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Top Choice Museum in Beirut

National Museum of Beirut

Located on the former Green Line, this is Beirut's major cultural institution and is an essential stop for all visitors to the city. Its impressive, magnificently displayed collection of archaeological artefacts off…
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…
Top Choice Homewares in Beirut

Orient 499

Entranced by Middle Eastern design, Frank Luca and Aida Kawas decided to establish this atelier and boutique, where they design and make some objects (including Aida Kawas' wonderful clothing) and also sell products…
Top Choice Bar in Beirut

Junkyard

A stack of well-worn shipping containers converted into a fashionable bar/party venue hybrid, Junkyard has a huge glass atrium at its rear and a summer terrace that hosts one of the most fashionable drinking scenes …
Top Choice Bar in Beirut

Dany’s

The original bar in Street 78 (aka 'The Alleyway'), Dany's has been one of Hamra's favourite drinking dens since 1998, and retains our vote as the best in the area. There's indoor/outdoor seating, and a laidback and…
Top Choice Bar in Beirut

Torino Express

One of Beirut’s longest-serving hipster hangouts, this neighbourhood place functions as a cafe during the day but hits its stride at night when the DJ spins a wildly eclectic collections of tracks and the barmen wor…
Museum in Beirut

Robert Mouawad Private Museum

The world would be a poorer place if it didn't host idiosyncratic cultural institutions such as this one. Conceived and funded by jeweller and collector Robert Mouawad to showcase his magnificent and eclectic collec…
Church in Beirut

St George Greek Orthodox Cathedral

This church was built in 1767 and is one of the oldest buildings in the city. In 1975, during the civil war, a bomb fell here and unearthed the ruins of a Byzantine church. Now open as a museum, the ruins incorporat…