FOOD TRAIL

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1 Badguèr

Com­bin­ing food, arts and crafts in one house, Badguèr cre­ates homey Ar­me­nian dishes and tra­di­tional spe­cial­ties. It gives vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover the au­then­tic­ity of Ar­me­nian culi­nary her­itage and acts as a so­cial plat­form and meet­ing place for the com­mu­nity. 01 240214, 03 652235 badguer.org The Pink Build­ing, Der Melko­nian Street

2 Restau­rant Apo

Lo­cated down the back­streets of Bourj Ham­moud, Apo of­fers 1001 kinds of Ke­bab. It’s ev­ery­one's “go to” place when it comes to the best ke­babs in town. 01 261789, 03 325402 restau­ran­tapo.com Az­tag Street

3 Ghazar Bak­ery

This fam­ily-run bak­ery first opened more than 50 years ago and has built up a solid rep­u­ta­tion for the best lahme bi ajeen in town. With more than five kinds of the fa­mous meat pas­try there is some­thing for ev­ery taste. 03 254835 Pe­riph­ery of Arax Street

4 Foul Abou Has­san

A very friendly restau­rant that opens 24/7, Foul Abou Has­san is the place to feast on fat­teh, foul and hom­mos. 01 266888 Mar Youssef Street

5 The Spice Mar­ket

All sorts of spices, dried fruits and sea­sonal veg­eta­bles are on of­fer on this popular spice mar­ket on the bustling Marash Street. They have the es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ents to spice up any dish with colors, fla­vors and aro­mas. 01 252902, 03 207445 Marash Street

6 Basterma shops: Mano & Bedo

Th­ese two neigh­bor­ing street food stops work for lunchtime hunger as well as for mid­night crav­ings. Here you can in­dulge in the fa­mous Ar­me­nian spicy beef sausage so­jouk as well as basterma, a type of air-dried cured beef – a tra­di­tion that stretches back cen­turies, along with of course, the fa­mous shawarma and makanek, served with fresh pickles. 01 261439, basterma-bedo.com 01 268560, basterma-mano.com Ar­me­nian Street

7 Patis­serie Manoug

Af­ter in­dulging in the sa­vory, end with the sweet with a wide va­ri­ety of de­li­cious Ar­me­nian and Le­banese del­i­ca­cies at Patis­serie Manoug. They of­fer a se­lec­tion of sea­sonal sweets and all-time fa­vorites, to sat­isfy a sweet tooth. 03 571501 Masaken Khoury Ariss Street (Un­der­pass)

Arpi Man­gas­sar­ian, founder of the Ar­me­nian restau­rant and cul­tural cen­ter Badguèr, takes us on a food tour to ex­plore the rich cui­sine of Ar­me­nia in the heart of Bourj Ham­moud

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