Places to Visit in Lebanon

If this is your first time visiting, Beirut is the capital Lebanon. A city known for its culture, history and organized chaos! Whatever you are looking for, Beirut caters for it.
Here are our suggestions for attractions to visit in the city.

Downtown Beirut:

  • Nijmeh Square: Home to the parliament, two cathedrals and a museum, the square is an icon of Beirut, mostly known for its Art Deco architecture.
  • Roman Baths: Historical landmark, where the ruins haven’t been functional as baths for a long time, but it is easy to imagine what life in the Roman Empire may have looked like.
  • Beirut Souks: Looking for a place to shop, Souks are your answer.

Hamra Street:

Beirut’s intellectual hub, and home to several bookshops, universities, and a rich nightlife.

  • Bliss Street: Make sure to pass by whenever you feel like grabbing a quick and cheap snack.
  • T-Marbouta: With the motto “Coffee, books & people”, this place is an all-purpose space: café by day, a restaurant and pub by night. Its menu includes Lebanese Mezze.
  • Mezyan: A lively and friendly mezze restaurant-bar, which brings food from across the region. Mezyan does a great job in putting on live events. Go on the right night and you can hear the Jazz Gang or shake your hips to Arabic pop tunes.
  • Dar Bistro and Books: A corner of Mediterranean peace and quiet to offer you an escape. Enjoy great food, yummy breakfast, and fine drinks in a friendly atmosphere. If you go there, make sure to visit their boutique bookshop!
  • L’artisan du Liban: If you are looking for Lebansese handycrafts to take back with you, this shop is your go-to place.

By the Sea:

  • Zaitunay Bay: A posh yachting dock and part of most locals’ weekend plans. This venue offers restaurants and cafés of all tastes for a relaxing meal and drinks by the docks.
  • Pigeon Rocks, Raouche: Located in the sea by the historical Raouche, the Pigeon Rocks are a Lebanese natural treasure. Walk on Raouche’s Corniche and marvel at these amazing sights.

Gemmayze and Mar Mikhael:

If you are searching for the beating heart of youthful Beirut, Gemmayze and Mar Mikhael are your destination with their graffiti, galleries and so many bars.

  • St Nicholas Stairs: You must see the longest stairway in the Middle East with 125 steps and is 500 meters long. It connects St. Nicholas Church, the Orthodox Archbishopric of Beirut, on Rue Gourand-Gemmmayze and Rue Sursock near the Sursock Museum. The stairway is lined with houses and small shops.
  • Pick your favorite international cuisine from all along the street:
    o Italian: Tavolina
    o Armenian: Kahwet Maalem Arteen
    o Mexican: Catrinas
    o American: The Bros
    o German: The Sausage House
    o Lebanese: El Denye Hek
  • Pick the bar which music’s calls you in!

Museums:

  • The National Museum: Beirut’s major cultural institution. Its collection of archaeological artefacts offers a great overview of Lebanon’s history and the civilizations that affected this cultural crossroads.
  • Sursock Museum: Contemporary art museum and home of Lebanese culture, Sursock is a private villa-turned-attraction.
  • Beirut art Center: Dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon, this is not a museum, rather a center to produce, present and promote local and international contemporary art and cultural practice.

Outside Beirut:

  • Roman Temple of Baalbek: Also called “City of the Sun”. This site is a monumental UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most celebrated sanctuaries of the ancient world.
  • Byblos: This gem city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, locally known as Jbeil. This city is the first Phoenician city, endorses history, and authentic souks. Walk around the archaeological sites, stroll through the Souks, have a bite to eat in Feniqia or Adonis, and watch the sun set over the sea.
  • Château Kefraya: Nestled in the heart of the Bekaa, Château Kefraya offers a guided tour of the vineyards, wine tasting, and lunch buffet. The road there offers a view of the beautiful natural landscape.
  • Shouf: The Shouf area is very rich in archaeological and architectural remains that are a witness to the history of these mountains. There are plenty of places to see in this area, the most famous include the cedar forests of Lebanon, the Beiteddine Ottoman-era palace perched on a valley overlooking the prettiest village of Deir el Qamar. The views around are breathtaking, and the peace and calm are almost tangible.
  • Jounieh: This city is known for its cable car ride: Téléphérique, which takes you from the Bay of Jounieh to the Our Lady of Lebanon shrine in Harissa.