Beirut/Downtown

Downtown Beirut is the central district of Beirut, with its outdoor cafes restaurants and high end designer stores. The inner area around Nejmeh Square is pedestrian-only. Ashrafieh is to its East, while Hamra, Ras Beirut, Manara and Rawcheh to its West. The Beirut Marina (the Cornich starting point) is only a short walk away. Some complaints are that the area is over-priced, and that it caters more to tourists from the Persian Gulf than to the locals.

Get in

Getting to downtown from other parts of Beirut or one of the bus stations is easy. Simple hop in any taxi/Service and ask for either "Downtown" or "Solidere"

See

Landmarks

Saifi Village: Quartier des Arts. This is a newly built neighborhood just east of downtown with traditional architecture and shops featuring design oriented products such as fashion, decor, and furniture. On Saturdays, the Souk el Tayeb, farmer's market is a great place to buy local, organic produce.

Museums and galleries

Roman and Byzantine structures

Crusader, Mamluke and Ottoman structures

Historic churches

Historic mosques

Do

Buy

The newly opened Souks de Beirut is a huge mall in downtown featuring high end, international brand stores such as H&M, Diesel, Dolce&Gabbana, etc. There you can also find shops of some of the best watchmakers including Rolex, Omega, Officine Panerai and Jaeger-LeCoultre to name a few. The architecture of the mall is stunning and it's mostly outdoors.

Al Rifai is a store selling nuts and speciality Lebanese sweets just off of the Place de L'Etoile.

The Virgin Megastore is a four story haven for books, music, movies, and electronics. International and local music/movies are on sale.

Rooly Booly

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Drink

Iris. On top of the an-Nahar building in downtown is a rooftop bar, overlooking downtown and the mountains.

Taboo. A popular club in downtown, just opposite the Harriri Mosque.

I-Bar. Next door to Taboo, is an upstairs bar with many events.

Citrus/Pure. Above Taboo, but expect to pay a lot of money there.

Julips. Cassis. Zooka. Vintage. In the street behind Iris

Sleep

Budget

Splurge

Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Ain El Mreysseh (Just a few minutes from the sea and located in Beirut's downtown district),  +961 1 368 111, e-mail: .

A Four Seasons, Hyatt, and Ramada are all due to open soon in Downtown.

Connect

Internet

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