Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Wadi Walima
Delightfully intimate Lebanese restaurant hidden inside an old townhouse.
Time Out (La Closerie)
A tranquil sophisticated Achrafieh outpost Time Out is one of those charming bars which should always remain a secret.
The Magnum Club
You'd think getting hold of some weaponry wouldn't be too tricky in Beirut but you'd be surprised. Besides it's all a lot safer and more controlled to head off to the range and learn how to master a handgun properly.
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.
The Golf Club
Rather surprisingly, there is only one golf course in Beirut - especially given the high number of ex-pats who live here. The Golf Club of Lebanon is part of a country club-style complex offering argyle-clad golfers more than just gorgeous greens.
The Beirut Cellar
One of Beirut's oldest restaurants The Beirut Cellar has a loyal local following.
Sydney’s
Suit up, gents.
Sursock Musuem
The Sursock Museum houses an eclectic mix of modern and ancient art within stunning architectural surroundings.
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.
Sheraton Verdun
Sophisticated and comfortable; an impressive piece of modern design both inside and out.
Shah Lounge
Arabic themed music lounge-cum-restaurant popular with a well-heeled crowd.
Robert Mouawad Private Museum
Fantastic private collection of Islamic Art dating from the 12th century. By appointment only.
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.
Place de L’Etoile
A spacious outdoor terrace pretty surroundings and an impressive political clientele.
Phoenicia
Beirut's most famous hotel has luxe decor, great facilities and a central location.
Paul
High quality breads cakes and coffee from the Beirut outpost of this global chain.
Nova
Music Hall
Cabaret style environment where high-end local acts perform in front of large crowds.
Mövenpick
Classic luxury on the seafront in the heart of the city.
Monroe
One of Beirut's finest party hotels; the vibe is Californian chic.
Mayrig
Warm and welcoming Armenian-Lebanese restaurant. Not to be missed.
Mayass
Charming reasonably priced Armenian-Lebanese restaurant set in an old townhouse.
Lebanese Adventure
Gorgeous blue skies, warm Mediterranean waters and awe-inspiring mountain peaks make Lebanon a nature lover's paradise - so grab your hiking boots and get moving!
Le Meridien Commodore
A modern revamp has brought luxury restaurants and a sultry feel to the Commodore.
Karam Beirut
One of Beirut's best Lebanese restaurants.
Julia’s
Elegant romantic French/fusion restaurant in the heart of Achrafieh.
Jewish Synagogue
The ruins of the only synagogue to exist in Beirut from the time before the Lebanese Jews fled the country.
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.
India
Delicious Punjabi cuisine from best Indian restaurant in Beirut.
Hotel Alexandre
A good value-for-money option with an interesting history.
Grand Cafe
We are a modern French brasserie, merging France's timeless vibrancy with an unmistakable Bay Area flair. But don't let the grandeur fool you. Dress up, dress down this is all of the French with none of the fuss. 
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.
Gefinor Rotana
Sophisticated hotel with attractive rooms and a wonderful rooftop infinity pool.
Essential Spa
Beirutis like to look good for the summer months which is why the city is brimming with spas and health clubs. Unfortunately there are no traditional hammams still operating so it's modern spa treatments all the way.
Domaine des Tourelles
Boutique wine store from the venerable heads of Lebanese wine…
Cyclamen
Not just any bike ride Cyclamen will take you into the mountains for a real saddle-borne experience taking in the natural beauty of Lebanon while working those thighs.
Crowne Plaza
Coral Beach Hotel
Peaceful and secluded modern hotel by the sea.

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