Shawarmas are a fixture in Middle Eastern souks and this is true for Sidon as well. There are numerous shawarma stands scattered around the souk, making them convenient options should those hunger pangs appear. The best part is, these snacks on wheels cater mainly to the local crowd, so you get the full local authentic taste.
Sidon is famous for its biscuits, particularly the sanioura, a crumbly biscuit that is often described as a cross between a shortbread and a pavlova. Have a taste of these biscuits while wandering around the souk where numerous bakeries bake them fresh for locals and the occasional tourists.
In need of refreshment after hours of wandering in the maze of alleys of the old city, I stumbled upon this nicely done cafe. I was greeted by the cafe's two friendly attendants - Jack and Yahya (picture 2), whose family owns the place. A cup of tea and lots of water after, they showed me the cafe's greatest treasure - the beautiful floor mosaics (picture 3 and 4). They said the mosaics had been there from the original building, which who knows how old. It's quite interesting how such "artifacts" are regarded in a city as historical as Sidon. In other countries, these would had been chipped off and sent to the nearest museum for posterity - or worse sold off in the black market.
Jack and Yahya were the epitome of warm Lebanese hospitality, amusing me with their stories about life and family in Sidon - and not letting me pay for the tea! I insisted on paying, of course.
My fiance (who's Lebanese) said he would have never imagined himself stopping at a local cafe across the street from the Sea Castle to play backgammon and have a shisha but any trip must be a first.
After walking around Saida, visiting the Soap Museum and the mosques, don't rush back to the capital. Stop at one of these no-name cafes for a snack and a drink - it's cheaper and "more local" then Beirut.
Part of al-Qualaa Hotel, Noor's restaurant has the best views of the Sea Castle of Sidon. It is located on the terrace and upper floor of the 12th century Crusader-period building which was restored and converted into a hotel. I stopped by for coffee on my visit to Sidon in Sep 2010, so I have not tried the food, but believe it would be a great place for lunch or dinner when visiting Sidon, at least for the great views.
Crowded with locals, Falafel Abou Rami is an excellent place to have an authentic Saïda-style falafel sandwich. This unpretentious local eatery is located at the northern tip of Old Sidon, on the corniche facing the Sea Castle. When visiting the city, make sure to stop here for a delicious falafel sandwich, whether it is for lunch, dinner or an afternoon snack!
Abou Rami makes the best falafel sandwiches I have eaten anywhere in the Middle East. They are glorious - packed with meat and salad- and people are queueing out onto the street to get them. It's fun watching Abou Rami make them while you wait. He is a falafel master!
It is a very nice and cozy place in sidon or u can say it is the only place that have this discreption.
the menu is gr8 every plate and sandwich tastes gr8
they have different kinds or tastes of shisha try the "Mellon" one
Favorite Dish: My favortie dish is the "four cheese"
and the shisha is gr8
If you are visiting Sidon, you should definitely make time to have a meal at this splendid restaurant set in a lush green garden. With typical Lebanese architecture and its necessary tall arches, the restaurant takes the guest into the warmth of the Lebanese cultural heritage. Great mezzé, fresh fish and impeccable service are the perfect accompaniment to a narguileh and a full view of the crusader fortress on the seashore!
A government Resthouse on the waterfront next to the castle offers good food and refreshment. Situated in a restored medieval building, the Resthouse is set in a landscaped seaside terrace.
The interior has vaulted ceilings and medieval decor. There is also a fine patio with a fountain. Open from noon until 4 PM and from 7 PM -12 PM.
Hungry after wandering around the covered souqs? The open square next to Bab es-Saray Mosque is a good place to rest. I found this hamburger/sandwich stall to be attractive and I spent 1,000LL for a "hamburger". It went well with a bottle of cola for 250LL.
A splendid restaurant in a splendid building - in traditional Lebanese style, with plenty of tall arches, and a lush garden. There are also unforgettable views of th crusaders' castle - by day at least.
Favorite Dish: Delicious mezzes and seafood. The spinach-filled pastries were heavenly. We also has grilled tiger-praws: fresh and crunchy! Definitely a restaurant to recommend. Lebanese wine is served.
This restaurant has a opened area,so it`s best visited at spring time....in the summer it might be too humid,and it is closed in the winter.
It is located next to Sidon`s sea castle on the sea front.
it opens from noon until midnight.
Favorite Dish: Hummus dip is heavenly made there so don`t dare to miss it:D
Take a look at this link,,it shows the place in a 360 degree pictures:
In Sidon the borad beans are almost the city`s traditional food,it could be baked,boiled or even served with rice..in any case it`s a must try.
You will find many street vendors that selles baked or boiled broad beans and served with a squeese of lemon juice and salt,the vendor is usually decorated with the peels of the lemon,and you will find the salesman calling for what he sells.
Gosh I got my mouth all watery from just remembering it :-P
Favorite Dish: This is the cheapest and fully vegetarian dish you could find in Lebanon;-)
I just had a drink there but the food smell so good that next time I visit Saida, for sure I will give a try to Abu Rami's sandwich.
My coke was charged local price 0.5 USD or 750 LP
Favorite Dish: Shawarma