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Beirut

February 30
February 30, a hip resto-pub in Beirut, offers creative cocktails and delicious food in a trendy, yet inviting setting.
Eau de Vie
Paul
High quality breads cakes and coffee from the Beirut outpost of this global chain.
Lina’s
The perfect place to kick back with a strong morning coffee a little bit of breakfast and a newspaper.
Souq al Barghout
Souq al Barghout is every bargain hunter's dream; a mix between a giant flea market and car boot sale those willing to sift through the tat can unearth some real buried treasure.
Foul, Hommos & Co
With a handful of tables and an open kitchen this is a quintessential Lebanese experience.
Hole In the Wall
Diminutive pub-style bar rammed with young Lebanese and students.
Al Balad
Cheap and cheerful Lebanese restaurant with fantastic food. A local treat.
Scallywags
Fun friendly and hugely popular little fusion restaurant.
Tamaris
Stylish dessert-focused restaurant from the Ducasse stable.
Fennel
Low key Italian that draws in foodies from near and far.
Spoon
One Stop has become Spoon with a slick all wooden interior and laid back music.
Yellow Submarine
Nova
Celtic
Irish boozer with a continually buzzing vibe.
The Hippodrome
Let's face it Beirut's horse racing scene is never going to compare to the Grand National, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe or the Kentucky Derby - but the Lebanese do love to gamble which makes it exciting nevertheless.
Regusto
An old-school café serving up sport beer and decent Armenian food.
Tribeca
Laid-back New York-style café in Achrafieh.
La Tabkha
Stylish Lebanese lunch spot in fashionable Gemayzeh.
Le Chef
Simple Lebanese restaurant that the locals swear by.
ABC Shopping Centre
Beirut's main mall houses the ABC department store as well as a range of other shops restaurants and a six-screen cinema. Spread over six levels ABC has everything you could possibly want under one roof - and then some.
Beirut by Bike
Cycling in Beirut can be somewhat problematic - the problem being the insanely dangerous and blinkered driving style of most Lebanese. But if you can get up to er speed on the principles of survival here then it's a great way to see the city.
Barometre
Small dark and smokey; an intellectually hip hangout in once glamorous Hamra.
Zaatar Wa Zeit
24-hour café that's busy all day and night. Perfect for a early morning snack before bed.
Wadi Walima
Delightfully intimate Lebanese restaurant hidden inside an old townhouse.
Casper & Gambini
With great food efficient service and an understatedly hip atmosphere Casper's remains a favourite.
Atlas Beach
Atlas Beach is for those who prefer a quieter beach side experience with a distinct lack of the drone of jet skis and nattering. On the other hand also lacks some of the facilities of other beaches.
Rawda Café
A local institution a trip to Rawda is a glimpse into real everyday Beirut life.
Al Falamanki
Backgammon, Shisha and Lebanese tea are all on the menu at this lively little café
Tyre Public Beach
A simply beautiful beach close to the city's ruins which include Alexander the Great's monumental Arch to make a relaxing and culturally stimulating day trip.
Sporting Club
Sporting might not look like much - it's very difficult to see the beauty in concrete - but the resort is one of the best and well worth going to if only to try and parse out its appeal.
Flying Carpet
I can show you the world... On a magic carpet ride! While this may not be the flying carpet of our dreams it is a cheap and cheerful way to take to the skies.
Saifi Village Arts
Opened in December 2004 this intimate neighbourhood is Beirut's answer to Portobello Road with plenty of design furniture and fashion stores lining the streets.
Goutons-Voir
Families and young couples vie for blackboard viewing at this affordable European eatery.
Port View
An intimate, relaxed and reasonably-priced hotel in Gemayzeh.
Hotel Alexandre
A good value-for-money option with an interesting history.
Holiday Inn Dunes
Set on a busy shopping street the hotel is a good option for retail mavens or those in town on business.

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