“What to do in Beirut”

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Conde-Nast Traveller, Oct. 2012


What to do in Lebanon – Oct. 16, 2012
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It costs approximately $23 per person per day to gain access to a private beach. Riviera Hotel’s beach club on the Corniche promenade (www.rivierahotel.com.lb) the eco-friendly Lazy B (www.lazyb.me) and the beach bar, La Plage, are popular picks.

Walking tour
Sign up for a historical walking tour of the city with BeBeirut.org. You’ll get to walk through the Jewish Quarters and Solidere, and all the way to Martyr’s Square. (www.bebeirut.org)

Browse through Lebanese designers Reem Acra (www.reemacra.com), Elie Saab (www.eliesaab.com) and Zuhair Murad’s (www.zuhairmurad.com)collections. Pay a visit to Beirut’s farmers market (www.soukeltayeb.com).
Day trips
Drive from Beirut to the coastal towns of Byblos and Tyre, as well as to Baalbek to see the Roman ruins.

BO18 (www.b018.com), Sky Bar (www.sky-bar.com), Pier 7, Hemingway’s Bar & Lounge (www.moevenpick-hotels.com), White (www.whitebeirut.com), Bar Three Sixty at Le Grey hotel (www.campbellgrayhotels.com)and a string of other clubs and bars on Gemmayzeh Street.

Downtown has a string of luxury hotels to stay at, like The Phoenicia (http://phoeniciabeirut.com) and the Four Seasons (www.fourseasons.com). For good value options, check into the more affordable hotels on Hamra Street like the Mayflower Hotel (www.mayflowerbeirut.com).