It’s always been a thriving trading hub, but in recent years Beirut has seriously upped its style credentials, with independent designers centred around the Gemmayzeh neighbourhood, and concept stores catering to international and local fashionistas popping up all over. But where to start? Read on for our comprehensive list of the best design stalwarts in the city.
Constantly refreshed urban concept store
What A bang up-to-date store that also doubles as an event space and even produces its own eponymous fashion label, launched in 2018 to bolster emerging local fashion designers. Every season, 6:05 invites new designers to create a 10-piece collection that’s eagerly anticipated in the city.
The clientele A young local crowd flock here to shop established and emerging international brands.
Pick up Need some new shades? The sunglass station stretches from floor to ceiling with countless colour and gradient lens options. Those with decision paralysis should steer clear. Oh, and don’t miss the “clock of fortune” – if you buy something between 6:05pm and 7:05pm, you can win anything from a pat on the back to adventurous outdoor activities, gadgets and store discounts.
Where In the heart of downtown Beirut with a slew of new restaurants dotted around nearby.
Zen Building, Charles Malek Avenue, St Nicolas, Ashrafieh; + 961 1 335 450
A temple to all things streetwear from international designers
What Oddfish provides a platform for a snappily curated range of street art, skatewear and super-sleek designer homeware. Call in to stock up on pieces from independent brands hailing from London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, New York and other style capitals.
The clientele An uber-laid-back crowd of Lebanese locals checking out the latest drop of cool home décor pieces, vintage garms and limited editions, or just chatting all things skating.
Pick up The gift to yourself you never knew you needed. Homeware, yoga mats, travel gear, art prints, figurines, pet goods, eyewear… Oddfish stocks it.
Where The Port District, west of the Beirut River, is one of the largest and busiest ports on the Eastern Mediterranean. It’s ideal for wandering and a spot of photography.
Bohsali Building, Beirut Port District; +961 1 566 302
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Pop Up Concepts
Hard-to-find menswear from uber-cool brands
What The Dover Street Market of the Middle East stocks exclusively menswear, and is worth visiting just for the showstopping displays created around each label. Expect a tight edit of the hippest brands in the world, from KAWS to Supreme and Virgil Abloh’s coveted Off-White.
The clientele For the last seven years, Pop Up Concepts has been a safe bet for men in Beirut who want the latest trends and leading brands in the international streetwear scene.
Pick up Off-White’s striped hoodies and yellow industrial-style belts or anything from Japanese designer Jun Takahashi’s Undercover label.
Where The energy of the Gemmayzeh neighbourhood is the obvious choice for Pop Up Concepts’ HQ.
Pastuer St, Gemmayzeh; +961 1 447 336
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Fashion, music, food and even a Pilates studio all under one roof
What New on the scene in 2018, Another developed in partnership with local Rabih Geha Architects. It’s imagined as a “living magazine” – a vast retail space with a focus on health and fitness that manages to be a meld of gift shop, fashion house, restaurant, café and hair salon – and yes, there’s a boutique gym attached.
The clientele Style mavens looking for a 21st-century shopping experience, seeking out sportswear giants Nike and Adidas alongside fashion brands such as Maison Margiela, Dries Van Noten and Helmut Lang.
Pick up Browse the perfumery, electronics, sportswear, books, art, fashion or sneakers, or just stop for a freshly brewed coffee or a slap-up lunch. It’s all here for the sampling.
Where Located in the Zero 4 mall, a community hub where food, shopping and pop-up events combine.
Zero 4 Shopping Plaza, Antelias, Naccache; +961 76 604 044
The capital’s largest concept store showcasing more than 250 designers
What It’s testament to the Lebanese fashion scene that LE66 Champs Elysées – the biggest concept store in Paris – chose Beirut for its Middle Eastern outpost.
The clientele Just about anyone fashionable in Lebanon has been here at some point.
Pick up Something from high-end brands like Alexander Wang, Marni and Aurélie Bidermann.
Where Rubbing shoulders with heavy hitters Dior and Chanel, LE66 Beirut is located in the bustling downtown area.
151 Foch Avenue, downtown Beirut; +961 1 985 470
Authentic works from regional artisans
What A lovingly curated boutique founded by art lovers Aida Kawas and Frank Luca, who have cultivated a refined appreciation for tradition and modernity. Orient 499 is also an atelier, with a “made in Beirut” aesthetic, selling original crafts and unique designer creations by more than 200 artisans, from couturiers to woodworkers.
The clientele High-end art collectors looking for handcrafted gifts to bring home.
Pick up Antique furniture from neighbours such as Morocco, Turkey and Egypt.
Where Close to Omar Daouk Square, an open area dedicated to the first head of state of Lebanon.
499 Omar Daouk Street, Mina El Hosn; +961 1 369 499