Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…


Reservation are essential at this fashionable Japanese restaurant.
High design café with seasonal décor changes and a light airy feel.
Vin comme Vin
Wine connoisseurs need no other option…
West Beirut's answer to Downtown this small neighbourhood is packed with boutique stores selling everything from clothes to furniture. High society can't get enough of the place.
Torino Express
A tiny cellar bar which has succeeded in drawing in an achingly hip crowd.
Time Out (La Closerie)
A tranquil sophisticated Achrafieh outpost Time Out is one of those charming bars which should always remain a secret.
The Riviera
Elegant French-style hotel right on the Corniche.
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 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 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.
Traditional Lebanese with a regional twist – the perfect lunch/brunch stop
Suit up, gents.
Sushi Bar
Sunflowers Boutique
Sisters Paola, Tania and Carla Skaff create lovingly-made, original accessories for this Lebanese treasure trove.
Stereo Kitchen
With a name that sounds like an 80s mash up, Stereo Kitchen is downtown Beirut’s exquisitely designed destination for great food, cocktails and dancing.
Sofitel le Gabriel
Attention to detail charming service and great style - we like the Gabriel.
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.
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.
Safir Heliopolitan
Classy modern hotel with stunning views of the Med and snow capped Mount Lebanon.
Royal Plaza
Spacious rooms, great views and the highest rooftop pool in the city.
Relais de l’Entrecôte
Based on a Parisian institution Relais offers the beststeak frites in Beirut.
Radisson Blu Verdun
Set on a busy shopping street the hotel perfect for those in town on business. The smart Radisson Blu Verdun is opposite the ABC Mall and is perfectly located close to the centre, and some of the city's sights.
Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel
Classic corporate hotel: small enough to be intimate central enough to be a great base...
Place de L’Etoile
A spacious outdoor terrace pretty surroundings and an impressive political clientele.
Palm Beach
One of Beirut's most fashionable hotels, Palm Beach is perfect for party animals.
Cocktails and atmosphere make this Mexican bar and restaurant a Beirut institution.
Music Hall
Cabaret style environment where high-end local acts perform in front of large crowds.
Classic luxury on the seafront in the heart of the city.
One of Beirut's finest party hotels; the vibe is Californian chic.
Momo at the Souks
Stylish and hip, Momo at the Souks appeals to those looking for a slightly different culinary experience...
Busy bar set back off Achrafieh's main night life drag that always pulls in the punters.
Metropolitan Palace
Large luxurious hotel with fantastic panoramic views of Beirut.
Memoires de Chine
The best Chinese restaurant in Beirut has good food and a romantic atmosphere.
Warm and welcoming Armenian-Lebanese restaurant. Not to be missed.
Charming reasonably priced Armenian-Lebanese restaurant set in an old townhouse.
Markazia Monroe
An all-suite hotel with a handily central location aimed at the business crowd.
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.

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