Let's go to Tunis ?
We asked Sofiane Ben Chaabane, the co-founder of the Tunisian ready-to-wear brand Lyoum, to give us some of his good addresses in his city, Tunis.
Need a trip? We take you to Tunis!
WE START WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT, EAT
For lunch or dinner, Sofiane could be satisfied with a little homemade harissa and a few crumbs of tuna, drizzled with a light drizzle of local, organic olive oil. With good warm bread, that would do! At least that's what he says ... But to go out, he assures us, there is something for everyone in Tunis!
No kidding with street food here: from simple sandwiches from Chez Joseph (so cool it doesn't have Instagram) to Tunisian dishes at Oueld el Bey or lablebi from Hattab. We didn't know lablebi so we looked into it… It's a very popular dish in Tunisia made with chickpeas, garlic, cumin, olive oil and of course, harissa. A must when it's cold, but not only!
For fish lovers, Sofiane Ben Chaabane refers us to the northern suburbs of Tunis, the land of fish! At La Goulette, we stop at the first terrace and savor a plate of grilled cuttlefish or golden squid ... More chic lunches take place at Le Golfe in La Marsa, on the beach, always an ultimate treat.
A special section is dedicated to couscous, notably that of L'Arbre à Couscous in La Marsa, held by Gérard the owner who is happy to make us discover this essential dish of Tunisian cuisine. We say bye bye to couscous royal to taste a vegetarian couscous, lamb, fish and even octopus, yummy. Downtown Tunis is also full of couscous spots.
In Tunis and for years, cultural life has been booming and many places dedicated to art have sprung up after the 2011 revolution. Each in their own way, they are helping to make the Mediterranean a hub for the arts.
In Tunis itself, we discover Central Tunis, a contemporary art space that invites you to decompartmentalize the arts, in the heart of the city. In the city center, the French Institute of Tunis remains an essential address. In Sidi Bou Said, the Salma Feriani Gallery, which opened in 2013, regularly opens exhibitions of artists from the Middle East North Africa region. In Bhar Lazreg, near La Marsa, the B7L9 experimental art station is a meeting place and a place for the democratization of contemporary art.
HAVE A DRINK
The Tunisian nightlife is quite lively in normal times; inevitably less with the restrictions linked to Covid-19, but there is no shortage of places to go out to dinner or have a drink. To drink a cocktail and dance, Sofiane Ben Chaabane is bound to be somewhere between Tangerine or Club Gingembre. It can also happen a few meters away, at Habibi or Yüka.
Alternatively, rather for a Tunisian beer (Celtia, the perfect local beer to accompany aperitif kemias, local color antipasti), Sofiane recommends the terrace of the Sidi Bou Saïd hotel for sunsets all over Tunis, or the Plazza Corniche for its kitsch-but-cult decor. For breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, there is a choice: the charming rooftop of the Dar el Marsa hotel, the terrace of The Cliff or that of the Movenpick.
Can you see yourself there? Us too :)