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Chapati, fricassé, kaskrout… Our top 5 Tunisian street-food favourites

Say goodbye to burgers, hot dogs and slices of pizza… and make way for Tunisian street food! Sun-drenched snacks, tasty and filling, flavored with harissa and olive oil.

Whether you’re strolling through the heart of Tunis, Sidi Bou Saïd or the coastal town of Mahdia, succumb to the deliciousness of a fricassé, chapati or kaskrout!

1 – The chapati

This Tunisian sandwich is a real knockout. Firstly for its homemade dough, and secondly for the smell that emanates from its pan-frying. While you’ll find them just about everywhere in Tunisia, our favorite version is undoubtedly the one from Mahdia: a thick, calzone-like patty filled with cheese, harissa, hard-boiled eggs, tuna and fresh French fries. So good, it’s hard to eat just one! A specialty of the town of Mahdia, 200 km south of Tunis.



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2 – Kaskrout

Forget ham and butter, here’s the kaskrout! A no-fuss baguette sandwich, spread with harissa and topped with traditional Tunisian ingredients: tuna, crudités, green olives and eggs. Fancy a more caliente version? Ask for a méchouia salad on the side! A salad based on grilled peppers and tomatoes, enhanced with chillies and garlic. To be enjoyed on its own or with French fries, for extra indulgence.


3 – Fricassé

The fricassé is the perfect sandwich when you’re just a little hungry. You can eat it in one bite, but it’s still a bit stale. It’s deep-fried and loaded with tuna, potatoes and olives. A classic! As for the bread, it has the consistency of a doughnut, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. In fact, it’s called fricassé, because when the doughnut puffs up, it’s “fried” and then “broken”.


4 – Kâak el warka

These traditional Tunisian snack cakes are a real favorite. Coated with a thin sweet dough on the outside, they’re easy to eat and won’t stick to your fingers. Beneath their minimalist appearance, they contain a melting almond paste and a sweet rosewater fragrance. A delicacy from the northern Tunisian town of Zaghouan.


5 – Bambalouni

Head to Sidi Bou Saïd for these delicious, sweet, Italian-sounding doughnuts. Fried and rounded, they are renowned for their light, airy dough. Whether you’re looking for a snack or a bite to eat, bambalouni can be enjoyed at any time of day!



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