Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Paul
High quality breads cakes and coffee from the Beirut outpost of this global chain.
Nova
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
Celtic
Irish boozer with a continually buzzing vibe.
Regusto
An old-school café serving up sport beer and decent Armenian food.
The Hippodrome
Let's face it Beirut's horse racing scene is never going to compare to the Grand National, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe or the Kentucky Derby - but the Lebanese do love to gamble which makes it exciting nevertheless.
Sursock Musuem
The Sursock Museum houses an eclectic mix of modern and ancient art within stunning architectural surroundings.
Wadi Walima
Delightfully intimate Lebanese restaurant hidden inside an old townhouse.
Robert Mouawad Private Museum
Fantastic private collection of Islamic Art dating from the 12th century. By appointment only.
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
Rawda Café
A local institution a trip to Rawda is a glimpse into real everyday Beirut life.
Jewish Synagogue
The ruins of the only synagogue to exist in Beirut from the time before the Lebanese Jews fled the country.
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.
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.
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.
AUB Museum
Beirut's principal university has beautiful gardens and an archeology museum.
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.
Hotel Alexandre
A good value-for-money option with an interesting history.

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