The capital of Tunisia is a show of aromas and voices. It's the ideal place to find out about this market! Among the stalls there's meat, spices and couscous, and we also found black-kohl-dye you can line your eyes with, as well as henna and natural sponges. Of course, the most interesting thing to do was to go to the stalls of spices and seeds. Spices like cardamom, pepper, cinnamon and saffron, which are all used in Tunisian cuisine, are places in large felt sacks. Put your fingers in the seed bags, smell the scents of jasmine and musk, you won't be rushed.
If we had not been guided by a local Tunisian we do not think we would have visited this souk, among the maze of tunnels and streets of the medina. It was Sunday afternoon (day off), so Medina was deserted, and this further souk is in a rather quiet residential area. It is located on a side street off the popular and busy Rue de la Kasbah. It is worth a walk around, because in this area the houses are typical Andalusian architecture, as it was built by them in the fifteenth century when Muslims and Spanish and Portuguese Jews were expelled from Spain (why it is nicknamed "Andalusian quarter"). White walls, blue windows, doors studded ... It looks like Sidi Bou Said. It is a [b]Historical Monument[/ b] of Tunisia.
Medina markets were originally run by unions and were very traditional, but now everything is overrun with tourist shops and souvenir bazaars. The souk En-Nhas was busy and had many coppersmiths. In the crowded shops you can find all kinds of metal objects, brass, copper and household items such as pots, pans, dishes etc. It is a covered bazaar, where you can also find some tea shops full of men drinking tea and smoking shisha and typical Tunisian restaurants.
One of the most visited souks in the Tunisian medina is called Souk el-Attarine, located in the vicinity of the Zaytouna mosque. Now, the medina shops are mixed and are full of souvenirs for tourists, while the less upmarket ones were relegated to a position farther away. This souk was built in the thirteenth century and is known as the perfume souk, as most of its stores sell perfume but today they are mixed with the souvenir shops. Here you can find any perfume or scent (even imitations of well-known brands), as well as essential oils. Usually, the vendors will explain to you the process of making them. We visited two: Palais du Jasmin and Maison de Parfumeur.
This souk is one of many in the medina of Tunis. It's adjacent to the Youssef Dey Mosque because it was built by him. The narrow streets of the bazaar are covered by a dome that lets in sunlight. It was designed so that the streets are kept cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This area used to be a place where slaves were traded, or where they brought the various prisoners to be bought and sold. Today it's a goldsmiths souk where you can find all kinds of gold and jewelry like pendants, necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc. Tunisians are very fond of jewelry. In fact, Muslim women are considered to be the only ones with enough class and poise to look good wearing gold jewelry.
The souk of Chechias is one of the largest in the medina, located northeast of the Grand Mosque. In the seventeenth century it was one of the largest industries in the country, where fifteen thousand craftsmen manufactured a million little red felt hats a year, originally used as a base for turbans, which were exported to the Islamic world. Today only older people usually wear them... and tourists, ve can not resist buying one as a souvenir. In the crowded medina shops, you can find these red woolen hats everywhere, and even see how the craftsman shapes them with a hammer while sitting on a traditional wooden bench. These artisans, descendants of the Moors, were expelled from Spain in 1609 and introduced the manufacturing process to Tunisia.
Hammamet is a town on the Mediterranean coast of Tunisia. Very touristy during the Mediterranean summer. Hammamet Souk is not like other Tunisian cities. It's more modern, where you can even find pizzerias to dine at.