Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Place de L’Etoile
A spacious outdoor terrace pretty surroundings and an impressive political clientele.
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!
Golf Club of Lebanon
La Posta
Stylish little Italian restaurant set in a beautiful courtyard away from Beirut's bustling streets.
De Prague
A social hub for the arty Hamra crowd de Prague is café by day and bar by night
Sydney’s
Suit up, gents.
Zaatar Wa Zeit
24-hour café that's busy all day and night. Perfect for a early morning snack before bed.
Memoires de Chine
The best Chinese restaurant in Beirut has good food and a romantic atmosphere.
Wadi Walima
Delightfully intimate Lebanese restaurant hidden inside an old townhouse.
Julia’s
Elegant romantic French/fusion restaurant in the heart of Achrafieh.
Baalbeck Int’l Festival
The Baalbeck International Festival is the oldest and the most prestigious festival in the Middle East. 
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.
Lebanon Shuttle
Basta
BHV stocks a wide range of home furnishings, appliances, clothing and computers - it's good if you are looking for well-priced items from non-designer brands.
Centrale
With excellent food trumped by impressive design Centrale is a must-visit for all.
Diwan Sultan Ibrahim
Smart modern fish and seafood restaurant: well worth a visit.
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.
Robert Mouawad Private Museum
Fantastic private collection of Islamic Art dating from the 12th century. By appointment only.
Sheraton Verdun
Sophisticated and comfortable; an impressive piece of modern design both inside and out.
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.
Balthus
Glamorous Art Deco French restaurant beloved of Beirut's powerbrokers.
Bamboo Bay
Just $10 gets you in to Bamboo Bay and access to golden sands, Jacuzzis, a pool and an outlet of La Posta. Looks like it's swim o'clock already.
S.T.A.Y
Delicate food from a Michelin 3-starred chef in trendy surrounds.
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
Club Social
One of the hippest clubs in town Club Social is the social hub of Gemayzeh's stylish scene.
Torino Express
A tiny cellar bar which has succeeded in drawing in an achingly hip crowd.
Art Lounge
Fabulously trendy loft-style bar with an intellectual art scene.
Le Rouge
Momo at the Souks
Stylish and hip, Momo at the Souks appeals to those looking for a slightly different culinary experience...
Moloko
Busy bar set back off Achrafieh's main night life drag that always pulls in the punters.
Downtown
Downtown is a beautiful area of pre-war sandstone architecture and wide cobbled streets; have a wander browse the shops or while away time at a streetside café.
Aishti
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.
Le Vendôme
Lavish but cosy, Le Vendôme has stunning views and great restaurants.
Rawda Café
A local institution a trip to Rawda is a glimpse into real everyday Beirut life.
La Maison du Café Najjar
Contemporary café from the coffee barons of the Najjar family.
Bay Rock Café
Touristy but popular café with beautiful views over the Med and Pigeon Rocks.
Amore Mio Café
Smart modern café with a large terrace in the upmarket Verdun shopping area.

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