BEIRUT

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    Is Beirut Arab, Mediterranean or European? Or is it all three? Is it a fortress of resistance or a stronghold for tolerance? The largest city in Lebanon is tethered by two big religions, Islam and Christianity. The history of Beirut dates back even further than the Bronze Age. Meanwhile, take a giant leap forward, Beirut only gained its independence in 1943. This long timeline reveals that Beirut is the oldest inhabited city on earth that is still living and breathing with people.
    One thing is very clear; multiple influences have made Beirut a natural cosmopolitan hub. The city is ever changing, thanks to the new progressive minds who call Beirut home as well as the people who visit. That’s what keeps this city young and relevant.

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    BAFFA HOUSE

    The Baffa House Is In Beirut's Creative District / This Authentic Lebanese House Run By Husband And Wife Team - Jessica And Samer / It Offers A Peaceful Sanctuary In The Middle Of The City / Samer And Jessica Have Continued The Family Love Story And Italian Hospitality - In The Baffa House They Have Created A 'Home From Home' / Cosy Decor And Local Artwork Create An Intimate Setting / Breakfast Is The Icing On The Cake - It's Delicious And Is Prepared By Samer's Mother From Local Produce

    Patriarch Arida Street, Mar Mikhael, Achrafieh +96181668221 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    VILLA CLARA

    Villa Clara Boutique Hotel Is Part Of The Chateaux Et Hotels Collection And Is Referred To As A Maison Particuliere / Located In Mar Mikhael Area In Ashrafieh It Is Run By Olivier Gougeon, A French Chef, And His Wife, Marie-Hélene Moawad / They Have Retained The Sense Of A House Rather Than A Hotel As It Has Just Seven Guest Rooms / Each Room Is Decorated With Warm Colours, Antique Furniture And Paintings By Local Artists With An Old Mosaic Marbled Floor To Complete The Pretty First Impression / Villa Clara Has A Bar And Two Gardens While The Cuisine Is French And Fabulous

    Rue Kenchaara, Ashrafieh, Mar Mkhayel +96170995739 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    ALBERGO

    Ashrafieh Is A Hip District That Houses The Legendary Boutique Albergo Hotel / It Is Located In An Old French House And Its Decor Is A Homage To Ottoman Style With Every Room A Different Layout And Design / Colour And Creativity Pervade And Its Special Lighting Makes This An Ideal Romantic Getaway - With Room 33 A Favourite Choice / Breakfast Is Provided On Their Terrace Or By The Pool On The Rooftop Where It’s Just Mesmerizing / Albergo’s Service And Atmosphere Make This A Favourite Retreat While In Beirut

    137 Rue Abdel Wahab El Inglizi + 9611339797 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    LE GRAY

    Its Prime Location In Downtown Beirut Is Enviable As Is The Design Ethos Of Le Gray / Located In The Happening Martyrs’ Square Area / The 80 Rooms Hotel, With More Suites Than Standard Rooms / It Was Created By Stylish Hotelier Gordon Campbell Grey / The Decor Is In Shades Of Pastels And Gray / The Standout Features Are The Unique Artworks, Sculptures And Installations Dotted Throughout The Property / Rooms Are Supremely Comfortable And The Service Is Top Notch / The Best View Is From The Infinity Pool At The Top Of The Building / The Rooftop Bar, ThreeSixty, Is A Magnet For Residents And Guests After Sunset, The Views As The Name Suggests Are Amazing

    Martyrs' Square, Beirut Central District +9611971111 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    BASTA ANTIQUES MARKET

    As One Of Beirut’s Biggest Antique Districts, Basta Seems To Belong To Another Era / Its Name Derives From The Arabic Verb 'Basata' Meaning To Spread Out And This Is Indeed A Sprawling Area / The Buildings Speak Of Former Times - Some Delapidated, Others Crumbling While The Shop Owners Have Been Trading For Generations / The Basta Antique Market, Adjacent To Downtown Beirut, Offers The Country's Finest Selection Of Antiques / For Bargain-Seekers There's Plenty To Haggle Over

    183 Route Basta, El Bachoura , view on map

     

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    AÏSHTI BY THE SEA

    AÏSHTI And Its Owner Tony Salamé Is A Retail Success Story In Beirut, If Not Beyond / Founded In 1989, He Dreamed Of Bringing Luxury Brands Like Prada And Dior To His War Torn Beirut / Growing From A Single Luxury Clothing Store It Is Now A Globally Recognised Chain That Carries The Most Prestigious Fashion Labels / They Opened Aishti By The Sea, A 430,000-Square-Foot Mall Housing A Large Museum Space On The Waterfront - As Much To Show Off His Own Impressive Art Collecdtion / Merging Commerce And Culture Is As Controversial As It Is Cutting-Edge / Salame Explains, “The Art Is Not There To Push Sales; It Adds Value To A Mundane Shopping Experience”

    Seaside Road, Antelias +9614717716 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    PLUM

    Shopping In Plum Is A Style Maven's Dream / This Concept Store, Spread Over Two Levels, Has A Fine Edit Of Designer Gear, Up And Coming Labels And Home Grown Talent / As Well As Fashion, Plum Specialises In Beauty, Health And Music - There's A Beauty Bar For Pampering / Their Health Bar With Freshly Squeezed Drinks Promises To Rejuvenate / Renowned For Its Cutting Edge Approach To Retail, It's No Wonder This Store Is Likened To Colette In Paris

    Fakhry Steet +9611976565 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    ORIENT 499

    For Some Original Souvenirs Or Accesories For The Home Orient 499 Is Guaranteed To Delight / No Two Items Are Alike And Everything Is An Original Handcrafted Designer Creation / The Shop Doubles Up As An Atelier While The Sophisticated Layout Entices Customers / Stock Includes Clothes, Jewelry And Furniture Which Are Sourced Also From Syria, Morocco And Turkey / Mixing Modern With Antiques, Discoveries Include Lanterns, Candles, Arabic Calligraphy Art, Soaps, Oils And Sandals

    499, Omar Daouk +9613411624 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    BOUTIQUE 1

    Boutique 1 Is The Ultimate Fashion Authority In The Middle East / Elie Saab, Diane Von Furstenberg, Missoni And Mulberry Are Only A Few Of The Major Brands Stocked / Boutique 1’s Fashion Buyers And 'Cool Hunters' Are Always On The Look Out For The Latest Designers And Concepts In Fashion And Lifestyle / Known For Its Service, Attention To Detail, Luxury And Exclusivity Boutique 1 Opened A Branch In Knightsbridge, London Too

    2 Park Avenue, Beirut Central District + 9611981666 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    BOKJA DESIGN AND FURNITURE STORE

    Bokja Was Started In 2000 By Huda Baroudi And Maria Hibri And Their Shared Passion Was To Showcase A Love Of Furniture And Fabrics / They Collaborate With Carpenters, Artisans And Textile Designers To Create Modernist Furniture With Brightly Coloured, Lavishly Embroidered Textiles And Suzanis Collected From Dozens Of Regional Sources / The Style Ethos Is Bohemian And Baroque And Bokja Has Been Featured At Many Of The International Design Fairs / Whether Its An Armchair, Chaise Longue Or Sofa, The Bokja Style Is Instantly Recognisable And Very Covetable

    Saifi Village Blg 332, Mukhallassiya Street +9611975576 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    NADA DEBS DESIGN AND FURNITURE STORE

    Nada Debs Is A Lebanese Designer, Brought Up In Japan And Who Studied In The United States / Her Perspective Is Global Though Her Furniture Is Hand-Crafted In Lebanon / Her Aim Is The 'Local In The Global' And The 'Global In The Local', Translated That Means Arabic Design Motifs In Minimalistic Furniture / Her 'Pebble Tables', Inlaid Mirrors And Works In Perspex Are Now Iconic, Though She Adds To Her Impressive Repertoire Each Year / No Visit To Beirut Is Complete Without A Trip To Her Flagship Store In Moukhalasiyyeh Street

    Saifi Village Bldg E-332Moukhalsieh Street,
    Beirut Central District +9611999002 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    LIZA

    Located In The Heart Of The Prestigious Achrafieh District, In The Hills Near The Shore, The Sprawling 500 sqm Restaurant Occupies A Historical Home / This Attitude Of Home, History And Preservation Continues Behind The Scenes In The Restaurant’s Kitchen / When Looking For A Classy And Romantic Lebanese Restaurant, This Is The Place

    Metropolitan Club, Doumani Street, Trabaud, Ashrafieh +9611208108 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    CHEZ SAMMI

    Seafood Is The Specialty Of The Restaurant Chez Sami / Located About 20 km North Of Beirut And A Few Minutes Away From The Casino Du Liban / Considered One Of The Best Seafood Restaurants In Lebanon / There's No Menu As Diners Choose Their Fish From A Selection On Display Near The Front Door And Then Add Salads And Mezze As Side Dishes / It's A Great Spot To Enjoy The Seaside Views From The Glassed In Terrace And Outdoor Decking, Built Over The Water

    Old Seaside road Maameltein, Jounieh +9619646064 , view website , view on map

     

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    CASABLANCA

    Casablanca Is Considered Beirut’s Best Brunch Spot Where Everything Is Organic, Fresh And Bursting With Flavour / The French Toast Or The Beef Marinated In Sake Is Recommended For Dinner As Well As The Baked Cheesecake - All Three Favourite Dishes With The Regulars / Casablanca Is The Ain El Mreisseh Area In A Lively Setting That Offers Great Views Of The Mediterranean / It Is Best To Book In Advance To Avoid Disappointment

    Rue Dar el Mreisseh, Ain el Mreisseh Qaddoura Bldg 2nd Floor +9611369334 , view website , view on map

     

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    JULIA’S

    Inside An Old House In Ashrafieh, Julia’s Is Full Of Atmosphere With Soft Lighting, Soothing Music And Staple French Favourites Amongst The International Cuisine Menu / There Is A Large Bar Area With A Three-Leveled Terrace - Perfect If The Weather Allows / Julia's Is Famous For Its Steaks And Sauces While The Wine List Showcases The Best Lebanese And French Wines

    Abdel Wahab Inglizi Street +9611219539 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    GINETTE

    Gemayzeh Street Is A Bustling Hub That Comes Alive At Night With Its Numerous Bars And Cafes / Ginette Is Recommended For A Peaceful Lunch In Beautiful Surroundings / It's In The Middle Of Gemayzeh Street On The Way To Mar Mikhael And Is Surrounded By Trees / The Rather Imposing Facade Has Large Windows That Let Natural Light Shine Onto The Calm, Minimalistic Surroundings And Freshly Prepared Produce / This Is A Cafe Nestled Amongst Clothing, Accessories And An Art Space Associated With The Edgy Nanzuka Underground Gallery In Tokyo

    Convivion 5 Building, Gouraud Street, Gemmayze, Beirut +9611570440 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    EL TAWLET

    El Tawlet Is A Foodie Destination And Is An Extension Of Souk El Tayeb, A Weekly Farmer’s Market That Specializes In Organic Produce / The Success Of El Tawlet Is In The Unique Formula And Rota Of Suppliers / Each Day A Different Cook Or Producer Helps El Tawlet's Chef Prepare Regional Lebanese Dishes And Family Recipes / This Means That Lebanese Traditions And Tastes Are Preserved And Presented / There Can't Be A More Authentic Place To Eat While In Beirut / With More Than 70 Collaborators, This Restaurant Is An Inspiring Example And Window Onto The Lebanese Love Of Food

    12 Rue Naher, Armenia Street +9611448129 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    WHITE ROOFTOP

    A Beirut Institution, White Is In A Class Of Its Own On The Nightlife Scene / It Mixes Highend Dining With A Lounge And Club Scene That Pulsates With Energy And Oozes Style / It's Situated At The Top Of The Al Nahar Building / It Is Open From May To October, During Which Time It Welcomes A Who’s Who Lineup Of World-Famous Acts And International DJs Who Come To Rock The Decks / With The Capacity To Fit 1200 People It Is The Place To Enjoy Some People Watching, Cocktail In Hand, As Well As The 180 Degree Views Of The Mediterranean

    Sea Side Road, Daoura +9613060090 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    TERMINAL B

    Terminal B In Mar Mikhael Is A Great Venue With A Relaxed Atmosphere And Fascinating History / The Building Dates Back To The 19th Century When It Used To Be A Stable And Indeed The Some Original Features Persist Today / A Mix Of Vintage And Trendy Design Makes This A Good Place To Come For A Relaxed Drink Or Dinner / It's Only Open During The Summer As It Is An Al Fresco Venue That Specializes In Live Cooking / Surrounded By Ancient Walls Under The Open Sky, The Feeling Is Quite Special On A Starry Night

    Rue D'Armenie, Mar Mikhayel +96170840404 , view website , view on map

     

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    MYU RESTAURANT & BAR

    MYU Is Undoubtedly Fabulous And Is The Brainchild Of Joseph Mourani Whose Nickname Is Myu / It's Housed In A Former Factory So This Is Industrial Chic At Its Most Trendy / There Are Two Tunnels That Divide The Drinking And Eating Parts / The Latter Serves Up A Trendy Fusion Of French-Asian Cuisine / As For The Bar, The Cocktails Are Amazing / As Expected The Vibe, Noise And Music Ramps Up As The Evening Progresses

    Harley Davidson Building, Daora, Seaside Road +9613334476 , view website , view on map

     

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    CENTRALE

    Centrale Is Both A Design And Dining Destination / Bernard Khoury Is Responsible For The Cylindrical Detail And Decor / He Has Created An Elegant Space That Befits This Building Which Dates Back To The 1920s / Meanwhile The Menu Changes Each Season And Has A Strong French, Bistro Influence / The Restaurant Also Comprises A Jasmin-Filled Garden And A Bar On The Top Floor / Chic And Contemporary, Centrale Does Not Disappoint

    Quartier Mar Maroun, Gemayzeh +9611575858 , view website , view on map

     

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    CARWAN GALLERY

    Founded By Architects Pascale Wakim And Nicholas Bellavance-Lecompte In 2010 / Carwan Began As A Pop Up Gallery Before Opening In Beirut / It Takes Its Name From The Arabic 'Caravanserai' The Cultural And Trading Stops Where Traveling Caravans Would Pause To Rest / It's Entirely Appropriate As Carwan Is A Unique Space For Contemplation / It's Full Of Contemporary And Collectible Design Objects / The Gallery Exhibits Bespoke Projects And Limited Edition Objects, Focusing On Special Commissions Of Internationally Renowned Architects And Designers / The Gallery Has Showcased Its Exhibitions At The Most Important Art And Design Fairs In Dubai, Basel, London, New York And Miami

    D-Beirut Building, First Floor, Seaside Road, Burj Hammoud +9613686089 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SFEIR SEMMLER

    Opened In 2005 In Beirut, Sfeir-Semler Has Become A Pre-Eminent Gallery For Contemporary Art In The Arab World And Is Managed By Andree Sfeir-Semler / Nurturing The Development Of Major Artists From North Africa And The Middle East, The Gallery Also Provides A Space For Large-Scale Exhibitions And Dynamic Projects / One Example Was “Blazon” An Installation By Marwan Rechmaoui That Took Years To Produce

    Tannous Building, Karantina +9611566550 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    XXE SIECLE GALLERY

    Founded By Design Enthusiasts And Connoisseurs Souheil And Hala Hanna / Galerie XXe Siècle Is In Hamra And Showcases Its Owners Passion For Beautiful Vintage Furniture, Design And Art Objects From The 20th Century With A Particular Emphasis On The 50s And 70s / Famous Mid-Century Designers Such As Jean Royere, Joe Colombo And Oscar Niemeyer Are Showcased There

    Hanna residential building,Abdel Aal street,
    Hamra +9611742020 , view website , view on map

     

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    THE EGG

    Known As 'The Egg' To Locals / This Was Once An Architecturally Groundbreaking Complex In Downtown Beirut Designed By Joseph Philippe Karam And Built In 1965 / It Used To Be A Cinema And Residential Complex But Was Damaged During The Lebanese Civil War / Located Near The Old Church Called Al Azariyyeh Near Martyrs Square / The Dome City Center Building Is Now Seen As A Historical Place

    Gellas Road, Bachoura , view on map

     

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    OLD BYBLOS PORT

    Byblos Is A Wonderful Choice For Visitors That Want To Spend Some Time Out Of The City Centre / It Is A Historic UNESCO World Heritage Site With Modern Scholars Saying The Site Of Byblos Goes Back At Least 7,000 Years Making It The Oldest Inhabited City / Locals Call It Jbeil And It Comprises A Pretty Fishing Port, Harbour, Medieval Town Centre And Also A Castle / There Are Seven Churches All Within The Old Town / There Is A Tradition That People Visit All Seven Churches In One Day On The Thursday Before Good Friday / Byblos Also Has A Crop Of Wonderful Restaurants And Hotels By The Sea And Places For Sightseeing

    Seaside Road, Byblos , view on map

     

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    BEITEDDINE PALACE

    Beiteddine, Meaning 'House Of Faith', Is Both A Village And A Palace Perched On A Hilltop And Away From The Hustle And Bustle Of Beirut Centre / The Beiteddine Palace Dates Back To The 19th Century / It Is A Fine Example Of Lebanese Architecture With Lovely Artefacts And Some Of The Finest Byzantine Mosaics In The World / The View Itself Is Worth The Drive

    Beit Ed Dine +9615500078 , view on map

     

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    SHOUF CEDAR TREES NATIONAL PARK

    The Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve Is A Popular Destination For Hiking And Trekking, With Trails Matching All Levels Of Fitness / Bird Watching, Mountain Biking And Snow Shoeing Are Also Popular / From The Summit Of The Rugged Mountains, Visitors Will Have A Panoramic View Of The Countryside, Eastward To The Beqaa Valley And Qaraoun Lake / There Are Trees Reaching Up To 2000 Years Of Age / Al-Shouf Is The Largest Of Lebanon's Nature Reserves And Accounts For A Quarter Of The Remaining Cedar Forest In The Country / The Reserve's Most Famous Attractions Are Its Three Magnificent Cedar Forests Of Maasser Al-Shouf, Barouk And Ain Zhalta

    Barouk Mountain, Maasser Park House, Maasser El Chouf, Barouk +9615350250 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    MUSIC HALL

    It's A Complete Entertainment Experience Created By The Elefteriades Brothers In The Early 2000s / Music Hall Was An Old Cinema That Was Converted In A Cabaret Venue That Hosts Live World Fusion Musical Acts / Every Genre Of Music From Piaf To Sinatra, The Gypsy Kings To Reggae And Opera Has Graced Its Stage / It's Best To Go Here In A Group For An Unforgettable Evening

    Starco Center, Omar Daouk Street,Downtown Beirut +9611361236 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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