Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Ksara Winery
Oenophilecognoscenti will be familiar with vintages created by Lebanese producers; Ksara is among the finest.
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. 
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
Beirut National Museum
If Lebanon is admired for its seven millennia of history, the Beirut National Museum is at the same time its window and refuge. 
Sursock Musuem
The Sursock Museum houses an eclectic mix of modern and ancient art within stunning architectural surroundings.
Baalbeck Int’l Festival
The Baalbeck International Festival is the oldest and the most prestigious festival in the Middle East. 
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.
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.
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
British Council
Like in 220 other cities around the world the British Council aims to encourage the interest in British arts culture and language around the globe.
Jewish Synagogue
The ruins of the only synagogue to exist in Beirut from the time before the Lebanese Jews fled the country.
Goethe Institute
Do you miss the German culture and language while you are off around the world? Then have a slice of Deutschland in the Lebanon at the Goethe Institute.
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.
AUB Museum
Beirut's principal university has beautiful gardens and an archeology museum.
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.
French Institute
The centre of French culture and arts in the Lebanon with links to french movies and art exhibitions.
Ginette concept store caters to Beirut scenesters
A welcome addition to Beirut's hip social scene, Ginette is part restaurant, part shop, part art gallery, and caters to the city's discerning fashionistas.

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