Your ultimate guide to Beirut

Discover Beirut’s best things to do, restaurants, bars, hotels and more…

Themed bars to try in Beirut

Themed bars to try in Beirut

Ever wondered how it would feel to cross the Berlin Wall while slightly tipsy? Do you hanker for the age of swing jazz, sharp suits and contraband moonshine?...

Lebanese restaurants in Beirut

Lebanese restaurants in Beirut

Lebanon’s sprawling diaspora may have introduced the delights of fattoush and kibbe to the four corners of the world, but it’s no surprise that the...

Luxury hotels in Beirut

Luxury hotels in Beirut

Cherry-picking the best from the vast pool of luxury hotels in Beirut was never going to be an easy task. The city may no longer be the cosmopolitan playground...

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Italian restaurants to try in Beirut

Appetito TrattoriaAppetito Trattoria

Appetito Trattoria

This affable restaurant is one of the best places for Italian cuisine in the city. The venue has a cosy, slightly ramshackle quality – fulfilling the promise...

Cucina

Cucina

Downtown is where Beirutis come to do their fine dining – so leave your shawarma fantasies at the door. This neighbourhood is all about multiple sets of...

Olio

Olio

Olio has a number of branches across the city, all of which serve quality Italian food with a focus on pizza. The chain has proliferated with dizzying speed in...

Cavalli Caffè

Cavalli Caffè

It should come as no surprise that style and fashion are on the menu at Cavalli Caffè. This is not just a café that serves up ambitious Italian dishes, but...

Ristorante La Traviata

Ristorante La Traviata

Get into the groove of la dolce vita at Ristorante La Traviata, one of the more atmospheric of Beirut's numerous faux-rustic trattoria. The tiny restaurant...

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Where to drink cocktails in Beirut

Demo

Demo

This cosy, dimly lit bar in the backstreets of Gemmayzeh draws a mixed clientele of young and old. During the weekdays it’s a great place to hangout for a...

Rustique

Rustique

This recent addition to Armenia Street's ever-evolving nightlife scene is an ideal drop-in spot for those looking to get tipsy but not too boozy. The...

DemoDemo

Demo

This cosy, dimly lit bar in the backstreets of Gemmayzeh draws a mixed clientele of young and old. During the weekdays it’s a great place to hangout for a...

Demo

Demo

This cosy, dimly lit bar in the backstreets of Gemmayzeh draws a mixed clientele of young and old. During the weekdays it’s a great place to hangout for a...

Rustique

Rustique

This recent addition to Armenia Street's ever-evolving nightlife scene is an ideal drop-in spot for those looking to get tipsy but not too boozy. The...

The Bohemian

The Bohemian

A relatively new addition to the ever-fluctuating Mar Mikhael bar scene, The Bohemian doesn't quite follow up on the implications of its name: it’s a magnet...

Y Cocktail Bar

Y Cocktail Bar

Around Y Cocktail Bar's large elliptical bar sit the suave and the sophisticated of the Gemmayzeh party scene. With its coloured mood lighting, marble bar tops...

Perk

Perk

One of the newer cocktail bars to hit Mar Mikhael, Perk is a classy joint with an open front, making it a great place to sip a refreshing concoction on a hot...

Sleep in style in Beirut

InterContinental Phoenicia

InterContinental Phoenicia

Cross the threshold of the Phoenicia and walk into the world of ‘60s Lebanese luxe, when luxury ruled and the country was starting to be described as the...

Le Gray

Le Gray

Situated slap-bang in the most happening part of Downtown, right by Samir Kassir Square, Le Gray is the hotel of choice for those after contemporary cool and...

O Monot

O Monot

Beirut’s not a city that lends itself easily to calm, but that’s exactly what the Zen-like O Monot, in the city's Saifi district, has to offer. Contemporary in...

Villa Clara Hotel

Villa Clara Hotel

Secreted away on a quiet side-street in Mar Mikhael, Villa Clara is the definition of refined, intimate luxury. Romanticism is the order of the day in this...