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A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Paul
High quality breads cakes and coffee from the Beirut outpost of this global chain.
India
Delicious Punjabi cuisine from best Indian restaurant in Beirut.
Mayrig
Warm and welcoming Armenian-Lebanese restaurant. Not to be missed.
Al Dente
Elegant popular Italian restaurant in a traditional Lebanese house.
Time Out (La Closerie)
A tranquil sophisticated Achrafieh outpost Time Out is one of those charming bars which should always remain a secret.
Karam Beirut
One of Beirut's best Lebanese restaurants.
Cocteau
Upmarket French restaurant with decor paying homage to Jean Cocteau.
BO18
This legendary club has a decadent crazy debauched vibe.
Shah Lounge
Arabic themed music lounge-cum-restaurant popular with a well-heeled crowd.
Byblos (Jbeil)
Byblos is a picture-postcard Lebanese seaside town from the crumbling port walls and imposing Crusader castle ruins to the delectable seafood and rugged fishermen repairing their nets. Perfect for a day out with plenty of picture-taking opportunities
Nova
Aziz
Unassuming yet fabulous French restaurant with an excellent wine list.
Celtic
Irish boozer with a continually buzzing vibe.
Regusto
An old-school café serving up sport beer and decent Armenian food.
The Golf Club
Rather surprisingly, there is only one golf course in Beirut - especially given the high number of ex-pats who live here. The Golf Club of Lebanon is part of a country club-style complex offering argyle-clad golfers more than just gorgeous greens.
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.
Crowne Plaza
Al Mijana
Glamorous Lebanese restaurant in a beautiful Ottoman building.
Mayass
Charming reasonably priced Armenian-Lebanese restaurant set in an old townhouse.
Chase
Laid-back Achrafieh stalwart overlooking Sassine Square.
The Beirut Cellar
One of Beirut's oldest restaurants The Beirut Cellar has a loyal local following.
Grand Cafe
We are a modern French brasserie, merging France's timeless vibrancy with an unmistakable Bay Area flair. But don't let the grandeur fool you. Dress up, dress down this is all of the French with none of the fuss. 
Sursock Musuem
The Sursock Museum houses an eclectic mix of modern and ancient art within stunning architectural surroundings.
The Magnum Club
You'd think getting hold of some weaponry wouldn't be too tricky in Beirut but you'd be surprised. Besides it's all a lot safer and more controlled to head off to the range and learn how to master a handgun properly.
Music Hall
Cabaret style environment where high-end local acts perform in front of large crowds.
Lebanese Adventure
Gorgeous blue skies, warm Mediterranean waters and awe-inspiring mountain peaks make Lebanon a nature lover's paradise - so grab your hiking boots and get moving!
Julia’s
Elegant romantic French/fusion restaurant in the heart of Achrafieh.
Sydney’s
Suit up, gents.
Wadi Walima
Delightfully intimate Lebanese restaurant hidden inside an old townhouse.
Place de L’Etoile
A spacious outdoor terrace pretty surroundings and an impressive political clientele.
Archaeological Remains
Beirut's turbulent history has seen occupation from everyone from the Romans and the Phoenicians to the French and the Syrians. One aspect to emerge out of this is archaeological ruins - and lots of them. Keep your eyes peeled.
Sheraton Verdun
Sophisticated and comfortable; an impressive piece of modern design both inside and out.
Robert Mouawad Private Museum
Fantastic private collection of Islamic Art dating from the 12th century. By appointment only.
Balthus
Glamorous Art Deco French restaurant beloved of Beirut's powerbrokers.
Arab Image Foundation
The AIF is a haven for discovering an incredible archive of photographs covering all aspects of Arab life over the last 150 years. Truly a must visit
Relais de l’Entrecôte
Based on a Parisian institution Relais offers the beststeak frites in Beirut.
Mövenpick
Classic luxury on the seafront in the heart of the city.
Rawda Café
A local institution a trip to Rawda is a glimpse into real everyday Beirut life.
Bay Rock Café
Touristy but popular café with beautiful views over the Med and Pigeon Rocks.
Essential Spa
Beirutis like to look good for the summer months which is why the city is brimming with spas and health clubs. Unfortunately there are no traditional hammams still operating so it's modern spa treatments all the way.

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