Destination Guide: Beirut
The sweep of the Corniche, Roman mosaics and 24-hour party
Explore the Roman baths amid the high-rise city centre. Enjoy a Corniche-side stroll as roller-bladers whizz by, and dress up for a night out in funky Achrafiye.
Feast on fresh local cuisine or French fusion. Head to Achrafieh for flavoursome Lebanese food with myriad mezes, or feast on sizzling grilled lamb and boereg filo pastries in Gemmayze's Armenian eateries. Locals dress up for smart French food in top Downtown hotels.
Look beyond the battle scars for historic beauty. Amazingly well-preserved sarcophagi and mosaics fill Beirut National Museum. Peer into the Roman baths surrounded by Downtown's affluent high-rise offices, or join the locals strolling the Corniche for picnics and socialising. It's just a short taxi-ride to Faraya's ski slopes and the golden sands at Byblos.
Window-shop boutiques or browse artists' enclaves. For hand-made backgammon sets and colourful pashminas, head to iconic L'Artisan du Liban. Wander the cobbled streets and airy squares of Saifi Village where galleries of fresh modern art rub shoulders with artisans' shops stocking vibrant textiles and intricate rugs.
Bar hop in Gemmayze or enjoy Arabic sounds. Beirutis love to party: Wear your flashiest jewellery and join them in Downtown clubs where Arabic pop mixes with deep house music. Rue Monot in Achrafiyeh is the place to bar-hop from arty cocktail lounges to steamy basement bars.