Place du 14 Janvier is another good example of the modernization taking place in the Tunisian capital. It has a clock at the center, and an inverted pyramid as its main monument. Of course, it's not comparable to the old part of the Medina, but it's worth walking around this area and having a look at the modern side of the city.
The Place de la Kasbah is a huge square opposite the Place du Gouvermement, at the western entrance to the medina. It was remodeled in 1988 when the new City Hall (Hôtel de Ville) opened. The square is a large paved esplanade crowned by a curious modern concrete monument (I can't tell you what it is, as the sign was written in Arabic). This is where the Kasbah once stood. Today only the old mosque remains. Other buildings on the perimeter of the square are the Ottoman Hospital and Sadiki College.
Ascending the hill on which is perched the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said from the Square November 7 , the main street widens to form a small square that has the "original" name of Plaza Sidi Bou Said. This place is probably the most atmospheric for the people, as it is surrounded by souvenir shops and terraces where most tourists make a stop along the way and enjoy the traditional green tea with pine nuts. In this square there are 2 popular places: The restaurant Le chargi, and Café des Nattes, a tea house occupying the place where Husain ben Ali Bey built a mosque in the eighteenth century.
This wide square, with a roundabout in the center, is the entry point to the village from Carthage and Tunis. It is also the best place to park your car (if you come on your own) or where the bus will leave you if you come on an organized tour, as Sidi Bou Said is a pedestrianised area. Likewise, if you come by train, the train station is here too. I mean, it's a pretty important place! The square houses the mosque Abu Said al-Beji and also has several cafes and restaurants with terraces. From here, you can join Thameur Habib street that will lead you to the heart of this picturesque village and the lively Plaza Sidi Bou Said, with its tea shops and souvenir shops.