Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Wadi Walima
Delightfully intimate Lebanese restaurant hidden inside an old townhouse.
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.
Tribeca
Laid-back New York-style café in Achrafieh.
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.
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.
Spoon
One Stop has become Spoon with a slick all wooden interior and laid back music.
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.
Scallywags
Fun friendly and hugely popular little fusion restaurant.
Regusto
An old-school café serving up sport beer and decent Armenian food.
Rawda Café
A local institution a trip to Rawda is a glimpse into real everyday Beirut life.
Port View
An intimate, relaxed and reasonably-priced hotel in Gemayzeh.
Lina’s
The perfect place to kick back with a strong morning coffee a little bit of breakfast and a newspaper.
Le Chef
Simple Lebanese restaurant that the locals swear by.
La Tabkha
Stylish Lebanese lunch spot in fashionable Gemayzeh.
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.
Hole In the Wall
Diminutive pub-style bar rammed with young Lebanese and students.
French Institute
The centre of French culture and arts in the Lebanon with links to french movies and art exhibitions.
Foul, Hommos & Co
With a handful of tables and an open kitchen this is a quintessential Lebanese experience.
Ferdinand
A warm and welcoming bar and restaurant, Ferdinand, named after the friendly bull, does great burgers and even better drinks...
February 30
February 30, a hip resto-pub in Beirut, offers creative cocktails and delicious food in a trendy, yet inviting setting.
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!
Cervantes Institute
The institute of everything Spanish in Beirut. Check here to find out what cultural experiences they are hosting.
Celtic
Irish boozer with a continually buzzing vibe.
Casper & Gambini
With great food efficient service and an understatedly hip atmosphere Casper's remains a favourite.
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.
AUB Museum
Beirut's principal university has beautiful gardens and an archeology museum.
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.
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.
Al Kahwa
Across the road from the university Al Kahwa attracts a friendly student crowd.
Al Falamanki
Backgammon, Shisha and Lebanese tea are all on the menu at this lively little café

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