Let’s be honest: shopping is a crucial part of any holiday. Whether you’re a dedicated mall rat back home, or simply interested in finding that one souvenir to remember your time in a foreign country (something to place on the shelf where you keep your souvenirs , you’re going to want a place to peruse the merchandise. And, in Tunisia, shopping is both a joy and a trip into the world of old.
Where to Shop
Shopping in Tunisia is something of an adventure, especially if you are prepared to venture into the bright, crowded marketplaces.
Tunisia’s Central Market is one such location, a throwback to older days when people bartered for food with jewelry and hand sewn baskets. You can still find fresh foods, sparkling baubles, perfumes encased in intricate bottles, carpets and other handmade, prized items within its confines.
Also, pay a visit to one of the ONA (or National Handicraft Office) shops, which are chocked full of ready-made souvenirs, if you’re not sure where to start. These shops are also a good way to make sure you are purchasing quality items that will last.
Also, remember that Tunisia has many modern, international shops and boutiques, as well. One such location worth perusing is Berges du Lac, especially if you have a little extra money to burn and a taste for the finest things in life.
Getting a Good Deal
There are several considerations to think about when you are trying to get a good deal on your purchase. The first involves haggling.
Many shops and retailers in Tunisia will engage tourists in haggling; that is, they name a price and the customer (you) attempts to negotiate to something lower. If you’re used to simply breaking out the wallet, this might seem awkward but if you fight through the unfamiliarity you could get much better deals.
Secondly, when shopping in Tunisia (or any foreign country), be wary of counterfeit products. These are products that appear to be name brand but are actually knock-offs. If that doesn’t bother you, buy away – many people will never notice the difference – but make sure you know what you are buying.
Also, when you’re overtaken by the multitude of excellent deals and potential souvenirs, remember that you have to take everything back with you, so account for luggage space!