Beirut Travel Guide

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Beirut Things to Do

  • Al Omari Mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Mohammed Al Amin Mosque is a impressive mosque with blue domes, similar to the Blue Mosque of Istanbul. An imposing architecture just off Downtown Beirut, it's also the place where former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri is buried. In fact there's still a make-shift memorial right in front of the mosque.

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  • Al Amin Mosque

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Besides the architectural beauty and the fact that it seems to be the guardian of Beirut downtown, the Hariri Mosque has a strong political and social importance. It is called the Hariri Mosque (one of the former Lebanese PMs) and the square besides it, Martyrs' Square, is a common place for political demonstrations, such as the ones in 2007. Its...

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  • Baalbek

    5 out of 5 stars

    A must see - I believe it is the home of largest Roman Temple in the world. And the site was much larger then I anticipated (actually home to over 3 temples) and was a stop along an ancient trade route. Plus in the summer they have a festival here with world renowned entertainers! It is amazing from Dizzy Gilespie (yes DIZZY!) to Warda Al Jazairia....

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Beirut Hotels

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Beirut Restaurants

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  • worst experience ever!

    I am sorry to say, I have never been mistreated, insulted and humiliated in my life like tonight at Fiona's I honestly do not know where to start! The floor manager Roland has an attitude, he is rude, he disrespects me my guests and my fiance. The food took almost an hour to arrive amongst a long list of complaints... ! Not to mention treating us...

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  • A meat lover's paradise

    Get your hands on some real tigran and varti beurek in a smashing ambience offering two seated levels, a bar and a leafy al fresco option in the garden. Vegetarians, beware; this is a meat lover's paradise, where the selection of fusion kebbe might be followed by a stew like dish of round soujouk (spicy sausage) swimming in an explosively flavorful...

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  • Fantastic homemade style

    Don't let the exterior of Pasta di Casa fool you - if it weren't for the grubby fluorescent letters above the doorway, the entrance would be almost impossible to spot - but once inside, the snug little room with its six tables in green checked cloths. The fresh handmade pasta is the draw, with enormous plates of ravioli, lasagne or pasta dishes...

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Beirut Nightlife

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  • Happy hour bar

    Lakay : 50% on alcoholic drinks from 19:00 till 22:00 Juniper : 50% discount on all kinds of drinks from 19:30 till 21:30 proof : 50% discount on all kinds of drinks from 19:00 till 21:00black ice :Buy 1 and get another of the same kind for free from 19:00 till 22:00 Kashmeer 50% on all alcoholic drinks from 19:30 till 21:00 Capital A : 50% on...

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  • Summer 2011-Beirut's Latest Nightlife

    Located at one of the most renowned hotels across the Middle East, , Whisky Mist Beirut has recently arrived to Beirut straight from London. Back in London, Whisky Mist has developed itself to become the place to be seen! With its guests ranging from actors, singers and even British royalty, it is spreading its culture on to the Lebanese nightlife....

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  • Real Entertainment

    Since its opening in 2003, Music Hall became a legend in the Beiruti nightlife scene for many reasons, staring from its controversial owner, the setting and ending with the numerous live acts every night.Music Hall was created in a former cinema. The seats were taken out and tables arranged in a Moulin Rouge style. Red dominated the interior...

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Beirut Transportation

  • transport in beirut

    taxis from beirut airport , to the city need to be bargained but dont pay more than 20.00 usd, after bargaining to central beirut, hamra area taxis are the best way to get around for tourists, and are about 10,000 leb. pd. or about 6.50 usd per trip in the city but ask before getting in as they will always try to overcharge tourists , service taxis...

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  • Bus from Damascus to Beirut

    Bus Damascus to Beirut about 3-4 hour, leaving from Sumariyah Garage (far outside of Damascus), several buses per day, arrives at Charles Helou bus terminal.

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  • From Greece to Beirut

    We traveled "MEA airlines" from Athens - Greece to Beirut Hariri airport.The ticket costs about 310 euro with return from Athens. A suggestion to MEA airlines: when somebody travels with an infant you have to provide an extra safety belt. Its a good air-company, we fly with an air-bus A321, they departure was on-time, and they offered to my baby a...

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Beirut Shopping

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  • best souvenir shopping in lebanon

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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Beirut Local Customs

  • 1 month visa on arrival free of charge

    Visa Issuance for Eu citizens :Visa required, except for Nationals of EU travelingas tourist can obtain a visa on arrival at Beirut (BEY), for amax. stay of 3 months, provided holding confirmedreturn/onward tickets, and a telephone number and address inLebanon. Fee: free of charge for stays up to 1 month andbetween LBP 50,000.- and LBP 100,000.-...

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  • Language time

    Hello : MarhabaHow are you? : kifakI am good : mashi al hal,How much :kamPlease : min fadlikYou are welcome: Afwanfar: baa idNear : aribbeautiful : jamilMoney : masari Why : leshWhere are you from:min wen intaI am from America,Holland: ana min America,Hollanda

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  • Mate (mati) drink

    Mate in Arabic (mati)is south American drink but very popular drink in Lebanon,Is drunk with Massasa (strow )and hot water.Those who share the mate join in a kind of bond of total acceptance and friendship.some of the benefits of drinking yerba mate tea.1. Rich in AntioxidantsYerba mate tea is very high in antioxidants; it's got about 90% more...

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Beirut Warnings and Dangers

  • South Beirut and Photography

    By all means visit the Dahiyeh (southern suburbs), it is interesting and the people are as warm and welcoming as anywhere else in Beirut, but do yourself a favour and leave your camera at the hotel. Take note of the following from wiki travel guide to Beirut: http://wikitravel.org/en/Beirut#b"Photography of military personnel and installations is...

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  • trafic!!!!

    never ever hire a car:))) there are millions of cars on the way all time until night.. people drive as they r in F1..in istanbul we mention about huge traffic but from now i dont:))) we took taxies to go somewhere.. u should bargain about how much to pay.. (no taximeter) and you must talk to someone about the average before bargain:)

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  • Beirut photographs

    Be careful of taking photographs thru out city of Beirut, especially where military are present, you may want to ask first. It is a wonderful place, but certain areas you want to refrain from photos, bombed areas, military present, etc.

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Beirut Tourist Traps

  • Taxis in Beirut

    When arriving in Beirut, be prepared to be ripped off by taxi drivers. Paying less than 20 US$ for the five minute ride down towan seems to be impossible for foreigners, some try to charge as much as 40. If possible, arrange transport beforehand. Haggle. It may be unnerving if you're not used to this kind or aggressive bargining, but try not to...

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  • foreigners beware

    the dollar is very widely used in lebanon. the local people think that all foreigners are rich and whenever they quote prices at shops or taxi they will quote you in dollars and a lot more then they would do to the locals. always ask for local lebanese lira price and negotiate

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  • Taxi's

    Taxi's in Beirut sometimes have a mind of thier own.... or maybe it is just the driver. I could never seem to get to where I actually wanted to go and often got out of the cab and walked. The driver (1 in particular who was always at the top of the que when I needed a cab...) seemed to like to take me to places he thought I wanted to go - like his...

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Beirut What to Pack

  • Recommended Reading

    Below are a few books I recommend reading prior to a trip to Beirut:Pity The Nation, by Robert FiskBeyrouth - La Brûlure des Rêves (Éditions Autrements, Collection Monde)Histoire du Liban Contemporain 1860-1943 - Denise Ammoun (Fayard)Beirut's Memory, by Ayman Trawi (Photo Collection)Rome in the East, by Warwick Ball

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  • Don t forget!

    Don t forget to take with you some elegant clothes. The lebanese they dress very nice and elegant, don t go for a dinner in a styish restaurant in your jeans, they will not tell you nothing, but you will not feel nice between so nice dressed people.

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  • You can find everything here

    You can really find here everything, rememeber i travel there fwith a baby and i found everything i need, i am the light travelling style traveller, and i love to go to supermarkets or to the local market to buy the things i need, its a way to learn the country. They have everything in a very big variety.

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Beirut Off The Beaten Path

  • Cremino - on your way from the airport

    Cremino is a well known patiserie which offers both traditional and bits of the French sweets cuisine. I've tasted their work a few times and the cakes never let me down. :) It makes for a very good reason to step in Dahiyeh (The Southern Suburb) and if you land at a decent hour in Beirut, you could stop by on your way from the airport to your...

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  • Douma

    A village in the mountains in Northern Lebanon (central northern). You can get there via car only in the summer, as the road is snowed in during the winter. It is a lovely village perched on what seems the top of the mountains. We were fortunate enough to stay in a friends family's home, Beit Isshak. The home was a stop for noble travelers from the...

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  • Beiteddine Palace Mosaic Gallery

    Part of the Beiteddine Palace is devoted to the various Greek mosaics that were found in the vicinty of the Palace. This is a bit confusing, since they do not really have anything to do with the site of the Palace or the Emir who built it, but they are of the region and occasionally quite impressive. Most of the mosaics are intact and of quite a...

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Beirut Sports & Outdoors

  • Why not go scuba diving in Beirut

    Scuba diving in Beirut? I know it's not like the Red sea but for me (who have done most of my dives in the Red Sea) this was a new experience.I dived with the NISD (National Institute for Scuba Diving) located in the Rivera Hotel (where you can also spent a day by the pool). During the two dives I did we didn't see so many things, a moray and some...

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  • Hippodrome

    The Hippodrome du Parc de Beyrouth is the only racecourse in the Middle East where gabling is permitted. It was closed when I was there, however.

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  • St.George Hotel

    St.George Hotel is a newly renovated Hotel in Beirut,it was the elite back in 70`s.It was distroyed in the civil war,but now it is renovated,it has Beirut`s boats and yachts marina. Swim suites,sun screen lotion and a pair of shorts;-)

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Beirut Favorites

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  • Careful with electricity if you rent a...

    I learned to appreciate the real value of flashlights and candles.You might not feel it if you stay in a 5 stars hotel, but Lebanon is passing an electricity crisis. State supplies electricity to neighborhoods in turns for between 12 to 16 hours a day and most buildings or areas have their own generator. This is why I recommend you ask about this...

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  • Be informed! Local media

    Time Out BeirutAfter the July war, tourists avoided Lebanon because of the unstable political and social situation. Though sometimes accurate (just sometimes) in their reports, Western media don't always do justice to this country. This is why I warmly advise you to stay updated by reading local publications such as Naharnet or DailyStar, to name...

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  • Dollars are accepted everywhere

    The Lebanese local currency is the LIRA however, you won't need to change currency if you already have US dollars because they are accepted everywhere, even if you have any bill (restaurant, hotel, shops etc.) you get it in both lebanese currency and the USD equivalent. The exchange rate is fixed 1 USD = 1500 Lebanese LirasAlso ATMs are available...

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