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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.
Ferdinand
A warm and welcoming bar and restaurant, Ferdinand, named after the friendly bull, does great burgers and even better drinks...
Pigeon Rocks
The Pigeon Rocks two masses of rock rising from the Mediterranean at the far end of the Corniche are a great source of interest to the Lebanese. 
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.
Yellow Submarine
Al Kahwa
Across the road from the university Al Kahwa attracts a friendly student crowd.
Scallywags
Fun friendly and hugely popular little fusion restaurant.
Tamaris
Stylish dessert-focused restaurant from the Ducasse stable.
The Corniche
The Corniche is a glimpse of everyday life in Beirut whether it be the hawkers selling snacks on the sidelines or the families strolling the seafront hand in hand. Take to the pRomenade and see for yourself.
Nova
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
La Tabkha
Stylish Lebanese lunch spot in fashionable Gemayzeh.
Sursock Musuem
The Sursock Museum houses an eclectic mix of modern and ancient art within stunning architectural surroundings.
Le Chef
Simple Lebanese restaurant that the locals swear by.
Wadi Walima
Delightfully intimate Lebanese restaurant hidden inside an old townhouse.
Zaatar Wa Zeit
24-hour café that's busy all day and night. Perfect for a early morning snack before bed.
Robert Mouawad Private Museum
Fantastic private collection of Islamic Art dating from the 12th century. By appointment only.
Agial Art Gallery
Beirut is at the very heart of a thriving Middle Eastern art scene and the Agial Art Gallery owned by Saleh Barakat is the place to seek if you are looking for Arab art.
Casper & Gambini
With great food efficient service and an understatedly hip atmosphere Casper's remains a favourite.
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
Rawda Café
A local institution a trip to Rawda is a glimpse into real everyday Beirut life.
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.
Esprit Nomade
A hiking trip available to people of all abilities and a fantastic way to see some of the sights around Beirut from salt marshes to historical ruins. Bring your hiking shoes!
La Reserve
Each and every outdoor activity you could ever want to do are available in the Afqa Reserve from caving to parasailing. Stay for a while and try them all.
Janine Rubeiz Gallery
Containing both classic and contemporary Lebanese and Arab artists this is one of the oldest galleries in Beirut with a fine history in the Lebanese cultural scene.
Cervantes Institute
The institute of everything Spanish in Beirut. Check here to find out what cultural experiences they are hosting.
Alice Mogabgab Gallery
One of Gemayzeh's best galleries for local regional and international art run by dealer and agent Alice Mogabgab. Stop by if you are in Gemayzeh.
St George’s
Beirut's downtown area contains an incredible number of churches and mosques - there are at least 30 in a space the size of London - with the sound of church bells and the call to prayer competing with each other in a cacophony of sound.
Al-Omari Mosque
Once a Christian church Al-Omari was converted to a Sunni mosque in the 11th Century.
Port View
An intimate, relaxed and reasonably-priced hotel in Gemayzeh.
Hotel Alexandre
A good value-for-money option with an interesting history.

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