Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Waterlemon
High design café with seasonal décor changes and a light airy feel.
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.
Torino Express
A tiny cellar bar which has succeeded in drawing in an achingly hip crowd.
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.
The Blue Elephant
Tinkling waterfalls and verdant undergrowth await customers in this basement Thai restaurant.
The Beirut Cellar
One of Beirut's oldest restaurants The Beirut Cellar has a loyal local following.
Tawlet
Traditional Lebanese with a regional twist – the perfect lunch/brunch stop
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.
Sofitel le Gabriel
Attention to detail charming service and great style - we like the Gabriel.
Scallywags
Fun friendly and hugely popular little fusion restaurant.
Saifi Village Arts
Opened in December 2004 this intimate neighbourhood is Beirut's answer to Portobello Road with plenty of design furniture and fashion stores lining the streets.
Relais de l’Entrecôte
Based on a Parisian institution Relais offers the beststeak frites in Beirut.
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.
Pacifico
Cocktails and atmosphere make this Mexican bar and restaurant a Beirut institution.
Monroe
One of Beirut's finest party hotels; the vibe is Californian chic.
Moloko
Busy bar set back off Achrafieh's main night life drag that always pulls in the punters.
Memoires de Chine
The best Chinese restaurant in Beirut has good food and a romantic atmosphere.
Mayrig
Warm and welcoming Armenian-Lebanese restaurant. Not to be missed.
Mayass
Charming reasonably priced Armenian-Lebanese restaurant set in an old townhouse.
Mandarine
Chichi cafe/restaurant in the up-and-coming district of Verdun.
Manara Palace
Popular with families Manara Palace has a large open terrace right by the sea.
Lina’s
The perfect place to kick back with a strong morning coffee a little bit of breakfast and a newspaper.
Le Rouge
Le Coffee
American-style diner serving burgers milkshakes and all things unholy.
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.
La Posta
Stylish little Italian restaurant set in a beautiful courtyard away from Beirut's bustling streets.
La Maison du Café Najjar
Contemporary café from the coffee barons of the Najjar family.
Julia’s
Elegant romantic French/fusion restaurant in the heart of Achrafieh.
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.
Iris
India
Delicious Punjabi cuisine from best Indian restaurant in Beirut.
Hole In the Wall
Diminutive pub-style bar rammed with young Lebanese and students.

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