Only 4 km down the road from Brummana is another picturesque hilltop town called Beit Meri. Although also considered a summer retreat, Beit Meri is a little less popular with weekend traffic and therefore lacks the restaurants, nightlife and hotels of Brummana. However, it does have a small archaeological area with Roman and Byzantine ruins, as well as a 17th century Maronite Christian monastery built on the ruins of a Roman temple. The town also has direct views over the city of Beirut and the Mediterranean.
For more, check out the Beit Meri page.
One of the best things about visiting Brummana is its breathtaking views. On one side are the Chouf Mountains and the valley below, and on the other are the lower slopes of Mount Lebanon and the blue Mediterranean Sea. Attached are a few examples.
One of three famous restaurants in Brummana, Mounir Restaurant is definitely worth the trip. The restaurant also serves traditional Lebanese dishes and is frequented by Lebanese high society and their families. A meal here is best enjoyed with the views that extend all the way down to the Mediterranean Sea. Although food here was excellent and I would certainly return, I preferred Kasr Fakhreddine. However, views from Mounir were even more stunning (see attached photos).
This destination restaurant, Kasr Fakhreddine, has been in existence for sometime and ranks top among the three famous restaurants in Brummana. It serves a faultless traditional Lebanese menu in a spacious dining room with amazing views over a steep valley and the Chouf Mountains beyond. In warmer weather, dining on the outdoor terrace is also available. On weekends and holidays, Lebanese families of as many as 20 members typically reserve the best tables for a long and relaxed meal. Dining here is a great Lebanese experience that is well worth the trip from Beirut. I dined here in March 2005 and again on the 1st January 2010. See the attached photos for views from the restaurant. If you want a table with views, then definitely reserve in advance, and remember to dress well!