"enticing knick knacks and handicrafts" Top 5 Page for this destination Sidi Bou Said Tourist Trap Tip by angiebabe

Sidi Bou Said Tourist Traps: 3 reviews and 2 photos

lots of stuff for sale, colourful souvenirs, ceramics, rugs and carpets, tiles, stuffed camels - but lots at over rated prices, try and haggle a bit.
bought a rug - bought lots in morocco etc - and they tried to tell me they were 120-200 years old!! come on do i look that stupid!!
i did buy one i liked, with lots of intricate weaving or embroidery - despite them trying to tell me it was 80 years old i ignored that j- especially when they wouldnt give me any info cert with it if i wanted to sell it in the future say - but thats okay , its a nice rug and i think it was worth the price i haggled it down (with the use of a tunisian acquaintance - who no doubt got some commission but thats okay too)

Unique Suggestions: haggle, dont pay the first price unless you are happy with it - shop around a bit, preferable dont make Sidi Bou Said your first intro to shopping and prices in Tunisia.
I bought some tiles with sidi bou said pics and colours on them, probably overpaid, but they threw as a bonus an excellent candle lite holder made in ceramic birdcage style - and it didnt smash on the way home and i love it!

Fun Alternatives: go shopping at the Tunis or Sousse of Mehdia souks first or instead! and take photos of the handicraft scenes that you liked!!
also rugs were much much cheaper down at Medinine - at the ksour souk.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 14, 2006
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