Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Iris
Eau de Vie
Sushi Bar
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.
Ksara Winery
Oenophilecognoscenti will be familiar with vintages created by Lebanese producers; Ksara is among the finest.
Casablanca
Lively atmospheric fusion restaurant overlooking the Corniche.
Byblos Sur Mer
A five-day yoga retreat in the ancient port city of Byblos.
Mayrig
Warm and welcoming Armenian-Lebanese restaurant. Not to be missed.
Time Out (La Closerie)
A tranquil sophisticated Achrafieh outpost Time Out is one of those charming bars which should always remain a secret.
Yabani
Reservation are essential at this fashionable Japanese restaurant.
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.
Cassino
Chi chi club for an upmarket crowd who like to party Lebanese style.
37 Degrees
This friendly little bar off Monnot Street is the perfect starting point for a night out.
Karam Beirut
One of Beirut's best Lebanese restaurants.
Tawlet
Traditional Lebanese with a regional twist – the perfect lunch/brunch stop
BO18
This legendary club has a decadent crazy debauched vibe.
Shah Lounge
Arabic themed music lounge-cum-restaurant popular with a well-heeled crowd.
Al Mijana
Glamorous Lebanese restaurant in a beautiful Ottoman building.
Dragonfly
Hole-in-the-wall style bar responsible for bringing late night drinking back to Gemayzeh.
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. 
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.
Safir Heliopolitan
Classy modern hotel with stunning views of the Med and snow capped Mount Lebanon.
Sofitel le Gabriel
Attention to detail charming service and great style - we like the Gabriel.
Music Hall
Cabaret style environment where high-end local acts perform in front of large crowds.
De Prague
A social hub for the arty Hamra crowd de Prague is café by day and bar by night
Place de L’Etoile
A spacious outdoor terrace pretty surroundings and an impressive political clientele.
Baalbeck Int’l Festival
The Baalbeck International Festival is the oldest and the most prestigious festival in the Middle East. 
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!
Basta
BHV stocks a wide range of home furnishings, appliances, clothing and computers - it's good if you are looking for well-priced items from non-designer brands.
Centrale
With excellent food trumped by impressive design Centrale is a must-visit for all.
Diwan Sultan Ibrahim
Smart modern fish and seafood restaurant: well worth a visit.
Torino Express
A tiny cellar bar which has succeeded in drawing in an achingly hip crowd.
Art Lounge
Fabulously trendy loft-style bar with an intellectual art scene.
Moloko
Busy bar set back off Achrafieh's main night life drag that always pulls in the punters.
Momo at the Souks
Stylish and hip, Momo at the Souks appeals to those looking for a slightly different culinary experience...
Mövenpick
Classic luxury on the seafront in the heart of the city.
Bay Rock Café
Touristy but popular café with beautiful views over the Med and Pigeon Rocks.
La Voile Bleue
Chill or party La Voile Bleue offers the best of both worlds with bars and pools and a typically beautiful Lebanese beach.

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