Beirut: 3 Tips

I left my heart in Beirut. That’s for sure.

I was lucky, with one of my best friends living there, and another getting married there, I had a unique opportunity to visit the city from a local’s perspective – which is always the best way to see a city in my opinion. I’d add that one of the perks of growing up internationally is that I have friends in a lot of different cities around the world.

Honestly, giving only three recommendations for Beirut seems impossible, but I’ll give it a shot.

1: Eat at Liza

It’s stunning and the food was so good!

As we were a group of friends, we decided to go with the fixed menu for dinner. I swear I’ve never eaten so much in my life. We were all full by the time the appetizer round was done – I think there were two more rounds after that. I’m not complaining though, it was delicious and the setting simply could not have been more beautiful.

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(Photo taken from Liza’s Facebook Page – because it’s way nicer than the one I had!)

Liza: Doumani Street, Ashrafieh, Beirut

2: Take a day trip to Byblos

I don’t usually like to give tips that are so obvious – and this one is certainly in all the guidebooks. But it really was a lovely day. After wandering around the ancient fort ruins, we stopped for a glass of wine and some seafood appetisers in a lovely restaurant overlooking the sea.

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3: Drink at Stairway

I discovered one of my favourite drinks in Beirut – the Gin Basil. How I had never even heard of it before is beyond me, but oh my goodness do they make a mean one here.

Nestled in between two buildings, this rooftop bar is cozy and fantastic!

Yummy finger food and fantastic drinks, the only (teeny) downside is that it takes a little bit of time to get your order. Our strategy was to order our next round when the first was brought to the table – works for me!

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Photo taken from Stairway’s Facebook page (I forgot to take pictures!)

Stairway: Mar Mkhael, Beirut

Oh, it’s so hard to end this post here, there are so many other must-see, -eat, and -dine places in Beirut.  Since this is just 3 Tips and not a dozen, I’ll end here. The truth is, I’m not done with Lebanon, and cannot wait to find any excuse to get back there!

Cheers!

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