best souvenir shopping in lebanon
What to buy: the best all in one area to shop for souvenirs in lebanon is in the craft and souvenir bazaar in byblos in northern lebanon where most tourists end up going to there are about 20 small shops selling everykind of lebanese souvenir and crafts imaginable all at fair prices and since they are all next to each other it is much eager to bargain for good deals the bazaar is near the castle ruins of byblos, the best items to buy are mosaic items, embroidered tablecovers, brass items, and carvings , there are also a couple of soivenir shops in the hamras area, near starbucks, and in tripolis bazaars
What to pay: it depends how good you are in baRGAINING
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A NEW EARTH ORGANIC STORE: Organic Food in Beirut!
A welcoming and Zen place where you can find 100% organic food, supplements and cosmetics from around the world! The owners, Sabine & Layane are here to guide you and advise you and I even found specialty items like Gluten free products, Fresh automatized tofu and Argan oil from Morocco! Definitely THE place to go to if you're a health conscious person.
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ABC Mall: Luxury Shopping Centre
Even Beirut could not escape the shopping mall craze that has invaded much of the Arab world. ABC Mall, however, is an elegant shopping centre with many luxury boutiques and mid-level shopping. It is located at the eastern end of Achrafieh and has a number of cafés as well. Not surprisingly, it is quite a scene of people wanting to see and be seen.
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Virgin Megastore: Trilingual Music & Books
Housed in the beautifully restored Opera Cinema building, Virgin Megastore of Beirut is a 1930s Art Déco landmark on Place des Martyrs. Indeed, there are many Virgin Megastores in the world, but what makes this one special is that it is trilingual, Arabic, French and English, reflecting the Lebanese culture. CDs, DVDs and books in the three languages are sold, many of which reflect the local culture and history. Virgin is also a great source for new local music combining western and eastern influences.
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Mar Elias Street: Shopping Area
MANY SHOPS ARE FOUND IN MARELIAS STREET
SOME OF THEM SELL FASHIONABLE LADYS SHOES AND SOME SELL FASHIONABLE CLOTHES AND SOME SELL SILVER AND JEWELRY AND GIFTS
What to buy: BUY FROM GS OR MONICA OR PATCHI SABAYA AND MIKATI (FOR BAGS)
What to pay: DEPENDS
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Enoteca: Lebanese wines
Its a very nice shop, where you can find the best lebanese wines, chateau musar, chateau ksara, kefraya etc.
The shop is very good organised, and the employes are very helpful.
What to buy: Lebanese wines from famous chateau, or wines that the personnel will suggest you.
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Amir: Artisanat Shop - 1
Shop for local crafts - soaps, handmade articrafts, woodcrafts, pashminas, abayas anything and everything that's made in lebanon and represents Lebanon, its culture and people.
What to buy: Hmmm...soo much to buy from, but some of the things I bought recently:
1) Soaps, bath salt, and louffas (all hand-made and made from natural products)
2) beautiful mirrors for the purse or to hand on the wall, and little silver boxes to keep your advil/panadol or any medicine in.
3) Make-up bags, tissue box case, ashtrays, etc..
4) Arghileh or shisha
5) Abayas of all colors and sizes..these have beautiful work done on them, and can be worn at home over your PJ's or if you get cold.
6)Beautiful hand-made cutlery and knives and cake cutters with beautiful handles.
7) Cushion cases - they are so colorful and have little mirrors on them, and will make any sofa look different and lovely. There are also rugs that look the same..really nice.
8) Table cloths that are elegantly embroidered.
9) Chess board that's made out of lebanese wood.
And that's all i can think about for now...this place is FILLED with stuff.
What to pay: They have the price tags on most items, however, DO bargain for a better price..The more items you take the more they are likely to give you a discount.. However, dont expect them to take off half of the price..not even close. But their prices are fair compared to other places I've been to.
Khan Al-Qasr: Hand-made Soaps and Candles
There is nothing special about this shop except its content and prices! It is located on a street off of the main Hamra St., and it has a very casual exterior. However, you will walk in and smell some of the most beautiful and natural essences :) This place brings their soap straight from Tripoli where they are hand-made. It is all made out of natural material, and you can see this from the way the soap feels and looks. If you can't find what you exactly want, then you can ask them to do something for you.
Candles come in different shapes and sizes as well...you can see natural flowers that have been melted into a candle which has their scent....Seriously, when I walk into this place I just get lost in what I want to buy :) Even the packaging of the soap is handmade, and some boxes are made from natural flowers! Try to find this place, cause its great!
What to buy: Soaps and candles
What to pay: Most of the stuff have prices on them..if they do not, then try to bargain a bit, the guy may change the prices. But know one thing, the prices at this place are DEFINITELY better than many other places I've been to (So far its the best place).
Seven Thirty & Seven Thirty-Two (730 & 732): 2 Shopping Malls on Verdun St.
These two shopping malls stand face to face on Verdun Street. This area has long been known to have high-end stores and is an area for massive shopping and beauty care (hair, nails, etc.). The malls were named according to their corresponding cadastral number..in any case, you will find many stores here, from: Bershka to Swatch, mothercare to adidas, The Body Shop to Tiffany's, etc.. Also, very close to this area are stores like Mango, Kookai, etc..
There are also coffeeshops and restaurants like: Starbucks and Le Pain Quotidien, ...
What to buy: Whatever your heart desires...I usually go to:
- Pull and Bear
- Massimo Dutti
- The Body Shop
- Mango (which is very nearby)
- Le Pain Quotidien
The ABC Mall: Shopping for Everything
This is a mall that opened up recently in the Achrafieh area in Beirut. This mall houses many stores (mid-range to high), restaurants and cafe's, and movie theaters. This is the largest mall in Beirut, and it offers free parking. You can spend a nice day here between shopping for gifts, make-up, clothes, house-supplies and then having a nice lunch, then perhaps going to watch a movie. Or you can simply choose to go there for coffee and just enjoy the passers by..
What to buy: Anything and everything that you like. Some shops I often go to are:
- Vanilian (Furniture and house supplies) - this place is so funky and has original stuff to check out even if you dont want to buy anything.
- Lancel - always great place to buy a gift for a friend.
- Maria Pino - love the shoes!
- The Apple shop - although Lebanon is more expensive than any other place I know when it comes to this lol
- Accessorize - nice accessories and I often get my lil niece gifts from there.
- Aishti - If you want to splurge or spend spend spend on some Dior sunglasses or a Prada place this is the place to be.
..... aaah the list is really endless...
What to pay: No bargaining here...You pay whatever the tag says you should pay ;-)
ABC Mall: The only mall in town
This is the only western style mall in Beirut. If for some reason you just have to see a mall - this is your only option. All prices are set and haggling is not done here. Honestly, the only two things I found of value here was Waterlemon (the restaurant) and Virgin Records - they had a fairly decent selection of arabic music.
What to buy: typical mall stuff
Achrafieh: great boutiques and a great mall
The ABC Achrafieh shopping mall has an excellent selection of mid-range and high-end stores. It's at the east end of Achrafieh, at the top of the hill (which would be a great place to take panoramic pictures of Beirut, but the hyper-vigilant security guards frown on this). Elsewhere in Achrafieh there are great boutiques--start at rue Monot and walk up and to the left along Ave. Elias Sarkis. Rue Abdel Wahab el-Inglizi is also home to some interesting shops.
Downtown: shopping in Downtown
Not many shops but there are some antique shops that sell nice items,but have in mind that this downtown is a very newly renovated,and the rent prices of the shops are very high,so items can be a little expencive.
What to buy: There is a really nice women`s clothes shop called SamÍa,a bit expensive but all the Lebanese and Arab female celebraties get their clothes from it ;-)
My sister in law bought a pair of jeans for 200+USD$
What to pay: Bargain before you pay!
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Dunes Mall: Shopping
Having the VAT( value added tax) can make most items a bit expensive,not only for Lebanese but also for tourists.
Dunes plaza has most of the European brands.it also has a cinima theatre.
What to buy: As a woman I would say shoes:-D Lebanon has very nice leather items,shoes and bags.
also clothes can be baught at good prices if they are made in Lebanon.
What to pay: the sky is the limit!!!!!!
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Virgin Megastore: Great Selection
Virgin Megastore Beirut is built inside a restored historic cinema and houses a great selection of both mainstream and hard-to-find music, books, magazines and DVDs/videos. The store also sells electronics and has a cafe (with Wi-Fi).
What to buy: They have a great selection of Middle Eastern photography books which look great on a coffee table and stock a reasonable selection yoga and pilates DVDs, which can be hard to locate in these parts.
What to pay: Prices are in USD and LL and are pretty standard, you can use the tax refund system if you're visiting.
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