Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Zaatar Wa Zeit
24-hour café that's busy all day and night. Perfect for a early morning snack before bed.
Yellow Submarine
Wadi Walima
Delightfully intimate Lebanese restaurant hidden inside an old townhouse.
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.
Tamaris
Stylish dessert-focused restaurant from the Ducasse stable.
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.
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.
Robert Mouawad Private Museum
Fantastic private collection of Islamic Art dating from the 12th century. By appointment only.
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.
Pigeon Rocks
The Pigeon Rocks two masses of rock rising from the Mediterranean at the far end of the Corniche are a great source of interest to the Lebanese. 
Nova
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.
Hotel Alexandre
A good value-for-money option with an interesting history.
Foul, Hommos & Co
With a handful of tables and an open kitchen this is a quintessential Lebanese experience.
Flying Carpet
I can show you the world... On a magic carpet ride! While this may not be the flying carpet of our dreams it is a cheap and cheerful way to take to the skies.
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.
Casper & Gambini
With great food efficient service and an understatedly hip atmosphere Casper's remains a favourite.
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
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
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-Omari Mosque
Once a Christian church Al-Omari was converted to a Sunni mosque in the 11th Century.
Al Kahwa
Across the road from the university Al Kahwa attracts a friendly student crowd.
Agial Art Gallery
Beirut is at the very heart of a thriving Middle Eastern art scene and the Agial Art Gallery owned by Saleh Barakat is the place to seek if you are looking for Arab art.

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