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Entertainment & Nightlife in Tunisia


There are several theatres and numerous cinemas in Tunis, with plays and films in Arabic and French. In Tunis and the main resorts, many restaurants and hotel bars feature live music and/or belly dancers in the evenings from May to September, and there are numerous nightclubs, which tend to be either a magnet for wealthy young Tunisians or aimed solely at tourists; all mostly play mainstream house music.

Summer is the season for arts festivals, when traditional and international artists arrive in Carthage, Hammamet and Nabeul. In late summer there are also several music festivals in Tabarka on the northern coast, with live music in the evenings. Yasmine, Hammamet, Port El Kantaoui and Djerba all have large casinos.


One of the favourite pastimes of Tunisian men is to gather at local coffee houses to sip mint tea or coffee and enjoy a sheesha (water pipe) to discuss, read the newspaper or play dominoes or cards. While the women may feel more comfortable in the coffee houses of Habib Bourguiba Avenue. The Medina has a few beautiful coffee houses, such as Dar Hamouda Pacha (Restaurant & Salon de Thé), the one in the Hôtel Dar El Medina, Café Restaurant M'Rabet or Café Ezzitouna. There is also a nice coffee house in the Souk of the Chechias in the medina.

Tunis city-dwellers come to Sidi Bou Said to enjoy its two famous coffee-houses, the Café des Nattes and the Café Sidi Chabaane. In La Marsa, everybody knows the Café Le Saf Saf where friends and families gather after having enjoyed a delicious ice-cream at Le Grand Salem (Chez Salem).

Bars are far less common than coffee houses. Other than the bars of the surrounding hotels, the most famous ones are located along Habib Bourguiba Avenue, like the Café de Paris.

Most of the discotheques can be found 20 km (12 miles) away from Tunis, in the resorts of Gammarth like the nightclub in the hotel La Tour Blanche. In La Marsa, the Discothèque Plaza Corniche is notably frequented by expatriates. Closer to Tunis is the trendy Light Bar in Carthage, whereas in La Goulette, the Club Les Jasmins always has a festive atmosphere. A fun venue in Tunis is Le Bœuf sur le toit.

Each year, various festivals welcome music-lovers. Some of them are thematic, such as the classical music festival Octobre Musical in Carthage or the festival Jazz à Carthage. The others offer an array of musical styles, like in the famous Festival International de Carthage or even during the Festival de la Medina.

Those wishing to listen to live music from young Tunisian bands will head to the Théâtre de l'Étoile du Nord, and the night-owls head to Le Bœuf sur le toit. You can also check the programming of the Club Tahar Haddad, where classical music concerts can also be found.





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