Beit el Tawlet
What A boutique guest house in Gemmayze-Mar Mikhael run by Lebanese artisan entrepreneurs Souk el Tayeb.
Go for Four beautifully decorated rooms with ornate furnishings, local artwork and plant-covered balconies.
But don’t miss Traditional cooking classes in the restaurant downstairs – the fatayer (spinach dumpling) workshop will keep you well fed for life.
See also Good-value rooms and home-cooked meals at The Grand Meshmosh Hotel.
What The boutique store of Lebanese designer Nada Debs, whose furnishings grace the Jordanian royal family’s home.
Go for The clean lines and quality craftsmanship of Japanese-inspired bowls or boxes adorned with Middle Eastern marquetry patterns.
But don’t miss The studio upstairs, showcasing Debs’s international collabs and bespoke furniture projects.
See also A wonderland of hand-drawn Beirut street scenes and posters at print store Plan Bey.
What Chic and design-y, Beirut’s it-restaurant reinvents the classics.
Go for Clever new spins on Middle Eastern ingredients, from cauliflower with spiced butter and walnut-rose salsa to Szechuan-spiced beef fillet with miso and quail egg.
But don’t miss Dessert. The walnut baklava with mastic ice cream is divine.
See also Lebanese classics like jewelled tabbouleh served by a fountain in the garden of Loris restaurant.
What A cosy cafe set inside a bookshop, where plush sofas and a bar with power sockets entice laptoppers.
Go for Locally sourced food from a weekly changing menu, accompanied by a Martini at the WH Auden-themed happy hour (6–9pm).
But don’t miss The regular social events: a book club, Lindy Hop classes and live jazz every Friday night.
See also Flat whites with a view at rooftop spot Kalei Coffee.
What Spilling onto the street, this fluoro-lit hang-out in Gemmayze-Mar Mikhael was recently voted one of Esquire’s 50 Best Bars in the World.
Go for Far Eastern twists on classic cocktails; try the Bangkok Babylon, an Aperol Spritz made with sake and kaffir lime.
But don’t miss The moreish bar food, like teriyaki kofta.
See also The equally ace Friday-night cocktail boîte, Dragonfly.