Top Choice Vegetarian in Aleppo

Haj Abdo al-Fawwal

Opening early every morning, this is the best place to get Aleppine-style fuul, delicately seasoned with cumin, paprika, garlic, lemon juice and fresh parsley. Crowds start gathering around the tiny shop from 7am, b…
Syrian in Aleppo

Kaser al-Wali

In the northwestern corner of Al-Jdeida, off Sharia al-Arba’aeen, Kaser al-Wali has fast become the restaurant of choice of many locals and travellers in Damascus. The expansive covered courtyard is rather lovely, a…
International in Aleppo

Restaurant-Coffee Shop Ahlildar

Overlooking the entrance to the Great Mosque, this fine restaurant means you can eat and then return to the souqs without having to traipse all the way back to Al-Jdeida for lunch. The food is fresh and tasty (we es…
Syrian in Aleppo

Roof Top Garden

The most spectacular of all settings, on a roof looking up at the citadel, the Roof Top of the wonderful Beit Salahieh Hotel serves exquisite Syrian cuisine with frills and backed (literally) by a serious bar.
Syrian in Aleppo


The atmosphere at this rooftop restaurant one block north of the Baron Hotel is boisterous, and the place is packed most evenings. It serves a huge set meal of kebabs, salads, dips and fries, and a limited alcohol l…
Syrian in Aleppo

Abou al-Nawas

This long-standing favourite has a menu that stretches way beyond the basics to include the kind of dishes that are usually only ever served up at home (patrons are often invited into the kitchen to choose from the …
Syrian in Aleppo

Bazaar al-Charq

Set in a reconstructed underground bazaar with vaulted ceilings, there is an extensive menu of mezze, grills, salads, soups and a few plats du jour; our lentil soup and mixed grill went down a treat. The live tradit…
Syrian in Aleppo

Beit Wakil

This hotel-restaurant has a lovely setting in one of Al-Jdeida’s most beautiful buildings. Guests sit in an atmospheric courtyard and can choose from an array of mezze and local specialities. The food is good though…