal. Then, round off your dining experience with one of Restaurant Ghassen’s irresistible desserts. You can choose from a range of hot and cold dishes to indulge your sweet tooth before you leave. Tuck into the likes of sorbet, fruit and chocolate mousse.

Restaurant L’ardoise

For a tasty range of fresh pasta dishes, cooked from traditional Italian recipes, look no further than Restaurant L’ardoise. Begin your dining experience with a selection of fresh and colourful salads, before tucking into a delectable main course.

Choose from a range of ravioli dishes; enjoy spaghetti with scallops or penne in a spicy tomato sauce, topped with fresh mozzarella cheese. These are just a few of the filling and lovingly-crafted pasta dishes you can feast on during your visit. However, do try to leave some room for one of the desserts at Restaurant L’ardoise; the fondant chocolate gains particular praise from diners.

This hearty Italian restaurant can be found in the capital of Tunis and the restaurant itself is relatively small. However, this provides a cosy and intimate atmosphere, which is made even better by the warm welcome you will receive from the friendly staff here, who will attend to your every wish.