Lebanon Traveler - - CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS -

– In the heart of Beirut, the at­mos­phere at Al Fala­manki (01 323456, al­fala­manki.com, Monot Street, Beirut) restau­rant takes you back to vil­lage life. Play a game of backgam­mon in re­lax­ing sur­round­ings to a sound­track of Fairouz while en­joy­ing mezze.

– Popular Hamra spot T Mar­bouta’s (01 350274, Hamra Square Cen­ter) love of the game is ob­vi­ous upon en­ter­ing with a large wall-sized art­work of two play­ers hunched over a game of backgam­mon above Beirut’s ur­ban sprawl. Their out­door ter­race at­tracts a younger crowd of hip Beirutis and is the per­fect spot to get lost in a game be­tween con­ver­sa­tions, food and arak.

– Lo­cated in Ma­nara, Café Rawda’s (01 743348, Gen­eral de Gaulle Av­enue, Ma­nara) vast leafy ter­race over­look­ing the sea makes for a stunning back­drop to a game of backgam­mon with a mint lemon­ade and .

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