There are many ways to spend time in Beirut and many different cultures represented in the city, which features a lot of freshly reconstructed sights following years of difficulties.
In keeping with the local culture in Lebanon, there is plenty of style in the up-market hotels found in the city of Beirut. However, in the area of Hamra, there are more economical choices of hotels to be found, as well as the more glamorous international names.
Top Beirut Attractions
The promenade at Corniche has become a popular place to stroll and watch the world go by. The promenade acts as a suitable symbol of Beirut, the newly rediscovered tourist interest.
Meanwhile, in front of Corniche lie the Pigeon Rocks, which offer an intriguing view of the natural arches from the lower cliffs.
In the city, the National Museum of Beirut is an almost obligatory stop for anyone with an interest in the sometimes troubled history of the city, including its restoration after conflict.
Eating in Beirut
The cultural diversity of Beirut means that the cuisine available in the city is also very varied, and many different styles and flavours can be found. Other than a traditional Lebanese mezze and hummus, for example at the downtown Al-Balad restaurant, there are good restaurants for Thai food, Italian food, and many other more local varieties, including bars and cafés, many of which are in or near Hamra in the city.
A good number of the western style Beirut accommodation options can be found in the area of Hamra in the city, and this area also features a few possibilities for visitors who are looking for cheap hotels in Beirut. The city centre, and the area of Ashrafieh in particular, also have economical options.