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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...
Paul
High quality breads cakes and coffee from the Beirut outpost of this global chain.
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.
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. 
Foul, Hommos & Co
With a handful of tables and an open kitchen this is a quintessential Lebanese experience.
Lina’s
The perfect place to kick back with a strong morning coffee a little bit of breakfast and a newspaper.
Hole In the Wall
Diminutive pub-style bar rammed with young Lebanese and students.
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.
Yellow Submarine
Spoon
One Stop has become Spoon with a slick all wooden interior and laid back music.
Nova
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.
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
Tribeca
Laid-back New York-style café in Achrafieh.
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.
La Tabkha
Stylish Lebanese lunch spot in fashionable Gemayzeh.
Regusto
An old-school café serving up sport beer and decent Armenian food.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Mouawad Private Museum
Fantastic private collection of Islamic Art dating from the 12th century. By appointment only.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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