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About Beirut

Beirut is Lebanon's largest city and capital. It is fast-paced, friendly, beautiful, and fashion-conscious, with a stunning array of restaurants, malls, clubs, places of worship, and museums. It’s a destination the entire family will approve off, and if you think Beirut is only good to relax and meditate, think again because it’s also a city that’s pulsing with life 24 hours a day. Beirut’s “Jeita Grotto” was officially recognised as one of the 'New7Wonders Cities' in 2015.

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Jeita Grotto

Jeita Grotto is a crystallised cave located in the valley of Nahr Al-Kalb. It consists of two limestone caves, the upper galleries with walking tours and the lower cave with boat tours. The water flow through these limestones created cathedral-like vaults full of colours, shapes and sizes of rock formations.

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Harissa

Harissa is a mountain village that is 20 km away from Beirut. The village is home to the Lebanese pilgrimage site, 'Our Lady of Lebanon.' It’s a 15-ton bronze statue of the virgin Mary is painted in white and built at the end of the 19th century. The site attracts tourists as well as pilgrims who want to enjoy views of Jounieh.

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Pigeon rocks in Raouché

The pigeon rock is a huge two rock formation that is popular because of the unique rocks as well as for its strategic location at the Raouche corniche, which is full of cafes and restaurants that provide diners with a lovely sea view. The best time to go see the rocks is on a boat and at sunset.

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Downtown Beirut

Filled with outdoor restaurants, attractions, and high-end designer stores, the Downtown Beirut is the central district of the city. The area is packed with popular sites including the Martyr's Square, the Cathedral of Saint Georges, and the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque.

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Zaitunay Bay

Home to over 15 dining establishments including Leila, Paul, and PF Changs, the Zaitunay Bay is a popular attraction for families in Lebanon. The bay is also known to host various events, festivals, and celebrations.

Restaurants in Beirut

Classic Burger Joint

Em Sherif

This fine-dining Lebanese restaurant offers authentic Lebanese cuisine using traditional spices and flavours.

Classic Burger Joint

Rikky's

Located in Faraya, the restaurant offers stunning views of Beirut from its lofty perch.

Classic Burger Joint

St. Elmo’s Brasserie

St. Elmo’s brasserie is an escape from the regular dining experience due to its retro-urban seaside setting.

Classic Burger Joint

Classic Burger Joint

As one of Beirut’s major burger joints, the Classic Burger Joint has branches across Lebanon, Cyprus, Kuwait, and the UAE.

Classic Burger Joint

Mayrig

Mayrig restaurant takes the phrase ‘home away from home’ quite literally with the decor of a traditional Armenian home.

Shopping in Beirut

Beirut Souks

With over 200 stores, Beirut Souks is where you can shop for clothes, jewellery, shoes, and electronics. The souks are also home to a 12-screen movie theatre, an entertainment centre, and over 25 dining options.

Beirut Souks
ABC Achrafieh Mall

ABC Achrafieh Mall

ABC Achrafieh Mall is where locals and tourists shop for beauty products, accessories, books, electronics, and clothes. The mall was established in 1936 and is said to be Beirut's oldest shopping destination.

City Mall

City Mall

The biggest shopping destination in Lebanon, the City Mall is home to more than 150 retail outlets like Bebe, Bossini, and Caprisa, and 25 dining establishments such as Nonna Pizza, Waffle Shack, and Chopsticks. The mall is also where Beirut's largest cinema complex is located.

City Centre Beirut

City Centre Beirut

Owned by Majid Al Futtaim Properties, City Centre Beirut is home to over 200 stores, hypermarkets, and entertainment venues, some of which are new to Lebanon such as Vox Cinema, Magic Planet, and Carrefour.

Verdun 730 and Verdun 732

Verdun 730 and Verdun 732

Located in the heart of Beirut’s oldest fashion district, Verdun 730 and Verdun 732 are two malls facing each other. The two malls combined offer over 50 boutique stores, world-class restaurants, and top-notch beauty centres.

tajawal insider tip

1.For a better experience, locals advise tourists to visit the same attractions twice: once during the day and again during the night, because in Beirut, the activities that take place in the morning are not the same as during the night. 2.Shared taxis are common in Beirut, so if you prefer a private taxi, call 'Allo Taxi' and reserve one in advance. Renting a car during your visit is also an option.

Best time to visit Beirut

autumn

July to November

temperature
16° to 24°C

Autumn. July to November. The best time to visit Beirut is during July to November when the temperatures remain moderate and the attractions are not crowded with tourists.

Beirut facts

Languages

Arabic, English, and French.

Currency

Lebanese pound (LBP)

Transportation

Taxis, buses, and microbuses.

Population

361,366

Landmark

Pigeon rocks

Airports

Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY)

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