Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Iris
Mayrig
Warm and welcoming Armenian-Lebanese restaurant. Not to be missed.
Al Dente
Elegant popular Italian restaurant in a traditional Lebanese house.
Casablanca
Lively atmospheric fusion restaurant overlooking the Corniche.
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.
Le Coffee
American-style diner serving burgers milkshakes and all things unholy.
India
Delicious Punjabi cuisine from best Indian restaurant in Beirut.
Mandarine
Chichi cafe/restaurant in the up-and-coming district of Verdun.
Al Balad
Cheap and cheerful Lebanese restaurant with fantastic food. A local treat.
Bar Louie
Low key bar hosting jazz soul and bluegrass from international and local talent.
Fennel
Low key Italian that draws in foodies from near and far.
37 Degrees
This friendly little bar off Monnot Street is the perfect starting point for a night out.
Waterlemon
High design café with seasonal décor changes and a light airy feel.
Tawlet
Traditional Lebanese with a regional twist – the perfect lunch/brunch stop
Aziz
Unassuming yet fabulous French restaurant with an excellent wine list.
The Blue Elephant
Tinkling waterfalls and verdant undergrowth await customers in this basement Thai restaurant.
Cocteau
Upmarket French restaurant with decor paying homage to Jean Cocteau.
Dragonfly
Hole-in-the-wall style bar responsible for bringing late night drinking back to Gemayzeh.
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
The Beirut Cellar
One of Beirut's oldest restaurants The Beirut Cellar has a loyal local following.
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.
Chase
Laid-back Achrafieh stalwart overlooking Sassine Square.
Manara Palace
Popular with families Manara Palace has a large open terrace right by the sea.
Mayass
Charming reasonably priced Armenian-Lebanese restaurant set in an old townhouse.
District
Achingly hip District attracts a moneyed crowd with industrial high design and an unabashed party mentality.
Sofitel le Gabriel
Attention to detail charming service and great style - we like the Gabriel.
Pacifico
Cocktails and atmosphere make this Mexican bar and restaurant a Beirut institution.
Memoires de Chine
The best Chinese restaurant in Beirut has good food and a romantic atmosphere.
De Prague
A social hub for the arty Hamra crowd de Prague is café by day and bar by night
Julia’s
Elegant romantic French/fusion restaurant in the heart of Achrafieh.
La Posta
Stylish little Italian restaurant set in a beautiful courtyard away from Beirut's bustling streets.
Balthus
Glamorous Art Deco French restaurant beloved of Beirut's powerbrokers.
Diwan Sultan Ibrahim
Smart modern fish and seafood restaurant: well worth a visit.
Moloko
Busy bar set back off Achrafieh's main night life drag that always pulls in the punters.
Torino Express
A tiny cellar bar which has succeeded in drawing in an achingly hip crowd.
Le Rouge
Club Social
One of the hippest clubs in town Club Social is the social hub of Gemayzeh's stylish scene.
Relais de l’Entrecôte
Based on a Parisian institution Relais offers the beststeak frites in Beirut.
La Maison du Café Najjar
Contemporary café from the coffee barons of the Najjar family.

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