Sidon (Arabic: Saida صَيْدا) is in a city in Lebanon. The people (population: 100,000) are largely Sunni Muslims.

The Sea Castle, on the harbor

Get in

Take a bus or a car for a 1-hour drive from Beirut.

Get around

Getting around in Sidon as in all Lebanon is best by taking a taxi. Cabs provide two services 1. A Taxi ride with a fare charge of 5000 L.L. around 3.25 $ and 2. "Service" is the word you use to permit other passengers to board and then the charge is 2000 L.L. around 1.25 $



Traditionally made soap: from the old Souks, facing the Sea Citadel.

Lebanese Sweets: For traditional sweets, go for the locals' favorites: Groupy Sweets (Seaside road), Baba Sweets (Eastern Boulevard), Anwar Sweets (Siti Nafissi street).


The following restaurants offer traditional Lebanese food: Zawat, Al Arabi, Abed Al Wahab, Al Mandaloun, Al Mamlouk.

For quick and cheap snacks: Baba snack, Abu Rami's Falafel.

Local restaurants and chains: El Padrino, Crepaway, Leil Nhar, Come Si Come Saj, Sushi Bento.

International chains are also available, such as: McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, KFC, Dunken Donuts,


Due to it's more conservative nature, alcoholic drinks are not offered in the city's restaurants, cafes or supermarkets. However delicious chunky fruit cocktails, julabs, Amar El Dine, tamarind juice and other types of traditional juices are offered in the city's "juice shops".


Stay safe

Due to ongoing violence, it is not safe to visit the Ein el-Helweh refugee camp within Sidon (November 2013). The rest of the city is safe.

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