The first evening we walked into the medina of Tripoli and found this lovely restaurant at the lifely square of the clocktower or Essaa tower. Outdoors at the terrace you can drink your tea or coffee or smoke the waterpipe.
The interior of the restaurant has warm red and yellow colours. We had our dinner at the first floor with a splendid view at the square. Two musicians were playing oriental life-music just close to our table. The friendly waitors told us they came originally from Morocco. It was a rather popular place with many visitors, a mixture of locals and tourists.
Favorite Dish: The restaurant serves fresh seafood and varied Libyan dishes. We took a delicious soup, salad, hummus, mixed meat and fish.
Eating in Libya, definately not a culinary trip
Daily, sometimes twice
- A so called "Libyan soup" (Spicy tomatosoup with local vegtables)
- Bread in different tastes
- Water 'a volonté' and a soft drink for free. NA drinks to be paid (Becks beer 2LD)
- An entrance of local vegtables
- Most of the time Couscous with chicken, fresh fish, lamb or camel meat
- Mint tea
We heard about this place from a friend of ours who had eaten here and gave rave reviews about it being probably one of the best restaurants in tripoli. so we decided to try it for ourselves. We called and made reservations and that was quite easy and i was surprised to find courteous people answering the phone and taking my reservation in a polite and professional way. The location is at the reggata village which is very clean area in tripoli and alot of expats live there as well. The restaurant was quite impressive from the outside. We were greeted by a well dressed man who courteously opened the doors of our car and showed us inside. The restaurant was quite oppulant and very tastefully decorated and furnished. You could tell that it was a fine dining restaurant by the professionalism of the staff and stunning decor.
Favorite Dish: We ordered the Harira soup which was delicious and followed it up with risotto in black ink for me and Lobster for my wife. The presentation was superb and you could tell that the chef was one of those culinary trained chefs with fancy garnishing. The waiter then suggested we try the panna cotta which he said was made fresh daily. So we ordered that and it was very good. The food was excellent and the taste was fresh.
the Morocco restaurant was on top floor with all Fez style interior and good tagine and couscous, nice breads, best in the hotel
the Italian place in the mezzanine was edible but not overly appetising
the Oriental downstairs was nothing special
the morning breakfast buffet has a huge selection but despite that, no particularly tasty dishes
Favorite Dish: the fish tagine was damn good; as was the fresh strawberry juice in Morocco restaurant
This restaurant is right on Green Square. It is Lebanese, and the owner, Nikolas, is very nice and gracious. The food is traditional Middle Eastern, with a Lebanese flair. The salads, the kabab, the pizza are all wonderful. It is not traditional Libyan. But for good food, well-served, and reasonably priced, it is unbeatable in Tripoli.
In the old city of Tripoli is a restaurant at an absolutily stunning location, just beside the Marcus Aurelius Arch. You can enter the restaurant at the lower floor by walking through the arch first. When I visited the arch during daytime, I took the chance to look around in the restaurant and its terrace as well. Unfortunatily I had not enough time in Tripoli to eat here myself.
Favorite Dish: Though I didn´t eat here, I had a look at the menu and saw a big choice in Libyan dishes like tagines and couscous with meat or fish, soups, salads and desserts. Fellowtravellers who had here their dinner told me it was of good quality.
The last night in Benghazi before we had to leave for the airport we ordered our dinner in a local chicken restaurant in the citycentre. Before dinner was served we could have our last walk in the citycentre.
Like most of the bars and restaurants along this street there were no toilets. So like earlier in the afternoon I had to go to a hotel two blocks in the direction of the seaside for that.
Favorite Dish: We had huge portions of everything, half a chicken for each person, huge salads, a lot of bread. Though it was not my first chicken during this trip, it tasted very well.
Before we took the road into the desert from the coastal road we had our last stop at a restaurant. It was far before lunchtime, so we had only a drink and a toilet stop. We also bought the last snacks and drinks for in the bus. The restaurant has a nice and shady ambiance.
Favorite Dish: We didn´t have a meal here, but saw a lot of livestock like chickens, doves and even a young camel. So if they are supposed to be for the kitchen, the food will be very fresh.
We arrived at Ptolemais around lunchtime. At the entrance of the ancient site under the shady trees were a lot of tables with benches and stairs all over the place. It was crowded with tourist busses. So all tables under the trees and in the restaurants were full. We ordered our lunch and went into the museum first for half an hour.
Favorite Dish: We had a tasty lunch with Libyan soup, couscous with vegetables, chicken and fish. As dessert we had dates and coffee.
After visiting the ancient sites of Cyrene we visited one of the restaurants close to the entrance. From here we had a marvellous view at the site. During lunchtime it was rather crowded with toursit busses, but at the end of the afternoon we had the place almost for us alone.
Favorite Dish: We didn't have a meal here, but we drunk a coffee, cappucino and tea.
When we arrived at the ancient site of Cyrene at lunchtime all the restaurants at the entrance were totally full. So we decided to head to the nearby town Shahhat.
We stopped at one of the first restaurant we saw opposite the mosque. There were hardly any visitors, so we didn't need to wait very long for our meal. It was a chicken restauarant, not the first and not the last during our trip.
Favorite Dish: The chicken with salad was very tasty. We tried another selection of softdrinks.
in Al Bayda we took our dinner two times in the same chicken restaurant at the main shopping street. There are a lot of chickenrestaurants all over Libya, but I don't know the names, because I don't read arabic. This one in Al Bayda was frequented by local people. The food was good and cheap, the staff was friendly and very fast in bringing the food.
Favorite Dish: We ordered couscous and chicken, but they brought us nice soup and salad as well and many glasses of tea after dinner. And all for a very cheap price.
From Tripoli we visited the ancient site Sabratha during a trip of a whole day. At luch time we visited the restaurant just outside the entrance at the right hand side. We enjoyed the shady and green garden after the burning sun at the site. At the end of the day we came back for a drink before we went back to Tripoli by bus.
You can sit in the garden under the roofs, but also close to the restaurant building under the wide porch.
Favorite Dish: For lunch we took sandwiches kebab and fish. We tried the miranda ananas softdrinks and a red-coloured bittersoda.
No matter where you eat in Libya, you can be sure the first thing on the menu will be soup!
Always Libyan soup, maybe Moroccan soup, fish soup, lentil soup, vegetable soup ..... that's about the complete list - though one place I went to had a variation - prawn soup!
It didn't worry me - I love soup and it was winter. The best I had was a vegetable soup at the Moroccan restaurant on the top floor of the Corinthia Hotel - probably the best vegetable soup I've ever tasted ( for the cooks amongst us - I'd say they made a really good vegetable stock, reduced and strained it to a clear intense broth and then added beautifully trimmed vegetables in tiny dice and sprigs and cooked them to a perfect al dente - it was fabulous!), but a bowl of lentil soup and a sandwich at the Badawen Restaurant (Lebanese) around the back of the Kabir Hotel made for an excellent lunch at 3LD for the soup, sandwiches (cheese and meat filled) and a Coke.
TO FIND A REAL TURKISH RESTAURANT IS AMAZING. WHEN YOU COME HERE VISIT THIS TURKISH RESTAURANT , KEBAPS AND OTHER TURKISH FOODS ARE WAITING YOU. CHEAP AND DELICIOUS!
PRICES ARE REALLY INCREDIBLE...
LISTEN HOT TURKISH MUSIC IN QUIET AREA
RESPECTABLE AND KIND SERVICE...
IN WEEKENDS YOU CAN FIND SPECIAL MENU...
Favorite Dish: AYRAN ( A KIND DRINK BY YOGURT - DRINK COLD ALWAYS )
SOUP ( SAY ' MERCIMEK SOUP ' ; REALLY TASTEFUL...)
LAHMACUN ( A KIND OF PIZZA BUT ABSOLUTELY BETTER THAN PIZZA )
KUNEFE ( A WONDERFUL HOT SWEET WITH CHEEZE )
NOTE: THIS IS NOT LOCAL MENU BUT I ADVICE WITH MY EXPERIENCE...
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