The great ur­ban out­doors

Beirut’s café cul­ture has strong roots, from the high so­ci­ety Down­town gath­er­ings of Ot­toman times to late night cof fee and con­ver­sa­tion in Hamra’s leg­en­dar y side­walk cafés of the ‘60s… And the tra­di­tion lives on. LT rounds up some of the best cafés in

Lebanon Traveler - - IN FOCUS BEIRUT -

1

Al Rawda Café and Restau­rant

Said to be a fa­vorite haunt of the city’s in­tel­lec­tual crowd, this bas­tion of the café scene is old school in style – think wait­ers in for­mal at­tire, tra­di­tional Le­banese cui­sine and groups of men play­ing backgam­mon. The spec­tac­u­lar seafront lo­ca­tion and vast leafy ter­race also make Café al Rawda the per­fect place to while away the hours.

2

Grand Café

Lo­cated in the thick of Down­town, a tar­boush wear­ing waiter, nar­guileh smok­ers galore, and tra­di­tional Le­banese cui­sine make for a crowded café around the clock. En­joy a Le­banese break­fast in the shadow of Ot­toman-era ar­chi­tec­ture while soak­ing up Beirut’s his­tory and watch first­hand as the city goes about its daily busi­ness.

3

Zaitu­nay Bay

Kick­back on one of the many large ter­races of the 17+ cafés and restau­rants at Beirut’s lat­est en­ter tain­ment of fer ing. Watch f ash­ion­istas strut their stuf f along the board­walk where the oc­cu­pants of mil­lion­dol­lar cruise yachts sail in to dine. But more im­por t antly, don’t for­get to “dress to im­press.”

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