Supermarkets Carrefour (Carrefour) in Tunisia
Buying souvenirs and gifts in Tunisia , I want not to overpay and not get a fake in my hands. To do this, you should choose the right place of purchase, which we talked about in detail in the article " Where to buy gifts in Tunisia ." On this page, let's talk about the most reliable way - a network of supermarkets Carrefour.
And the first important information for tourists, the name Carrefour is read in French as "carfour", emphasis on the second syllable.
The French network Carrefour ranks 6th in the world in terms of annual turnover. As of 2016, the French have already opened 10,860 stores in 33 countries. Basically it's French-speaking countries, and Tunisia is no exception, Carrefour is the country's largest trade network.
For most tourists, supermarkets are the most convenient place for shopping. First, there are no intrusive traders who are annoyed by their attempts to sell goods at a price. For residents of Russian cities, the supermarket is a much more familiar place than the market, it's calmer here. Secondly, it is a guarantee of quality and compliance with expiration dates.
Third, prices are fixed. Although, if you compare markets and Carrefour, it often happens that you can buy products at the market even cheaper, it's all about the "black" schemes of trading on the Tunisian markets - they do not pay taxes here.
But it is worth remembering that Carrefour is not a tourist shop, there is a lot missing from what tourists want to buy.
What is not in Carrefour
There are no magnets, souvenir plates, postcards, charms, camel figurines, cheap gift leather products, mosaic plates, drums, paintings from leather and other purely souvenir items.
For these things to go to the Carrefour itself makes no sense. However, next to every supermarket in any resort in Tunisia there must be souvenir shops. In any case, you can buy all the goods in one place.
What is in Carrefour
All edible Tunisian gifts are here - olives and olive oil, dates, halva, nougat and other oriental sweets, canned tuna in olive oil, harissa and much more.
The second interesting group of products are local chocolates (in the photo on the left, click to enlarge) and chocolate bars, candies, Tunisian soda and the like. All very interesting, see, choose, try.
Also tourists like to buy fruit, especially if they did not come to All Inclusive or to an inexpensive hotel, where there is no fruit on the buffet. All seasonal fruits in Carrefour are on the shelves - strawberries, peaches, oranges and tangerines, watermelons and melons, apricots, bananas and others.
If in Tunisia you do not live in a hotel, but rent an apartment or villa, Carrefour has everything for cooking in the kitchen - cereals, milk, eggs, meat and fish. Only fresh pork do not try to find, after all Tunisia is an Islamic country, although pork delicacies are sold in supermarkets. For details, see our review " Prices for food in Tunisia ."
The catalog of products can be viewed on the official website www.carrefourtunisie.com. You can also download mobile applications for iOS and Android. Unfortunately, both applications and directories in French, will have to navigate through the pictures.
Types of Carrefour stores
Shops are divided into two types: Market and Express. It is believed that the shops Market have a large area, and Express smaller. This separation is not always respected, two stores can be approximately the same in terms of sales area, but have different designations.
Location of stores Carrefour
Each resort has a store or a Carrefour supermarket. To get there from the hotel is easiest to take a taxi, the benefit of Tunisian taxi drivers is inexpensive. Just tell the taxi driver: "Carrefour", he will immediately understand where to go. It's also easy to get back, taxi drivers are always at the store, tell the name of the hotel or simply show the bracelet, the driver will immediately understand the purpose of the trip.
On the island of Djerba, one supermarket is located in the city of Houmt Souk (the capital of the island), but it is more convenient for tourists to get to Carrefour in the city of Midoun, it is very near the tourist area. The easiest way to get there is by taxi, the price of the trip is 5-10 Tunisian dinars .
At the resorts of Hammamet , Nabeul , Monastir and Mahdia there is one supermarket Carrefour. At the resort of Zarzis, only one Express. All these shops are located right in the city, a taxi ride will cost 5 dinars. In the city of Sousse just eight shops - 4 supermarkets and 4 express.
In the capital of the country - the city of Tunis 16 shops. One of them is a huge hypermarket with a sales area of 1100 sq.m. It is called "La Marsa" by the name of the suburb in which it is located. Holidaymakers in Gammarth resort can take a taxi for 5 minutes.
Features of Tunisian supermarkets and advice to tourists
- The cart should be taken here in the same way as in large supermarkets in Russia. Insert a coin of 1 dinar, the lock is snapped, the trolley is released for the buyer. When you return the trolley to the place, the coin is returned to the buyer.
- They sell ice in a beautiful package. Price: about 1 dinar per kilogram. As it looks, you can see the photo on the left. Click on the photo to enlarge.
- In most supermarkets Carrefour there is a second floor, there they sell non-food products. Be sure to look in there, find a lot of interesting, you can compare prices in our countries.
- Beer is sold here, but only non-alcoholic. There are no alcoholic beverages, they are sold in Tunisia only in the shops of the "Generals" network. This was discussed in detail in the article " Alcohol in Tunisia ".
- Cigarettes do not sell. On the features of buying cigarettes, read our article " Smoking in Tunisia ."
- The French word "carrefour" translates as a "crossroads", but the French trade has nothing to do with the Russian trade network Crossroads.
Successful purchases in Tunisian supermarkets, and read our interesting and useful articles about this country ( links below ).
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