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A Hedonist’s guide to…

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...
Iris
Foul, Hommos & Co
With a handful of tables and an open kitchen this is a quintessential Lebanese experience.
India
Delicious Punjabi cuisine from best Indian restaurant in Beirut.
Achrafieh
Tucked away on the picturesque streets of Achrafieh are independent antique stores furniture and design galleries craft stalls jewellers and clothes shops selling everything from locally-made accessories to international designer labels.
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.
Mandarine
Chichi cafe/restaurant in the up-and-coming district of Verdun.
Al Dente
Elegant popular Italian restaurant in a traditional Lebanese house.
Mayrig
Warm and welcoming Armenian-Lebanese restaurant. Not to be missed.
Le Coffee
American-style diner serving burgers milkshakes and all things unholy.
Lina’s
The perfect place to kick back with a strong morning coffee a little bit of breakfast and a newspaper.
Casablanca
Lively atmospheric fusion restaurant overlooking the Corniche.
Bar Louie
Low key bar hosting jazz soul and bluegrass from international and local talent.
Al Balad
Cheap and cheerful Lebanese restaurant with fantastic food. A local treat.
Hole In the Wall
Diminutive pub-style bar rammed with young Lebanese and students.
Spoon
One Stop has become Spoon with a slick all wooden interior and laid back music.
Waterlemon
High design café with seasonal décor changes and a light airy feel.
Al Kahwa
Across the road from the university Al Kahwa attracts a friendly student crowd.
37 Degrees
This friendly little bar off Monnot Street is the perfect starting point for a night out.
Scallywags
Fun friendly and hugely popular little fusion restaurant.
Fennel
Low key Italian that draws in foodies from near and far.
Aziz
Unassuming yet fabulous French restaurant with an excellent wine list.
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.
Cocteau
Upmarket French restaurant with decor paying homage to Jean Cocteau.
Tawlet
Traditional Lebanese with a regional twist – the perfect lunch/brunch stop
The Blue Elephant
Tinkling waterfalls and verdant undergrowth await customers in this basement Thai restaurant.
Tribeca
Laid-back New York-style café in Achrafieh.
Ginette
Opened late in 2010 in the Lebanese capital, Ginette is a concept store that's part restaurant, part shop and part art gallery. Beirut's sartorial set can't get enough.
Crowne Plaza
La Tabkha
Stylish Lebanese lunch spot in fashionable Gemayzeh.
Celtic
Irish boozer with a continually buzzing vibe.
Dragonfly
Hole-in-the-wall style bar responsible for bringing late night drinking back to Gemayzeh.
Regusto
An old-school café serving up sport beer and decent Armenian food.
ABC Shopping Centre
Beirut's main mall houses the ABC department store as well as a range of other shops restaurants and a six-screen cinema. Spread over six levels ABC has everything you could possibly want under one roof - and then some.
Le Chef
Simple Lebanese restaurant that the locals swear by.
Chase
Laid-back Achrafieh stalwart overlooking Sassine Square.
Mayass
Charming reasonably priced Armenian-Lebanese restaurant set in an old townhouse.
Manara Palace
Popular with families Manara Palace has a large open terrace right by the sea.
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.

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