Restaurants

Top Choice Lebanese in Beirut

Tawlet

There are loads of great restaurants in Beirut, but there's only one that commands the respect of every farmer, chef and foodie in the country – and that's Tawlet. Showcasing farm-fresh (often organic) produce and p…
Top Choice Armenian in Beirut

Mayrig

Beirutis of Armenian descent tend to head to this elegant restaurant in Gemmayzeh if they want to celebrate a special occasion, and once you've eaten here you'll understand why. The food here is among the best in th…
Top Choice Lebanese in Beirut

Liza

Epitomising Beiruti chic, Liza serves expertly prepared nouvelle Lebanese food in surroundings that have graced the pages of many international design magazines. Prices are remarkably reasonable considering the qual…
Market in Beirut

Souk el Tayeb

Few things embody the Lebanese culture like its food does. To sample homemade food, visit the weekly open-air market Souk el Tayeb ('the good market'), where small-scale farmers sell products prepared according to t…
Middle Eastern in Beirut

Bab Sharqi Le Jardin

Located in the elegant Monot district, Bab Sharqi offers a unique selection of Levantine dishes, including Iraqi, Armenian and Aleppian cuisine. Its garden creates a relaxing atmosphere while the indoors is enlivene…
International in Beirut

Mótto

Tucked into the small street behind Petrole Manar, this bohemian place has an English manager, a visiting cast of chefs from around the world and a clientele that loves the simple food and 'pay what you think is fai…
Cafe in Beirut

Paul

A favourite with the affluent Achrafiye set, this cafe at the start of Rue Gouraud is a fantastic spot to indulge in some people watching. You'll need to fight for the waiter's attention if you're not overly made-up…
Lebanese in Beirut

Kahwet Leila

Old Beirut lives on through clever recreations such as this chic coffee house, which is designed to evoke the city's 'Paris of the East' past. The menu features mezze and a choice of platters (burgers, shawarma, bro…
Cafe in Beirut

Urbanista

As international as it name would suggest, this industrial-chic cafe is as popular with expats as it is with locals. One of the few places in the city where lone diners aren't treated like pariahs, it has individual…
Lebanese in Beirut

Aunty Salwa

Though well-endowed with bars and cafes, Hamra isn't known for its restaurants. But if you're here during the day, this tiny place is worth considering for its cheap and tasty home-style cooking. There's always a pl…