If you’re looking for a place that sums up island living, it’s Djerba. Just five kilometers off Tunisia’s southern coast, this peninsula’s gently sloping sandy beaches and perfect climate has made it a popular stop for travelers. The idyllic villages and scenery make delving deeper into Tunisian culture a delight, and it’s a profound pleasure to discover the many restaurants with their – mostly seafood – traditional dishes.
Le Petit Marin is hard to find but definitely worth the effort. Not many restaurants are located on an abandoned beach and this one is definitely recommended. While dining at wooden tables shaded by softly waving curtains only a few meters from the azure blue ocean, Le Petit Marin gives you the feel of a small, improvised – and way cheaper – Club Med. The service is impeccable and the view is simply phenomenal. Address: Le Petit Marin, Sidi Jmour, Midoun, Djerba, Tunisia, +21 20 57 57 59
In Djerba’s capital Houmt Souk you’ll find an oasis of white and blue in Dar Hassine. A former traditional houchor Tunisian home, this restaurant serves the best couscous and the crispiest grilled fish on the island. For subtle tastes, culinary surprises and a soothing environment, Dar Hassine is your destination tonight.
Alongside a natural harbor close to Midoun, hidden away from Djerba’s concrete jungle, lies a little gem of true tranquility: “Laguna”. The portions are copious and the grilled fish is extra crisp. Although there isn’t a drop of alcohol being served, chefs Adel and Fayçal will make sure you leave their restaurant with a blissful feeling.
At Touareg tearoom enjoy pizza milkshakes in a cool setting. Decorated as if it were a Berber tent or traditional cave house, the mint tea tastes twice as nice here and there are shisha pipes too. The regular traditional music performances are the icing on the cake. Address: Route de la Lagune, Tezdaine, Djerba, Tunisia, +21 6 75 74 65 00
Restaurant, North African
Having dinner on the beach with your feet almost in the crystal blue water and a vast sunset on the horizon; what more do you need on vacation? Lamparo knows how to seduce and pamper its clients and everything about this restaurant is fun, beautiful and relaxing. The smell of barbecued fish and grilled prawns will lure you to Sidi Mansour beach and its paradise-like restaurant.
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This characteristic family business is all about home, friends and traditional Djerbian cooking. The original decor, the use of local products and the homey atmosphere leaves you feeling relaxed. The veranda is the ultimate spot to enjoy your chorba soup, an octopus appetizer or the delicious Djerbian fish couscous. Finish off with a deliciously sweet mint tea.
Restaurant Le Moulin is famous for its brik à l’oeuf, one of the grand classics in North African cuisine. A sort of folded omelet with runny egg yolk in the middle, this dish is loved by every Tunisian, and Le Moulin prepares the best in Djerba. A brisk, white-and-blue venue with a simple but charming interior, this restaurant will capture your heart.
Chef Haouari grew up in Djerba, was trained in Brussels, worked in a Frane and opened a cooking school for Tunisian chefs whilst presenting a national radio show about cooking. Claiming to cook like his Berber grandmother, Haouari’s subtly spiced poultry and seafood are divine, the lamb or goat served has grazed solely on aromatic local plants and his stuffed sun-ripened vegetables are unforgettable. Address: Chez Haouari, near Sun Club Hotel, Djerba, Tunisia, +21 6 75 75 85 87
Le Petit Crustacé
Specializing in fish and seafood, the grilled prawns and creamy fish soup at Le Petit Crustacé are not to be missed. The front porch is inviting and so are the smells coming from the kitchen. Address: Rue du Bac, Ajim, Djerba, Tunisia, +21 6 75 66 11 78
Restaurant, North African
La Baraka is a synonym for beach, sun and good food. In the middle of the pristine white sand of Menynx Beach arise the parasols, wooden sheds and colorful cushions of this restaurant. Enjoy bowls full of prawns, grilled fish and seafood.