Restaurants, French Gemmayzeh
© Dawawine

Time Out says

On the third floor of a building tucked at the eastern end of Gemmayzeh, Dawawine is essentially what you’d come up with if you decided to put a trendy cafe inside a library. It is quiet and if you're looking for somewhere to get some work done, or read a book, then you couldn’t find a better place. Dawawine is also a cultural centre with a bookshop and performance space. There are tables for studying and sofas for reading, with lots of natural light, and the café has plenty of tables and comfy sofas to sink into. The outdoor patio is an urban oasis on high that lets you get away from noisy traffic while still enjoying some sun.

The food served is mainly French but the variety of sandwiches is also impressive. Dawawine serves a range of starters, salads, mains as well as a selection of pasta dishes. One of our favourites is the brie fondant sur pomme de terre, with its cheesy aroma exploding in your nose as soon as it’s put down in front of you. The service is very friendly, if a little hands off. Dawawine operates as a not for profit organisation, which helps to keep the prices down. Consequently you can get wonderful food at exceptionally good value.

By: James Haines-Young



Address: 2nd floor, Acar Building
Al-Arz Street

Price: Meal for two LL50,000
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10.30am-11pm

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